UC SAN DIEGO ATHLETIC UPDATE (September 22, 2008)
Release: Monday 09/21/2008 
by UCSD
Junior Daniel Garcia and the Men's Water Polo team host LMU Thursday at Canyonview.
Junior Daniel Garcia and the Men's Water Polo...
Courtesy: Jimmy Gekas/Sideline Studios

THIS WEEK’S EVENTS:

Thu., Sept. 25---Men’s Water Polo---UCSD vs. Loyola Marymount---6:00 PM

Fri., Sept. 26---Golf---UCSD at Western Washington Invitational---All Day
Fri., Sept. 26---Men’s Soccer---UCSD vs. Cal Poly Pomona---4:30 PM
Fri., Sept. 26---Women’s Soccer---UCSD vs. Cal Poly Pomona---7:00 PM
Fri., Sept. 26---Women’s Volleyball---UCSD vs. Cal State San Bernardino---7:00 PM

Sat., Sept. 26---Golf--- UCSD at Western Washington Invitational---All Day
Sat., Sept. 27---Women’s Volleyball---UCSD vs. Cal Poly Pomona---7:00 PM

Sun., Sept. 28---Men’s Soccer---UCSD vs. Cal State San Bernardino---Noon
Sun., Sept. 28---Women’s Soccer---UCSD vs. Cal State San Bernardino---2:30 PM


NO. 9 UCSD, NO. 6 LMU IN POLO CLASH THURSDAY AT CANYONVIEW
After winning two of three games at last weekend’s NorCal Invitational, the ninth-ranked Men’s Water Polo team returns home to face chief Western Water Polo Assn. (WWPA) rival Loyola Marymount, Thursday at Canyonview Pool...Game time is 6:00 PM...The Tritons are 10-2 on the season while the sixth-ranked Lions come in 6-4.

Coach Denny Harper’s club opened NorCal competition Saturday with a 10-7 loss to No. 8 Long Beach State, his team’s second loss to the 49ers this season...Senior A.J. Kotanjian scored two goals but on the whole, UCSD struggled offensively as Long Beach built an 8-4 lead over the first three periods...The Tritons bounced back Saturday afternoon with a 14-8 romp over Cal Baptist...It was career win No. 500 for Harper, who also has 14 WWPA titles to his credit...Seniors Adi Jerkovic and Jeff Hunt knocked down five and four goals respectively.

Sunday, the Tritons hung on to nip host Pacific, 8-7, but saw their final game against UC Santa Barbara, cancelled when scheduling delays ran afoul of travel itineraries...The Pacific contest looked like a runaway early as UCSD streaked to a 4-0 lead but the 14th-rankedTigers cut it to 4-3 by halftime, knotted the score early in the third quarter and the two squads were even at six heading into the final period...Junior Steven Donohoe converted a penalty shot to put UCSD ahead, 7-6, and Chance Vermilyea's counterattack goal gave the Tritons some breathing room down the stretch...Kotanjian, Donohoe and Daniel Garcia each netted a pair of goals and freshman goalie David Morton had seven saves.

WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL HOSTS NO. 1 CSU SAN BERNARDINO FRIDAY
The 18th-ranked Women’s Volleyball team faces its stiffest test of the young season Friday night when undefeated, No. 1-ranked Cal State San Bernardino (11-0/4-0)) visits RIMAC Arena...Coach Tom Black’s spikers are 9-2 overall and 3-1 in the CCAA after sweeping a pair of matches in Northern California last weekend...The Tritons will play always tough Cal Poly Pomona (7-2/4-0), which is part of a three-way logjam atop the conference, on Saturday.

With freshman setter Thalia McCann making the first start of her collegiate career, UCSD easily handled host Cal State Monterey Bay, 3-0 (25-17, 25-20, 20-16) last Friday night...The Tritons hit a robust .317 as a team with McCann distributing 39 assists and adding a pair of service aces...Senior Rebecca Bailey (14), junior Sylvia Schmidt (9) and freshmen Hillary Williamson (12) and Katie Condon (7) accounted for 44 of UCSD’s 45 kills on the evening...Libero Roxanne Brunsting racked up 21 digs.

Bailey piled up 12 kills and Williamson posted nine along with four aces the next night as the Tritons completed a NorCal sweep, dropping San Francisco State, 3-0 (25-17, 26-24, 25-17)...McCann handed out 36 assists to go with two aces, while Schmidt added nine kills and four blocks to the effort.

NO. 25 WOMEN’S SOCCER TAKES THREE-GAME STREAK INTO HOMESTAND
Coach Brian McManus’s young Women’s Soccer team took a couple of big steps last week, stopping CCAA South Division rivals Cal State Dominguez Hills and Cal State L.A...The 25th-ranked Tritons are now home for another pair of South Division match-ups, tackling Cal Poly Pomona (5-1-2/2-1-1) Friday and Cal State San Bernardino (5-1-2/3-0-1) Sunday ...UCSD is now 6-1-1 overall and has a 3-1 conference ledger...The Tritons are half a game back of San Bernardino in the CCAA South standings...Unranked early in the year, the vagaries of the Division II rankings saw UCSD shoot up to No. 3 after its first three victories and then plummet to No. 25, which is where it started last week, after taking its first loss.

McManus’s charges showed their youth and mettle in a 3-2 victory over Dominguez Hills at home Wednesday...The Toros scored first, taking advantage of some sloppy defensive work by UCSD, in the 31st minute...The Tritons had a number of excellent chances early but couldn’t cash in until the second half...Eight minutes and seven seconds into the second session, senior Alexia Zatarian got free along the end line and drew out Dominguez keeper Alyssa Congdon before delivering the ball to sophomore Remy Hitt who punched it home from short range...Seven and a half minutes later, UCSD struck again...Jenelle Rotenberg’s free kick bounced off the Toro wall and back to her feet...The freshman lofted a ball into the box where it was contested by Congdon and Triton senior Natasha Belak-Berger...Belak-Berger prevailed, then eluded two defenders and connected to make it 2-1...UCSD appeared ready to break it open but Dominguez battled back and scored on a long distance, bad angle shot that deflected off UCSD’s Sara Bolton and past keeper Jessica McGovern...The Tritons would not be denied, however, and when the Toros were whistled for a hand ball in the box at 71:24, Belak-Berger made no mistake, drilling the subsequent penalty kick into the upper left corner for her second goal of the game and third of the season...UCSD recorded 16 shots to 14 for the Toros and the visitors earned seven corners to four for the Tritons.

Two nights later, goals by Hitt and senior Laura Borenstein and a four-save performance in net  by senior Jessica McGovern lifted UCSD to a 2-0 victory at Cal State L.A...Hitt’s tally, her third of the season, came less than two minutes before intermission, with an assist from freshman Sarah McTigue...Borenstein provided the insurance marker at 65:27, registering her second goal of the season on a 25-yd. blast into the upper corner...The La Jolla native, who has seen limited action coming off an injury, now has two goals on just two shots...The whitewash was career shutout No. 23 for McGovern.

TRITONS TIE NO. 4 DOMINGUEZ HILLS; HOME FOR TWO THIS WEEK
Now 5-1-1 after a tough week of CCAA play, Coach Jon Pascale’s Men’s Soccer team faces an important two-game home stand this weekend, hosting Cal Poly Pomona (3-4/1-3) Friday and Cal State San Bernardino (2-4-1/2-1-1) Sunday...The Tritons are 2-1-1 in conference and sit in a three-way tie for second in the South Division standings.

UCSD came into last week’s action perfect after five games and despite absorbing a tie and a loss, now knows that it can go toe-to-toe with anyone in the CCAA...At home Wednesday night, after 110 minutes of soccer, the Tritons finished in a scoreless tie with No. 4-ranked Cal State Dominguez Hills...Outshot, 17-11, and on the short end of the corner kick numbers (16-5), the Tritons nonetheless controlled large chunks of the contest...The two sides accumulated a total of 36 fouls and CSUDH’s Hiram Rangel picked up his second yellow card at 61:44, meaning Dominguez played a man down for the final 48 minutes plus...Ironically, this bit of bad fortune seemed to inspire the Toros who opened up their attack and actually had UCSD on its heels in the late going...The tie was the first blemish for both teams as CSUDH came in with seven consecutive wins.

On the road two days later, playing for the fourth time in eight days, the Tritons may have come up a bit empty, falling, 1-0, at Cal State L.A....The Golden Eagles, who came out of the outing 5-0-1 overall and 2-0-1 in league activity, got the only goal of the game 5:33 into the second half and made it stand....L.A. had the advantage in shots (9-6) and corners (3-1).

Senior Tommy Caplan talks about the Men's Soccer team and this week's games.

CROSS COUNTRY DOMINATES COYOTE INVITATIONAL
Coach Nate Garcia can only hope that when his Cross Country teams return to Glen Helen Regional Park on October 25 for the 2008 CCAA Championships, they fare as well as they did last Saturday at the CSU San Bernardino Coyote Invitational...Using the Coyote Invitational to preview the Glen Helen layout, the Tritons rolled to first place finishes in both the men’s and women’s divisions.

The UCSD women  narrowly edged CCAA rival Cal Poly Pomona, 30-33, getting another powerful performance from redshirt freshman Bre Schofield who won her second race of the year, covering the 6K course in 22:09...Going 6K for the first time in her career, Schofield ran cautiously with the other frontrunners early befor assuming control at the two-mile mark and closing out with a 14-second margin...Rapidly-improving senior Amanda Keuhn, who was running with the second team just a week ago, placed  third in 23:17 and fellow senior Ashleigh Montgomery was sixth in 23:42...Rounding out the Triton scorers were senior Jessica DiMascio (8th/23:46) and sophomore Brianna Alban (12th/24:03).

On the men’s side, senior Jake LeVieux added to an already impressive 2008 resume with a second place finish, clocking 25:32 for 8K...He was just seven seconds behind winner Jersain Torres (CPP), cutting the gap by 15 seconds over the final mile...His run paced UCSD to a clear cut 14-pt. team victory (29-43), also over Cal Poly Pomona...The Tritons placed five runners in the top 10...Following LeVieux were senior Gabe LaMothe (4th/26:19), juniors Max Mullender (6th/26:40) and Jesse Morrill (7th/26:41) and freshman John Svet (10th/26:48).

The Tritons are off this week then travel to Pennsylvania for the Slippery Rock Invitational which will be run at the site of the 2008 NCAA Division II Championships.

GOLFERS OPEN UP AT WESTERN WASHINGTON TOURNEY
Coach Mike Wydra, in his 30th season at the helm, will be taking the Triton Golf team to Bellingham, WA this weekend to open its fall campaign at the Western Washington Invitational...The 12-team, 36-hole tournament starts Friday and concludes Saturday at Bellingham Golf & Country Club...UCSD finished 10th at this event last fall.


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Tuesday, April 22
M Golf at Day One
7:30 AM
Stockton
Wednesday, April 23
M Golf at Day Two
7:30 AM
Stockton
Friday, April 25
W Water Polo vs. TBA
TBA
UC San Diego
Track & Field vs. Day One
10:00 AM
UC San Diego
Softball vs. Cal State Dominguez Hills
1:00 PM
UC San Diego
Softball vs. Cal State Dominguez Hills
3:00 PM
UC San Diego
Saturday, April 26
W Crew at Day One
All Day
Rancho Cordova
Track & Field vs. Day Two
10:00 AM
UC San Diego
Softball vs. Cal State Dominguez Hills
12:00 PM
UC San Diego
Baseball vs. Azusa Pacific
2:00 PM
UC San Diego
Softball vs. Cal State Dominguez Hills
2:00 PM
UC San Diego
Baseball vs. Azusa Pacific
5:30 PM
UC San Diego
Sunday, April 27
W Crew at Day Two
All Day
Rancho Cordova
Thursday, May 01
Track & Field vs. Day One
10:00 AM
UC San Diego
Baseball at Cal State San Bernardino
3:00 PM
San Bernardino
Gatorade Pong
TAC Chipotle fundraiser