UC SAN DIEGO ATHLETIC UPDATE (October 6, 2008)
Release: Wednesday 10/05/2008 
by UCSD
Senior Jake LeVieux and his teammates host Saturday's Triton Cross Country Classic.
Senior Jake LeVieux and his teammates host...
Courtesy: UCSD

THIS WEEK’S EVENTS:

Fri., Oct. 10---Women’s Soccer---UCSD at Cal State Stanislaus---12:30 PM
Fri., Oct. 10---Men’s Soccer---UCSD at Cal State Stanislaus---3:00 PM
Fri., Oct.10---Women’s Volleyball---UCSD vs. Sonoma State---7:00 PM

Sat., Oct. 11---Men’s Water Polo---UCSD at SoCal Tournament---All Day
Sat., Oct. 11---Cross Country---UCSD hosts Triton Classic---9:00 AM
Sat., Oct. 11---Swimming & Diving---Blue-Gold Meet---11:00 AM
Sat., Oct. 11---Women’s Volleyball---UCSD vs. Humboldt State---7:00 PM

Sun., Oct. 12---Men’s Water Polo---UCSD at SoCal Tournament---All Day
Sun., Oct. 12---Women’s Soccer---UCSD at Chico State---11:30 AM
Sun., Oct. 12---Men’s Soccer---UCSD at Chico State---2:00 PM
 
REMEMBER HOMECOMING 2008 - October 18


NO. 12 WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL HOSTS SONOMA STATE FRIDAY
On the heels of a 1-1 Northern California road trip, the 12th-ranked Women’s Volleyball team returns to RIMAC Arena to host Sonoma State (14-3/6-2) and Humboldt State (6-9/-4) this weekend...Coach Tom Black’s Tritons are 12-3 overall, 6-2 in the CCAA and part of a three-way tie for second in the conference standings...Sonoma State, which had a 10-game win streak snapped last Friday, is also in the three-team second place logjam while Humboldt is seventh in the 11-team league.

After posting impressive back-to-back five set home wins last the previous week against Cal State San Bernardino and Cal Poly Pomona, UCSD got tripped up in another five-game affair Friday at Chico State, falling 3-2 (25-23, 20-25, 25-19, 16-25, 15-11)...Senior Rebecca Bailey had a match high 20 kills and junior Sylvia Schmidt 16 as the Tritons outhit the Wildcats (.174-.166)...The tough-serving Tritons also dished up 14 aces, four each from Schmidt and freshman Hillary Williamson and libero Roxanne Brunsting had 22 digs...The match may have been lost in the first set when UCSD allowed a seemingly insurmountable, 10-1, advantage evaporate into a two-point defeat.

Saturday, the Tritons salvaged a split for the trip by rocking Cal State Stanislaus, 3-1 (25-17, 25-21, 21-25, 27-25)...Schmidt had another big night, smacking 20 kills while hitting at a .457 clip...Bailey and Williamson each accounted for 11 kills and junior setter Elaine Chen handed out 47 assists...Williamson was the team leader with 10 digs and UCSD rained nine aces down on the Warriors.

ANNUAL TRITON CROSS COUNTRY CLASSIC SET FOR SATURDAY
Coach Nate Garcia’s Cross Country teams will be shifting from one “preview” to the next when they host the annual Triton Classic Saturday morning on the campus course...The 6K (women) and 10K (men) runs will be full length previews of the layout that will be used for the NCAA Division II West Regional, scheduled for Nov. 8...Garcia expects about 12 men’s and 15 women’s teams to step to the starting line for the Triton Classic.

UCSD will be coming off a successful “preview” of the NCAA Division II Championship route last weekend in Slippery Rock, PA...The Triton men won the team title and the women were fourth at last Saturday’s Slippery Rock Invitational, held at Cooper’s Lake, site of the 2008 NCAA’s on a course Garcia described as “challenging, but not ridiculously hard, with a tough hill in the first quarter mile.”

The men who were 17 points clear of second place Lock Haven (52-69), placed three in the top eight, led by senior Jake LeVieux (25:24) and junior Jesse Morrill (25:31) who were fourth and fifth respectively...It was the third consecutive race that LeVieux has been UCSD’s top finisher...Senior Gabe LaMothe was eighth in a time of 26:00...Seniors Greg Goldman (15th/26:15) and Kevin Klein (20th/26:26) were the Tritons’ final two scorers.

Once again it was freshman Bre Schofield pacing the women...The Carlsbad native, who hadn’t practiced for five days leading up to the race, was seventh overall turning in a time of 22:41 for the 6K...As a team, the Tritons scored 125 points, 18 behind Slippery Rock and Cal State L.A. which tied for first...Posting strong performances while finishing second and third for UCSD were senior Ashleigh Montgomery (11th/22:50) and freshman Elena Inouye (27th/23:30)...Next in line were senior Jessica DiMascio (38th/23:40) and sophomore Kim Andrews (42nd/23:51).

MEN’S WATER POLO BEATS LONG BEACH STATE, FALLS TO UC IRVINE
The 10th-ranked Men’s Water Polo team, which split a pair of crazy contests against ranked opponents last week, travels to Los Angeles this weekend for the annual 16-team Southern California Tournament, hosted by Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount.

Last Thursday night in Long Beach, the Tritons used a five-goal second half spurt to overtake and put away No. 7 Long Beach State, 12-10...The two clubs battled to a 5-5 standoff in the first half but when the 49ers, who had already defeated UCSD twice this season, busted out with two goals in the first 90 seconds after intermission, it appeared to be more of the same...But the Tritons scored the next five goals, two by junior Steve Donohoe and led the rest of the way...Senior A.J. Kotanjian had a key tally when Long Beach narrowed the lead to two goals at 10-8, kissing a long distance lob off the crossbar with time running out on the shot clock...Donohoe finished with four goals while senior Jeff Hunt and Kotanjian put in two apiece...Long Beach and UCSD will meet for a fourth time in the first round of the SoCal Tournament Saturday.

It was reversal of fortune the next night at Canyonview Pool as No. 8 UC Irvine rebounded from an early, 5-1, deficit to score nine of the next 10 goals and eventually depart with a 10-8 victory...A pair of late UCSD goals by Donohoe and Kotanjian made the final score respectable...Three goals by senior Adi Jerkovic and two by junior Daniel Garcia staked the Tritons to the early lead and a buzzer beater by Jerkovic, his fourth of the night, from just inside half tank put UCSD up, 6-4 at halftime. 


WOMEN’S SOCCER TIED FOR CCAA SOUTH LEAD; HITS ROAD FOR TWO
Now tied with Cal State Dominguez Hills atop the CCAA South Division standings, the Women’s Soccer team faces a pair of crucial road challenges this weekend at Cal State Stanislaus (5-3-4/1-3-3) and defending CCAA champion Chico State (6-5-2/2-3-2)...They are fifth and third respectively in the CCAA's North Division...The Tritons, coming off home wins last weekend against No. 12 Sonoma State and Humboldt State, sport a 9-2-1 overall ledger, are 6-2 in CCAA action and have won six of their last seven.

Against No. 12 Sonoma State, Friday, UCSD trailed, 1-0, at halftime but the young Tritons, whose regular lineup is nearly 50% freshmen, showed tenacity in coming back to play perhaps its best 50 minutes of the season in capturing a 2-1 overtime victory...While the freshmen may dominate the numbers, it was senior Natasha Belak-Berger leading the way to victory...The Tritons’ top scorer, Belak-Berger brought UCSD back with her third multi-goal outing of the season...The tying score came on a penalty kick in the 69th minute after she was pulled down from behind in the box...Both clubs had chances to secure a win in regulation but it was UCSD that took advantage 5:23 into the first overtime session...A pass from freshman Sarah McTigue put Belak-Berger one-on-one with Seawolf keeper Courtney Grixti and the senior punched it just inside the left post to hand Sonoma State is first conference loss...UCSD goalkeeper Jessica McGovern made three saves during a well-played contest in which both sides had 11 shots and four corners.

Sunday against Humboldt State, after a lethargic first half, the Tritons broke out of their doldrums with a trio of second half goals for a 3-0 shutout...The breakthrough goal came 21:09 into period No. 2 as a hustling Lindsay Mills kept a ball in play near the end line, fed it to Alexia Zatarian whose pass to McTigue was one-timed into the upper corner...Just over seven minutes later, senior Laura Borenstein forwarded a pass to Belak-Berger who caught the defenders flat-footed, drew out the keeper and chipped it home...It was Borenstein who finished on the third goal, one-timing a pass from Jenelle Rotenberg off the roof of the goal...UCSD outshot the Lumberjacks, 14-3 (9-1 in the second 45 minutes).

Coach Brian McManus interview after Friday night's win over Sonoma State.
Senior Natasha Belak-Berger interview following Friday night's game vs. Sonoma State.

MEN’S SOCCER LOOKING FOR GOALS, WINS IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
Coach Jon Pascale’s Men’s Soccer team, playing well but earning a loss and a tie at home last weekend, now takes to the road where it will engage Cal State Stanislaus (1-8-1/0-7) Friday and Chico State (9-2/5-2) Saturday...The Tritons are 6-3-2 overall, 3-3-2 in CCAA activity and fourth in the CCAA South Division...Five of their final six conference contests are away from home...Stanislaus is sixth and Chico State first in the North Division standings.

Last Friday night, UCSD put in a solid performance against No. 4 ranked Sonoma State, battling the Seawolves to a scoreless tie through the first 68 minutes of the game...But then the floodgates broke as Sonoma State scored three times in an eight minute span and when it was over owned a 4-0 win to stay undefeated in the CCAA...Shots (16-10) and corners (7-6) narrowly favored SSU.

Sunday, controlled big chunks of the match against Humboldt State but could not find the net and the two sides finished in a 0-0 standoff...Both squads had 17 shots with UCSD taking nine corners to six for the Lumberjacks...Triton keeper Peter Akman was outstanding between the pipes, stopping seven shots on the day while recording his sixth shutout of the year.

Coach Jon Pascale comments following Sunday's game vs. Humboldt State.




BLUE-GOLD MEET KICKS OFF SWIMMING & DIVING SEASON

Coach Scott McGihon’s Swimming & Diving squads will afford fans a preview of the 2008-09 season Saturday at the annual Blue-Gold intrasquad meet...The roster will be divided for the 27-event (13 per gender plus a meet-ending coed relay) at non-traditional distances.

THIRTEENTH PLACE TIE FOR GOLFERS AT NCAA PREVIEW TOURNEY
Coach Mike Wydra’s Golf team, getting an early look at the site of the 2009 NCAA Division II Championships, tied for 13th place in a 20-team field at the NCAA Division II Preview Tournament hosted by Loomis Trail Country Club in Blaine, WA last week...Next up for UCSD will be the Sonoma State Invitational, Oct. 20-21.

As a team, UCSD recorded a 54-hole score of 886 over the 6,995-yd., par 71 Loomis Trail layout...Leading the way was junior transfer Raj Samra who carded 214 for the three rounds, good for a ninth place tie...His final round 70 was UCSD’s low score for the tourney...Sophomore Keith Okasaki tied for 31st at 220 and rounding out the results for UCSD were Ryan Bailey (T46th/222), Billy Olsen (T76th/230) and Brian Olshock (98th/245).

TENNIS TEAMS FARE WELL AT D-II ITA EVENT
In their first outings of the 2008 fall campaign, the Men's & Women's Tennis teams competed at the ITA Division II West Regional Tournament at Cal Poly Pomona last week...On the women's side, Ina Dan, Valerie Tang and Kimmie Dao all advanced to the singles quarterfinals before losing...In men's action, Kazumi Negishi, Erik Elliott and Naveen Dixit were first round singles winners and Vincent Nguyen and Dixit  and Negishi and Brandon Stevenson both lost in the doubles semi-finals.


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