UC SAN DIEGO ATHLETIC UPDATE (October 13, 2008)
Release: Thursday 10/11/2008 
by UCSD
Leading scorer Steve Donohoe and the Men's Water Polo team host Claremont Friday.
Leading scorer Steve Donohoe and the Men's...
Courtesy: Jimmy Gekas/Sideline Studios

THIS WEEK’S EVENTS:

Wed., Oct. 15---Men’s Soccer---UCSD at Cal State Dominguez Hills---4:30 PM
Wed., Oct. 15---Women’s Soccer---UCSD at Cal State Dominguez Hills---7:00 PM

Thu., Oct. 16---Women’s Volleyball---UCSD at Cal State Dominguez Hills---7:00 PM

Fri., Oct. 17---Men’s Water Polo---UCSD vs. Claremont---5:00 PM
Fri., Oct. 17---Women’s Volleyball---UCSD at Cal State L.A.---7:00 PM

Sat., Oct. 18---Fencing---UCSD at Irvine Collegiate Open---9:30 AM

Sun., Oct. 19---Men’s Soccer---UCSD vs. Cal State L.A.---Noon
Sun., Oct. 19---Women’s Soccer---UCSD vs. Cal State L.A.---2:30 PM


HOMECOMING – SATURDAY, OCT. 18 / ALUMNI BBQ NOON / TRACK & FIELD STADIUM

NO. 9 POLO SPLITS AT SO. CAL TOURNEY; CLAREMONT HERE FRIDAY
After gaining an impressive split in four games, all against teams ranked in the top 10, and finishing seventh at the 16-team Southern California Invitational last weekend, the ninth-ranked Men's Water Polo team returns to Canyonview Pool to kick off Homecoming weekend Friday against Division III Claremont...Start time is 5:00 PM...Coach Denny Harper and Co. bring a 13-6 mark into Friday's contest.

The Tritons opened the SoCal Tournament Saturday with their second win in nine days over No. 10 Long Beach State, upending the 49ers, 8-7, on senior A.J. Kotanjian’s goal with 40 seconds left in regulation...The two teams, who have now split four games this fall, were tied, 4-4, at halftime and Long Beach had forged a 7-6 edge with 2:50 to go...But junior Steve Donohoe’s man-up tally with 1:24 remaining knotted the score and set the stage for Kotanjian’s game-winner...Kotanjian, Donohoe and senior Chance Vermilyea each finished with two goals and freshman goalie David Morton stopped nine shots...Outside shooting was the key for the Tritons, who were able to convert  just 2-of-8 extra man situations...Later that day, UCSD went toe-to-toe with No. 2 UCLA before falling, 12-9...Donohoe and Kotanjian both had two of their three goals in the first half and the two teams went into the break tied at 6-6...The turning point in the contest came in the third quarter with 4:32 on the clock and UCLA up, 7-6...UCSD junior Daniel Garcia appeared to score a tying goal but instead was whistled for an offensive foul, giving UCLA a man advantage...The Bruins converted and led the rest of the way.

Sunday morning, Harper's unit lost in overtime for the second time this season against conference rival Loyola Marymount, succumbing,15-12...The Tritons had the No. 6 Lions on the ropes, 12-10, with two minutes left in regulation but a pair of 6-on-5 goals evened the ledger and it was all LMU in OT...Kotanjian led UCSD with three goals while Donohoe, Vermilyea and seniors Adi Jerkovic and Sidd Menon notched two apiece...The Tritons were on the opposite side of an overtime affair in their tourney finale, nipping seventh-ranked UC Santa Barbara,12-11, in the fourth extra period...It was their second win over the Gauchos this fall...Down, 7-5, after three quarters, UCSD sent it to overtime when Kotanjian scored from close range with nine seconds remaining...The two teams were tied, 11-11, after the mandated two OT periods, thanks to a last second game-tying score by the Gauchos...Neither team scored in the third overtime but with 2:56 left on the clock in OT period #4, Jerkovic connected with a 20-ft. rocket to clinch the win...With four goals, Kotanjian was again UCSD's top scorer, followed by Jerkovic with three...Morton turned away 10 shots.

PAIR OF SECONDS FOR TRITONS IN CROSS COUNTRY CLASSIC
In the wake of a double runner-up finish at their own Triton Classic, the Cross Country teams will begin preparation for the “championship season,” which commences in two weeks with the CCAA Championships in San Bernardino...Despite solid performances, both the Triton men and women placed behind surprising, foreign-dominated Alaska-Anchorage at the Triton Classic.

On the men’s side, the Seawolves claimed four of the first five slots, scoring 61 points to outdistance UCSD by 52...CCAA rival Cal Poly Pomona was 31 points back in third...Going 10K for the first time this season, junior Jesse Morrill was the Triton’s top finisher, taking seventh place with a time of 32:34.0...Along with Morrill, seniors Jake LeVieux (9th/32:41.7) and Gabe LaMothe (12th/33:14.6) have clearly established themselves as the leading trio for Coach Nate Garcia...Junior Mike Wright (33:40.8) and freshman Jeremy Riley (33:42.5) both turned in “step-up” outings, grabbing 19th and 20th respectively.

On the women’s side, it was again redshirt freshman Bre Schofield (22:23.6) setting the pace for UCSD...She and senior Ashleigh Montgomery (22:50.7) went 8-9 in the individual standings, followed by freshman Elena Inouye (13th/22:57.5), sophomore Kim Andrews (20th/23:22.1) and senior Jessica DiMascio (22nd/23:36.5)...The Tritons were nipped by Alaska-Anchorage (87-106) in the team competition.

Post-Triton Classic comments from junior Jesse Morrill.
Post-Triton Classic comments from senior Ashleigh Montgomery.
Post Triton Classic comments from Head Coach Nate Garcia.

EIGHT-OF-NINE FOR 15TH-RANKED VOLLEYBALL SQUAD
Now 14-3 after sweeping two at home last weekend, the No. 12 Women’s Volleyball team faces Cal State Dominguez Hills and Cal State L.A. on the road this Thursday and Friday...Coach Tom Black’s club is 8-2 in CCAA play and tied with Cal State San Bernardino for the top spot in the conference...CSU Dominguez Hills (1-17/0-10) occupies the CCAA cellar while Cal State L.A. (14-3/7-3), which defeated the Tritons at RIMAC Arena in September, sits in a tie for third after stunning Cal State San Bernardino Saturday.

UCSD was an efficient (.408 hitting pct.) offensive steamroller and it was then second place Sonoma State that got flattened, 3-0 (25-15, 25-12, 26-24) Friday night...Propelled by senior Rebecca Bailey’s 19 kills, the 11th of which vaulted her past Stacy Dunsmore (1,182) as UCSD’s all-time kill leader, UCSD was in charge from the outset and SSU’s late game three rally was the only time the visitors really posed a threat...Junior middle blocker Sylvia Schmidt chipped in with 12 kills and junior setter Elaine Chen distributed 45 assists...Once again, serving was perhaps UCSD’s most potent weapon...The Tritons registered eight aces and regularly kept the Seawolves from getting any offensive rhythm ...Senior libero Michelle Torres had a match best 16 digs.

Twenty-four hours later, the Tritons had to grind out a tough, 3-1 (25-17, 25-21, 21-25, 25-21) triumph over Humboldt State...UCSD breezed through the first two sets and seemed poised to make it another three-and-out evening after rallying to tie the the third set at 20...But the persistent Lumberjacks scored five of the final six points to force a fourth set, where the two squads again found themselves tied at 20...But this time, it was UCSD tallying five of the final six points to close out the win...Schmidt continued her strong recent play, cracking 13 kills, while Chen dished out 36 assists and dug a team high 14 balls...Torres added 11 digs and had three of UCSD's nine aces...The Tritons outhit (.165-.108) Humboldt State but were outblocked by a resounding 14.5-2.0 margin.

Interview with Coach Tom Black following Saturday night's game vs. Humboldt State.


MEN’S SOCCER KNOCKS OFF CHICO STATE; TOUGH WEEK AHEAD
Finally getting a "W" after four consecutive winless efforts, Coach Jon Pascale's Men's Soccer team will look to build on Sunday's win at Chico State when it faces the CCAA South Division's top two clubs this week...The Tritons will go to Carson Wednesday to challenge second place Cal State Dominguez Hills (12-2-1/7-2-1) and then tackle division-leading Cal State L.A. (10-1-2/7-1-2) at home Sunday...UCSD is now 7-4-2 overall, 4-4-2 in CCAA play and finds itself fourth in the CCAA South Division standings.

Tough luck continued to be UCSD’s partner Friday afternoon in Turlock as the Tritons fell, 1-0, to host Cal State Stanislaus in a game they dominated in large measure... Playing in cool, windy conditions, UCSD was done in by a defensive miscommunication that resulted in the game’s only goal in the 11th minute...UCSD outshot the Warriors, 14-9, had six corner kicks to their opponent's three and played the final 31:57 with a man advantage after CSUS’s Thomas Janz was red-carded...But the Warriors packed it in defensively and were able to stymie the Tritons for their first conference win.

Pascale's side was finally able to relieve its frustration Sunday, producing an impressive, 2-0, road win against tough Chico State, which came into the afternoon first in the CCAA North with a 10-2 record and seven home wins in a row...The two sides played a scoreless first half and failed to score in the first 18 minutes of the second...Senior Tommy Caplan broke the offensive silence, netting the rebound of an Aaron McDowell shot from eight yards out...Eleven minutes later, sophomore defender Jared Kukura made it a two goal margin, heading home a Tony Choi free kick to the near post...The Wildcats had 12 shots to 10 for UCSD and registered a 10-1 advantage in the corner kick department, but the Triton defense did its job as keeper Peter Akman did not have to make a single save in posting the shutout.


STREAKING WOMEN’S SOCCER BACK HOME SUNDAY VS. CAL STATE L.A.
With eight wins in its last nine tries, the Women's Soccer team remains tied for teh CCAA South Division lead and will test the team it's tied with, Cal State Dominguez Hills (10-5/8-2), on the road Wednesday, before returning home to take on Cal State L.A. (4-7-2/3-6-1) Sunday afternoon...Coach Brian McManus's Tritons swept a pair of league matches in Northern California last weekend and are now 11-2-1 overall and 8-2 in CCAA action...UCSD scored wins over both teams earlier in the season.

Senior Laura Borenstein’s fourth goal of the season with just 3:14 remaining in regulation lifted UCSD to its third consecutive victory, a 1-0 verdict over host Cal State Stanislaus, Friday afternoon in Turlock...The decisive play was initiated by senior Alexia Zatarain whose corner kick was corralled by freshman Sarah McTigue at the near post...She delivered the ball to Borenstein right in front of the net and La Jolla native flicked it in...Senior Jessica McGovern made four saves in goal for the Tritons’ seventh shutout on the season...UCSD owned advantages in shots (15-9) and corners (6-5).

McManus's charges made it four straight Sunday, clipping Chico State, 3-0...Zatarian got UCSD on the scoreboard six minutes into the contest, drilling a 23-yd. free kick into the upper left corner...The Tritons, dominating the first 45 minutes, took that lead into halftime but had to fight off a concerted Chico State push early in the second half...The defense held off the Wildcats and UCSD re-gained momentum when freshman Lindsay Mills had a takeaway in the box, then had her legs taken out by the beaten defender, earning a penalty kick...Senior Natash Belak-Berger, the Tritons' leading scorer, cashed in on the PK for her ninth goal of the campaign at 67:39...With just under six minutes to go, freshman Alexa-Rae Navarro scored her first collegiate goal, the benefactor of some good work by freshman midfielder Shelby Wong...For the day, UCSD outshot the defending CCAA champion Wildcats, 16-3.





GOLD TEAMS WIN SWIMMING INTRASQUAD SKIRMISH

Senior Steven Hardy raced to three wins, highlighting Saturday’s annual season-opening Blue-Gold Swimming & Diving meet...Hardy’s triumphs were posted in the 50 backstroke (25.40), 150 backstroke (1:29.91) and 300 individual medley (3:10.68)...Double winners on the men’s side included junior Dan Perdew (50 freestyle/21.87 & 50 butterfly/24.55) and Sam Diumovich (200 freestyle/1:49.66 & 400 freestyle/3:56.75)...Two-event winners for the women included Kendall Bohn (50 breaststroke/31.66 & 150 breaststroke/1:45.24), Karla Holman (50 butterfly/27.96 & 150 butterfly/1:37.16), Shea Kopp (50 backstroke/29.15 & 50 freestyle/25.15) and Alexandra Henley (150 backstroke/1:39.44 & 300 individual medley/3:27.47)...For the record, the gold squad, paced by Hardy, Perdew and Diumovich on the men’s side and Bohn and Kopp in the women’s competition, emerged victorious in both divisions...The Tritons hit the water for real, Oct. 25, with a dual meet against Claremont.

FENCERS OPEN UP SATURDAY
The Fencing teams make their 2008-09 debut Saturday at the annual Collegiate Open hosted by UC Irvine...Coach Heidi Runyan’s men and women both captured their fourth consecutive IFCSC (conference) crowns last year.


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Sunday, September 21
M Water Polo at TBD
TBA
Stockton
M Water Polo at Long Beach State
8:00 AM
Stockton
Monday, September 22
W Soccer vs. Cal State L.A.
7:00 PM
UC San Diego
Friday, September 26
M Soccer at Cal State L.A.
4:30 PM
Los Angeles
M Water Polo vs. Fresno Pacific
6:00 PM
UC San Diego
W Soccer at Cal State L.A.
7:00 PM
Los Angeles
W Volleyball at Sonoma State
7:00 PM
Rohnert Park
Saturday, September 27
Cross Country at Stanford Invitational
9:00 AM
Stanford
W Volleyball at San Francisco State
7:00 PM
San Francisco
Sunday, September 28
M Soccer vs. Cal Poly Pomona
11:30 AM
UC San Diego
W Soccer vs. Cal Poly Pomona
2:00 PM
UC San Diego
Wednesday, October 01
M Water Polo vs. Loyola Marymount
6:00 PM
UC San Diego
Thursday, October 02
W Volleyball at Humboldt State
7:00 PM
Arcata
Friday, October 03
M Soccer vs. Cal State San Bernardino
4:30 PM
UC San Diego
M Water Polo at Air Force
6:00 PM
Colorado Springs, CO
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