UC SAN DIEGO ATHLETIC UPDATE (October 27, 2008)
Release: Saturday 10/26/2008 
by UCSD
Senior Tommy Caplan and the Men's Soccer team downed Seattle Pacific, 5-0, Saturday.
Senior Tommy Caplan and the Men's Soccer team...
Courtesy: Kennon Kwok

THIS WEEK’S EVENTS:

Mon., Oct. 27---Golf---UCSD at Dennis Rose Invitational---All Day

Tue., Oct. 28---Golf---UCSD at Dennis Rose Invitational---All Day
  
Fri., Oct. 31---Men’s Tennis---UCSD at St. Mary's Tournament---All Day
Fri., Oct. 31---Men’s Soccer---UCSD at Cal State San Bernardino---1:30 PM   
Fri., Oct. 31---Women’s Soccer---UCSD at Cal State San Bernardino---4:00 PM  
Fri., Oct. 31---Women’s Volleyball---UCSD at Cal Poly Pomona---7:00 PM 

Sat., Nov. 1---Men’s Tennis---UCSD at St. Mary's Tournament---All Day 
Sat., Nov. 1---Fencing---UCLA, USC, UC Santa Barbara, Arizona State (@Pasadena)---10:00 AM
Sat., Nov. 1---Women’s Volleyball---UCSD at Cal State San Bernardino---7:00 PM   
Sat., Nov. 1---Women’s Basketball---UCSD vs. Biola (Exhibition)---7:00 PM 

Sun., Nov. 2---Men’s Tennis---UCSD at St. Mary's Tournament---All Day 
Sun., Nov. 2---Men’s Crew---UCSD at Newport Autumn Rowing Festival---7:30 AM   
Sun., Nov. 2---Men’s Water Polo---UCSD vs. UC Santa Cruz---9:00 AM  
Sun., Nov. 2---Men’s Soccer---UCSD at Cal Poly Pomona---12:30 PM  
Sun., Nov. 2---Men’s Water Polo---UCSD vs. Pomona-Pitzer---1:00 PM  
Sun., Nov. 2---Women’s Soccer---UCSD at Cal Poly Pomona---4:00 PM


MEN’S WATER POLO LOOKS TO REBOUND AT HOME
Coach Denny Harper’s seventh-ranked Men’s Water Polo team will make its final “official” appearance of the season at Canyonview Pool when it hosts Division III opponents UC Santa Cruz (9:00 AM) and Pomona-Pitzer (1:00 PM) Sunday...The Tritons will play an exhibition game against the Sunset Water Polo Club, Nov. 15, as a prelude to the Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) Championships.

UCSD is now 14-9 after suffering a pair of one-goal losses on the road last weekend...Friday, No. 8 host UC Santa Barbara needed every bit of its home pool advantage to emerge with a 10-9 victory in the fifth overtime period...The Tritons, who had posted one-goal wins in the two previous meetings with the Gauchos this season, led, 6-4, after three periods and appeared to have a one-goal conquest in their grasp again but a last minute ejection allowed UCSB to score a goal in the final seconds of regulation to force overtime... Both clubs scored twice in the standard two OT periods and they went through four scoreless extra periods before the Gauchos iced the win...The Tritons, without leading scorer Steven Donohoe for the weekend, got four goals from junior Daniel Garcia and three from senior A.J. Kotanjian...Freshman goalie David Morton set a single game school record with 19 saves, erasing the mark of 18, posted by Randy Franke in a standard four-period game vs. Pepperdine in 1987.

The Tritons delivered another gritty performance the next day against No. 6 Loyola Marymount but were again victims of late home team heroics, falling, 10-9...UCSD jumped out to a 3-1 lead, was up, 5-4, after two periods and had an 8-7 edge late in the third quarter...LMU scored the next two but Kotanjian’s third goal made it 9-9 with 6:23 left in regulation...The defenses took over from there but a Triton ejection set the stage for a Lion man-up tally with 18 seconds remaining...Morton had nine saves in this one and senior Adi Jerkovic scored twice.

NO. 16 WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL FACES BIG ROAD PAIR
Still trying to find its peak form, the 16th-ranked Women's Volleyball team takes to the road for a pair of treacherous CCAA tests this weekend, hooking up with No. 21 Cal Poly Pomona (14-5/11-3) Friday and league-leading, No. 2-ranked Cal State San Bernardino (20-2/12-2) Saturday...Coach Tom Black's spikers come into the week 17-4 overall, 11-3 in conference play and find themselves in a three-way tie for second with Cal Poly Pomona and Cal State L.A., one game behind Cal State San Bernardino.
 
The Tritons played with fire Saturday night but miraculously didn't get burned, pulling out a 3-2 (22-25, 25-21, 21-25, 25-18, 16-14) white knuckler against a motivated San Francisco State outfit...On a night when it never really seemed to consistently be in sync, UCSD still found a way to win...Senior Rebecca Bailey hammered 28 kills, junior setter Elaine Chen chalked up 57 assists and five aces and sophomore libero Roxanne Brunsting had 21 digs, but this one was more about perseverance than numbers... Unforced errors allowed SFSU to pull away late in game one but a 5-0 mid-second set run, keyed by the serving of Karen Reis, let UCSD tie it 1-1...Another late game UCSD collapse gave the Gators a two set-to-one advantage and when they rolled out to a 10-5 lead in the game four, things looked grim...But the Tritons rallied to knot it at 18 and from that point, three Bailey kills and two Sylvia Schmidt aces put it away...Incredibly, UCSD could not seem to stand the prosperity, immediately surrendering five of the first six points in the 15-point fifth set...The Tritons still trailed by five (10-5) when the wheels started coming off for the Gators...A kill by freshman Hillary Williamson gave UCSD its first lead at 13-12, but on match point No. 1, the last of the Tritons' 24 service errors provided SFSU one final reprieve...Fittingly, a pair of Gator hitting errors ended the contest in UCSD's favor.

UCSD found Cal State Monterey Bay less of an obstacle the next night, routing the Otters, 3-0 (25-17, 25-13, 25-21), behind the offensive tandem of Bailey (14 kills) and freshman Katie Condon (12) who had a combined hitting percentage of .396...Chen posted 34 more assists and Brunsting again led the squad with 15 digs.

WOMEN’S SOCCER LOOK TO CLINCH CCAA SOUTH DIVISION CROWN
Coach Brian McManus’s Women’s Soccer team (13-2-2/9-2-1) will try to cement its ninth consecutive CCAA South Division Championship when it closes out the regular season at Cal State San Bernardino (9-5-4/6-4-2) and Cal Poly Pomona (6-9-2/3-8-1) this weekend...The Tritons downed Cal Poly Pomona earlier in the year but CSUSB was responsible for one of their two defeats...UCSD, which has not lost a game (6-0-1) since the San Bernardino setback, has already clinched a spot in the CCAA Championship Tournament, to be played at UCSD,  Nov. 7 and 9.

McManus’s side was dominant, if a bit lethargic, in downing Academy of Art University, a first-year program, 1-0, at home Saturday...The Urban Knights, favoring a defensive style, were outshot, 23-4, and UCSD owned a 9-1 edge in corners, but it took 55 minutes for the Tritons to crack the goal—senior Natasha Belak-Berger turning the trick, collecting a cross from freshman Shelby Wong and firing to the far post...It was Belak-Berger’s team-leading 11th tally of the year and she now has more than one-third of UCSD’s goals in 2008...The Urban Knights threatened to make it interesting when a Triton foul in the box gave them a penalty kick with just over seven minutes to go, but senior keeper Jessica McGovern was up to the task, making her third save of the night, a fully extended dive to her right that preserved the win.

Listen to Jessica McGovern interview (Oct. 25).

MEN’S SOCCER ROUTS SPU; FINISHES REGULAR SEASON THIS WEEK
After recording perhaps its most complete performance of the season, Coach Jon Pascale’s Men’s Soccer team (9-5-2/5-5-2) will finish up the regular season on the road this weekend with CCAA affairs at Cal State San Bernardino (6-10-2/5-5-2) and Cal Poly Pomona (4-9-3/2-8-2)...The Tritons, who still have faint hopes of reaching the NCAA Playoffs, beat Cal Poly Pomona but lost to CSU San Bernardino earlier this season at home.

The Tritons took out a season’s worth of offensive frustration on visiting Seattle Pacific Saturday, blitzing the Falcons, 5-0, on Senior Night...Fittingly, seniors accounted for three of the UCSD goals, including the first of the game by Tony Fernandez at the 27:02 mark...Fernandez got hold of a ball caroming in the box and whipped a low, left-footer past PSU’s Kaleb Kuehn...Score No. 2 came a little more than four minutes later when a bouncing Tony Choi corner kick found sophomore Aaron McDowell who deposited it just inside the near post for his fourth goal of the year...Early in the second half, Fernandez’s second goal and fifth of the year, off a nifty through ball from David Bakal, and a beautiful header by senior Tommy Caplan off another Choi corner made it a runaway...A Seattle Pacific own goal finished the scoring...Senior keeper Peter Akman and sophomore Ryan McDowell combined for the shutout with the former making a couple of big stops in the first half.

Listen to Joe Shah interview (Oct. 25).

SECOND, THIRD FOR CROSS COUNTRY AT CCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
Battling stifling heat and the expected tough competition, Coach Nate Garcia’s Cross Country teams came home with second (men) and third (women) from last Saturday’s CCAA Championships, contested at Glen Helen Regional Park in San Bernardino...The Tritons will now have a week off before hosting the 2008 NCAA Division II West Regionals on the campus course, Nov. 8.

The Triton men, who in Garcia’s estimation ran well below their capabilities at the CCAA meet, figure to move up on their home course in two weeks...They scored 72 points Saturday but were beaten handily by a Chico State buzzsaw that gobbled up eight of the first 10 places to win by a whopping 55 points...UCSD’s lone top 10 finisher was senior Jake LeVieux who finished ninth, clocking 26:08.8 for the 8K...LeVieux and junior Max Mullender (26:30.7/13th) both garnered All-CCAA honors while Jeremy Riley (26:37.7), Gabe LaMothe (26:49.9/20th) and Mike Wright (26:52.3) rounded out UCSD’s top five...Most effected by the unseasonably high temperature was junior Jesse Morrill, regularly a top three finisher, who fell to seventh on the UCSD ladder and 40th overall...Riley’s finish was second best among freshmen runners.

On the women’s side, redshirt freshman Bre Schofield continued her run of brilliant races, taking third with a time of 21:55.7 for the 6K...The mark was faster than she posted in a preview race over the same course earlier in the season but not enough to corral Cal State L.A.’s Vivian Wadeck or Cal Poly Pomona’s Tiffany Turner...The rest of the squad had somewhat of an off day but Garcia was buoyed by the fact that his runners seemed to understand their predicament and resorted to pack racing and worked together for the third place finish...Chico State (30) was also the winner of the women’s race with Cal State L.A. (52) second...UCSD was 24 points behind the Golden Eagles in third... Elena Inouye was next in at 23:12.4, good for 18th place and conference Freshman of the Year honors...Spots three-through-six were separated by just 17 seconds...Jessica DiMascio was 21st in  23:23.6, followed by Amanda Kuehn (22nd/23:36.1), Brianna Alban (23rd/23:39.8) and Marie Schaper (24th/23:40.9)

IMPRESSIVE OPENER FOR SWIMMING & DIVING
Division III Claremont offered little resistance as the Swimming & Diving teams opened the 2008-09 season with a pair of comfortable wins at Canyonview Pool Saturday...UCSD won 15-of-16 events while capturing a 223.5-75.5 decision on the men’s side...Senior Steven Hardy and junior Dan Perdew each reeled off three individual victories and a relay win...The versatile Hardy was first in the 200 freestyle (1:48.21), 200 backstroke (1:59.10) and 200 individual medley (2:00.09) and teamed with Brandon Maryatt, Andy Islip and Todd Langland for a 1:37.51 triumph in the 200 medley relay...Perdew, a two-event winner at the 2008 NCAA D-II Championship, was a victor Saturday in the 50 freestyle (21.38), 100 freestyle (47.83) and 100 butterfly (54.82) and anchored the winning 400 freestyle relay squad (3:12.60) that included Maryatt, Todd and Blake Langland.

Sophomore Anju Shimura was the individual standout in the women’s 202-90 rout of the Athenas... She grabbed both backstroke events---100 (59.01) and 200 (2:07.99)---and hooked up with Aubrey Panis, Shannon Simonds and Ashytn Douglas to win the 400 freestyle relay in 3:33.36...In all, the Tritons were first in 14-of-16 races...Next on the schedule for UCSD will be a three-way dual with Division I rivals UC Davis and Cal State Bakersfield, Sunday, Nov. 9.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL HOSTS SATURDAY EXHIBITION
Coach Charity Elliott’s Women’s Basketball team gets its first look at live competition Saturday, hosting NAIA Biola in an exhibition game at RIMAC Arena...The Tritons, who won 25 games a year ago, feature returning starters Michelle Osier, Alexis Gaskin and Erin Noonan.

MEN’S CREW OPENS AT NEWPORT REGATTA
Coach Zach Johnson’s Men’s Crew team will make it’s fall debut Sunday at the Newport Autumn Rowing Festival at Newport Harbor...Some 30 teams are expected, including Stanford, USC, UCLA and UC Davis...Johnson will enter a varsity and JV eight...The Tritons won this event two years ago and were third in 2007...Ryan Andre, Jay Dee Morgan and Jeff Collett return from last year’s varsity eight.

GOLFERS EIGHTH AT SONOMA; HAWAIIAN TOURNEY NEXT
Looking to build on a series of steady fall performances, Coach Mike Wydra’s Golf team travels to the Big Island of Hawaii for the 54-hole Dennis Rose Invitational at the King’s Course of the Waikaloa Golf Resort, starting with 36 holes today and closing with 18 tomorrow.

The Tritons are coming off an eighth place finish in last week’s Sonoma Invitational played at the 6,711-yd., par 72 Santa Rosa Country Club...As a team, UCSD posted a 54-hole total of 870, just eight strokes out of third in a tightly-bunched field...Chico State took the team title...Individually, UCSD was led by freshman Raj Samra (70-73-75) and sophomore Keith Okasaki (72-73-73) who each carded 218s, putting them in a tie at 24th...Following closely were Billy Olsen (220/T31st), Austin Alfonso (221/T36th) and Ryan Bailey (222/T38th).

FENCERS TAKE ON CONFERENCE OPPONENTS
Fresh off an impressive performance at its season-opening match, Oct. 18 at Irvine, Coach Heidi Runyan’s Fencing team will face dual competition Saturday at Cal Tech, squaring off against Intercollegiate Fencing Conference of Southern California (IFCSC) foes USC, UCLA, UC Santa Barbara and Arizona State.

MEN’S TENNIS GOES TO ST. MARY’S TOURNEY
Coach Eric Steidlmayer’s Men’s Tennis team will get some seasoning from a slew of Division I Northern California teams when it travels to Moraga for the St. Mary’s Tournament, Friday through Sunday...Stanford, Cal and UC Davis, along with the host school, will be among the participating schools...A youthful Triton travel roster will include Kazumi Negishi, Vincent Nguyen, Naveen Dixit, Armaun Emami and Brandon Stevenson


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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
Softball vs. Cal State Dominguez Hills
2:00 PM
UC San Diego
Baseball vs. Azusa Pacific
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
Friday, May 02
Softball at CCAA Championship Tournament
TBA
Stockton
Gatorade Pong