Release: Monday 11/10/2008 
Tournament Defensive and Offensive MVPs, Jessica McGovern and Natasha Belak-Berger celebrate CCAA championship.
Tournament Defensive and Offensive MVPs, Jessica...
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Thu., Nov 13---Women’s Soccer---NCAA Division II First and Second Round---TBD

Fri., Nov. 14---Women’s Soccer---NCAA Division II First and Second Round ---TBD
Fri., Nov. 14---Swimming---UCSD at UC Santa Barbara---1:00 PM
Fri., Nov. 14---Women’s Volleyball---UCSD at Humboldt State---7:00 PM
Fri., Nov. 14---Women’s Basketball---UCSD at University of San Diego (exhib.)---7:00 PM 

Sat., Nov. 15---Women’s Soccer---NCAA Division II First and Second Round---TBD
Sat., Nov. 15---Men’s Water Polo---Sunset San Diego (Exhibition)---Noon
Sat., Nov. 15---Fencing---UCSD vs. Cal Tech, Cal State Fullerton, UC Irvine---1:00 PM
Sat., Nov. 15---Men’s Basketball--- UCSD at San Diego State---1:00 PM
Sat., Nov. 15---Women’s Volleyball---UCSD at Sonoma State---7:00 PM
Sat., Nov. 15---Women’s Tennis---UCSD at UC Irvine Tournament---TBA

Sun., Nov 16---Women’s Soccer---NCAA Division II First and Second Round---TBD
Sun., Nov. 16---Women’s Tennis---UCSD at UC Irvine Tournament---TBA
Sun., Nov. 16---Women’s Basketball---UCSD vs. Dixie State College---1:00 PM

For the third time in the last four years and seventh time in nine years since joining the conference, the Women’s Soccer team is champion of the CCAA...The latest triumph came at home as Coach Brian McManus’s Tritons burst out of a recent scoring slump to knock off longtime rival Cal State Dominguez Hills, 3-1, in Sunday’s CCAA Championship Tournament title game on a cold, blustery day in La Jolla...The victory leaves No. 20 UCSD 14-3-4 on the year and waiting for today’s announcement of where it will go for next week’s NCAA Division II Regional Playoffs.

The Tritons reached the CCAA final when it nipped San Francisco State by the narrowest of margins in Friday night’s conference semi-finals...The two teams, seeded second and third respectively, battled to a scoreless draw after 90 minutes of regulation and another 20 of overtime...That sent the contest to a five-round penalty kick shootout...UCSD got the advantage early when senior Natasha Belak-Berger, the CCAA’s Offensive MVP converted the first kick and her SFSU counterpart sent her try over the crossbar...But after each team had gone through its mandatory five kicks, the score was tied, bringing about a sudden death scenario...Six more rounds transpired before Belak-Berger buried a second PK, followed by a Gator miss, giving UCSD its ticket to the final...The star of the win was senior goalkeeper Jessica McGovern, who blocked four SFSU shots, three which would have won the game for the Gators.

The Tritons entered Sunday’s contest having scored just one goal in their previous four outings... They re-discovered their offensive mojo early as Belak-Berger, controlling the ball on right side, lofted a left-footed pass into the box that was corralled by freshman Anne Wethe, who one-timed a looping shoot over Dominguez keeper Alyssa Congdon at 9:23...It was Wethe’s first collegiate goal...Fellow freshman Courtney Copabianco, the revelation of the tournament filling in for injured Alexia Zatarain, got her first goal of the year 21 minutes later...Carrying the ball wide of the box on the right side, Copabianco struck a crossing shot that found the far side of the goal and put UCSD up by two...Things got dicey midway through the second half...Shortly after freshman Sarah McTigue just missed a golden opportunity to make it 3-0, the Toros got an unexpected tally off a throw-in and the lead was suddenly cut in half...But the Tritons regained command at 67:52 when Belak-Berger knocked home a penalty kick after senior Kelly Mayo was flattened from behind in the box... Belak-Berger was named the tournament’s Offensive MVP and McGovern earned Defensive MVP honors...Senior defender Amanda Esquivel, Wethe and Copabianco were also all-tourney choices.

Earlier in the week, McGovern and Esquivel joined Belak-Berger on the All-CCAA squad with Esquivel notching Defensive Player of the Year accoloades...Sophomore Lisa Bradley was a second team selection while Wethe and freshman sweeper Sara Bolton grabbed honorable mention.

Hear comments from Head Coach Brian McManus following Sunday’s CCAA win.
Interview with CCAA Offensive MVP Natasha Belak-Berger.

Interview with midfielder Anne Wethe.

With two weeks remaining until the critical Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) Championships, the eighth-ranked Men’s Water Polo team went 2-1 on a rugged weekend road trip and now plays a Saturday exhibition against the Sunset San Diego club team in its final WWPA tune-up...Coach Denny Harper’s Tritons, now 18-10, will be looking for their unprecedented 15th WWPA crown which would bring with it a trip to the NCAA Final Four, Dec.6-7, at Stanford.

UCSD opened last week’s three-game trek with a 9-6 triumph against No. 11 UC Davis Friday... The Tritons used a 6-3 second half surge to pull away from the Aggies, getting four goals from junior Daniel Garcia and two each from senior A.J. Kotanjian and junior Steve Donohoe... Freshman goalie David Morton stopped five shots...Saturday, UCSD drilled No. 15 Santa Clara, 14-9...Garcia piled up six goals and senior Adi Jerkovic added three...Jerkovic also handed out four assists, which gave him 81 overall, pushing him past Greg Goodrich as the top single season assist man in UCSD history...The two wins solidified the No. 2 seed UCSD is expected to receive for the WWPA Championship.

The Tritons closed out the three-game stint with an 11-8 loss to No. 3 UCLA Sunday...The Bruins, who have now beaten UCSD twice this fall, opened up a 4-1 lead but UCSD cut it to 5-4 midway through the third quarter...UCLA went on a 5-1 run to ice it late...Seven Tritons scored in this one with Garcia collecting a pair...Morton chalked up seven saves.

The 12th-ranked Women’s Volleyball team closed out the ’08 home season in fine style, posting a pair of 3-0 shutouts to run its season record to 20-5 and hold steady, alone in second place, one game behind league-leading Cal State San Bernardino in the CCAA title race...UCSD now takes to the road to conclude the conference season at Sonoma State (21-6/13-5) Friday and Humboldt State (9-16/7-11) Saturday...Sonoma State is tied for third and Humboldt seventh in the CCAA standings...UCSD downed both at home earlier this year...Virtually assured of an NCAA Division II Playoff spot, the Tritons will get the news next Sunday as to where the Pacific Regional will be played and who they will be facing.

In a rare Thursday night outing, UCSD made quick work of visiting Cal State Stanislaus, 3-0 (25-20, 25-22, 25-19)...Senior Rebecca Bailey (13) and freshman Hillary Williamson (11) combined for 24 kills, junior setter Elaine Chen doled out 37 assists and libero Roxanne Brunsting had a team high 13 digs in the victory.

Twenty-four hours later, on Senior Night, Bailey and junior Sylvia Schmidt each ripped 12 kills as the Tritons avenged an earlier loss to Chico State, whitewashing the Wildcats, 3-0 (25-17, 25-21, 26-24)...Chen racked up 30 assists, five aces and four digs and UCSD hit .291 as a team...It was the final regular season home match for Bailey and fellow seniors Michelle Torres, Kim Carpenter and Kacey Martinez.

Senior Jake LeVieux and freshman Bre Schofield will be heading to Slippery Rock, PA in two weeks for the NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships but they will be UCSD’s only representatives as the 2008 Triton men’s and women’s team hopes were dashed at last Saturday’s NCAA West Regional...LeVieux and Schofield confirmed their slots in the national field by being the region’s top individual finishers not on one of the qualifying teams...Hosted by UCSD under summer-like conditions, the Regional certainly did not play out as Head Coach Nate Garcia intended.

In the women’s race, the Tritons needed to finish in the top five to qualify for the national meet...The result was sixth, 62 points behind fifth place Western Washington, despite a brilliant fifth place performance from Schofield, who covered the 6K distance in 21:44.2...Senior Ashleigh Montgomery (27th/23:36.2) was next in for UCSD and the other Triton scorers were freshman Elena Inouye (51st/24:09.7), Brianna Alban (59th/24:33.2) and Kim Andrews (61st/24:37.3).

On the men’s side, LeVieux ran the 10K course in 33:41.1, good for 14th place...Senior Gabe LaMothe was four spots back in 34:04.9...Rounding out the top five for UCSD were junior Mike Wright (45th/35:39.9), freshman Jeremy Riley (51st/35:55.7) and junior Max Mullender (70th/37:09.6) as the Tritons wound up seventh with 189 points, well behind Western Washington (103) which nabbed the third and final team berth for the  NCAA D-II Championships.

The Swimming team (no diving) heads to UC Santa Barbara Friday where it will take on the Division I Gauchos in its final prep for the annual Nike Cup which is slated for Nov. 20-22 in Long Beach.

Coach Scott McGihon’s charges split a three-way dual meet Sunday, knocking off Cal State Bakersfield (men 145-95/women 185-56) while losing to UC Davis (men 149-92/women 135-107)...The Tritons, who won three of four relays, got individual victories from sprinters Dan Perdew (50 free/21.17) and Todd Langland (100/47.22), as well as Elden Carpenter (200 breaststroke/2:10.51), Brandon Liu (one-meter dive/258.6 pts.) and Anju Shimura (200 backstroke/2:06.66)...Perhaps the most impressive swim of the day belonged to freshman Alexandra Henley who blazed to a personal best 4.27.73 in the 400 individual medley, more than six seconds under the NCAA Division II automatic qualifying standard and third best all-time at UCSD...On the women’s side, the Tritons went 2-3-4-5, led by Kendall Bohn (2:24.14), in the women’s 200 breaststroke and 2-3-4 in the 200 butterfly with Carianne Cunningham (2:11.82), Karla Holman and Jenn Sims separated by a mere .16 seconds.

Coach Charity Elliott’s Women’s Basketball team makes its 2008-09 regular season debut Sunday in an afternoon tilt against Dixie State at RIMAC Arena...The Tritons will play a Tuesday night exhibition across town vs. Division I USD...UCSD won 25 games last season while earning its third straight trip to NCAA post-season play...Senior forward Michelle Osier, a three-time first team All-CCAA selection, figures to be the “go to” player for the Tritons.

Last Tuesday, Elliott’s cagers upended NAIA Cal Baptist, 83-74, in an exhibition at RIMAC Arena...Osier poured in 25 points and sophomore guard Annette Ilg added 18.

For the third consecutive year, the Men’s Basketball team will open its season on the road against Division I San Diego State...This time, it will be a Saturday afternoon affair at Cox Arena with a 1:00 PM tip-off...Second-year Coach Chris Carlson’s club is coming off an 18-12 season in which it won a first-ever CCAA Championship and made its first-ever trip to the NCAA D-II Playoffs...UCSD dropped last year’s opener to SDSU, 76-60.

Back for Carlson is the senior quintet of Kelvin Kim, Darryl Lawlor, Shane Poppen, Alan Husted and A.J. Maulhardt, as well as the team’s top returning scorer, junior Jordan Lawley (11.4 ppg).

Coach Heidi Runyan’s Fencing team, trying to build on an impressive start, hosts three conference opponents Saturday in its first  home meet of the year...Cal State Fullerton, UC Irvine and Cal Tech will battle the Tritons at 1:00 PM in UCSD’s Main Gym.

Coach Pattie Pinkerton’s Women’s Crew closed out its brief fall campaign by finishing first among all college crews in the Open Eight at Sunday’s Head of the Lagoon Regatta in Redwood City...The Triton varsity eight---Caryn Urbanczyk, Jill Peacock, Lauren Menzies, Jaime Bigwood, Denise Kleckner, Summer Austin, Kelly Hansen, Alissa Kispersky and coxswain Leslie Nanninga---placed second overall...The novices put three eights into competition, turning in fourth, sixth and seventh place finishes...The lightweight four---Kavya Rao, Andrea Lin, Wanda Chin and Susanne Chang---won the collegiate division, as did the lightweight eight, while Urbanczyk captured the open single and the duo of Laurel Copenbarger and Jesi Bennett were victorious in the championship pair.

Coach Liz LaPlante’s Women’s Tennis team travels to Orange County this weekend to participate in the UC Irvine Tournament...The Tritons will play singles and doubles both Saturday and Sunday but will face different teams in each discipline...The schedule has yet to be released but also competing will be UC Irvine, UC Riverside, Loyola Marymount and Northern Arizona, all Division I opponents...Senior Ina Dan and returnees Taskeen Bains and Kimmi Dao lead UCSD.

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