Release: Sunday 10/09/2005 
Sophomore Ali Lai and the Women's Soccer team are now 11-1.
Sophomore Ali Lai and the Women's Soccer team are...
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This Week’s Events:


Mon., Oct. 10---Golf---UCSD at Chico State Invitational---All Day

Tue., Oct. 11---Golf---UCSD at Chico State Invitational---All Day


Wed., Oct. 12---Women’s Soccer---UCSD at Cal State Bakersfield---4:30 PM

Wed., Oct. 12---Men’s Soccer---UCSD at Cal State Bakersfield---7:00 PM


Thu., Oct. 13---Men’s Tennis---UCSD at ITA Championships---All Day


Fri., Oct. 14---Men’s Tennis---UCSD at ITA Championships---All Day

Fri., Oct. 14---Men’s Soccer---UCSD at Chico State---4:30 PM

Fri., Oct. 14---Women’s Soccer---UCSD at Chico State---7:00 PM


Sat., Oct.15---Men’s Tennis---UCSD at ITA Championships---All Day

Sat., Oct. 15---Water Polo---UCSD at NorCal Tournament---All Day

Sat., Oct. 15---Swimming & Diving---Blue & Gold Meet---11:00 AM

Sat., Oct. 15---Women’s Volleyball---UCSD vs. Cal State San Bernardino---7:00 PM


Sun., Oct. 16---Men’s Tennis---UCSD at ITA Championships---All Day

Sun., Oct. 16---Water Polo---UCSD at Nor Cal Tournament---All Day

Sun., Oct. 16---Men’s Soccer---UCSD at Cal State Stanislaus---12:30 PM

Sun., Oct. 16---Women’s Soccer---UCSD at Cal State Stanislaus---3:00 PM




Saturday, the Women’s Volleyball team plays host to long-time rival Cal State San Bernardino at RIMAC Arena...Between them, the two teams have finished 1-2 in the CCAA for the last four years...Both teams are now tied for third in the conference standings at 6-3...After splitting a pair of league road matches last week, Coach Tom Black’s 11th-ranked squad is 14-3 overall...The Coyotes are 12-5 and downed UCSD, 3-1, earlier this season at San Bernardino.


Thursday, the Tritons let a winnable match slip away, dropping a 3-1 (30-22, 30-27, 18-30, 30-28) decision at No. 16 Cal State L.A...The numbers would have added up to a UCSD victory on most nights as Black’s club outhit the Golden Eagles (.212-.130), outblocked them (13-5) and had two more aces (11-9)...But errors at critical times doomed the Tritons...Freshman Kim Carpenter had a match high 15 kills and Rebecca Bailey (12) and Brianna Koche (11) also reached double figures...Koche had seven block assists, Laura Watkins a team-leading 13 digs and Nicole Courtney delivered three aces.


UCSD showed some grit the next night, outlasting always tough Cal State Bakersfield, 3-2 (30-17, 27-30, 30-21, 32-34, 16-14)...Courtney (20) led a parade of five Tritons with 12 or more kills...She also had two aces and 16 digs...Carpenter and Amber Ries compiled 17 and 16 kills respectively and sophomore Kim Adams, back in the starting lineup, handed out 65 assists and dug 10 balls...The Tritons trailed, 12-9, in the final game but big play down the stretch by middle blockers Koche and Bailey, who accounted for the final four points, turned the tide.




Coach Derek Armstrong’s Men’s Soccer team remained undefeated at home, securing a pair of CCAA victories at Triton Soccer Stadium last week...The 8-2-1 Tritons now face the perils of the road, tackling a three-game in five-day assignment that starts Wednesday at Cal State Bakersfield and continues at Chico State and Cal State Stanislaus...UCSD is 5-2-1 in conference play and sits tenuously at the top of the CCAA's South Division.


Wednesday night, the Tritons came back from a one-goal deficit to knock Cal State San Bernardino out of first place in the CCAA South, 2-1...Trailing, 1-0, at halftime, UCSD knotted the game on a tenacious individual effort by senior Grant Nishio who corralled a Matt Horne pass, out-muscled a Coyote defender for possession and then struck a shot past keeper Lucas Pepi on his right while sliding the other direction...The play, at 54:28, seemed to revive a sluggish Triton offense and just over 10 minutes later, reserve Ryan Velasquez got tripped up in the box, resulting in a Matt Davey PK which he grazed off Pepi’s outstretched hand for his seventh tally of the season...Senior Eddie Ruhland had to make just one save but turned in several terrific plays around the net...The shots (11-9) and corners (2-1) both narrowly favored UCSD but San Bernardino racked up 15 fouls and two yellows while the Tritons were whistled just six times.


Sunday, the Tritons outshot Cal State Monterey Bay, 20-5, en route to a 2-0 victory in a chippy contest in which the Otters accumulated 19 fouls (to eight for UCSD), six yellow cards and two red cards...Senior star Davey scored his eighth and ninth goals of the season...The first came at 39:40 in the first half...Freshman Tom Caplan got taken down out of the air in the box and Davey buried the ensuing PK just inside the right post...Caplan was also involved in the second score, heading a Dustin Tannenhaus throw-in across the box where Davey one-timed a low bullet past CSUMB keeper Bobby Arteaga...Ruhland was again a steady force in the Triton goal, making only two saves but controlling the back end before giving way to Luis Salazar in the late going.



Now sitting 11th in the country and riding a seven-game win skein, the Women’s Soccer team embarks on a grueling road trip that will feature three games in five days...The Tritons (11-1 overall and 7-1 in the CCAA) play at Cal State Bakersfield Wednesday, Chico State two days later and close out the trip at Cal State Stanislaus Sunday...They've opened a commanding lead in the CCAA South Division.


After 40 minutes of somewhat lackluster play, goals by senior Kelly Cochran and sophomore Ali Lai, sandwiched around halftime, ignited the UCSD offense, leading to a 5-0 romp over visiting Cal State San Bernardino Wednesday...Both teams were having trouble generating much early but after Natasha Belak-Berger fed Cochran for her seventh goal of the season at 41:39 the tempo of the contest changed... Cochran and Heather Szafraniec teamed up to assist on Lai’s “tap in” 1:47 into the second half to make it 2-0...UCSD dominated the second session (outshooting CSUSB, 15-4) but couldn’t put it away until the 79:13 mark when Belak-Berger got the ball to fellow freshman Kelly Mayo who was pulled down in the box...Belak-Berger converted the ensuing penalty kick and the hinges came off for the Coyotes...At 83:22, freshman Laura Borenstein earned a penalty kick which she turned into a goal and 1:21 later, another freshman, Amanda Esquivel, scored her first collegiate goal, knocking in a Lauren Segars cross...Freshman Mia Shirley made three saves while going the distance in goal.


Lai erupted for a natural three-goal hat trick, keying a five-goal second half for UCSD in a 6-0 triumph over Cal State Monterey Bay Sunday...The numbers really told the story in this one as UCSD had wide margins in shots (33-3) and corner kicks (9-0)...The Otters seemed content to dominate the foul column, getting whistled 22 times in the match...Although most of the contest was played on Monterey Bay’s end of the field, UCSD had trouble cracking the goal early but junior Alise Malley finally broke the drought, scoring off a Belak-Berger rebound at 38:18...Lai connected for the first time at 52:04, re-directing a Heather Sugg shot on a sequence that began with a Megan Dickey corner kick...Lai’s second, at 62:35, blew it open and the roof caved in on the Otters as the Tritons hit for four goals in less than 11 minutes...Belak-Berger and fellow freshman Sereena Warino netted the final two scores...Shirley and Jessica McGovern combined to record UCSD’s sixth consecutive shutout.



After running its winning streak to nine and its record to 18-2 with a 12-7 win over Princeton, the Men’s Water Polo team starts a nearly month-long road schedule when it goes to Cal for the annual NorCal Tournament this weekend...Based on rankings, the No. 6 Tritons are expected to face No. 11 St. Francis in the opening round of pool play and then either No. 3 Stanford or No. 15 UC Santa Barbara in the second round but the official pairings have yet to be announced.


In front of more than 800 fans and four S.D. Charger cheerleaders, the Tritons flexed their muscle against No. 12 Princeton Friday night at Canyonview...Senior Brandon Borso continued to be an offensive force, scoring four goals, while fellow seniors Jon Hopkins and Chris Eichholz added three and two respectively...The Tritons powered to a 6-2 halftime lead, allowing the Tigers to score only on a pair of penalty shots...It was 4-2 late in the second quarter but Borso tallied twice in the last 1:43, the first on a penalty shot earned off a breakaway outlet pass from goalie Colin McElory and the second with just three seconds left...The first three scores of the second half came in 6-on-5 situations...McElroy was once again stellar in the cage, stopping eight shots.



The Cross Country teams, both ranked nationally (women-10th/men-17th), take the week off from competition while preparing for the Oct. 22 CCAA Championships which will be held in San Francisco.


The rest is well-earned as both squads captured the Division II section of Saturday’s Triton Classic...The women, paced by talented senior Mimi Hodgins, ran away from second place Cal State San Bernardino, 19-57, to cop their second consecutive classic crown...Hodgins turned in a powerful performance, winning individual honors outright while posting a time of 21:5.35 over the 6K course...She moved to the front about midway through the race and hit the tape 22 seconds ahead of her nearest competitor...Nina Miller rolled in next for UCSD, placing eighth overall with a time of 22:55.2, with Emily McGregor close on her heels (10th/23:01)...Also scoring for the Tritons were Erin O’Donnell (13th/23:07.2) and Amanda Burkhardt (16th/23:19).


With senior Carl Lostrom producing perhaps his strongest race of the season, the UCSD men improved on last fall’s second place finish in this event  by out-pointing New Mexico Highlands, 20-47 for the title...Lostrom, covering the 8K in 26:14.1, was the top D-II finisher, ninth overall and pulled the rest of the squad with him...Seniors Luke Sigmon (13th/26:32.2) and Chris Beetley-Hagler (18th/26:46.1) and freshman Gabe LaMothe (20th/26:48.1) all hit the top 20 overall and Dan Holligan was 25th overall (26:57.3), narrowly finishing ahead of teammate Matt Noble.



Coach Scott McGihon begins his eighth season at the helm of the Swimming & Diving team this Saturday when he sends his charges out for the annual Blue & Gold intrasquad meet...Last year, the Triton women garnered third and the men fourth at the NCAA Division II Championships...Top returning performers for the Triton women include Susan Bell, Emily Harlan and Sophie Levy while men's vets include Mike Lahey, Michael Baier, Ben Falcioni and Joel Tourtellotte.



Coach Mike Wydra’s Golf team returns to the links today in the 12-team Chico State Invitational...The 54-hole event will be held at Butte Creek Country Club which plays just under 7,000 yds....The Triton roster will be comprised of senior Justin Grant, junior Ryo Yamada, sophomore Chris Hirahatake and freshmen Ryan Bailey and Billy Olsen, the latter two making their first UCSD appearances...Grant placed 15th at the season-opening Western Washington Invitational, the highest Triton finisher.



Senior Brent Molden and sophomore Erik Rubens will represent the Men’s Tennis team at the ITA Small College Championships in Ft. Myers, FL starting this Thursday...The Molden-Rubens tandem qualified for the prestigious, eight-team field by winning the ITA Western Regional Championship a week ago in Pomona...The pair are guaranteed three matches...It will be the second consecutive trip to the ITA Nationals for Molden who finished seventh last fall with Bryan Swatt.


Last weekend, Molden, Brent Meister, Erik Oijala and Steve Oechel played at the Division I oriented Bronco Classic in Santa Clara...Molden got one singles victory in the Tier One bracket and teamed with Meister to knock off the No. 2 seeded doubles team of Eric McKean and Blake Muller of Stanford.



For more information on Triton sports, check our website at http://ucsdtritons.com.


Monday, May 21
Baseball at Azusa Pacific
12:00 PM
Baseball at Azusa Pacific (if necessary)
3:30 PM
Thursday, May 24
Track & Field at Day One
Charlotte, NC
Friday, May 25
Swimming & Diving at Speedo Grand Challenge
All Day
Track & Field at Day Two
Charlotte, NC
W Rowing at Day One
4:00 AM
Sarasota, FL
Saturday, May 26
Baseball at NCAA Championship
Cary, NC (USA Baseball National Training Complex)
Track & Field at Day Three
Charlotte, NC
W Rowing at Day Two
4:00 AM
Sarasota, FL
Sunday, May 27
W Rowing at Day Three
4:00 AM
Sarasota, FL
Friday, June 01
M Rowing at Day One
All Day
Princeton, NJ
Saturday, June 02
M Rowing at Day Two
All Day
Princeton, NJ
Sunday, June 03
M Rowing at Day Three
All Day
Princeton, NJ
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