This Week’s Events:
Thu., Oct. 20---Men’s Water Polo---UCSD at Pepperdine---
Fri., Oct. 21---Men’s Water Polo---UCSD at UCLA---
Fri., Oct. 21---Women’s Volleyball---UCSD at
Sat., Oct. 22---Cross Country---UCSD at CCAA Championships---
Sat., Oct. 22---Women’s Swimming---UCSD vs. UCLA---
Sat., Oct. 22---Women’s Soccer---UCSD vs. Cal State Dominguez Hills---
Sat., Oct. 22---Men’s Soccer---UCSD vs. Cal State Dominguez Hills---
Sat., Oct. 22---Women’s Volleyball---UCSD at
Sun., Oct. 23---Men’s Crew---UCSD at Head of the Charles Regatta---
Sun., Oct. 23---Fencing---UCSD at UCI Collegiate Open---
NO. 9 WOMEN'S SOCCER HOME SATURDAY VS. DOMINGUEZ HILLS
On the heels of a 2-1 road trip to Northern California, the ninth-ranked Women’s Soccer teams looks to solidify its hold on the CCAA’s South Division when it hosts Cal State Dominguez Hills Saturday...Coach Brian McManus’s side is 13-2 overall and 9-2 in the CCAA...It leads the South Division by eight points over Dominguez Hills and Cal State L.A.
The Tritons opened their recent three-game trek by rebounding from a 1-0 deficit to clip Cal State Bakersfield, 2-1...Down a goal at halftime, UCSD wasted no time getting the equalizer as leading scorer Megan Dickey connected, with an assist from Alise Malley, 15 seconds into the second half on a play that developed right out of the kickoff...UC which outshot the ‘Runners (25-11) and owned a 9-1 corner kick margin, finally took the lead for the first time at 61:35 when junior Alie Avina headed in one of those corners, off the foot of Kristina De La Rosa, for her first career goal.
Two nights later, the Tritons handed Chico State just its third loss of the season, holding off the 18th-ranked Wildcats, 2-1...All-CCAA senior Heather Szafraniec opened the scoring with the first goal of her career, corralling a low bouncing pass from Dickey and stuffing a screened shot inside the left post from the top of the box...Early in the second half, freshman Laura Borenstein registered her second goal of the year, converting a cross from Kathy Sepulveda...Chico State outshot UCSD, 9-6, and broke the shutout with 20 minutes to go in the game, but the Triton defense tightened in front of Shirley to lock up the win.
The Tritons had their nine-game winning streak snapped Sunday at Cal State Stanislaus...The Warriors, undefeated on their home field, scored out of a free kick situation with just 25 seconds remaining in regulation to nip UCSD, 2-1...Stanislaus, one of the CCAA's northern powers, scored first at 37:31...The Tritons, despite playing a man down after Avina picked up a red card in the 75th minute, evened things up at 79:13 when Malley connected for an unassisted goal, only to see CSUS strike back in the final minute...UC had clear edges in shots (17-11) and corners (8-3).
MEN'S SOCCER RENEWS DOMINGUEZ HILLS RIVALRY HERE SATURDAY
MEN'S SOCCER RENEWS DOMINGUEZ HILLS RIVALRY HERE SATURDAY
Now 10-3-1 overall, 7-3-1 in league action and first in the CCAA South standings, the Men’s Soccer team squares off at home with second place Cal State Dominguez Hills, Saturday, in an affair that is critical to its conference and post-season hopes...The 21st-ranked Tritons tied the Toros in Carson earlier this year.
Coach Derek Armstrong’s charges suffered a heartbreaking, 2-1, loss at Cal State Bakersfield to open a three-game road swing last week...Up, 1-0, courtesy of freshman Tom Caplan’s first career goal, which came off a cross from senior Robert Stetina in the 55th minute, the Tritons saw it slip away when the ‘Runners deadlocked things at 84:50 and then got the game-winner on a controversial penalty kick with one second remaining in regulation...The PK was awarded for a hand ball in the box...UCSD had four corner kicks to three for CSUB but the ‘Runners had a decided advantage in the shots department (19-8), including an 11-2 edge in the second half...Senior Eddie Ruhland made three saves in goal for the Tritons.
Caplan maintained the hot hand offensively, scoring the only goal of the game two nights later as UCSD outlasted Chico State, 1-0, in overtime...The Tritons seemed to control play, getting 10 shots to just three for the Wildcats and posting their seventh shutout of the fall...The game-winner came 4:57 into the first overtime period as Caplan took a pass from senior Matt Davey and drilled it home off a Chico State defender.
The Tritons closed out the grueling road trip with a hard-fought, 1-0, triumph at Cal State Stanislaus...Sophomore Pat Kelly registered his second goal of the year in the 18th minute and then Ruhland and the UCSD "D" made it stand up...Chase Douglas got credit for the assist on Kelly's score.
CROSS COUNTRY TEAMS IN S.F. FOR CCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
The first in a series of “big” meets comes up Saturday for the Cross Country team as Ted Van Arsdale and Co. fly to San Francisco for the CCAA Championships...The women will run 6K and the men 8K over a Golden Gate Park course where the Tritons have never competed...The UCSD women were second and the men third at the 2005 event which was held at Prado Park in Chino Hills.
Senior standout Mimi Hodgins, UCSD’s top individual finisher at every competition this fall and sixth at the conference race in 2004, is the standard bearer for the Triton women...Others to watch include steady sophomore Emily McGregor, 2004 CCAA Freshman of the Year Diane Dunn, junior Erin O’Donnell, who figures to be aided by the added distance, and sophomore Amanda Burkhardt.
The senior troika of Carl Lostrom, Luke Sigmon and Chris Beetley-Hagler should be near the front for the Triton men...Lostrom ran a particularly strong race at the Oct. 8 Triton Invitational and looks to be rounding into top form...Junior Dan Holligan and fast-improving freshmen Gabe LaMothe, Jake LeVieux and Matt Noble are also potential scorers for UCSD.
WATER POLO REACHES 20 WINS; PEPPERDINE/UCLA NEXT
Back at No. 5 in the national rankings and fresh off a sixth place finish at the tough NorCal Tournament, the Men’s Water Polo team gets another pair of rigorous tests this week, traveling to Los Angeles to face No. 7 Pepperdine, Thursday, and No. 1 UCLA the next day...The Tritons, now 20-4 on the season, have dropped two of three match-ups with Pepperdine this season, including one at NorCal which figures to shake up this week’s rankings...It will be their first game against UCLA, a team they have never beaten.
The Tritons won the NorCal opener in impressive fashion, rocking No. 9 St. Francis, 17-9, with seniors Jon Hopkins and Brandon Borso netting four goals apiece...UCSD, which rolled out to a 10-2 halftime advantage, made the Terriers pay for their physical style of play, converting 10-of-12 man-up opportunities...Ty Lackey and Jesse Casellini both scored three times...Leading, 6-4, after three periods, the Tritons were defeated, 8-7, in sudden death overtime by No. 4 Stanford in game two...Hopkins had three and Borso a deuce in the losing effort...It was deadlocked at six through four quarters...UCSD scored in the first overtime period, the Cardinal countered in the second...Hopkins’ brother, Thomas, notched the game-winner with 14 seconds left in the first sudden death period.
Sunday, Coach Denny Harper’s squad whipped No. 6 UC Irvine for the second time this season, 11-10...Hopkins, an offensive machine of late, bombarded the Anteaters with five goals as the Tritons went up, 11-8, after three periods and then had to hold off a desperate UCI surge in the final minute to preserve the victory...Borso and sophomore Adi Jerkovic each accounted for two goals, senior Colin McElroy had six saves and UCSD went 5-for-9 with the man advantage...The Tritons closed the tourney with a 12-7 loss to Pepperdine...Chris Eichholz and Hopkins staked UC to an early, 2-0, advantage but by halftime the Waves were up, 6-5, and they dominated the final two quarters...Hopkins wound up with three goals and Jerkovic had two.
VOLLEYBALL COMES BACK TO TOP
In a coming out party of sorts, the 16th-ranked Women’s Volleyball team lifted itself off the deck and cut down an old nemesis, No. 11 Cal State San Bernardino, 3-2 (31-33, 24-30, 30-20, 30-20, 15-11) Saturday night at RIMAC Arena...The Tritons, playing inspired defense, blocking at a new level and demonstrating the kind of resolve that wins big matches, came back from a two-game deficit in a must-win-type showdown that kept them in the thick of the NCAA postseason hunt.
Junior transfer Kristin Halvorsen was at the controls during the comeback, stepping off the bench at the start of game three to hand out 29 assists and get part of seven blocks...Junior Nicole Courtney was again a jack-of-all-trades, knocking down 20 kills, getting 14 digs and serving up four of UCSD’s 10 aces...The Tritons outhit (.234-.184) and outblocked (12.5-10.5) the Coyotes and were aced just once...Freshman Kim Carpenter also had a big game, smashing 16 kills, including a big one at 13-11 in game five.
Coach Tom Black’s club is now 15-4 overall and 7-3 in CCAA play...They travel to Sonoma State and Cal State Monterey Bay this weekend before playing four straight at home, starting Oct. 28 against Cal State Stanislaus.
IMPROVING GOLF SQUAD SIXTH AT
With a pair of freshman stepping into the lineup for the first time, the Golf team finished sixth out of 12 at the Chico State Invitational...Coach Mike Wydra’s linksters posted a 54-hole team score of 895, 29 strokes behind the score of first place UCLA and just one stroke out of fifth...It was a significant improvement over the squad’s opening tournament performance at Western Washington.
Senior Justin Grant was again low man for UCSD, carding a 223 (+7) over the 6,977-yd. Butte Creek Country Club layout...One of the freshmen, Billy Olsen also fired a 223 and both players tied for 23rd place...Next in line were junior Ryo Yamada and freshman Ryan Bailey who each tied for 30th place at 225 while sophomore Chris Harahatake tied for 56th with a 236.
MOLDEN-RUBENS TAKE SILVER AT ITA CHAMPIONSHIPS
Senior Brent Molden and sophomore Erik Rubens teamed to finish second in the doubles competition at the ITA Small College National Championships in Fort Myers (FL) last week...The Triton duo was edged, 7-6 (4), 6-3, in the final by Thomas Hiipp and Martin Jensen of Barry (FL)...Molden-Rubens earned the trip to Florida by winning the ITA Western Regional Championships and won quarterfinal and semi-final matches to reach the championship event...Their finish matched the best ever by a UCSD doubles team, equaling the second place performance of Sameer Chopra and Jeff Wilson in 2003.
GOLD DOMINATES SWIMMING & DIVING INTRASQUAD
It was a golden day for the Swimming & Diving teams Saturday as the Gold team defeated the Blue in both the men’s and women’s divisions at the annual season-opening intrasquad meet at Canyonview Pool...The regular season opens Saturday with the women hosting UCLA.
For the record, on the men’s side, the Gold recorded a 149-106 victory and won a closer, 129-117 decision in the women’s competition...Senior Michael Baier was a three-event winner for the Gold, capturing the 200 freestyle (1:44.89), 150 breaststroke (1:35.21) and the 300 IM (3:03.52)...Sophomore distance specialist Joel Tourtellotte won the 800 (7:51.20) and 400 (3:45.81) freestyles....Meanwhile, junior sprinter Lars Nordstrom touched first in the 50 (21.58) and 100 (47.56) freestyles...For the Gold women, All-American junior Emily Harlan swept the sprints, winning the 50 in 24.15 and the 100 in 53.00 while freshman Danielle Warren was also a double winner, snagging the 200 free (1:58.95) and the 300 individual medley (3:21.26)...For the Blue, junior Susan Bell won three events (50 backstroke/28.75, 150 backstroke/1:34.99 and 400 free/4:08.47) and sophomore Evan Hsiao a pair (50 breaststroke/26.97 and 50 butterfly/23.51).
MIRACLE MILE II A SUCCESS
Dodging rain to run under picture perfect skies, the second annual UCSD Miracle Mile, benefiting UCSD Cross Country and the Challenged Athletes Foundation, produced a series of stellar races Sunday morning over a fast campus downhill course.
The day kicked off with a spirited youth race (14 and under) that saw Adam Rolph (5:20.58) nip Eric Leslie (5:20.95) in the final strides...Tali Gires won the girls youth competition in 5:55.31...James Sheremeta (4:32.54) and Kellie Rolph (5:39.73) were the men’s and women’s masters winners respectively...In the featured mile event, Chris Emme just missed breaking the four-minute barrier, clocking 4:02.31 to narrowly beat our Joseph Keino (4:03.44)...Last year’s inaugural winner, Jak Kuehn was third in 4:08.79.
MEN’S CREW TEAM OPENS ON
The Men’s Crew team will see its first action of the fall when it travels to Boston (MA) for the prestigious Head of the Charles Regatta...Coach Mark Davis will send out one of 42 entries in the Collegiate Eight...Manning the boat will be four returning varsity rowers—John Wick, Steven Oliver, Eric Murtfeldt and Andreas Onetto—four up from last year’s novice squad—coxswain Joe Gram, Williams Stuart, Joe Baker and Shawn Hay—and freshman Ryan Andre.
FENCERS OPEN AT
The Fencing team makes it 2005-06 debut Sunday at the UC Irvine Collegiate Open, an individual event that figures to draw most, if not all, of the teams from the Intercollegiate Fencing Conference of Southern California...Coach Heidi Runyan expects to send 20 women and 14 men to Irvine...In the epee, returning standout Chelsea Ambort and freshman Heather Stephenson should be near the top of the heap...On the men’s side, a trio of saber specialists, Bret Martin and Jason and Jeremy Runyan, the latter back after a year off, should lead the way.
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