Release: Saturday 09/19/2009 
Sean Cruz and the Men's Water Polo team square off against Loyola Marymount Thursday.
Sean Cruz and the Men's Water Polo team square off...
Courtesy: Jimmy Gekas/Sideline Studios


Thu, Sep 24---M-Water Polo---UCSD vs. Loyola Marymount---6:00 PM

Fri, Sep 25---W-Soccer---UCSD at Cal Poly Pomona---4:30 PM
Fri, Sep 25---M-Soccer---UCSD at Cal Poly Pomona---7:00 PM
Fri, Sep 25---W-Volleyball---UCSD vs. Chico State---7:00 PM

Sat, Sep 26---Cross Country---UCSD at Stegmoller Classic---9:00 AM
Sat, Sep 26---W-Volleyball---UCSD vs. Cal State Stanislaus---7:00 PM

Sun, Sep 27---M-Soccer---UCSD at Cal State San Bernardino---11:30 AM
Sun, Sep 27---W-Soccer---UCSD at Cal State San Bernardino---2:00 PM

Coach Denny Harper's Men's Water Polo team will face a familiar foe Thursday--the first day of school--when it tangles with No. 5 Loyola Marymount in the traditional "Opening Day" match-up between the two Western Water Polo Assn. rivals...Due to the ongoing mechanical issues at Canyonview Pool, the contest will be played at the Coggan Family Aquatic Complex adjacent to La Jolla High School...Start time is 6:00 PM...See further details in "News & Notes" below.

The two teams met for the first time this season, Saturday morning at the 16-team NorCal Invitational in Palo Alto...Fifth-ranked LMU had to hold off a feverish fourth quarter rally by the Tritons to prevail, 6-5...Down, 5-2, early, UCSD narrowed it to a goal and had numerous chances to get the tying goal, including a man-up situation in the final seconds that it could not convert...Five different players scored for the Tritons and sophomore goalie David Morton had six saves...Harper & Co. had another battle on their hands Saturday afternoon but this time a comeback resulted in an 8-7 victory over transfer-driven No. 10 Concordia...Up, 3-1, early, UCSD found itself down a goal at halftime but knotted the score at six heading into the final period... ...The Donohoe brothers combined for five goals--senior Steve getting three and freshman Brian two--and Bryce Madsen chipped in with another pair...Steve Donohoe, suffering from the flu, didn't start but came off the bench in the second to draw several key ejections in addition to his scoring exploits...His final goal, a six-on-five tally with eight seconds remaining was the game-winner...Morton posted another 10 saves.

Sunday, Morton's eight saves and two goals apiece by Madsen and senior Peter Gresham were not enough to keep UCSD from dropping an 11-7 decision to No. 9 Long Beach State...A 4-1 advantage over the second and third quarters proved to be the difference for the 49ers...The tournament ended on a positive note for the Tritons as they secured 11th place with a 10-7 triumph over UC Davis...Five first period goals put UCSD in control early and they never relinquished the lead...Brian Donohoe found the back of the cage three times while seniors Kneif Lohse and Ian Bausback added two each.

With three straight CCAA wins in its pocket, the fourth-ranked Women's Volleyball team is back in action at RIMAC Arena this weekend, hosting Chico State (12-2/3-1) Friday and Cal State Stanislaus (5-6/0-4) Saturday...The Tritons, now 12-1 overall and 4-1 in conference play, come into the week tied for second in the CCAA, one game behind league-leading Cal State San Bernardino...UCSD split with Chico State and swept a pair of matches from Stanislaus in 2008.

In what is becoming an increasingly unpredictable, bizarre rivalry, UCSD outlasted host Cal State L.A., 3-2 (22-25, 25-18, 20-25, 26-24, 16-14) Friday night...Senior Sylvia Schmidt, becoming more of a force each week, led a multi-faceted UCSD attack with 17 kills while Black's charges outhit (.222-.184) and out-blocked (11-9) the Golden Eagles...Senior setter Elaine Chen distributed 46 assists and Katie Condon (13) and Lauren Bradley (12) also reached double figures in the kills column...The Tritons appeared to be finished, trailing, 14-12, in the decisive fifth set but a Bradley kill followed by a Condon block deadlocked the score at 14...Following an L.A. error, Condon hammered the game-winner, in the third consecutive five-set affair between the two teams.

Schmidt's 13 kills and an 11-dig, four ace performance by libero Roxanne Brunsting helped UCSD roll past Cal State Dominguez Hills, 3-0 (25-22, 25-16, 25-10) Saturday at RIMAC Arena...Condon had eight kills and sophomore Janessa Werhane a team high 13 digs as the Tritons made easy work of the Toros after a tight first set.

Hear Coach Tom Black's Saturday night post-match comments.

Coach Brian McManus's Women's Soccer team plays its fourth and fifth consecutive road games this weekend when it travels to Cal Poly Pomona (6-2/2-2) Friday and Cal State San Bernardino (4-4/3-1) Sunday...The Tritons won two-of-three on a three-match Northern California road swing last week to push their season record to 5-2 (3-2 in the CCAA)...UCSD is ranked 13th nationally and but is tied for second in the conference's South Division with San Bernardino, half a game up on Cal Poly Pomona.

The 13th-ranked Tritons opened their six-day, three-game CCAA road trip with a relatively easy, 3-1, victory over Cal State East Bay...Freshman midfielder Jessica Wi notched UCSD's first two goals, No. 1 coming just 5:10 into the contest...She scored again one minute and 16 seconds after the second half kickoff...Junior Remy Hitt came off the bench to make it 3-0 on an unassisted tally in the 64th minute...The Pioneers made it a two-goal final margin with less than a minute to go...The Tritons outshot East Bay, 14-6, and had a 7-1 advantage in corner kicks.
Two nights later, UCSD ruined the opening of a new soccer complex at Cal State Stanislaus, drilling the Warriors, 4-0...The Tritons scored twice in each half--sophomores Sarah McTigue and Shelby Wong doing the honors in the first 45 minutes...Wong got her second at the 70:04 mark and senior Alexia Zatarain, fresh off the injured list, fed freshman defender Ellen Wilson on a corner with the latter finishing off a scrum in the box with her first collegiate goal...Kristin Armstrong and Kim Cushing combined for the shutout, needing to stop just two shots.

Sunday, the young Tritons, who have just one senior and two juniors on their 26-player roster, were upended, 2-0, at Chico State on a pair of seocnd half Lisa Webster goals, a minute and a half apart...Both sides managed just three shots on goal but unfortunately for UCSD, two of the three Wildcat shots found paydirt...The win leaves Chico State as the only undefeated squad in the CCAA.

Now 3-1-4 after taking a loss and a tie on last weekend's trek to Northern California, Coach Jon Pascale's side faces Cal Poly Pomona (3-4/1-3) and Cal State San Bernardino (6-2/2-2) this Friday and Sunday respectively...UCSD, still looking for its first conference win, is 0-1-3 in CCAA play and is tied for fourth in the South Division with Cal Poly Pomona...San Bernardino is in third place.

UCSD suffered its first loss of the season Friday at Cal State Stanislaus, letting a 1-0 halftime lead slip away in a 2-1 decision...The Tritons owned the numbers, outshooting the Warriors, 23-12, and piling up nine corners to their opponent's five...It looked like senior defender Daniel Pavitt's first career goal--an untouched free kick in the 15th minute--might be enough for UCSD to grab its first CCAA win of the season...But CSUS's Victor Regaldo scored twice on second half set pieces to lift the Warriors.

Despite being outshot, 20-8, UCSD came away with a 1-1 draw from Sunday's
clash at Chico State...The Tritons grabbed a 1-0 lead from the fifth-ranked Wildcats when freshman Evan Walker knocked in a Tony Choi cross lin the 28th minute...Senior keeper Peter Akman, who recorded nine saves on the afternoon, made that score stand until the 65:50 mark when Chico broke through to tie it up.

With dreams of returning in November, Coach Nate Garcia's Cross Country teams head to Evansville, IN Saturday for the Southern Indiana Pre-National Invitational on the campus of University of Southern Indiana Evansville...The course, which hosted the 2004 NCAA Division II Championship, will be the site of the 2009 Championship as well.

Garcia will send out a pair of 10-runner squads...The women will go the NCAA Championship 6K distance while the men will cover 8K, two kilometers short race that will determine the national title holder in eight weeks...The primarily Division II fields will feature six of the top 25 D-II women's teams in the country and four of the top 25 on the men's side...UCSD will be missing several key racers...Impressive freshman Brian Knight, sidelined by shoulder surgery, will be out of action as will top six freshmen women--Catherine Crisp and Jackie Sikkema.

Coach Kevin Ring, the 2009 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Men's Volleyball Coach of the Year, has hired Daniel Hughes as the Tritons' new assistant coach...Hughes, a San Diego native, is a graduate of UC Santa Barbara (2003) and was a four-year letter winner on the Gauchos' volleyball squad...He is currently the Director of the Beach & Bay Volleyball Club locally.

Host Craig Elsten will welcome UCSD Men's Water Polo Head Coach Denny Harper to Triton Talk this week...The online radio show will be available starting Wednesday afternoon at http://ucsdtritons.com...Also guesting will be Harper's senior star Steven Donohoe.

UCSD students will have two options for travel to Thursday's UCSD-LMU Men's Water Polo clash at Coggan Family Aquatic Complex in La Jolla...UCSD shuttles will be available starting at 4:30 PM from the shuttle stop across from the Hopkins Parking Structure...Two shuttles will go back-and-forth based on occupancy...Students may also ride free on the MTS #30 which picks up every 15 minutes on campus at Gilman Dr. & Eucalyptus Grove Lane and drops at La Jolla Blvd. & Nautilus, about a block from the venue...Interested students can check the UCSD Athletic website for more information.

Over 2,500 new students are expected to attend this morning's Triton Power Hour event at RIMAC Arena...The annual welcome/spirit rally begins at 11:00 AM.

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