UC SAN DIEGO ATHLETIC UPDATE (November 2, 2009)
Release: Tuesday 11/01/2009 
by UCSD
Bryce Madsen and the Men's Water Polo team return to Canyonview Saturday afternoon.
Bryce Madsen and the Men's Water Polo team...
Courtesy: Jimmy Gekas/Sideline Studios
This Week's Events:

Wed., Nov. 4----M Tennis----UCSD at So. Calif. Intercollegiates---All Day
Wed., Nov. 4----W Volleyball---UCSD vs. Cal State East Bay---7:00 PM

Thu., Nov. 5---M Tennis---UCSD at So. Calif. Intercollegiates---All Day

Fri., Nov. 6---M Tennis---UCSD at So. Calif. Intercollegiates---All Day
Fri., Nov. 6---W Soccer---UCSD at CCAA Championships---11:00 AM

Fri., Nov. 6---Swimming and Diving---UCSD at San Diego State---3:00 PM
Fri., Nov. 6---W Volleyball---UCSD at San Francisco State---7:00 PM

Sat., Nov. 7---M Tennis---UCSD at So. Calif. Intercollegiates---All Day
Sat., Nov. 7---Cross Country---UCSD at NCAA Regional Championships---9:00 AM
Sat., Nov. 7---M Water Polo---UCSD vs. Santa Clara ---12:00 PM
Sat., Nov. 7---W Volleyball---UCSD at Cal State Monterey Bay---7:00 PM

Sun., Nov. 8---M Tennis---UCSD at So. Calif. Intercollegiates---All Day
Sun., Nov. 8---W Crew---UCSD at San Diego Fall Classic---7:00 AM
Sun., Nov. 8---W Soccer---UCSD at CCAA Championships---TBD

MEN'S WATER POLO BACK TO CANYONVIEW VS. SANTA CLARA
Coach Denny Harper's 11th-ranked Men's Water Polo team returns to its Canyonview home for the first time this season when it hosts No. 13 Santa Clara Saturday at noon...Forced to train and play off campus after a pre-season mechanical failure closed Canyonview for more than a month, the Tritons will, ironically, be playing their 2009 Canyonview opener on Senior Day...Coming off a pair of road losses to top 10 teams, Harper's squad brings an 11-13 mark into Saturday's tilt which figures to have key implications for seeding at the upcoming Western Water Polo Assn. (WWPA) Championship...A UCSD win should make them the second seed behind Loyola Marymount.

After fighting back from two goals down to tie No. 8 Long Beach State at 5-5 with two minutes to go Friday night in Long Beach, the Tritons allowed the 49ers to convert a pair of late counter attack goals in a 7-6 loss...Senior Bryce Madsen had a three-goal outing for UCSD and goalie David Morton recorded eight saves.

The next afternoon in Los Angeles, UCSD lost to No. 6 Loyola Marymount for the fourth time this fall, giving way, 11-6, as the Lions dictated things early and late...After falling behind, 4-1, at halftime, the Tritons rallied and a Sean Roberts goal made it 7-5 at the onset of the fourth quarter...But LMU had another, 4-1, surge to put the game away.

Read website Q&A with sophomore goalie David Morton.

NO. 2 VOLLEYBALL EXTENDS STREAK TO 15
Riding a 15-match winning streak, the second-ranked Women's Volleyball (24-1/16-1) team faces a tough three-match-in-four-day stretch this week starting Wednesday at home against Cal State East Bay (8-17/6-11)...Coach Tom Black's Tritons then take to the road for a Friday contest at San Francisco State (18-8/11-7) and Saturday at Cal State Monterey Bay (10-17/5-13)...UCSD remains half a game behind first place Cal State San Bernardino in the CCAA with five games remaining in the regular season...If form holds, the two teams would be tied at the end of the week...San Francisco State is sixth, Cal State East Bay eighth and Cal State Monterey Bay ninth in the league standings.

With senior Sylvia Schmidt playing like an MVP, UCSD opened last week's NorCal sojourn with a strong, 3-0 (25-16, 25-22, 25-21) conquest of Cal State Stanislaus... Schmidt pounded 19 kills while hitting an impressive .500...Sophomores Hillary Williamson (11 kills) and Katie Condon (9) continued their solid play as did libero Roxanne Brunsting who dug a game high 17 balls and served up two aces...Senior setter Elaine Chen handed out 35 assists and had a season high 15 digs.

Schmidt racked up 19 kills and Condon 14 as UCSD rolled to a Halloween shutout over No. 25 host Chico State, 3-0 (25-21, 25-23, 25-17) the next night...After surrendering the first two points of the evening, three kills by Schmidt highlighted a run of six straight points that put UCSD in charge of the set and ultimately the match...Chen's numbers included 41 assists (she has 2,819 in her career; third all-time at UCSD) and four of the Tritons' 12 aces...Williamson had just seven kills but continued her to be a major component in the UCSD machine with a match high 16 digs...Brunsting got another 11 digs and senior Karen Reis chipped in with 10...Middle blocker Cara Simonsen added three aces.

WOMEN'S SOCCER GOES FOR EIGHTH CCAA TITLE AT STANISLAUS
Just five days ago, the 18th-ranked Women's Soccer team sported the best record in the CCAA...Now, after a stunning weekend that saw the squad suffer back-to-back home losses for the first time since 1985, the Tritons will be heading into this weekend's CCAA Championship tournament in Stanislaus trying to rebound...Coach Brian McManus's side is 14-5 overall and finished 11-5 in conference play, tying for second in the CCAA's South Division...The CCAA semi-finals (men & women) are scheduled for Friday and the championship games will be played Sunday...The UCSD Women have won seven CCAA crowns since joining the conference in 2000

The Tritons lost their grip on first place in the CCAA South with a frustrating, 1-0, home loss to No. 16 Cal State L.A. Friday night...In a contest that saw UCSD hold the upper hand much of the way, the Golden Eagles netted on a counter attack with 2:47 remaining in regulation to steal a victory...CSULA held sway in the game's opening 15 minutes but the tide started shifting towards UCSD  and stayed there through the remainder of the first half...The second half was virtually all Tritons and McManus's side had any number of quality scoring opportunities including a penalty kick that was blocked by L.A. keeper Jessie Walworth...The Golden Eagles had a 17-14 edge in shots and UCSD goalkeeper Kristin Armstrong stopped a career high 10 stops but after the opening minutes, the visitors never seriously threatened until getting the game-winner.

Sunday against Cal State Dominguez Hills, the results were eerily similar...The Tritons controlled play through most of the first half, grabbing the lead in the 18th minute when freshman Jessica Wi, taking a short pass off a corner, fired a cross into the box that a wide open Anne Wethe headed home with authority...But the Toros upped the physicality of play in the second half and after threatening several times, connected with the equalizer on a free kick at 70:43...UCSD seemed to have stabilized things in the first overtime period but another free kick situation resulted in the game-winner at 7:42 of extra time...The two teams will meet again Friday at 11:00 AM in the first round of the CCAA Championships.

Hear Sunday post-game interview with Brian McManus.

SEASON ENDS ON DOWN NOTE FOR MEN'S SOCCER
Coach Jon Pascale's second season at the helm of the Men's Soccer program concluded at home Sunday with a 2-0 loss to defending NCAA Division II champion Cal State Dominguez Hills...The loss, the second of the weekend, left the Tritons with a 7-9-4 record for the year and a 4-9-3 ledger in CCAA play.

In what has a been recurring theme, Pascale's club played well but not well enough to win Friday night, suffering a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Cal State Los Angeles, the nation's seventh-ranked team...Although the Golden Eagles owned advantages in shots (12-3) and corners (6-3), the game was up for grabs throughout but it was the visitors who grabbed when opportunity presented itself at the 48:31...Jason Swope got free and put his shot past onrushing UCSD keeper Peter Akman.

Sunday, the Tritons hung tough with Cal State Dominguez Hills but a pair of goals, eight minutes apart, late in the second half undid more than 72 minutes of essentially even play between the two sides...Akman was again sturdy in goal, stopping eight shots, several in spectacular fashion...The Toros piled up more shots and corners but most of the margin was constructed late in the game...Eight seniors, including Akman, played their final games at UCSD.

Listen to Jon Pascale's Sunday post-game comments.

NCAA REGIONALS NEXT FOR CROSS COUNTRY SQUADS
Second-year Head Coach Nate Garcia takes his Cross Country teams to the Bay Area Saturday for the 2009 NCAA Division II West Regionals which will be run at San Francisco's Golden Gate Park...The women will go 6K and the men 10K over the international style 2K loop course...The top four women's teams and the top three men's teams at the Regional race will advance to the NCAA Championships, two weeks later in Evansville, IN.

Garcia's harriers are coming off runner-up (women) and fifth place (men) finishes at the Oct. 24 CCAA Championships...The UCSD women, who have gone to the NCAA Championships six-of-the-last-seven years, were second at this event in 2008 and are ranked fifth in the region coming in...The Tritons will be led by sophomore All-American Bre Schofield but Garcia feels that team depth will be the critical factor Saturday.

The Triton men, who missed last year's national meet, will have their work cut out for them at the Regional...Senior Mike Wright and sophomore Jeremy Riley are expected to be the frontrunners as they have been the last several races...Each team will send out seven runners with the top five finishers scoring.

NEWS & NOTES
The next edition of Triton Talk, hosted by Craig Elsten, will feature Men's Water Polo Coach Denny Harper, his senior starter Bryce Madsen and a men's basketball pre-season report from Head Coach Chris Carlson...The show will be available to listeners Tuesday afternoon on ucsdtritons.com.

Coach Eric Steidlmayer will send seven members of his Men's Tennis team to this week's Southern California Intercollegiates at UCLA...His players will compete in a mix of singles and doubles...Representing UCSD will be Erik Elliott, Vincent Nguyen, Sam Ling, Alex Placek, Jake Fellow, Austin West and Armaun Emani.

In its lone fall competition, Coach Zach Johnson's Men's Crew team sent three eights to Sunday's Newport Autumn Rowing Festival...Featuring mix-and-match lineups, the three UCSD boats finished 12th, 14th and 17th in the 32-team event which was won by UC Berkeley.

The Swimming & Diving teams tangle with Division I competition Friday at San Diego State...The Triton women will challenge San Diego State and Texas Christian while the men will hook up with only the latter...The first event is scheduled for 3:00 PM.

Coach Pattie Pinkerton's Women's Crew will launch two varsity eights, three novice eights and a varsity four in Sunday's San Diego Fall Classic on Mission Bay...The regatta, which will start near Sea World and finish up along North Ski Beach, is the final fall competition for the Tritons.

Results of the annual Triton Athletes' Council Halloween Costume Contest held in conjunction with Friday night's soccer doubleheader...First place-softball...Second place-men's cross country...Third place-women's cross country.

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

 

Sunday, December 21
W Basketball vs. Cal Poly Pomona
2:00 PM
UC San Diego
M Basketball vs. Cal Poly Pomona
4:00 PM
UC San Diego
Monday, December 29
Swimming & Diving at San Diego State (W)/Air Force/Incarnate Word
2:00 PM
San Diego
Friday, January 02
W Basketball vs. Cal State Stanislaus
5:30 PM
UC San Diego
M Basketball vs. Cal State Stanislaus
7:30 PM
UC San Diego
Saturday, January 03
Swimming & Diving vs. Grand Canyon/Incarnate Word/San Diego State (W)
11:00 AM
UC San Diego
W Basketball vs. Chico State
5:30 PM
UC San Diego
M Basketball vs. Chico State
7:30 PM
UC San Diego
Sunday, January 04
Swimming & Diving vs. Colorado Mesa/Missouri S&T (M)/San Jose State (W)
12:00 PM
UC San Diego
Wednesday, January 07
M Volleyball at Concordia
7:00 PM
Irvine
Friday, January 09
Fencing at North American Cup
8:00 AM
Salt Lake City, UT
W Basketball vs. Sonoma State
5:30 PM
UC San Diego
M Basketball vs. Sonoma State
7:30 PM
UC San Diego
Saturday, January 10
Swimming & Diving at Loyola Marymount (W)/CSU Bakersfield
12:00 PM
Los Angeles
M Volleyball at Grand Canyon
1:00 PM
Phoenix, AZ
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