Fri., Dec. 4---W Basketball---UCSD at Cal State San Bernardino---5:30 PM
Fri., Dec. 4---M Basketball---UCSD at Cal State San Bernardino---7:30 PM
Sat., Dec. 5---W Basketball---UCSD at Cal Poly Pomona---5:30 PM
Sat., Dec. 5---M Basketball---UCSD at Cal Poly Pomona---7:30 PM
PK LOSS ENDS SEASON FOR WOMEN'S SOCCER
In a contest where it had clearly been the superior side for 110 minutes of regulation and overtime, the freshmen and sophomore laden Women's Soccer team saw its 2009 campaign come to a devastating end with a penalty kick shootout loss to Cal State Dominguez, Friday night at Triton Soccer Stadium...The two clubs battled to a 2-2 deadlock through the first 90 minutes and neither team was able to score in the two 10-minute overtime sessions...Junior Lisa Bradley put UCSD up, 1-0, after the first round of penalty shots but the Tritons proceeded to miss three straight while the Toros connected on three of their final four to ice the verdict...UCSD, which lost to Dominguez Hills in similar fashion in the first round of the CCAA Tournament two weeks back, finishes 15-5-2.
The Tritons outshot the Toros, 24-10, and had 12 corners to just three for the visitors... Despite UCSD controlling the run of play and getting several high quality chances, the two teams went to intermission scoreless...In a crazy span of one minute and 44 seconds just after the break, the complexion of the game changed radically...The Toros drew a free kick just outside the top of the box and Brooke Thompson struck a beauty to put them up, 1-0...Less than two minutes later, a mishandled throw-in resulted in an own goal and Dominguez Hills was in command, 2-0, just four and half minutes into the second half... Backed by a raucous home crowd, UCSD kept its composure and rapidly recaptured the momentum it had owned for the majority of night...The effort was finally rewarded in the 58th minute when freshman midfielder Danielle Dixon, a stalwart the entire evening, sent a cross into the box where Bradey headed it home to cut the Toros lead in half...UCSD kept pressing and at 77:19, leading scorer Sarah McTigue took a feed from fellow sophomore Anne Wethe, maneuvered in the box and drilled a left-footer into the upper left corner to tie the score...The Tritons continued to threaten but were unable to connect...They were the dominant team in the two overtimes although the Toros had what was likely the best single opportunity, a point blank try that keeper Kristin Armstrong miraculously managed to shove wide.
Hear Friday's post-game interview with Head Coach Brian McManus.
WATER POLO COMES UP JUST SHORT AT WWPA TOURNEY
Despite what Head Coach Denny Harper called "one of the best defensive efforts we've had in a long time," the Men's Water Polo team fell just short of a 15th Western Water Polo Assn. (WWPA) title, dropping a 5-4 decision to top-seeded Loyola Marymount in the conference championship tournament Sunday at Chapman...The 10th-ranked Tritons finish the season with an overall record of 14-14.
The tournament was almost over before it really started for Harper's outfit which had to work harder than expected just to escape the first round, going overtime to subdue No. 20 Redlands, 14-13...Down, 4-2, in the first quarter, UCSD turned it around and seemed to have things in hand but let a three-goal fourth period lead slip away, necessitating OT...Goals by Lance Curtiss and Sean Roberts provided a 14-12 cushion after the first overtime period and the Tritons were able to stave off a late Bulldog comeback effort...Senior Steve Donohoe and junior Bryce Madsen each recorded three-goal hat tricks while Curtiss, Roberts and Sean Cruz netted two apiece.
While the WWPA opener proved to be all the Tritons could handle, Saturday's semi-final against seventh-seeded Whittier, an upset winner over No. 2 seed Air Force, was just the opposite...Roberts scored on the first possession of the game and before the Poets knew what had hit them, Harper's squad had rung up nine unanswered goals en route to a 16-3 cakewalk...Donohoe tallied five times and seven other players hit the score sheet in the win...Goalie David Morton had seven saves, including a first period five-meter rejection.
The title tilt was UCSD's fifth clash with No. 8 LMU this year and the Tritons clearly pushed the Lions to the limit...In fact, LMU never led until scoring what proved to be the game-winner with 4:01 remaining in the fourth quarter...UCSD went up, 2-0, on goals by seniors Peter Gresham and Donohoe but the Lions rallied to tie at two apiece...The Tritons took leads of 3-2 and 4-3 on goals by Cruz only to see LMU claw back each time...It was 4-4 heading into the fourth period...After Max Schlegel put LMU on top, UCSD had a couple of solid chances, including a Roberts shot that went off the crossbar in the final minute, but couldn't get the equalizer...The killer stat for the Tritons was their 1-for-7 success rate in man-up situations...Morton turned away nine shots in the cage and Gresham was the key defensive stopper at two meters...Donohoe and Roberts were named to the all-tournament team.
Earlier in the week, Donohoe was selected to the All-WWPA first team and Gresham was accorded second team honors...John Butler earned a spot on the All-Freshman squad.
NO. 3 WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL SHOCKED IN NCAA SECOND ROUND
For the second consecutive year, an outstanding season for the Women's Volleyball team came to a stunning close with an upset loss to CCAA rival Cal State L.A. in the NCAA Division II West Regionals at San Bernardino...Last fall, in the first round of NCAA play, the Tritons dropped a five-set barnburner...This time it occurred in the Regional semis and was a 3-0 (25-21, 25-21, 25-22) straight set decision...The defeat left third-ranked UCSD 29-3 for the season, their best ever mark under fifth-year Head Coach Tom Black, but short of the regional final for the third time in a row.
The post-season started on a positive note as the Tritons avenged one of their two regular season losses by routing San Francisco State, 3-0 (5-14, 25-19, 25-23) in Thursday's opening round...Senior Sylvia Schmidt, named CCAA Player of the Year earlier in the day, hammered 19 kills as UCSD outhit the Gators by a resounding .330-.117... Sophomores Hillary Williamson and Katie Condon added 10 and eight kills respectively while senior setter Elaine Chen handed out 36 assists and had three aces...The Tritons used an 11-3 run to pull away midway through the first game and were in firm control the rest night.
Against No. 19 Cal State L.A. a day later, it was a different story...The Tritons squandered early leads in the first (15-12) and second (5-1) sets and were unable to rebound themselves after falling behind at the outset of the final game...Down, 9-5, in game three, a trio of service points, including an ace, by Janessa Werhane brought it to 9-8 but the Golden Eagles used a mini-surge to push it out to 18-12...Sophomore libero Roxanne Brunsting served three points including an ace of her own, to make it 18-15 and UCSD was later able to narrow the gap to two but never got closer...Schmidt had 12 kills, leaving her with a school single season mark of 478 for the year and Condon chipped in with 10 but UCSD hit just .200 as a team, well below L.A.'s .333...Brunsting had a match high 14 digs, giving her 494 in 2009 (second best single season total at UCSD) and three aces...UCSD had defeated Cal State L.A. in both of their regular season meetings.
Joining Schmidt on the All-CCAA first team were Chen and Brunsting while Williamson and Julia Freidenberg earned second team honors...Schmidt was UCSD's first conference player of the year since Nicole Courtney in 2006.
SWIMMERS TURN IN HUGE PERFORMANCE AT TOSHIBA CLASSIC
Culminating a fall season that was perhaps as good as any since the move to Division II 10 years ago, the Swimming team returned from last weekend's Toshiba Classic in Long Beach with 20 automatic NCAA Championship qualifiers and a rash of national best times...The meet, dominated by Division I powers, was nevertheless a showcase for the Triton swimmers who more than held their own...The UCSD men took fourth place behind Stanford, Hawaii and Air Force while the women finished seventh with all D-I opponents in front of them, headed by Stanford, Cal and UCLA.
Senior Pablo Carrillo's school record 55.00 in the 100 breaststroke was one of several highlights for the men...Two-time defending NCAA D-II 100 freestyle champion Dan Perdew blazed to a 20.10 clocking to finish third in the 50 free (an event he won at the 2008 NCAA's) and was sixth in the 100 butterfly (49.36)...Freshman Adam Rice's 1:52.44 dropped nearly four seconds off his previous best in the 200 individual medley and his 50.36 clipped more than a second off his PR in the 100 butterfly...Carrillo is ranked No. 1 nationally (D-II) by a wide margin in both breaststroke events...Perdew is No. 1 in the 50 free and 100 butterfly rankings as is Rice in the 200 IM...Senior Todd Langland has the top mark in the 100 free (44.87) with Perdew No. 2.
Sophomore Alex Henley was the standout performer for the Triton women...Already the national leader in the 500 freestyle, she knocked four seconds off that standard, touching in 4:55.59...She was eighth in th 400 IM (4:23.85) and ninth in the 200 IM (2:03.70) and 200 backstroke (2:00.52)...Henley is currently the national leader in no less than six events...For complete Toshiba Classic results, check the swimming page at http://ucsdtritons.com.
While the swimmers were in Long Beach, the Triton divers were at the ultra-competitive Wildcat Inivitational in Tucson (AZ)...On the men's side, Patrick Cohen, Tyler Runsten and Bryan McGrory placed 24th, 25th and 26th respectively on the one-meter board and the order was Runsten (26th), McGrory (27th) and Cohen (28th) on the three-meter...In women's competition, senior Danielle Niculescu finished 37th on the one meter and 36th on the three-meter.
Hear post-meet comments from Head Coach Scott McGihon.
Read the website Q&A with senior Cari Cunningham.
TOUGH START FOR MEN'S BASKETBALL
Coach Chris Carlson's young Men's Basketball squad got a rough baptism on the road last weekend, losing both games at the season-opening Al Kaly Classic in Pueblo, CO... The Tritons will have nearly two weeks to regroup before stepping back into action, Dec. 4, in their conference opener at Cal State San Bernardino.
The Tritons seemed to have command of things in their first regular season appearance Friday, leading Western State (CO) by 12 with seven minutes left in regulation, only to surrender 15 straight points and eventually fall, 71-63 in overtime...Two treys apiece by senior Tyler Acevedo and freshman Jake Tarabilda keyed an eight-minute surge that took UCSD from a tie to being up a dozen points...But the Tritons went scoreless for six minutes and 52 seconds and needed a three-pointer by Acevedo with 12 seconds remaining in regulation to send the contest into overtime...A pair of Christian Hatch free throws gave UC a short-lived advantage in OT but from there, it was all Mountaineers... Senior Jordan Lawley had 21 points, nine rebounds and four assists to lead UCSD and Acevedo added 13 markers...Junior Casey Ryan's 10 boards paced the Tritons to a +15 performance in the rebounding department...Poor shooting (32.4%) and 17 turnovers stood out on the negative side of the UCSD ledger.
A poor first half doomed the Tritons in Saturday's, 61-43, loss to host Colorado State-Pueblo...The ThunderWolves, who did not play the previous night, outscored UCSD, 20-1, over an 11-minute stretch and carried a 14-pt. edge into the locker room...Carlson's charges halved that margin early in the second half but Pueblo quickly regained and added to it, finishing with advantages in team rebounding, turnovers and field goal percentage...Ryan was one of the few bright spots for UCSD, posting a double double with 12 points and 11 rebounds, as well as three steals...Lawley garnered nine points but hit just 2-of-12 from the floor.
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL WINS SEASON OPENER
Coach Charity Elliott's Women's Basketball team tipped off the 2009-10 campaign in positive fashion Saturday afternoon, nipping defending Pacific West Conference champion Grand Canyon, 71-70, in Phoenix...The 14th-ranked Tritons are now off until Dec. 4 when they open CCAA play at Cal State San Bernardino.
The result was encouraging but the process was hardly smooth in Saturday's debut... UCSD trailed by as many as 15 in the first half but refused to get rattled and an 8-0 run in the final 2:14 made it 39-32 at halftime...Elliott's cagers kept chipping away and re-acquired the lead on a lay-up by freshman Tiffany Hunter with 8:32 to go...They pushed the margin to seven but then had to withstand on Antelope comeback that was not turned away for good until a last second three-pointer went awry...Sophomore guard Chelsea Carlisle led UCSD with 20 points to go with five rebounds and five assists...Also scoring in double figures were Hunter (12), senior Annette Ilg (12) and sophomore Lauren Freidenberg (10)...Hunter's game high eight boards helped UCSD to a 40-35 edge on the glass and the Tritons shot 45.2% from the floor.
FENCERS EXTEND IMPRESSIVE RUN
Coach Heidi Runyan's Fencing team continued its string of high quality early season efforts, routing visiting Cal Tech and UC Irvine Sunday in UCSD's Main Gym...The Triton men blitzed Cal Tech, 27-0, and UCI, 19-8...The women drubbed Cal Tech, 23-4, and UCI, 25-2...Emerging perfect in men's individual competition were a trio of freshmen--Christopher Bonner (sabre), Nalin Desai (foil) and Joseph Schenkel (foil)...Undefeated on for the UCSD women were Amy Bianchini (epee), Victoria Mo (epee) and Rose Forcier (foil).
NEWS & NOTES
This week's edition of Triton Talk with host Craig Elsten will feature Men's Basketball Coach Chris Carlson, all-conference soccer standout Lisa Bradley and two-time defending NCAA Division II 100 freestyle champion Dan Perdew of the Triton Swimming team...The show will be available online at http://ucsdtritons.com on Tuesday afternoon.
The annual Triton Jam "basketball carnival" is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 5 at RIMAC Arena and Spirit Night 2010 is set for Saturday, Jan. 30 vs. Cal State San Bernardino.
The UCSD Athletic Department's 10th annual Blood Drive, in conjunction with the American Red Cross, will be held Friday, Jan. 15, in the RIMAC Green Room...Individuals interested in signing up to donate can call (858) 534-8460 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
For more information on Triton sports, check our website at http://ucsdtritons.com.