THIS WEEK'S EVENTS
Wed., Sept. 15---WVolleyball---UCSD vs. Cal State East Bay---7:00 PM
Fri., Sept. 17---MSoccer---UCSD at Humboldt State---4:30 PM
Fri., Sept. 17---WSoccer---UCSD at Humboldt State---7:00 PM
Fri., Sept. 17---WVolleyball---UCSD at Cal State Monterey Bay---7:00 PM
Sat., Sept. 18---MWater Polo---UCSD at NorCal Tournament---All Day
Sat., Sept. 18---Cross Country---UCSD at SDSU Invitational---8:15 AM
Sat., Sept. 18---WVolleyball---UCSD at San Francisco State---7:00 PM
Sun., Sept. 19---MWater Polo---UCSD at Nor Cal Tournament---All Day
Sun., Sept. 19---WSoccer---UCSD at Sonoma State---11:30 AM
Sun., Sept. 19---MSoccer---UCSD at Sonoma State---2:00 PM
MEN'S WATER POLO SPLITS ON ROAD; NORCAL TOURNEY NEXT
Trying to find its "road legs" after a tough Saturday loss at No. 6 UC Santa Barbara, Coach Denny Harper's Men's Water Polo team heads to Berkeley for the 16-team NorCal Tournament Saturday and Sunday...The 11th-ranked Tritons go north with a 3-3 ledger and will open the tournament against that same UCSB squad at noon Saturday...Game two that afternoon will be against either Stanford or UC Davis and Sunday's schedule will also be determined by Saturday's results.
Senior Bryce Madsen tossed in four goals and junior lefty Will Brown three in a 14-4 blowout at winless Cal Lutheran Friday...After a tight first quarter, that ended with UCSD up just 1-0, the Tritons erupted with seven of the next eight goals and were never threatened.
Things were not so simple the next afternoon as UC Santa Barbara got 11 goals from its senior Euro duo of Milos Golic and Zsombor Vincze en route to a 16-6 triumph... Sophomore Brian Donohoe led UCSD with a pair of scores and junior David Morton stopped 14 shots in the cage.
HUMBOLDT STATE, SONOMA STATE ON TAP FOR WOMEN'S SOCCER
Coach Brian McManus's Women's Soccer team goes on the road to tangle with CCAA North Division rivals Humboldt State (0-4/0-2) and Sonoma State (1-1-1/0-1-1) after splitting its first two conference matches at home last weekend...The No. 6 Tritons, now 3-1 overall and 1-1 in the CCAA, finished the weekend on a high note after a disappointing league debut.
A uncharacteristic series of defensive lapses and some uninspired offensive play combined to produce a stunning, 3-1, defeat against No. 23 Cal State L.A. Friday night... The shots (CSULA, 15-14) and corners (UCSD, 5-4) were close, but this one was all Golden Eagles...Sophomore Alyssa Newcomer's flicked header off a Hayley Johnson corner at 80:56 was far too little and way to late in a very forgettable performance.
McManus & Co. rebounded in a big way Sunday, blasting No. 9 Cal State Dominguez Hills, 3-0, in commanding fashion...A tight game turned midway through the first half when Johnson scored directly off a corner, nestling the ball into the far side of the goal in what seemed like a slow motion sequence...That's how it stayed until the second half when the Tritons struck twice in the first five minutes...At 47:28, sophomore Danielle Dixon notched the first goal of her collegiate career, firing a left-footer from the left side of the box into the far side...Just 1:16 later, forward Gabi Hernandez converted a short yardage shot off a pass from Anne Wethe that initiated from another Johnson corner...UCSD had 16 shots to just eight for the Toros and owned a 9-1 advantage in the corner kick department...Keeper Kristin Armstrong made just two saves but one was huge-a diving right arm rejection of a penalty shot by Paige Peel that could have changed the complexion of the game with 29 minutes remaining in the second session...It was career shutout No. 8 for Armstrong.
See Sunday's post-game interview with Head Coach Brian McManus.
See Sunday's post-game interview with Hayley Johnson.
Read the website Q&A with senior Annette Ilg.
MEN'S SOCCER LOOKS FOR FIRST WIN IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
After facing a pair of teams ranked in the nation's top 20 last week, things hardly get easier for Coach Jon Pascale and the Men's Soccer team as the Tritons travel to Northern California to battle Humboldt State (1-2-1/1-1) and Sonoma State (3-1/1-1)....UCSD comes into the week 0-3-1 overall and 0-2 in the CCAA...Last year, UCSD faced these two opponents at home, defeating Humboldt and falling to Sonoma by identical, 2-1, scores.
Pascale's club turned in by far its strongest performance of the season Friday night but an "own goal" and two late tallies gave No. 2 ranked Cal State L.A. a deceptive, 3-0, victory...UCSD had its way for big chunks of this match-up but the Golden Eagles' internationally-flavored lineup showed its mettle when it came to finishing...The Tritons had several opportunities of their own but were unable to find the back of the net... Redshirt freshman keeper, Jesse Brennan, had some brilliant moments in goal and wound up with five saves...On the night, Cal State L.A. outshot UCSD, 16-9, but the Tritons earned eight corners to just three for the visitors.
Despite a 2-1 loss, Sunday, the Tritons' growth continued in a hard-fought match against No. 19 Cal State Dominguez Hills...UCSD had more shots (14-12) and corners (6-2) than the Toros and took the game to the visitors for much of the second half...Down, 2-0, UCSD halved CSUDH's lead with 16 minutes to go when freshman Alec Arsht, fed by a cross field pass from Kian Malek, bounced a header past Toro keeper Markus Dickerson...In the final segment of the highly-entertaining contest, UCSD had several other good chances but couldn't come up with the tying tally.
Hear Sunday's post-game comments from Head Coach Jon Pascale.
NO. 11 WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL PASSES FIRST CONFERENCE TEST
They weren't particularly works of art, but first-year Head Coach Ricci Luyties will gladly take the two CCAA-opening victories his Women's Volleyball team delivered last weekend at RIMAC Arena...The 11th-ranked Tritons, now 5-1 on the year and 2-0 in conference action, are back home Wednesday night to host undefeated Cal State East Bay (7-0/2-0) and then test life on the road in the CCAA when they go north to face Cal State Monterey Bay (4-1/1-1) and San Francisco State (3-4/0-2) on the weekend.
Friday night, the Tritons appeared to do just enough to get by against winless Humboldt State, letting the Lumberjacks hang around in all three sets before prevailing, 3-0 (25-22, 25-20, 25-22)...UCSD seemed to ratchet things up when the "finish line" came into view, scoring three of the last four points in game one, the last four in game two and closed out the match on an 8-4 run...Junior Hillary Williamson continued her inspired play, recording 10 kills, 11 digs and three aces...Outside mate Katie Condon smacked nine kills and served up four aces and senior middle blocker Kaitlin Potter hit a sizzling .583 while accounting for eight kills...Setter Thalia McCann dished out 34 assists and the Tritons hit .252 as a team.
The next evening, UCSD thrashed Sonoma State, 3-0 (25-14, 25-21, 25-22) but again struggled to find consistency...The Tritons hit .226 with Potter's nine kills leading the way...McCann delivered another 32 assists while Williamson (17), Roxanne Brunsting (15) and Janessa Werhane (13) all reached double figures in the dig column.
Listen to senior Kaitlin Potter's interview following Saturday night's victory over Sonoma State.
MEN SIXTH, WOMEN 10TH AT UCI INVITATIONAL
After another promising performance in its second outing of the season, Saturday's UCI Invitational, Cross Country Coach Nate Garcia plans to split his squads between Saturday's SDSU Aztec Invitational and next week's Roy Griak Invitational in Minnesota.
In Irvine, the men stretched out to 8K which proved no problem for redshirt senior Jesse Morrill who was again UCSD's top finisher, clocking 25:37.10, good for 18th place... Junior transfer Mario Flores (28th/26:04.3) and sophomore Matt Lenehan (38th/26:12.2) continued their steady improvement with both moving well through the pack in the later stages of the race, indicating they will likely embrace the longer distances coming later this season...The final two scoring slots for the Tritons were occupied by Kellen Levy (51st/26:30.2) and Anthony Heredia (57th/26:37.2)...The men placed sixth in the 19-team field with 163 points...Host UC Irvine was first.
The Triton women tallied 207 points, winding up 10th in a competition won by Division I Cal Poly...With standout junior Elena Inouye and senior Brianna Alban still not 100% and sitting out Saturday's event, freshman Jessica Chang was again first to the finish line for UCSD, taking 30th in a time of 18:37.9 over the 5K layout...Close behind was junior Aaryn Kobayashi (36th/18:49.6) with Catherine Crisp (50th/19:14.0), Jackie Sikkema (52nd/19:14.2) and Katie Kane (63rd/19:37.1) grabbing the 3-5 slots for Garcia's squad.
NEWS & NOTES
This week's edition of Triton Talk, UCSD's online radio talk show with host Craig Elsten, will feature Men's Water Polo Coach Denny Harper, Women's Volleyball standout Roxanne Brunsting and senior David Bakal from the men's soccer team...The show will be posted Wednesday afternoon at ucsdtritons.com.
Triton fans can get up-to-the-minute results, information on upcoming games and promotions by following UCSD Athletics on Twitter...To become a follower, click here.
Homecoming 2010 is set for Saturday, October 3...A variety of team-oriented events are scheduled as well as the annual Alumni Athlete BBQ/Tailgate from noon to 2:30 PM on Warren Field...The family-friendly event will be followed by the UCSD-LMU Men's Water Polo game at Canyonview Pool starting at 2:00 PM...On Sunday, the traditional Championship Brunch will honor national championship teams from Women's Volleyball (1990), Women's Water Polo (1991) and Women's Soccer (2000) as well as 10 individual NCAA Swimming champions from 1991 and 2001...For more information, call the UCSD Athletic Dept. at (858) 534-8460.
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