UC SAN DIEGO ATHLETIC UPDATE (October 11, 2010)
Release: Sunday 10/10/2010 
by UCSD
Senior Jared Kukura and the Men's Soccer team face Chico State at home Friday.
Senior Jared Kukura and the Men's Soccer team...
Courtesy: Michael Foo/Sideline Studios

THIS WEEK'S EVENTS

Mon., Oct. 11---Golf---UCSD at InterWest Wildcat Classic---All Day

Tues., Oct. 12---Golf---UCSD at InterWest Wildcat Classic---All Day

Thu., Oct. 14---MTennis---UCSD at ITA National Championships---All Day

Fri., Oct. 15---MTennis---UCSD at ITA National Championships---All Day
Fri., Oct. 15---MWater Polo---UCSD at UC Davis---3:30 PM
Fri., Oct. 15---WSoccer---UCSD vs. Chico State---4:30 PM
Fri., Oct. 15---MSoccer---UCSD vs. Chico State---7:00 PM
Fri., Oct. 15---WVolleyball---UCSD at Sonoma State---7:00 PM

Sat., Oct. 16---MTennis---UCSD at ITA National Championships---All Day
Sat., Oct. 16---Swimming & Diving---Blue-Gold Meet---11:00 AM
Sat., Oct. 16---MWater Polo---UCSD at Santa Clara---1:00 PM
Sat., Oct. 16---WVolleyball---UCSD at Humboldt State---7:00 PM

Sun., Oct. 17---MTennis---UCSD at ITA National Championships---All Day
Sun., Oct. 17---WSoccer---UCSD vs. Cal State Stanislaus---Noon
Sun., Oct. 17---MSoccer---UCSD vs. Cal State Stanislaus---2:30 PM


FOURTH STRAIGHT WIN VAULTS WOMEN'S SOCCER INTO SECOND; HOME PAIR NEXT
Riding the crest of four-game winning streak and six-game unbeaten run, Coach Brian McManus's Women's Soccer team returns to La Jolla for a two-game homestand starting Friday against Chico State (6-6/5-5)...CCAA North Division leader No. 24 Cal State Stanislaus(9-2-1/7-2-1) comes in Sunday...The Tritons, now occupying the second spot in the CCAA South, are 8-2-2 overall and 6-2-2 in conference play...UCSD is one point behind division-leading Cal State L.A. but just one point ahead of third place CSU Dominguez Hills.

Junior Lindsay Mills scored her first career goal with just over five minutes to play, breaking a 1-1 tie and powering UCSD to a 2-1 victory Friday night at Cal State Dominguez Hills...It was the Tritons' second win of the season over Dominguez Hills... After a scoreless first half, junior forward Sarah McTigue got UCSD on the board at 53:40... Midfielder Anne Wethe started the scoring sequence with a cross to Shelby Wong...Wong then sent a pass to McTigue who found the back of the net for the fifth time this season...The Toros knotted things up 16 minutes later and it appeared the two sides were headed to OT until Mills sorted it out late--tapping home a rebound off an Alexa Enlow cross...Outshot, 10-4, the Tritons made the most of their chances...They did own a 4-1 edge in corner kicks and keeper Kristin Armstrong recorded four saves.

Sunday, it was junior Wethe providing the heroics as UCSD edged No. 15 Cal State L.A., 1-0---payback for a 3-1 loss the Golden Eagles put to the Tritons in La Jolla on Sept. 10...Wethe's third goal of the fall at 31:07 capped a dominant first 30 minutes for UCSD...Sophomore Jessica Wi played a ball wide right to McTigue who found Wethe on a run down the center of the park...Wethe took one touch and then hit a strike from outside the box that found the upper reaches...The second half was a street fight as the Tritons held off L.A. with solid defensive play in the box and a series of good saves from Armstrong who finished with five en route to her sixth shutout...The Golden Eagles had the upper hand in terms of shots (10-6) and corners (4-1).


STREAKING MEN'S SOCCER HOME FRIDAY VS. NO. 14 CHICO STATE
Coach Jon Pascale's Men's Soccer team, 4-4-4, still alive in the CCAA Tournament hunt after gaining a win and a tie in Los Angeles last weekend, now returns home to host No. 14 Chico State (9-3/7-3) Friday and Cal State Stanislaus (6-3-3/5-3-2) Sunday...The Tritons are 4-3-3 in CCAA play, unbeaten in six consecutive games and fourth in the South Division standings--where the top four teams are separated by just five points...Chico State sits atop the North Division while CSU Stanislaus is third.

Outshot 18-4, the Tritons played tough defense, got seven saves from sophomore goalkeeper Jesse Brennan and emerged with a scoreless tie Friday night at Cal State Dominguez Hills...Pascale's unit nearly pulled off an improbable upset but senior Kasra Sarabakhsh's free kick rebounded off the crossbar late in the first overtime period...The seven stops were a career high for Brennan.

Sunday, the Tritons, after a missed penalty kick and going a man down with the score tied, 0-0, were able to gut things out and avenge an early season loss with a 1-0 triumph at Cal State L.A...The game's lone goal came at the 62:29 mark when sophomore Adam Zernik launched a free kick from a bad angle right of the box that went off the far post and into the net...It was Zernik's first collegiate goal and came shortly after Sarabakhsh had missed a PK and then been banished from the game after picking up his second yellow card of the afternoon...Despite being down a man for the final 28 minutes, the Triton defense kept the Golden Eagles at bay without allowing any dangerous opportunities...Brennan made five saves in accruing his sixth shutout of the season.

Read website Q&A with senior Brandon Yee.

MEN'S WATER POLO EDGED BY LONG BEACH STATE
Coach Denny Harper's ninth-ranked Men's Water Polo team rallied from three goals down in the final four minutes but couldn't quite make the comeback complete, dropping a 6-5 decision to No. 8 Long Beach State before 1,136 Friday at Canyonview Pool...It was a nip-and-tuck affair early on with no more than a one-goal gap until the 49ers struck for a pair of tallies 25 seconds apart early in the final quarter...Trailing, 6-3, UCSD got hope when sophomore transfer Kevin Driscoll rifled a skip shot past Long Beach goalie Matt Kubeck with 3:51 remaining...Brian Donohoe's second goal of the game, with 1:29 to go, narrowed the margin to one and after a defensive stop, the Tritons were poised to get even but that opportunity was snuffed out by a whistle and the resulting turnover.

Harper and Co. now travel to Northern California where they will square off against No. 12 Santa Clara Friday and No. 11 UC Davis the following afternoon...It will be the Tritons' first tussle with Santa Clara in 2010...They fell, 10-6, to UC Davis at the NorCal Tournament.

See Friday night's post-game interview with Head Coach Denny Harper.

              

VOLLEYBALL TOPS CAL POLY POMONA; NORCAL ROAD TRIP ON TAP
After winning three matches on a four-match homestand, Coach Ricci Luyties' Women's Volleyball team ventures back out for one of the toughest road swings on the conference schedule--Sonoma State (10-5/7-4) Friday and Humboldt State (1-14/1-10) Saturday...The Tritons, now 7-7 overall and 4-6 in CCAA play, handled both teams at home in early September... UCSD is currently eighth in the CCAA rankings with Sonoma State tied for third and Humboldt State 11th.

The Tritons' lone loss during their stint at RIMAC Arena came last Friday night when No. 4 Cal State San Bernardino rebounded from a tough first set to top UCSD, 3-1 (17-25, 25-18, 25-22, 25-13)...After hitting a stellar .321 in taking the first set, Luyties' crew slumped to .163 for the remainder of the match and that spelled problems...Junior Katie Condon had the top offensive stats with 11 kills and three aces...Junior Roxanne Brunsting, splitting time between outside hitter and setter, collected nine kills, 16 assists, 12 digs and a pair of solo blocks...Libero Janessa Werhane accounted for a match high 21 digs.

Condon had the hot hand again Saturday night but this time it was the Tritons bouncing back from shaky start to record a 3-1 (19-25, 25-22, 25-19, 25-15) conquest of Cal Poly Pomona...Condon's numbers included 19 kills with a sparkling .354 hitting percentage, 20 digs and three aces...Junior Hillary Williamson, looking all the way back from an earlier ankle injury, and redshirt sophomore Julia Freidenberg each chipped in with 12 kills and Brunsting had eight kills and 22 assists while matching Condon's three aces...Junior Thalia McCann handed out 25 assists.

Listen to Saturday's post-game comments from Head Coach Ricci Luyties.
Listen to Saturday's post-game comments from junior Katie Condon.


MEN SECOND, WOMEN FOURTH AT TRITON CROSS COUNTRY CLASSIC
It will be a quiet week for Coach Nate Garcia's Cross Country teams after posting second (men) and fourth (women) place finishes at last Saturday's Triton Classic contested at 10K and 6K over UCSD's north campus course...The Tritons swing back into action when they travel to South El Monte for the CCAA Preview Meet which will be run at Legg Lake, site of the conference championships on Nov. 6.

The Triton men were narrowly outpointed by Cal Poly Pomona (36-41) for the Triton Classic team title ...Senior Jesse Morrill ran a p.r. for the course finishing third overall with a strong bounce back performance after a disappointing outing in Minnesota, Sept. 25... Clocking 32:10.3, Morrill established himself early and was more than 40 seconds clear of the fourth place finisher...Employing his usual tactics, sophomore Matt Lenehan settled back in the first mile and steadily picked off runners in the second half of the race to place seventh overall and second on the team in a time of 33:27.8...Lenehan was closely marked by freshmen Kellen Levy (8th/33:36.1) and Mario Flores (9th/33:40.8) and junior John Svet snagged the final scored slot for UCSD (14th/33:48.1).

The women wound up with 111 points, 57 points behind team champion Cal Poly Pomona but in the upper half of the 11-team contingent...Junior Aaryn Kobayashi paced the Tritons, placing 12th, while covering the 6K in 23:37.9...UCSD's top five were packed into a 60-second window...Following Kobayashi were junior Jackie Sikkema (14th/23:42.3), a pair of freshmen, Chia Chang (20th/23:52.9) and Kamilah Foley (28th/24:14.2) and junior Kathryn Turner (38th/24:38.1)...Nina Miller lead a potent UCSD alumni unit, hitting the finish line in 23:50.5, good for 18th.

View Saturday's post-meet interview with Head Coach Nate Garcia.
See post-meet comments from sophomore Matt Lenehan.
See post-meet comments from junior Aaryn Kobayashi.

BLUE-GOLD MEET KICKS OFF SWIM/DIVE SEASON
Coach Scott McGihon unveils his 2010-11 Swimming & Diving team Saturday in the annual Blue-Gold Meet at Canyonview Pool...Nearly half of McGihon's roster is comprised of new athletes but noteworthy among the returning standouts is junior Alexandra Henley, a two-time NCAA Champion at last year's national meet in Canton, OH...The meet will feature squads drafted by the team captains as well as 50 and 150-yd. stroke events instead of the traditional 100 and 200.

NEWS & NOTES
This week's edition of Triton Talk, UCSD's online radio show hosted by Craig Elsten, is scheduled to include interviews with Adam Zernik (men's soccer) and Lindsey Mills (women's soccer)...The show will be posted Wednesday afternoon on ucsdtritons.com.

Coach Mike Wydra's Golf team plays its second tournament of the fall today and tomorrow, heading to Northern California for the InterWest Wildcat Classic at Butte Creek Country Club in Chico...The 15-team tournament, which was washed out last year by rain, wind and lightning, will go 54 holes...Wydra's lineup will include seniors Keith Okasaki, Richard Morris, junior Justin Gabbert and freshmen Jacob Williams and Frederik Palmer-Picard...Williams was the Tritons' low scorer at the fall-opening Western Washington Invitational and Palmer-Picard, who was cut in the pre-season last fall, is making his first appearance.

Senior Erik Elliott and junior Austin West head to Mobile, AL this weekend where they will compete in doubles at the ITA Division II National Tennis Championships...Elliott and West earned their berth by virtue of winning the ITA West Region title two weekends ago at Cal State L.A...It will be the second straight trip to the ITA nationals for West, who teamed last year with Armaun Emami...This past weekend, the twosome got a confidence builder heading into Mobile, winning three doubles matches against Division I foes at the San Diego State Fall Invitational...Elliott also went 4-1 in singles play...Coach Eric Steidlmayer believes the Elliott-West tandem has a legitimate shot to win the ITA event, which the Triton duo of Eric Rubens and Blake Meister did in 2007.

This week on the Promotions front, all soccer fans attending Friday's doubleheader vs. Chico State will get a coupon for a free burrito from Chipotle Mexican Grill in La Jolla Village Square.

Homecoming 2010 is set for Saturday, Oct. 23 with the annual alumni athlete BBQ and tailgate slated for noon on Warren Field...The UCSD Men's Water Polo team will host Loyola Marymount at 2:00 PM in Canyonview Pool and Sunday, the third annual Championship Brunch, feting the 1990 Women's Volleyball team, the 1991 Women's Water Polo team, the 2000 Women's Soccer team, the 2000 Men's Water Polo team and 10 individual NCAA Swimming & Diving champions, will be held Sunday at 10:30 AM in the Price Center Ballroom East.


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

Friday, October 24
W Tennis at Cal State Northridge Tournament
All Day
Northridge
W Soccer at Sonoma State
12:30 PM
Rohnert Park
M Soccer at Sonoma State
3:00 PM
Rohnert Park
W Volleyball at Cal State Dominguez Hills
7:00 PM
Carson
Saturday, October 25
Cross Country vs. Triton Classic
9:00 AM
UC San Diego
Swimming & Diving vs. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
12:00 PM
UC San Diego
M Water Polo at Loyola Marymount
1:00 PM
Los Angeles
W Volleyball at Cal State L.A.
7:00 PM
Los Angeles
Sunday, October 26
W Crew vs. Row for the Cure
6:00 AM
Mission Bay
M Crew vs. Row for the Cure
7:30 AM
Mission Bay
Fencing at San Diego Open
9:00 AM
San Diego (Cathedral Catholic HS)
W Soccer at Humboldt State
11:30 AM
Arcata
M Soccer at Humboldt State
2:00 PM
Arcata
Wednesday, October 29
M Tennis at So Cal Intercollegiate Championships
All Day
Los Angeles
Thursday, October 30
M Soccer vs. Cal State Dominguez Hills
4:30 PM
UC San Diego
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Birch Aquarium (mid-ad)