THIS WEEK'S EVENTS
Fri., Oct. 22---MSoccer---UCSD at Cal Poly Pomona---4:30 PM
Fri., Oct. 22---WSoccer---UCSD at Cal Poly Pomona---7:00 PM
Fri., Oct. 22---WVolleyball---UCSD vs. San Francisco State---7 PM
Sat., Oct. 23---Cross Country---UCSD at CCAA Preview Meet---8:00 AM
Sat., Oct. 23---MWater Polo---UCSD vs. Loyola Marymount---2:00 PM
Sat., Oct. 23---WVolleyball---UCSD vs. Cal State Monterey Bay---7:00 PM
Sun., Oct. 24---Fencing---UCSD at Collegiate Open---10:00 AM
Sun., Oct. 24---WSoccer---UCSD at Cal State San Bernardino---11:30 AM
Sun., Oct. 24---MSoccer---UCSD at Cal State San Bernardino---2:00 PM
Homecoming 2010 is Saturday, October 23 - All Alumni Athletes invited.
NO. 9 TRITONS-NO. 10 LMU IN SATURDAY CANYONVIEW SHOWDOWN
Coach Denny Harper's Men's Water Polo team, ranked ninth nationally, returns to Canyonview Pool Saturday to host defending WWPA champion Loyola Marymount (11-7) in a Homecoming tilt at 2:00 PM...The Tritons, 10-8 on the season and coming off a 1-1 road trip to Northern California, have split two previous games with the No. 10 Lions this fall, losing, 7-3, at the season-opening Triton Invitational before turning the tables, 7-6, at the recent SoCal Tournament.
UCSD opened last weekend's NorCal sojourn with a 6-5 loss at UC Davis...The Tritons led 2-1 early but were able to draw just three ejections in the contest despite its rugged, defensive nature...Sophomore Brian Donohoe delivered with three goals and had three shots in one possession with a chance to tie it in the last two minutes...Senior Bryce Madsen and junior Graham Saber accounted for the other two Triton goals and junior David Morton piled up five stops in the cage.
UCSD bounced back quickly, disposing of No. 11 Santa Clara, 10-7, with a dominant effort the next afternoon...The Tritons rolled up an 8-4 advantage after three quarters and cruised home from there...Saber, who had the biggest offensive weekend of his collegiate career, rifled in three goals while Donohoe and fellow soph John Butler registered two each.
WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL BRINGS THREE-GAME WIN STREAK HOME
Coming off a two-game road sweep and trying to keep its forward momentum building, the Women's Volleyball team (10-7) returns home for a pair of matches at RIMAC Arena this weekend, tangling with San Francisco State (10-8/7-6) Friday night and Cal State Monterey Bay (12-4/9-4) Saturday...Coach Ricci Luyties' spikers, with five wins in their last six outings, are now 7-6 in CCAA play and part of a four-team fourth place logjam in the conference standings... Against this week's opponents, the Tritons will be trying to avenge a pair of five-set road losses suffered during a rough stretch in late September... SFSU is one of the three teams tied with UCSD for fourth in the league lineup while Monterey Bay is tied for second, three games behind league-leading Cal State San Bernardino.
A tour de force---16 kills, 33 assists, 17 digs and three aces---by junior Roxanne Brunsting was the catalyst in UCSD's second victory of the season over Sonoma State, 3-2 (25-23, 25-21, 22-25, 20-25, 15-8) last Friday in Rohnert Park...Brunsting, splitting time between outside hitter and setter, also keyed the Tritons' decisive fifth game triumph, serving for the first six points of the set...She had plenty of help as junior outside hitters Katie Condon and Hillary Williamson pounded 16 and 14 kills respectively and combined for 33 digs, while middle blocker Julia Freidenberg contributed 11 kills...Libero Janessa Werhane added another 30 digs on her own.
Saturday in Arcata, Condon (14), Brunsting (12), Williamson (11) and Freidenberg (10) all reached double figures in the kill column for the second straight night as UCSD pushed aside host Humboldt State, 3-1 (25-15, 22-25, 25-19, 25-14)...The Tritons hit a steady, if unspectacular, .185 but completely stifled the Lumberjacks who mustered just a .023 hitting percentage for the night, including negative numbers in three of the four sets...Brunsting and Thalia McCann again split setting duties, each finishing with 20 assists and Werhane logged another 19 digs.
NO. 22 WOMEN'S SOCCER KEEPS ROLLING; BIG SOUTH DIVISION ROAD GAMES NEXT
Looking to improve on its second place position in the CCAA South Division, the 22nd ranked Women's Soccer team faces in-division rivals Cal Poly Pomona (6-5-3/4-5-3) and Cal State San Bernardino (8-5-1/6-5-1) on the road this weekend...Coach Brian McManus's side, the hottest team in the conference, defeated both teams at home earlier this month to start its current six-game win streak...The last two wins in that run came at home last weekend as the Tritons elevated their record to 10-2-2 overall, 8-2-2 in the conference and appear to be finding the form that made them the CCAA's pre-season favorites.
It wasn't pretty Friday night but that didn't matter as UCSD notched its fifth straight win, 3-1, over visiting Chico State...Senior Annette Ilg was the standout for the Tritons, scoring the first goal and assisting on the next two...She put UCSD ahead, 1-0, with her sixth of the season, getting the ball with her back to the goal, maneuvering past two defenders and then putting the team's first shot on goal into the net...The Tritons' second shot, at 13:33 of the first half, earned a similar result as Ilg sent the ball to sophomore Danielle Dixon at the top of the box and her looping shot eluded Wildcat keeper Sydney Oliver...After Chico had closed the gap to 2-1, UCSD put it away in the 61st minute...Junior Sarah McTigue moved the ball towards the goal from the midfield, dropped it off the Ilg deep on the right side and the former Triton basketball star crossed it to junior Shelby Wong who curled a spinning drive into the lower left corner...UCSD outshot Chico State, 12-9, and junior keeper Kristin Armstrong made four saves including a big one late in the contest.
In rainy, wet conditions Sunday, UCSD out-classed Cal State Stanislaus, a club that came into the week leading the CCAA North Division, 3-0... The Tritons got on the scoreboard at 18:05 of the first half when McTigue beat her defender along the end line and then slipped the ball inside keeper Millie Brown on the short side...That's how it stayed through halftime but early in the second session UCSD locked down the result...In the 51st minute, Wong sent a cross from the left through the top of the box...Ilg pulled it out of the air while shielding her defender, wheeled and drilled a left-footed shot in the lower right corner to make it 2-0......The Tritons' final tally came less than five minutes later and was of highlight reel quality... McTigue lofted a free kick from the right into the far side of the box, junior Anne Wethe headed it back to the right where an oncoming, unmarked Wong volleyed it out of the air and into the lower right side...UCSD finished with the edge in both shots (10-5) and corner kicks (4-1) and despite creating several dangerous situations, the Warriors forced Armstrong to make just one save while recording her eighth shutout.
Hear Sunday's post-game comments from Head Coach Brian McManus.
Hear Sunday's post-game comments from junior Shelby Wong.
MEN'S SOCCER KEEPS HOT HAND; POMONA, SAN BERNARDINO ROAD TESTS AHEAD
Now undefeated in eight straight outings, Coach Jon Pascale's Men's Soccer team takes a crucial two-game road swing this weekend, battling Cal Poly Pomona (7-6-1/5-6-1) Friday and Cal State San Bernardino (10-3-1/8-3-1) Sunday... With four regular season games remaining, the Tritons are 7-4-3 overall, 6-4-2 in conference action and third in the CCAA South standings...Heading into this week's play, they are in control of their own destiny, owning the last of the four conference championship tournament berths...UCSD defeated Cal Poly Pomona and tied Cal State San Bernardino at home two weeks ago...The latter is currently second in the CCAA South.
Senior Jared Kukura's second goal of the night lifted UCSD to a 3-2, overtime victory over No. 14 Chico State, Friday night in La Jolla...Kukura's second tally, like the first, came from short range following a free kick...Assisting on the game-winner was sophomore Adam Zernik who put a shot on goal from just outside the box courtesy of a foul drawn by senior Scott MacBride...McBride had entered the game for the first time minutes earlier...It was the end to an improbable evening that saw the Tritons score first, only to see the Wildcats tie it up and then seemingly steal it away with a marker at 87:24...But UCSD refused to die and with 28 seconds remaining in regulation, senior David Bakal directed a header home off a cross from freshman Cory Wolfrom to send it to OT... Kukura connected 9:10 into the first extra period to conclude a physical game that saw numerous players hit the deck and come off due to nicks, injuries and fatigue.
Combining an inspired first half offensive effort with rock solid defense throughout, Pascale's squad knocked off Cal State Stanislaus, 2-0, Sunday for its third win in a row...The Tritons struck quickly with senior Shane Micheil driving a left-footer off the post and in at 11:43...UCSD continued to threaten throughout the half and doubled its advantage in the 34th minute when freshman Tsuk Haroush laid a ball off to Zernik who sent a rocket into the left side of the goal from 25 yards out...Stanislaus carried the play to the Tritons for most of the second half, building margins of plus-5 in the shots column and 6-0 in corners in that time frame, but couldn't break down the defense...Freshman keeper Josh Cohen, who saw his first action of the season in relief of the injured Jesse Brennan vs. Chico State, turned away five shots to record his first collegiate shutout in his first start.
Listen to Sunday's post-game interview with Head Coach Jon Pascale.
Listen to Sunday's post-game interview with senior Shane Micheil.
Listen to Friday's post-game interview with senior David Bakal.
Listen to Friday's post-game interview with senior Jared Kukura.
CROSS COUNTRY GETS CCAA PREVIEW SATURDAY
In its final prep for the "championship season," Coach Nate Garcia's Cross Country teams head to Legg Lake in South El Monte for the CCAA Preview Meet Saturday morning...One week later, the Tritons will be back at the same site for the CCAA Championships...As they will at the conference meet, the participating teams will run 6K (women) and 8K (men) over the wide, predominantly dirt course that loops around the lake...Garcia expects fast times which he feels will play to the strength of his runners.
HENLEY, RICE WIN THREE EACH AS BLUE DROPS GOLD
Emerging victorious in 21 of 31 events, the "Blue" team won both the men's and women's divisions of the annual Blue-Gold Swimming & Diving meet Saturday at Canyonview Pool...On the men's side, it was Blue 142 Gold 127 while the women's competition was more one-sided as the Blue, behind three victories by junior Alexandra Henley, prevailed, 159-100.
Henley, a two-time NCAA champion last season, captured the 150 butterfly (1:31.72), 400 freestyle (4:06.20) and 300 individual medley (3:25.45)...Other multiple winners for the Blue were sophomores Julius Espiritu (100/47.84 & 200/1:44.88 freestyles) and Amber Tan (50/24.68 & 100/54.02 freestyles), freshmen Anji Shakya (50/28.01 & 150/1:34.69 backstrokes) and Nick Korth (50/26.87 & 150/1:31.92 breaststrokes) and junior diver Patrick Cohen who swept the one-meter (252.00) and three-meter (253.35) boards...The Gold squad had a quartet of multi-event winners itself...Sophomore Adam Rice blazed to victory in the 50 butterfly (23.75), 150 butterfly (1:24.30) and 300 individual medley (3:03.96)...Distance freestyler Matt Herman posted clear cut wins in the 800 (7:48.55) and 400 (3:46.25) while junior Neda Nguyen topped the field in both breaststroke (50/31.90 & 150/1:46.05) races...The Tritons host their first regular season meet October 30 against Claremont.
Watch interview with sophomore Megan Thomas.
Watch interview with sophomore Julius Espiritu.
ELLIOTT-WEST BATTLE FOR FIFTH AT ITA CHAMPIONSHIPS
Hurt by an unlucky draw, Erik Elliott and Austin West were relegated to fifth place at last week's ITA Small College National Tennis Championships in Mobile, AL...Pitted against top-seeded Rafael Array and Mikk Irdoja of Armstrong Atlantic, Elliott-West fell, 6-1, 6-2, in their opener before rebounding in the consolation bracket to grab a pair of wins and secure the No. 5 finish.
NEWS & NOTES
Scheduled guests on this week's Triton Talk, UCSD Athletics' weekly online radio show, will be head men's water polo coach Denny Harper, Jared Kukura (men's soccer) and Hillary Williamson (women's volleyball)...This week's show will be posted Wednesday afternoon on ucsdtritons.com.
The Men's and Women's Basketball teams found themselves on opposite ends of the spectrum when the CCAA released the results of its pre-season coaches' polls...Coach Charity Elliott's Women's squad was picked to win the conference regular season championship for the third consecutive year while the men were tabbed for 11th in the 12-team circuit.
Coach Heidi Runyan's Fencing team will be well represented in Sunday's Collegiate Open at UCLA...The entire returning Triton roster as well as recruits is expected to compete at the event which will feature individual but not team competition.
Coach Mike Wydra's Golf team fell three places in the final round to finish tied for 15th at the InterWest Wildcat Classic at Butte Creek Country Club in Chico last week...As he was in the Tritons' fall opener, freshman Jacob Williams was Wydra's low individual, tying for 29th at 230...His second round 73 was UCSD's low 18 for the tourney...Senior Keith Okasaki was No. 2 for the Tritons, tying for 58th at 239...Williams, Okasaki & Co. will wrap up their fall schedule at the Triton Invitational, Nov. 1-2 at Riverwalk Golf Course in Mission Valley.
Promotions this week include free pizza, courtesy of Papa John's and Triton Tide, prior to Friday's Women's Volleyball match vs. San Francisco State...The pre-game event will take place on the RIMAC patio...Wednesday night, Bryce Madsen and John Butler of the Men's Water Polo team will be "celebrity servers" at Warren College's Canyon Vista Dining Hall between 6:00 and 7:00 PM...Their special menu item will be carne asada burritos...And, finally, Student Affairs, the Price Center and Triton Tide will be co-sponsoring a Homecoming Rally Thursday between 11:30 AM and 1:00 PM at the Triton Steps, outside Price Center East near the Triton statue...The Men's Water Polo and Women's Volleyball teams will be appearing and a free BBQ will be available to all students.
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