UC SAN DIEGO ATHLETIC UPDATE (November 1, 2010)
Release: Tuesday 10/31/2010 
by UCSD
Sweeper Ellen Wilson and the Women's Soccer team start CCAA Championship play Thursday.
Sweeper Ellen Wilson and the...
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THIS WEEK'S EVENTS

Mon., Nov. 1---Golf---UCSD hosts Triton Invitational---All Day

Tues., Nov. 2---Golf---UCSD Triton Invitational---All Day
Tues., Nov. 2---MWater Polo---UCSD vs. Claremont---6:00 PM

Wed., Nov. 3---MTennis---UCSD at SoCal Intercollegiates---All Day

Thu., Nov. 4---MTennis---UCSD at SoCal Intercollegiates---All Day
Thu., Nov. 4---WBasketball---UCSD at San Diego State (ex.)---7:00 PM

Fri., Nov. 5---MTennis---UCSD at SoCal Intercollegiates---ALL DAY
Fri., Nov. 5---MWater Polo---UCSD vs. UC Irvine---6:00 PM
Fri., Nov. 5---WVolleyball---UCSD at Cal State Dominguez Hills---7:00 PM
Fri., Nov. 5---WSoccer---UCSD at CCAA Championships---4:30 PM

Sat., Nov. 6---MTennis---UCSD at SoCal Intercollegiates---All Day
Sat., Nov. 6---WCrew---UCSD hosts Foot of Mission Bay---7:00 AM
Sat., Nov. 6---Cross Country---UCSD at CCAA Conference Championships---9:00 AM
Sat., Nov. 6---Swimming & Diving---UCSD at UC Santa Barbara
Sat., Nov. 6---WVolleyball---UCSD vs. Cal State LA---7:00 PM
Sat., Nov. 6---MBasketball---UCSD vs. UC Santa Cruz (ex.)---7:00 PM

Sun., Nov. 7---MTennis---UCSD at SoCal Intercollegiates---ALL DAY
Sun., Nov. 7---MCrew---UCSD at Newport Autumn Rowing Festival---7:30 AM
Sun., Nov. 7---Fencing---UCSD at UC Irvine---9:00 AM
Sun., Nov. 7---MWater Polo---UCSD vs. Pomona-Pitzer---Noon
Sun., Nov. 7---WSoccer---UCSD at CCAA Championships---2:00 PM

ON TO CCAA CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNEY FOR WOMEN'S SOCCER
Sporting a 10-match winning streak and undefeated in 12 consecutive outings, the ninth-ranked Women's Soccer team leaves Wednesday for Turlock and a shot at the conference crown in the 2010 CCAA Championship tournament...The Tritons, now 13-2-2 on the year, finished second (one point behind Cal State L.A.) in the CCAA South Division and will play San Francisco State in the tournament's first round Friday at 4:30 PM...The title match is scheduled for Sunday at 2:00 PM...Cal State L.A. and host Cal State Stanislaus will face off in the other semi-final game...The Tritons, third last week in the NCAA West Region rankings, last won the CCAA crown in 2008.

UCSD finished the regular season by dusting off Cal State East Bay twice in a home-and-home series...Senior Annette Ilg's team-leading eighth goal lifted UCSD over the Pioneers, 1-0, in a grind-it-out affair Friday at Hayward...In the fifth minute of the second half, a pass from junior midfielder Anne Wethe put Ilg one-on-one with East Bay keeper Nina Cefalo from eight yards out and the former Triton basketball star did the rest, depositing the ball inside the near post.

It took just 6:29 Sunday for junior Sarah McTigue to double that goal total herself as the Tritons completed their sweep of East Bay, 2-0, in La Jolla...UCSD outshot the Pioneers, 11-8, and earned nine corners to just three for the visitors in what was a relatively even, fairly uneventful clash after the opening flurry...McTigue's first tally, just three minutes into the contest, was unassisted, a left-footed strike from just outside the box that caught the bottom of the crossbar on it's way in...She got her second three minutes later, one-timing a Jessica Wi feed from the top of the box...It was her eighth of the year, tying with Ilg for the team lead...Goalkeeper Kristin Armstrong had to stop just two shots in recording her 11th shutout of the season.

Watch Sunday post-game interview with Head Coach Brian McManus.
Watch Sunday post-game interview with senior Lisa Bradley.

BIG THREE-GAME HOMESTAND ON TAP FOR MEN'S WATER POLO
Looking to gather some steam as it heads toward the Western Water Polo Assn. Championships (Nov. 19-21), Coach Denny Harper's 12th-ranked Men's Water Polo team will be home for three games this week, hosting No. 5 UC Irvine Friday, between a pair of tough Division III opponents, Claremont (Tuesday) and No. 19 Pomona-Pitzer (Sunday)... After dropping a road decision at No. 3 UCLA last weekend, the Tritons come into Tuesday's clash with a 10-10 overall record.

Things looked promising early at UCLA as the Tritons and Bruins were deadlocked at three after the first seven minutes of the contest...But the home team rifled home three goals in the final 60 seconds of the quarter and then put the clamps on the Triton offense in a 12-4 decision...Seniors Bryce Madsen and Ryan Allred and juniors Jakub Bednarek and Graham Saber were the goal scorers for UCSD while goalie David Morton turned away seven shots in the cage.

VOLLEYBALL WINS THREE MORE; PUSHES WIN STREAK TO EIGHT
With eight consecutive wins now in their pocket, the Women's Volleyball team starts a four-match regular season-ending road trip this Friday at Cal State Dominguez Hills (3-20/2-15), followed by a Saturday night engagement at Cal State L.A. (12-9/9-8)...Coach Ricci Luyties' Tritons are now 15-7 overall, 12-6 in the CCAA and have risen to third in the conference standings...UCSD was also ranked fourth in the most recent regional rankings, meaning if things stay as they are, Luyties' squad would be part of the NCAA Tournament field.

UCSD picked up its seventh win in a row Friday night, fighting off Cal State Stanislaus, 3-1 (25-20, 25-23, 22-25, 25-19) behind another superb all-around performance by junior Roxanne Brunsting...The Chula Vista native smacked a match high 14 kills, accrued 21 assists in her part-time setter role, had eight digs and an ace...Junior outside hitters Hillary Williamson (13) and Katie Condon (12) also reached double figures in the kills department and libero Janessa Werhane accounted for 24 digs...The Tritons outhit the Warriors, .238-.127 and won the blocking battle, 9-5...After letting a nice early lead evaporate in the final set, UCSD trailed, 11-9, but used a run of six straight service points by Brunsting to re-assume control and ease to the victory.

The Tritons bumped the streak to eight with perhaps their finest overall effort of the season, a 3-0 (25-13, 25-19, 25-19) shellacking of Chico State on Senior Night Saturday...Hitting .306 as a team and puncturing the Wildcats with a lethal serving night, UCSD blitzed the visitors by scoring 16 of the match's first 20 points and never looking back... Brunsting and Condon registered 11 and 12 kills respectively with the former handing out 22 assists and the latter compiling a match high 14 digs...Julia Freidenberg and senior Alanna Rutan each had three of UCSD's aces and, fittingly, a kill by another senior, Kaitlin Potter, was responsible for match point...Ironically, the last five wins in the eight-match string have come against the very same teams that put UCSD through a devastating five-match losing stretch earlier in the season.

Watch Coach Ricci Luyties' interview following Saturday night's win over Chico State.
Watch senior Kaitlin Potter's Saturday night post-match interview.

TRITONS START CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON AT CCAA CROSS COUNTRY MEET
It will be back to South El Monte this weekend for the 2010 CCAA Cross Country Championships at Legg Lake in Whittier Narrows Regional Park...Coach Nate Garcia will field 10-runner squads on both the men's and women's sides...Best individual hopes for the Tritons are senior Jesse Morrill and sophomore Matt Lenehan in the men's 8K race while junior Aaryn Kobayashi and freshmen Chia Chang and Kamilah Foley should lead UCSD in the women's 6K competition...Chang and Foley are expected to be in the hunt for CCAA Freshman of the Year as are male runners Kellen Levy and Mario Flores...Defending champion Chico State is favored to once again win both divisions...At last year's event in McKinleyville, CA, the UCSD women finished second and the men fifth.

              

BIG FINISH FOR MEN'S SOCCER
Despite not getting the miracle it needed to reach the CCAA Championship, the season ended on a high note for the Men's Soccer team which swept its final two regular season contests against Cal State East Bay to end at 8-6-4 overall and 8-5-3 in the CCAA...The latter record put the Tritons third in the CCAA South Division and their 27 points left them four short of the final conference tournament berth...The CCAA ledger was the best in Pascale's three years at the helm and the team closed out the season with an 8-2-2 run.

Friday at CSUEB, UCSD got five saves from freshman Josh Cohen in goal and whitewashed  the Pioneers, 2-0...Senior David Bakal's second goal of the campaign, with fellow senior Tyler Zupan supplying the assist, made it advantage Tritons, 13:29 into the game...In the ninth minute of the second half, a pair of freshmen defenders, Gavin Lamming and Alec Arsht, combined to make it 2-0, the former putting a feed from Arsht in the lower left corner for his first goal of the year.

On Senior Day, Sunday, it was definitely a senior celebration as four different seniors found the scoring column in a 6-0 Triton romp...Josh Jackson, hampered much of the year by injuries, netted the first of the afternoon at the 18 minute mark, converting a penalty kick earned when Kasra Sarabakhsh was pulled down in the box...After an excellent build-up, senior Brandon Yee crossed to a sliding Zupan whose rebound was slotted home by Yee for the first goal of the second half, making it 2-0...The Tritons then exploded for four goals in less than 14 minutes...Zupan collected the first of those, taking a pass from Jackson inside the box, turning and beating Pioneer keeper Bruce Bookhammer one-on-one...Junior Jordan Valenciano joined in the fun at 72:01, taking a cross from Andisheh Bagheri, side-stepping a defender and knocking it in off the post...Five minutes later, Bagheri got a goal of his own, corralling an errant clearance and bending a 25-yarder past a second East Bay keeper Patrick Gilbertson...Jackson's second score, a blast from nearly 30 yards out that found the upper right corner completed the rout...None of UCSD's goal getters had a goal in the team's previous 17 games.

Listen to Sunday's post-game interview with Head Coach Jon Pascale.
Listen to Sunday's post-game interview with senior Josh Jackson.

SWIMMERS ROLL IN OPENER; UCSB LOOMS SATURDAY
After swamping visiting Claremont in its season opener last Saturday, the Swimming & Diving teams step up to challenge Division I foe UC Santa Barbara on the road this weekend...Coach Scott McGihon's charges captured all but two races in winning their 2010-11 debut with the Triton men prevailing, 215-84, and the women posting a 191-104 tally.

Five of McGihon's men registered double wins...Junior Blake Langland grabbed both freestyle sprints, clocking 21.38 in the 50 and 47.50 in the 100...Meanwhile, transfer Matt Herman turned the same trick in the distance races, taking the 1,000 in 9:39.12 and coming back with a 4:45.23 in the 500...Two other newcomers, junior Eric Owens and freshman See Han Lee, steamed to victories in the 100 (53.23) and 200 (1:55.55) backstroke and 200 breaststroke (2:08.62) and 200 individual medley (2:00.39) respectively...Diver Patrick Cohen was the top point-getter on both the one (268) and three-meter (258) boards.

As usual, on the women's side, two-time NCAA champion Alexandra Henley starred...The versatile junior from Thousand Oaks cruised to wins in the 200 butterfly (2:05.31), 500 freestyle (5:04.98) and 200 individual medley (2:10.21)...She got plenty of backing from multi-event winners junior Neda Nguyen (100/1:07.89 & 200/2:26.81 breaststroke), sophomore Amber Tan (50/24.52 & 100/53.22 freestyle) and freshman Anji Shakya (200 free/1:54.86 & 200 backstroke/2:06.77).

Hear comments from Coach Scott McGihon following Saturday's meet vs. Claremont.
Listen to Saturday's interview with Blake Langland and Amber Tan.

MEN'S B-BALL HOSTS UC SANTA CRUZ IN PRE-SEASON TILT
Coach Chris Carlson's Men's Basketball squad will play a pair of exhibitions this week, traveling to face UC Irvine of the Big West Conference on Tuesday and then hosting Division III UC Santa Cruz at RIMAC Arena Saturday night...The fourth-year head man will have seven active vets on the roster, including returning starters Casey Ryan and Christian Hatch.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL PREPS WITH SDSU EXHIBITION
With the season-opening Disney Classic looming in less than two weeks, the Women's Basketball team will tune up with a pair of exhibitions against Division I squads, traveling crosstown to San Diego State Thursday and then up to Stanford a week from Tuesday.

Coach Charity Elliott's cagers scrimmaged against another local D-I foe, USD, last Saturday... With first team all-conference guard Chelsea Carlisle and her returning sophomore backcourt mate Emily Osga both on the bench with injuries, Elliott's young charges had a rough first half before getting over the shell-shock and performing creditably in the second 20 minutes... Sophomore Erin Grady and freshmen Stephanie Yano and Megan Perry earned plaudits from Elliott for their efforts.

GOLFERS HOST TOURNAMENT IN MISSION VALLEY
The Golf team finishes up its fall campaign today and tomorrow when it hosts the first annual Triton Invitational at Riverwalk Golf Club in Mission Valley...Coach Mike Wydra will send out two squads against a compact, locally-oriented field over the 6,650-yd., par 72 layout...The tourney will include 36 holes today and the final 18 Tuesday.

NEWS & NOTES
This week's edition of Triton Talk, UCSD's weekly online radio show hosted by Craig Elsten, is schedule to feature Head Women's Soccer Coach Brian McManus, Triton Cross Country Coach Nate Garcia and senior Jakub Bedarek of the men's water polo team...The show will be posted Wednesday afternoon at ucsdtritons.com.

Coach Zach Johnson's Men's Crew gets its first test of the fall when it travels to Newport Harbor Sunday for the annual Newport Autumn Rowing Festival...Johnson will distribute his talent equally among three varsity eight boats which will take on the likes of Cal, Stanford, UCLA and USC in the three-mile head race.

Last weekend, Coach Pattie Pinkerton's Women's Crew hosted the ninth annual Row for the Cure on Mission Bay, featuring some 500 rowers, more than 100 paddlers and raising nearly $20,000 (and counting) for the Susan G. Komen Foundation...This Saturday, the women's novices will get a look at local competition at the Foot of Mission Bay mini-regatta.

Coach Heidi Runyan's Fencing team makes the trek to Orange County Sunday for the UC Irvine duals which, in addition to the Tritons, will feature all six of the other schools in the Intercollegiate Fencing Conference of Southern California (IFCSC)...Next weekend, UCSD will host its annual Bladerunner event at the Main Gym.

The Men's Tennis team continues a busy fall season when it goes to UCLA this weekend for the Southern California Intercollegiates...Coach Eric Steidlmayer will send seven players into singles and doubles qualifying rounds Wednesday and Thursday.

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