THIS WEEK'S EVENTS
Thu., Nov. 18---Swimming---UCSD hosts Arena Invitational---All Day
Thu., Nov. 18---WSoccer---UCSD at NCAA West Regional Final---2:00 PM (CST)
Thu., Nov. 18---WVolleyball---UCSD at NCAA Pacific Regional---5:00 PM
Fri., Nov. 19---Swimming---UCSD hosts Arena Invitational---All Day
Fri., Nov. 19---WVolleyball---UCSD at NCAA Pacific Regional---7:30 PM
Fri., Nov. 19---MWater Polo---UCSD at WWPA Championships---TBD
Fri., Nov. 19---WBasketball---UCSD at SPU Sodexo Invitational---1:00 PM
Sat., Nov. 20---Swimming---UCSD hosts Arena Invitational---All Day
Sat., Nov. 20---MWater Polo---UCSD at WWPA Championships---TBD
Sat., Nov. 20---Cross Country---UCSD at NCAA West Regional---10:30 AM
Sat., Nov. 20---WSoccer---UCSD at NCAA Quarterfinal---1:00 PM (CST)
Sat., Nov. 20---WBasketball---UCSD at SPU Sodexo Invitational---5:00 PM
Sat., Nov. 20---WVolleyball---UCSD at NCAA Pacific Regional---7:00 PM
Sun., Nov. 21---MBasketball---UCSD vs. Academy of Art---1:00 PM
Sun., Nov. 21---MWater Polo---UCSD at WWPA Championships---TBD
WOMEN'S SOCCER ADVANCES TO NCAA REGIONAL FINAL IN AUSTIN
With a pair wins at the NCAA Division II Sub-Regional in Hawaii, the 11th-ranked Women's Soccer team has earned a ticket to the third round in Austin, TX this weekend...There, the Tritons will square off against Seattle Pacific in Thursday's West Regional Final and if they win, take on the team that emerges from the St. Edwards-Central Missouri match-up in Saturday's Quarterfinals...UCSD comes in with a 16-2-3 record and has not lost a game since Sept. 17.
Playing inspired soccer, the Tritons knocked off conference rival San Francisco State, 3-1, last Thursday night at the Sub-Regional opener in Honolulu...The win not only propelled UCSD into the second round but avenged a penalty kick shootout loss to the Gators at the previous week's CCAA Championship...Although the Tritons out-shot San Francisco, 24-8, and had a 10-2 advantage in corners, this one was not without peril...UCSD controlled much of the first half but the two sides came out of the first 45 minutes in a scoreless tie...Then, SFSU drew first blood, taking advantage of a UCSD defensive lapse at 50:48 for a 1-0 lead...The goal, however, seemed to fire up the Tritons who returned the favor less than two minutes later with junior Shelby Wong cashing in after some nifty work by forward Sarah McTigue...UCSD continued to turn the heat up after knotting the game and put the Gators in dire straits when sweeper Ellen Wilson scored in the 66th minute after a goal mouth scramble following a Hayley Johnson corner...The Tritons kept pushing but couldn't ice it until the final seven minutes when sophomore Courtney Capobianco poked in goal No. 3 from short range...It was career victory No. 400 for McManus.
Two nights later, another goal by Wilson powered UCSD to a 1-0 second round triumph over the host BYU-Hawaii and on to Austin...McManus's club dominated throughout, out-shooting the Seasiders, 12-7, and taking 15 corners to their opponent's one...Still, outside of Wilson's marker, the Tritons did not capitalize on a plethora of chances...The goal came early, in the 15th minute, when Wilson finished a run by cleanly heading in another Johnson corner... UCSD came out strong and its possession and passing game kept BYU-Hawaii on its heels and in its own end for nearly the entirety of the game's first 20 minutes...Keeper Kristin Armstrong did not have to make a single save in recording her 12th shutout of the year.
Watch Coach Brian McManus's Monday interview.
Watch Senior co-captain Lisa Bradley's Monday interview.
Watch junior sweeper Ellen Wilson's Monday interview.
MEN'S POLO SEEKS 15TH WWPA TITLE AT SANTA CLARA
The biggest week of the year has arrived for Coach Denny Harper's 12th-ranked Men's Water Polo team...The Tritons (12-11) travel to Santa Clara for the 2010 Western Water Polo Assn. (WWPA) Championship, Friday through Sunday...The winner of the eight-team tournament advances to the NCAA Championship, Dec. 4-5, at UC Berkeley.
UCSD is seeded third at the WWPA event, meaning it will face sixth-seeded Pomona-Pitzer in Friday's first round...A win in that tilt will earn Harper's club a likely match-up with second-seeded UC Davis Saturday...The title game, with its berth in the NCAA Final Four, is slated for Sunday at 1:30 PM...The Tritons defeated Pomona-Pitzer, 13-8, in its final regular season outing, Nov. 7...UCSD, which has captured a record 14 WWPA crowns, reach the title game in each of the past two seasons, coming up short (5-4 and 12-10) to Loyola Marymount both times.
VOLLEYBALL TANGLES WITH SONOMA STATE IN NCAA REGIONAL
For the fifth straight year and 29th time in the last 30, the Women's Volleyball team is headed to NCAA Regional play...This time, the Tritons (18-8/15-7) will be seeded fourth in the eight-team Pacific Region and travel to Cal State San Bernardino...Coach Ricci Luyties' crew will hook up with fifth-seeded Sonoma State (17-9/14-8), which it's beaten twice this year, in Thursday's first round at Coussoulis Arena...A win would place them against either top-seeded host Cal State San Bernardino or BYU-Hawaii Friday...The championship match, whose winner will advance to the NCAA Elite Eight, Dec. 2-4, in Louisville, KY, is slated for Saturday at 7:00 PM...Buoyed by its strong finish, UCSD wound up tied for second in the CCAA's regular season standings.
Friday night at Cal Poly Pomona, the Tritons secured their 11th straight win in much the same fashion they did their 10th, coming from two sets down to forge a 3-2 (22-25, 22-25, 25-15, 25-19, 15-11) victory...Junior Roxanne Brunsting again led the resurgence, recording her sixth triple double (14 kills, 36 assists, 16 digs) of the season, adding three aces for good measure...Two other juniors, Katie Condon (15 kills, 23 digs) and Hillary Williamson (12 kills, 20 digs) also had big nights...Things looked grim when UCSD went down, 14-8, in the fourth but runs of 8-2 and 7-2 turned the tables...The decisive fifth set was a rollercoaster...CPP went up three early but UCSD came back quickly to tie...The Broncos then rolled off four points in a row for an apparently safe, 9-5, advantage...But, coming out of a timeout, UCSD ripped off five straight of its own and then tallied five of the last seven to close it out.
The consecutive win string ended Saturday night at Cal State San Bernardino where the sixth-ranked Coyotes clipped the Tritons, 3-0 (25-14, 25-19, 25-18)...San Bernardino ruled the net, out-blocking UCSD, 10-1 and led wire-to-wire in sets one and two and nearly all the way in game three...Senior Kaitlin Potter, Condon and Williamson had seven kills apiece and Brunsting and Thalia McCann combined for 29 assists.
Watch Monday's interview with Coach Ricci Luyties.
MEN'S BASKETBALL OPENS UP STRONG AT DISNEY CLASSIC; HOME DEBUT SUNDAY
After winning two-of-three at last weekend's season-opening Disney Tip-Off Classic in Anaheim, Coach Chris Carlson's Men's Basketball team plays its 2010-11 home opener Sunday afternoon against Division II Academy of Art.
The Tritons hit 50% from the floor, 81.5% from the charity stripe and outscored Lewis (IL), by 10 in the second half en route to a 70-59 triumph in Friday's first game at the Disney tournament...Junior Christian Hatch led the way with 16 points and six rebounds and four others---James McCann (11), Casey Ryan (11), Tyler McGrath (11) and Mike Meza (10)---reached double digits in the scoring column....Ryan matched Hatch's six boards...UCSD forced 14 turnovers and converted those into 25 points...In pre-season exhibitions, Lewis defeated Division I DePaul and played Illinois of the Big Ten tough.
Hatch hit 8-of-11 shots and accounted for 20 points Saturday as the Tritons made it two in a row, downing Dixie State, 65-57...Hatch scored UCSD's first three buckets of the contest, vaulting the Tritons into a lead they never relinquished...Ryan was solid again, racking up 16 points and nine caroms while McCann and McGrath scored 11 and 10 respectively...Eight of McCann's points came at the free throw line and he handed out five assists as well...Sophomore Justin Brue chipped in with eight rebounds.
Lackluster shooting cost the Tritons their first loss Sunday, 67-52, at the hands of Alaska Anchorage...UCSD hit just 40% from the floor (4-15 from behind the arc) compared to 48.8% (50% from three-point range) for UAA...McCann dropped in a team high 18 points in a losing cause.
TOUGH RIDE FOR WOMEN'S BASKETBALL AT DISNEY CLASSIC
Coach Charity Elliott's young Women's Basketball squad got a rude introduction to the 2010-11 season last weekend, losing all three games at the Disney Tip-Off Classic in Anaheim...The Tritons, who were a combined 8-1 in the first three games of Elliott's previous three years at the helm, showed improvement in Anaheim but now must jump right back into the fire, traveling to Seattle for the SPU Sodexo Invitational this weekend...UCSD will battle perennial GNAC powers Western Washington (Friday) and Seattle Pacific (Saturday).
Last Friday, guards Daisy Feder (21) and Emily Osga (20) combined for 41 points but 31% shooting and poor rebounding betrayed the Tritons in a tough, season-opening, 74-62, loss to No. 13 Alaska Anchorage at the Disney Classic...UCSD was up by four late in the first half but the Seawolves outscored Elliott's charges, 14-4, to close out the first session to lead by six at the break...Two treys by Feder to start the second half tied it up but UAA scored the next seven and UCSD never got closer than four from that point...On the night, the Seawolves had a huge, 51-26, edge on the boards, leading to 21 second chance points...The Tritons got only three points from their bench compared to 26 for the winners.
The next night, UCSD out-rebounded Texas Woman's University, 50-40, but simply could not find the basket in a 76-58 loss...The contest was tied, 31-all, at intermission, but the Tritons went stone cold offensively in the second half, missing all 15 three-point attempts and hitting just 29.9% from the field overall...Feder tossed in another 14 points and junior Lauren Freidenberg registered a double double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
After a slow start, All-American guard Chelsea Carlisle busted out for a career high 46 points Sunday but it was not enough to keep UCSD from losing a wild, three-overtime affair to Grand Canyon...Carlisle, who also doled out seven assists and grabbed five rebounds, had powered the Tritons to an 18-pt. advantage with eight minutes remaining in regulation and they were still up by nine with 1:09 on the clock...But the Antelopes' Samantha Murphy (who pierced UCSD for 49 points) accounted for nine of her team's final 13 points to force the first extra period...The Tritons looked like they had it won in the first OT when a pair of Osga free throws put them three ahead with six ticks left...But a GCU trey at the buzzer sent it to the second OT...This time UCSD pulled the escape act as Feder was fouled on a three-point try with one second to go and made all three free throws to necessitate the third and final overtime session...The Antelopes got the early edge and were on top the rest of the way, never extending the lead to more than three points but never allowing the Tritons to get even...Carlisle wasn't UCSD's only offensive star as Osga connected for 25 points and Freidenberg registered another double double with 17 points and 14 rebounds.
CROSS COUNTRY GOES TO WASHINGTON FOR NCAA REGIONALS
Coach Nate Garcia's Cross Country team will board a plane to Belllingham, WA Thursday for the NCAA West Regionals being hosted Saturday at Patten Lake by Western Washington...Garcia is hoping his teams will turn in their best performances of the year and they will likely need them if they aim to find themselves qualified for the NCAA Division II Championships two weeks later.
The men will run a two-loop 10K and the women will take one tour of the lake in their 6K race...Garcia will send out seven runners per side and will have to finish in the top four (men) and six (women) if they want to earn a ticket to the NCAA Championships...The men come in ranked seventh in the region while the women are rated 10th, meaning both will have some work to do Saturday.
SWIMMERS HOST ARENA INVITATIONAL IN LONG BEACH
The Swimming team hosts the 2010 Arena Invitational (formerly Toshiba Classic) Thursday through Saturday at Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool in Long Beach... The meet, traditionally the major NCAA qualifying opportunity of the fall, has evolved from a multi-divisional gathering to a more elite event in which UC San Diego is now the only non-Division I participant...Among others, the field includes Stanford, Cal, Hawaii, Air Force and San Diego State...Meanwhile, the Triton divers will go to Tucson for the Wildcat Invitational.
Last Saturday, the UCSD Women absorbed a 172-122 beating at the hands of crosstown D-I rival USD...The loss snapped a streak of eight straight Triton dual meet wins over the Toreros...Individual standouts for UCSD were sophomore breaststroker Michelle McCadden, who won the 100 (1:07.34) in her specialty and was second in the 200 (2:24.57), junior All-American Alex Henley who captured the 200 backstroke (2:06.55) and 200 individual medley (2:07.38) and freshman Anji Shakya who was first in the 100 backstroke (59.08) and second in the 500 freestyle (5:09.41).
NEWS & NOTES
This week's edition of Triton Talk, UCSD's online talk show hosted by Craig Elsten, is scheduled to feature Women's Soccer Coach Brian McManus as well as student-athletes Ellen Wilson (women's soccer), Katie Condon (women's volleyball) and John Butler (men's water polo)...The show will be posted Tuesday afternoon on ucsdtritons.com.
Coach Pattie Pinkerton's Women's Rowing team placed second and third in the open eight and third in the open four at the Head of the Lagoon regatta in Foster City last Sunday...Triton rowers found the top of the podium in both the lightweight eight and intermediate four.
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