THIS WEEK'S EVENTS
Fri., Nov. 26---MBasketball---UCSD at ND Thanksgiving Tournament---7:00 PM
Fri., Nov. 26---WBasketball---UCSD hosts UCSD Thanksgiving Classic---7:00 PM
Sat., Nov. 27---MBasketball---UCSD at ND Thanksgiving Tournament---3:00 PM
Sat., Nov. 27---WBasketball---UCSD hosts UCSD Thanksgiving Classic---7:00 PM
FINAL FOUR FOR WOMEN'S SOCCER
For the first time since 2003, the Women's Soccer team is headed to the NCAA Division II Final Four...Coach Brian McManus's No. 12 Tritons (18-2-3) earned their trip to Louisville (Dec. 3-5) and a date with St. Rose (23-0-1) in the national semi-final by winning a pair of 1-0 games in Austin, TX last weekend...UCSD, which is undefeated in its last 18 outings, has won seven NCAA Women's Soccer Championships, five at the Division III level and the last two as a Division II institution in 2000 and 2001...St. Rose, located in Albany, NY, is the nation's No. 1-ranked team and has been to the NCAA Final Four the past two seasons.
After winning their first two contests in this year's NCAA Playoffs at Honolulu, HI, McManus & Co. squared off with old rival Seattle Pacific in the West Regional final last Thursday...With 17 minutes left in regulation, junior Sarah McTigue scored what she called "the best goal of my life," to break a scoreless tie and lift the Tritons past the Falcons, a team they have met several times over the years in regional play...Coming off a throw-in from junior Shelby Wong, McTigue's score, her ninth of the season, was a 25-yd blast that went upper V...Junior keeper Kristin Armstrong was a pillar of strength for UCSD...She only had to make four saves but nearly all were critical stops in a battle that was very tight statistically as well as on the scoreboard.
That win put put the Tritons into Saturday's quarterfinal match-up with host St. Edwards (TX), a 3-2 winner over undefeated Central Missouri on Thursday...Defense was the key for UCSD on this day...The back foursome of Ellen Wilson, Sara Spaventa, Hayley Johnson and Lisa Bradley spearheaded an effort that kept Armstrong from being called upon to make even a single save while recording the team's 15th shutout of the season...Senior Annette Ilg, the club's top goal scorer, provided all the offense the Tritons would need, netting a low driven corner kick by Johnson in the game's 22nd minute...The home team threw all it could at UCSD in the second half but was unable to penetrate the Triton "D"...McManus's squad ended up with advantages in both the shot (4-3) and corner (9-4) departments.
Watch Monday morning interview with Head Coach Brian McManus.
Watch Monday morning interview with junior Sarah McTigue.
VOLLEYBALL SEASON ENDS AT NCAA REGIONAL SEMI-FINAL
Coach Ricci Luyties' Women's Volleyball team concluded a rollercoaster season with a semi-final exit at the NCAA Pacific Regional Tournament in San Bernardino last weekend...The Tritons, left for dead after a five-match mid-season losing streak, strung together 11 straight victories to not only reach the post-season for the 29th time in 30 years but enter as the fourth seed... UCSD wrapped up 2010 with a 19-9 mark and finished the regular season tied for second in the CCAA.
Outhitting its opponent, .220 to .056, UCSD rocked Sonoma State, 3-0 (25-23, 25-14, 25-17) in game one of the Regional Tournament Thursday...The Tritons trailed just once (early in the third set) all match in one of their best overall efforts of the campaign...Junior Katie Condon's nine kills paced UCSD and she also racked up a team high 15 digs...Juniors Hillary Williamson and Julie Freidenberg accounted for eight and seven kills respectively...Freidenberg and senior Alanna Rutan both served up three of UCSD's seven aces, libero Janessa Werhane matched Condon's 15 digs and Roxanne Brunsting dished out 20 assists.
Twenty-four hours later, host and sixth-ranked Cal State San Bernardino was simply too much for the Tritons, running away with a 3-0 (25-14, 25-11, 25-23) decision that ended UCSD's post-season work...Condon put down 10 kills and Brunsting recorded a double double with 16 assists and 10 digs but the Coyotes were never in danger...UCSD did show some grit, scoring seven straight points to take a 21-19 lead in the third set before San Bernardino rallied back to complete the sweep.
Earlier in the week, Brunsting, Condon and Freidenberg were all named first team all-conference in a vote of the CCAA coaches...It was the second time Brunsting has earned all-league honors.
WATER POLO SETTLES FOR FOURTH AT WWPA CHAMPIONSHIPS
Needing to win last weekend's Western Water Polo Assn. (WWPA) Championships at Santa Clara in order to qualify for the NCAA Championships and prolong its season, Coach Denny Harper's 11th-ranked Men's Water Polo team came up three places short, finishing fourth and ending 2010 with a 13-13 ledger.
UCSD scored the first three goals of the game and bolted to an 8-3 halftime advantage on the way to an 11-8 conquest of Pomona-Pitzer in the first round of the WWPA tourney Friday afternoon...Senior Ryan Allred's four goals led the Tritons and junior Graham Saber chipped in with three, all coming in the second quarter...Sophomore Brian Donohoe added two.
Harper's squad was knocked out of the championship bracket Saturday, suffering a third straight loss to No. 12 UC Davis, 10-6...This one was decided in a three-possession sequence in the third period...Down, 5-4, the Tritons appeared poised to deadlock the contest but missed a penalty shot...Still trailing by one the next time down the pool, they gained a 6-on-4 advantage but failed to convert...And then the Aggies scored on a man-up situation to make it 6-4 and the wheels came off from there...Saber, who found the back of the cage three times was UCSD's only multi-goal scorer...Junior goalie David Morton stopped eight shots on the other end.
In Sunday's third place game, the Tritons got goals from six different players but lost to host Santa Clara, 7-6...It was the Broncos' first-ever win over UCSD...With two coming on penalty shots, Santa Clara scored the first three goals of the afternoon and was comfortably ahead, 5-1, at halftime...But Harper's crew refused to concede...Goals by John Butler and Will Brown drew the Tritons to within two scores after three periods and a Donohoe marker pulled UCSD within one with 5:48 remaining...The two teams exchanged goals to make it 6-5 but the final Bronco tally provided a 7-5 cushion with 2:30 on the clock...Saber gave the Tritons faint hope, connecting with 18 seconds to go but SCU ran out the clock from there.
Prior to the start of the tournament, three Tritons were recognized with All-WWPA honors...Donohoe, whose brother Steve was a first team selection as a senior last season, was a first team selection while Allred and Morton garnered second team status...Dane Sequiera was chosen to the All-Freshman squad.
MORRILL, CRISP TOP UCSD FINISHERS AT NCAA XC REGIONAL
A challenging season for Coach Nate Garcia and his Cross Country team came to an end Saturday at the NCAA West Regional in Bellingham, WA...In cold, high 20-to-low 30-degree conditions, the Triton men, paced by senior Jesse Morrill, finished eighth in a 22-team field while the women wound up 14th among the 26 entries.
Morrill closed out his collegiate career with a 26th place finish, covering the snow-sprinkled 10K Padden Lake layout in 33:10.7... Sophomore Matt Lenehan was 43 seconds behind Morrill, placing 48th in 33:53.8...He was followed closely by Patrick French (49th/33:54.2), CCAA Freshman of the Year Kellen Levy (51st/33:56.4) and Alex Corliss (53rd/34:04.6)...As a team, UCSD finished up with 227 points.
On the women's side, the obvious bright spot was second-year runner Catherine Crisp who turned in her best performance of the year, coming home 52nd in 24:41.7 for 6K...Another fast-improving sophomore, Heather Hisgen, was next in 24:49.2, good for 62nd place...Rounding out the top five for the Tritons were junior Aaryn Kobayashi (66th/24:53.7), sophomore Jackie Sikkema (74th/25:06.2) and junior Kathryn Turner (78th/25:11.3)...The Triton women scored 332 points which left them 34 points out of the top 10...Alaska Anchorage won the team championship in both divisions.
MEN'S BASKETBALL HEADS NORTH FOR HOLIDAY
Now 3-1 after winning its home opener Sunday, Coach Chris Carlson's Men's Basketball team will be on the road for the Thanksgiving holiday, playing a pair of games at the Notre Dame de Namur Tournament in the Bay Area this weekend...The Tritons will face host Notre Dame de Namur Friday and then square off against Canadian NAIA foe Simon Fraser Saturday.
In a rare Sunday afternoon affair yesterday at RIMAC Arena, UCSD got a career high 18 points and nine rebounds from sophomore Justin Brue and 16 points and seven assists from freshman point guard James McCann in an 81-61 triumph over Academy of Art...The Tritons used a pair of McCann threes in the final minutes to open up a nine-point margin at intermission following a fairly taut first half...Carlson's club methodically extended the gap in the second 20 minutes with Brue and sophomore Ryan Peters (13 pts.) doing the most damage...On the game, UCSD out-scored the Urban Knights, 36-6, on the interior and beat them, 47-27, on the glass...Junior Christian Hatch continued his solid play, producing a double double with 10 points and 10 boards.
Hear Sunday's post-game comments from Head Coach Chris Carlson.
Hear Sunday's post-game comments from sophomore Justin Brue.
WOMEN HOST THANKSGIVING HOOPS TOURNAMENT
Still looking for its first win of 2010-11, the Women's Basketball team hopes a home court edge will turn the trick when it makes its RIMAC Arena debut Friday in the first round of the UCSD Thanksgiving Classic...The Tritons (0-5) take on Western New Mexico in game one and will tackle Notre Dame de Namur Saturday night.
UCSD's early season woes continued in Friday's opening round of the Seattle Pacific Sodexo Invitational as the Tritons were out-shot (.577 to .339) and out-rebounded (39-28) in an 82-64 loss to Western Washington...On the positive side, UCSD had three players---Lauren Freidenberg (16), Chelsea Carlisle (15) and Emily Osga (10)---in double figures and that trio, led by Osga with eight, had 20 of the team's 28 boards...UCSD also harassed the Vikings into 22 turnovers.
Saturday night in Seattle there was clear improvement but the result was the same as the Tritons let a 33-31 halftime advantage escape in a 75-66 defeat at the hands of undefeated host Seattle Pacific...A 20-6 Falcon run in the middle of the second session sewed it up, although a Carlisle lay-in with 1:40 remaining brought UCSD to within four, the closest the visitors would get...Carlisle, an all-tourney pick, canned 21 while Osga poured in 13 points to go with a team high eight boards...Daisy Feder (11) and Freidenberg (10) also reached double digits.
SWIMMERS TURN IN BIG ARENA PERFORMANCE
Competing against all Division I opponents, including national powers like Stanford and Cal, the Swimming team turned in an impressive performance while hosting last week's Arena Invitational at Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool in Long Beach...The UCSD men finished fifth and the women 11th in the stellar field and Coach Scott McGihon's squad left the event with two new school records as well as nine women and three men automatically qualified for the 2011 NCAA Division II Swimming & Diving Championships.
The two new school marks were recorded by junior transfer Matt Herman, whose 15:29.04 in the 1,650 was good enough for sixth place overall and erased the oldest mark in the UCSD books (Dave Sacco, 1988), and redshirt freshman Nick Korth who topped the 200 breaststroke record set by Matt Payne at the 2000 NCAA Championships by nearly three seconds, clocking 1:59.32 while finishing third...Also in the final of that race was junior Griffin Backe who hit an NCAA qualifying time earlier in the 100 breaststroke.
On the ultra-competitive women's side, individual NCAA qualifiers included Alex Henley (200 backstroke), Anji Shakya (500 freestyle) and Gabby Rossbach (200 butterfly)...Getting their tickets to nationals via relay swims were Amber Tan, Katherine Tse, Neda Nguyen, Anju Shimura, Jessica Ferguson and Olivia Fountain.
Meanwhile, the Triton divers competed against many of the nation's top programs Sunday at the Wildcat Invitational in Tucson...On the men's side, Tyler Runsten (26th) was UCSD's top finisher on the one-meter board and Luke Calkins (25th) took that honor on the three-meter...Mishka Hulka was the Tritons' best performer on both boards in the women's division, taking 57th on the three-meter and 64th on the one-meter.
NEWS & NOTES
This week's edition of Triton Talk, UCSD's weekly online radio show hosted by Craig Elsten, is scheduled to feature men's basketball coach Chris Carlson, Women's basketball coach Charity Elliott, Annette Ilg, the leading goal scorer on the Women's Soccer team and junior swimmer Matt Herman...The show will be posted Tuesday afternoon at ucsdtritons.com.
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