Tue., Dec. 14---WBasketball---UCSD vs. Cal State East Bay---5:30 PM
Tue., Dec. 14---MBasketball---UCSD vs. Cal State East Bay---7:30 PM
Sun., Dec. 19---WBasketball---UCSD vs. Humboldt State---12:30 PM
Sun., Dec. 19---MBasketball---UCSD vs. Humboldt State---2:30 PM
WOMEN'S SOCCER FINISHES SECOND AT NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
A dream post-season came to an end Saturday in Louisville for the Women's Soccer team which was defeated, 4-0, by defending champion Grand Valley State (MI) in the title game of the 2010 NCAA Division II Championships...The loss left Coach Brian McManus's squad 19-3-3 on the season and one win short of an eighth NCAA crown.
The Final Four started on a bright note for the Tritons as they overcame a lethargic first half to stun undefeated and top-ranked St. Rose (NY), 1-0...The Golden Knights occupied their offensive end most of the first 45 minutes, out-shooting the Tritons, 9-1, and earning a 6-1 corner kick advantage but couldn't pierce the UCSD goal, thanks in large part to a pair of spectacular saves by junior keeper Kristin Armstrong... Armstrong's heroics allowed the Tritons to survive the first half with a scoreless draw...UCSD came out inspired in the second half and less than 11 minutes in got the only break it would need... Junior Sara McTigue chipped a free kick over the St. Rose defense and senior Annette Ilg, UCSD's leading goal-scorer, beat Golden Knight keeper Deanna Esposito to the ball, toe-poking it into the net...The game, played in frigid weather, took a surreal turn as snow began sprinkling the playing surface almost immediately after the score...The two teams played evenly the rest of the way but Ilg's marker was enough to hand St. Rose its first loss of the season and knock them out of the tournament and the Tritons into their first title game since they won it all in 2001.
Two days later, following an hour-long delay to clear the playing surface following an overnight snow storm, the Tritons again started slowly but this time, their opponent made them pay...Grand Valley's talented, experienced outfit racked up two first half goals, the first on a UCSD defensive slip and the second on a direct corner... Any outcome still seemed possible when the second half started but with the Tritons pressing forward offensively, they were twice caught short on counters that ultimately resulted in goals and the final four-goal margin...The defending champion Lakers looked the part, out-shooting UCSD, 10-4 in the first half and 14-9 overall and never allowing a shot on goal ...Armstrong was called on to make four saves...UCSD's two best chances came on a Jessica Wi one-hopper that clanked off the left post and an Anne Wethe header that just missed...Seniors Annette Ilg and Lisa Bradley joined Armstrong on the all-tournament team.
TRITON CAGERS SEE WIN STREAK SNAPPED IN NORCAL
After coming out of the gate 5-1, the Men's Basketball team hit a roadblock in Northern California last weekend, dropping its first two conference basketball games of the season and falling back to 5-3 overall...The Tritons will now have a nine-day respite for finals before hosting Cal State East Bay, Dec. 14.
Last Friday a poor start, marked by 30% shooting in the first half, left Coach Chris Carlson's club on the short end of a 36-23 score at intermission and ultimately negated a spirited comeback in a 75-72 loss at Cal State Monterey Bay...UCSD was still trailing by 15 with nine minutes to go but used a 51-22 rebounding advantage and subsequent second chance buckets to nearly turn things all the way around...Junior Christian Hatch hit 10-of-18 from the floor en route to 24 point, 14 rebound performance...Senior Casey Ryan also posted a double double with 13 points and a like number of rebounds... Sophomore Justin Brue (13) and freshman James McCann (11) also reached double figures.
A sub-par opening period doomed the Tritons again the next night in a 78-60 defeat at the hands of San Francisco State...Two numbers pointed to the downfall vs. the Gators---the host's .549 shooting percentage and 19 UCSD turnovers...SFSU was up 13 just nine and a half minutes into the contest and the Tritons never recovered...Ryan recorded his second straight double double with 15 points and 10 boards...Junior Ryan Wheeler came off the bench to collect a career 14 points which included a perfect 8-for-8 effort at the free throw line.
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL SPLITS CCAA-OPENING WEEKEND
Sporting three wins in its last four outings, Coach Charity Elliott's Women's Basketball team will now take a nine-day competitive hiatus (finals) before hitting the floor a week from Tuesday for its conference home opener against Cal State East Bay...The Tritons are now 3-6 overall and 1-1 in the CCAA, following a road split in the Bay Area last weekend to open league action.
UCSD suffered a frustrating, 92-91, double overtime loss against undefeated Cal State Monterey Bay in its 2010-11 CCAA debut last Friday...It was particularly tough to swallow since the Tritons, who trailed by four at half and were down by 15 with a little over 11 minutes to play, had staged a furious rally to send it to OT and actually had a chance to win it in the waning seconds of regulation...In the first extra session, it was the Otters who came back, staving off defeat and knotting the score with seven seconds remaining...A charity shot by freshman Elaina White made the score 91-91 with 51 seconds left in the second OT period but a Monterey free throw at 0:27 proved to be decisive...Junior Lauren Freidenberg poured in a career high 27 points (21 in the second half) to go with eight rebounds...All-American guard Chelsea Carlisle chipped in with 23 points and seven assists while soph Emily Osga recorded 18 points...Both clubs shot over 46% and the rebounds were nearly even (44-40 UCSD). Frustration
The Tritons took out their disappointment on San Francisco State the next night as Osga's 14 markers paced them to a 66-52 triumph...Carlisle had an extremely productive game, racking up 13 points, six rebounds and nine assists while fellow juniors Daisy Feder and Freidenberg added 13 and 10 points respectively...Freidenberg also had six boards...UCSD fell behind early on but was in front by seven at halftime and pushed the margin to 23 in the second half before Elliott emptied the bench...The Tritons out-shot the Gators by a wide margin (.404-.301), hit 41.7% from three-point land and were plus-12 in the turnover column.
NEWS & NOTES
This week's edition of Triton Talk, UCSD's online radio show hosted by Craig Elsten, is scheduled to feature Men's Basketball Coach Chris Carlson, Women's Soccer Coach Brian McManus and fencer Michael Fong...It will be posted Wednesday afternoon at ucsdtritons.com.
Senior Jared Kukura of the Men's Soccer team was named to Daktronics NCAA Division II All-America second team last week...The San Diego native was previously voted the Most Valuable Defensive Player in the CCAA.
Junior Roxanne Brunsting, a libero last year who split time between outside hitter and setter in 2010 earned honorable mention status on the Daktronics NCAA Division II Women's Volleyball All-America squad...Brunsting, from Chula Vista, had earlier gained honorable mention on the AVCA All-American team for the second straight season.
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