After having a run of four straight conference titles stopped last November, the Women’s Soccer team will be aiming to start a new streak this week when it travels to Turlock for the CCAA Championships, hosted by Cal State Stanislaus...Coach Brian McManus’s Tritons will be seeded second in the four-team tourney and draw Chico State in Friday’s semi-final...Top-seeded Cal State Stanislaus takes on Cal State Dominguez Hills in the other first round contest...The two winning teams collide for the CCAA crown Sunday at 2:00 PM...The Tritons edged Chico State, 2-1, at Chico, in the only regular season meeting between the two teams...Ranked 22nd nationally, UCSD brings a 15-3 mark into the weekend’s action and is rated fourth by the NCAA’s “BCS-like” regional ranking system.
The Tritons clinched their sixth consecutive CCAA South Division crown and a berth in the CCAA Championship Tournament in impressive fashion Wednesday with a 3-0 road victory against Cal State San Bernardino...After a scoreless first half, the UCSD offense came alive after the break, cracking the Coyote goal line three times in just five minutes and 17 seconds...The fun started at 63:03 with junior Alise Malley converting a cross from freshman Natasha Belak-Berger...Belak-Berger got the assist on the next goal as well when leading scorer Megan Dickey collected her 11th goal of the year, one-touching Belak-Berger’s cross from short range...Freshman Kelly Mayo concluded the scoring at 68:20, taking a long pass from Dickey and drilling a low shot past Coyote keeper Leslie Rhodes...The Tritons outshot CSUSB, 14-7, and freshmen Mia Shirley and Jessica McGovern made two saves apiece while recording the shutout...The win snapped a two-game losing streak.
At home Saturday, the Tritons capped an excellent regular season with a handy, 2-0, triumph over Cal State L.A., avenging a conference-opening loss to the Golden Eagles in September...Dominating the shots (16-11) and corners (15-5), UCSD was in charge from the outset and hit the scoreboard for the first time at 13:57 on a penalty kick by junior Kelly Cochran...Cochran got the opportunity after feeding Ali Lai who was wrestled down in the box...Eight minutes into the second half, Dickey notched No. 12, finding the upper right corner from long range...Shirley went the distance in goal for UCSD’s 10th shutout.
TRITON MEN OPEN WITH SONOMA AT CCAA SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIPS
The third-seeded Men’s Soccer team will battle second-seeded Sonoma State in the first round of the CCAA Championship tournament Friday (11:30 AM) in Turlock, CA...No. 1 seed Cal State Dominguez Hills tackles Cal State San Bernardino in the other semi...Winners of those two games match-up at 11:30 AM Sunday for the league title...Coach Derek Armstrong’s side closed the regular season 11-4-2, is ranked 19th nationally and downed Sonoma State, 1-0, on the road earlier this season.
Wednesday, senior Matt Davey’s 10th goal of the season, a penalty kick at 67:30 of the second half, earned the Tritons a 1-1 tie at Cal State San Bernardino and qualified them for the CCAA Championship Tournament...A taut defensive struggle, the game saw just 11 shots taken between the two teams over its 110 minutes, which spanned two overtimes...The Coyotes scored early on a crossing play at 10:50...Davey’s PK was the result of a nice individual effort by Ryan Velasquez who made a run up the left side and was then fouled after cutting into the box.
On Senior Night Saturday, the Tritons topped visiting Cal State L.A., 1-0, in overtime, allowing them to finish 8-4-2 in conference play and second in the CCAA’s South Division...The contest ended up scoreless through 90 minutes, but barely...A Golden Eagle hand ball in the box put the redoubtable Davey at the seven-yard mark for a penalty kick with just one second on the clock but his left-footed blast ricocheted off the crossbar sending the match to overtime...Just 4:05 into the extra session, Davey came up with the ball at midfield and chipped it forward to fellow senior Grant Nishio who made no mistake from 22 yards out, burying his sixth goal of the season...UCSD owned the advantage in shots(14-8) and corner kicks (4-3).
NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP BERTHS ON LINE AT CROSS COUNTRY REGIONAL
With an NCAA Division II Championship berth in the sights of both teams, Coach Ted Van Arsdale will take14 athletes to Saturday’s NCAA West Regional Championship at Prado Park in Chino Hills...The Triton women, led by CCAA Runner of the Year Mimi Hodgins, enter the Regional as champions of the CCAA while the men were third at the Oct. 22 league meet.
Among thosejoining senior Hodgins for the 6K skirmish will be fellow All-CCAA performers Nina Miller, Erin O’Donnell, Emily McGregor and Diane Dunn...On the men’s side three senior all-conference runners, Carl Lostrom, Chris Beetley-Hagler and Luke Sigmon, anchor Van Arsdale’s men...Junior Dan Holligan, who missed the CCAA meet, is expected back and four others, sophomore Ryan Becijos and the freshman trio of Jake LeVieux, Gabe LaMothe and Dan Noble are competing for the final three slots...The top three teams in each division will advance to the Nov. 19 national championships which will be contested over the same course.
TRITONS FACE UC DAVIS IN FINAL REGULAR SEASON POLO CLASH
Coach Denny Harper’s sixth-ranked Men’s Water Polo team closes out the 2005 regular season as well as the home careers of 12 seniors when it hosts No. 10 UC Davis Saturday night...The game will also likely be the final game played in venerable Canyonview Pool which has been the site of two NCAA Men’s Water Polo Championships (1996 and 1999) as well numerous classic events since coming on line in 1983...The new home venue for Triton Water Polo will be Canyonview West which is scheduled to open in January of 2006.
In the midst of a stellar season, the Tritons threw in a clunker Friday at Irvine, losing a 13-4 nightmare to UCI...Down a manageable, 6-3, at halftime to a team it had twice beaten, Harper saw the wheels come off early in the third quarter and emptied the bench down the stretch...The team’s leading scorer, senior Jon Hopkins, scored a pair of goals in the defeat.
Four unanswered first period goals returned things to normal Saturday as the Tritons used the quick start as a springboard to a 9-7 road win over No. 11 Loyola Marymount, their chief conference rival...Senior Brandon Borso tallied two of his three goals in the first period blitz and Hopkins also wound up with a trio...Senior Kevin Smoker and juniors Ty Lackey and Jessie Casellini accounted for the other three scores...Goalie Colin McElroy had eight saves in UCSD’s second victory of the year over the Lions, who never got closer than two goals.
HUGE PAIR OF HOME MATCHES AWAIT VOLLEYBALL TEAM
With the postseason drawing ever nearer, the 17th-ranked Women’s Volleyball team faces a critical pair of home tests this week when Cal State Bakersfield (Wed.) and league-leading Cal State L.A. (Fri.) come to La Jolla...Coach Tom Black’s Tritons, now 18-5 overall and 10-4 in the CCAA sit tied for fourth in the conference standings, half a game back of Cal State Bakersfield.
Friday night, the Tritons met little resistance in crushing Cal State Stanislaus, 3-0 (30-16, 30-16, 30-14)...Serving tough and hitting away at a .367 clip, UCSD got 18 kills from junior middle blocker Brianna Koche and 10 from her counterpart Rebecca Bailey... Koche posted a sterling .708 hitting percentage...Laura Watkins and Nicole Courtney had three aces apiece and the former registered 13 digs.
After a shaky start, Saturday, the Tritons steadied and put away Chico State, 3-1 (25-30, 33-31, 30-22, 30-22)...Courtney was a dynamo, blasting 27 kills to got with 15 digs, three blocks and an ace...Carpenter and Koche also cracked double figures in the kill column with 11 and 10 respectively while senior Laura Watkins had a match high 23 digs and ripped an ace that closed out the momentum-turning second game ..The Tritons out-blocked the Wildcats, 11-5.
GOLFERS TO CLOSE OUT FALL SLATE IN HAWAII
Trying to improve for the second straight tournament, the Golf team travels to the Big Island of Hawaii for the annual Hawaii Hilo Intercollegiate...Coach Mike Wydra’s Tritons will tee it up against seven other Division II squads for 54 holes at the 6,913-yd. Mauna Lani North Course where black lava landscape comes right up to the edge of the verdant fairways...Wydra’s lineup the event will feature Justin Grant, Luke Leveillee, Ryo Yamada, Robbie Kramer and Chris Hirahatake.
SWIMMING & DIVING TEAM FACES MORE DIVISION I COMPETITION
Coach Scott McGihon’s Swimming & Diving team dropped both men’s and women’s dual meets against Division I Utah Saturday but turned in some impressive early season performances nonetheless...The Triton men fell, 160.5-138.5 while the women were defeated, 180-116...UCSD will once again test itself against Division I talent, traveling to UC Santa Barbara Saturday.
Junior Emily Harlan and freshman Kendall Bohn were double winners for the Triton women...Harlan swept the sprints, taking the 50 freestyle in 24.34 and the 100 in 53.27...Bohn clocked 1:06.83 in winning the 100 backstroke and came back to take the 200 breaststroke by a five-second margin (2:20.75)...Junior Susan Bell (400 IM/4:30.29) and senior diver Jennie Margrave (3-meter) also posted individual wins and the 400 freestyle relay unit of Shannon Simonds, Bell, Jennifer Sims and Harlan touched first in 3:35.06.
The men came away with four individual event victories—Joel Tourtellotte (200 free/1:44.10), Evan Hsiao (100 breast/59:13), Jesse Marin (100 butterfly/52.03) and Michael Baier (400 IM/4:09.18)...The Tritons triumphed in both relays, tying for first in the opening 200 medley relay (1:34.91) with the foursome of Steven Hardy, Hsiao, Bernabe Sclafani and Lars Nordstrom...Nordstrom came back to anchor the victorious 400 free relay squad in 3:09.54, teaming with Artur Kubalski, Woody Hooten and Tim Fuller.
WOMEN’S CREW OPENS FALL SEASON AT NEWPORT FESTIVAL
Coach Pattie Pinkerton’s Women’s Crew team opens its fall campaign Sunday at the Newport Autumn Rowing Festival...The Tritons will send out an eight and a four at NewportHarbor.
Some 335 rowers participated in Sunday’s fourth annual Row for the Cure, hosted by the UCSD Women’s Crew team on MissionBay...The Triton women’s eight captured the Division II/III race at the event, which raised more than $20,000 for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
MEN’S CREW HEADS TO NEWPORT
After battling tough conditions and tough competition at the Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston two weeks prior, the Men’s Crew team returns to Southern California for its second outing of the year, Sunday, at the Newport Autumn Rowing Festival...Coach Mark Davis sent a pair of varsity eights out in Sunday’s Row for the Cure, finishing second and third to USC while clocking 13:52 and 14:05 respectively.
FENCERS FACE FIVE SATURDAY
Coach Heidi Runyan’s Fencing team is back in action Saturday, traveling to Pasadena for a six-team dual competition that will include USC, UCLA, UC Irvine, UC Santa Barbara and ArizonaState.
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