Release: Sunday 11/06/2005 
The Women's Soccer team downed Cal State Dominguez Hills, Sunday, to win the 2005 CCAA Championship.
The Women's Soccer team downed Cal State Dominguez...
Courtesy: UCSD

This Week’s Events:


Fri., Nov. 11---Women’s Volleyball---UCSD at Cal Poly Pomona---7:00 PM


Sat., Nov. 12---Women’s Tennis---UCSD at UC Irvine Invitational---All Day

Sat., Nov. 12---Swimming & Diving---UCSD at Cal State Bakersfield---1:00 PM

Sat., Nov. 12---Fencing---UCSD vs. Cal Tech, Cal State Fullerton, UC Irvine---1:00 PM

Sat., Nov. 12---Women’s Volleyball---UCSD at Cal State Dominguez Hills---7:00 PM


Sun., Nov. 13---Women’s Tennis---UCSD at UC Irvine Invitational---All Day

Sun., Nov. 13---Men’s Crew---UCSD at San Diego Fall Classic---7:00 AM

Sun., Nov. 13---Women’s Crew---UCSD at Head of the Lagoon Regatta---8:00 AM


NCAA Soccer schedules to be announced Monday afternoon




Coach Brian McManus’s Women’s Soccer team won its fifth CCAA crown in six years, Sunday, holding off defending titlist Cal State Dominguez Hills, 4-3, in the championship game of the conference tournament in Turlock, CA...The triumph elevated the Tritons to 17-3 overall and assured that they will be heading to the NCAA Playoffs next weekend...Site (likely Seattle Pacific) and opening round opponent (likely a rematch with Dominguez Hills) are scheduled to be announced this afternoon.


In the CCAA semi-final, junior Megan Dickey, who was named conference Player of the Year earlier in the day, knocked in her team-leading 13th goal of the season and it was a big one, lifting UCSD to a 1-0 victory over Chico State...The score came off a corner kick at 55:05...It was unusual in that corner kicks are typically initiated by Dickey but this one came off the foot of sophomore Caitlin Ryan and Dickey, on the other end, headed it home...It was her third game-winning tally of the year...On the night, UCSD outshot the Wildcats, 13-6, and freshman Mia Shirley made three saves while notching her seventh shutout of 2005.


In the final, senior Kathy Sepulveda picked a good time to get her first collegiate goal, putting the Tritons up, 1-0, at 14:13, re-directing in a deflected cross by Dickey ... Dominguez deadlocked the score at one but the game turned with 8:28 left in the half...At that juncture, freshman Natasha Belak-Berger, just off the bench, blew past a pair of Toro defenders to run down a through ball...She was subsequently pulled down from behind, resulting in not only a penalty kick but a red card for both CSUDH sweeper Sandra Lloyd and Head Coach Joe Flanagan...Belak-Berger nailed the PK and Dominguez was down a player for the duration...Sophomore Lauren Segars, who entered the contest late in the first half, started the second half and scored a pair of goals seven and a half minutes apart shortly after intermission...At 4-1, the Tritons appeared to be cruising but the Toros refused to die and after wholesale substitutions by McManus, they stunned UCSD with a pair of back-to-back goals that made for a tense final 20 minutes.


Dickey led a parade of four UCSD first team All-CCAA selections...Joining the versatile Dickey were the Tritons’ two seniors, Heather Szafraniec and Kristin De La Rosa, and junior Kelly Cochran...Junior sweeper Alie Avina was a second team pick.



After suffering a disappointing, 3-1, loss to Sonoma State in the first round of the CCAA Championship Tournament, Friday at Cal State Stanislaus, the 19th-ranked Men’s Soccer team now must wait until this afternoon to learn its NCAA Playoff fate...Three NCAA berths appear to be up for grabs among four teams---Cal State Dominguez Hills, Sonoma State (which went on to defeat CSUDH for the CCAA title), Seattle and UCSD...Coach Derek Armstrong’s Tritons own road victories over both Sonoma State and Seattle...The pairings are expected to be announced at 3:00 PM today.


In the tightly-contested CCAA semi-final, Sonoma State got on top, 1-0, with a goal at 36:24 of the first half...The Seawolves pushed it to 2-0 in the 86th minute but the desperate Tritons struck back quickly as sophomore Pat Kelly found the net less than two minutes from the end of regulation...Coach Derek Armstrong pulled keeper Edward Ruhland for an extra attacker in a corner kick scenario but the strategy backfired as Sonoma cleared the corner and scored into the open net...Sonoma owned advantages in shots (12-10) and corner kicks (7-1)...UCSD’s season ledger now reads 11-5-2.


Earlier, the Tritons placed eight players on the All-CCAA team...Standout senior midfielder Matt Davey and Ruhland were accorded first team honors...Defenders Matt Horne and Devon Cook and forward Jon Krupansky were second team choices while defenders Dustin Tannenhaus and Kevin Murray and midfielder Chase Douglas garnered honorable mention status...Davey, UCSD’s leading scorer, was recognized for the fourth time while it was the third consecutive year for Krupansky and second for both Murray and Douglas.



The Women’s Cross Country team, led by another gold medal performance from senior Mimi Hodgins, finished second at Saturday’s NCAA Division II West Regional at Chino Hills, in the process earning a return trip to the Prado Park course in two weeks for the NCAA Division II Championship...The Triton men were not so fortunate, going out strong but fading late to finish seventh and miss out on an invitation to the national championship.


Hodgins, already the CCAA Runner of the Year, held off a challenge from Chico State’s Katie Lee to win by just over two seconds, clocking 21:59.80 for the 6K...Senior teammate Erin O’Donnell also came up big, finishing seventh in 22:30.0...The Tritons’ other three scorers were sophomore Emily McGregor (15th/23:04.5), senior Michelle DiMeo (19th/23:28.1) and junior Nina Miller (20th/23:28.6).


The surprising leader for Coach Ted Van Arsdale’s men was freshman Gabe LaMothe who turned in a time of 34:37.2 for the 8K, good enough to put  him 38th...Right on LaMothe’s heels were senior Carl Lostrom (39th/34:39.5) and another pair of freshmen, Jake LeVieux (40th/34:39.9) and Matt Noble (43rd/34:42.3)...The final scoring spot went to senior Chris Beetley-Hagler who claimed 56th with a mark of 35:07.3.



Sporting a 22-7 record with the regular season behind it, the seventh-ranked Men’s Water Polo team now turns its focus on the Western Water Polo Assn. (WWPA) Championships which will run Nov. 17-19 at Loyola Marymount...The winner of that tournament advances to the four-team NCAA Championships, hosted Dec. 3-4 by Bucknell (PA) University...UCSD will play an exhibition game Friday night against the Sunset San Diego club team.


A sophomore, Adi Jerkovic, scored two goals to lead the Tritons to a 6-4 Senior Night victory over No. 10 UC Davis Saturday at Canyonview Pool...Appropriately, seniors accounted for the other four markers with Steve Jendrusina,  Kevin Smoker, Jon Hopkins and Chris Finegold doing the honors...Defense was the name of the game in this one, however, and some staunch Triton “D,” backed by senior goalie Colin McElroy’s 13 saves, one on a four-meter penalty shot, carried the day.


Jendrusina opened the scoring in the game’s second minute and Smoker made it 2-1 later in the period, converting a 6-on-5 opportunity...The first of Jerkovic’s scores gave UCSD it’s first two-goal margin...It came with 4:15 remaining in the first half, following a helter skelter sequence shortly after Hopkins was turned away on a penalty shot... Jerkovic registered a man-up goal to make it 4-1, finding the net with a short range dart at 5:44...In yet another penalty situation, Hopkins made it 5-2, tipping in an over-the-top crossing pass from Borso late in the same period ...After Davis narrowed the score to 5-3, Finegold delivered perhaps the slickest goal of the night, sweeping a shot from two meters over the top of goalie Mike McGee’s head...



With its NCAA Playoff hopes flagging, the Women’s Volleyball team faces must win contests this week at Cal Poly Pomona and Cal State Dominguez Hills...Coach Tom Black’s 17th-ranked spikers are now 18-7 overall and 10-6 in the CCAA after losing a pair of home matches last week.


Wednesday, the Tritons dropped a critical, 3-1 (30-24, 22-30, 30-19, 32-30), contest to No. 22 Cal State Bakersfield at RIMAC Arena...It was an uphill battle all night for UCSD which never really seemed to be in sync...Bakersfield struggled as well but outhit the Tritons (.222-.179) and served up 10 aces...Freshman Kim Carpenter put down 17 kills in the losing cause while junior middle blocker Brianna Koche had 11...Natalie Facchini (19), Nicole Courtney (17) and Laura Watkins (15) had 51 of UCSD’s 70 digs and Watkins had three aces.


The Tritons gave a much more inspired effort Friday night but still ended up on the short side of a 3-2 (30-27, 30-26, 28-30, 26-30, 15-8) result against No. 9 Cal State Los Angeles...Five UCSD players reached double figures in the kills column, led by Carpenter who piled up 19...Courtney (18) and Koche (15) were next in line...UCSD let first and second game opportunities slip away before capturing games three and four...Game two was particularly frustrating as the Tritons twice led by nine, the last time at 18-9, before frittering away the advantage to the CCAA-leading Golden Eagles...Senior Laura Watkins, playing her final home game, made it a stellar one---accounting for a match high 22 digs to go with three aces...Rebecca Bailey and Amber Ries had 11 kills each as well as nine and seven blocks respectively.



Second-year Head Coach Bill Carr’s Men’s Basketball team continues its “Division I exhibition tour” this weekend when it travels to the state of Washington to challenge national power Gonzaga (Sat.) and 2004 NCAA tournament participant Eastern Washington (Sun.)...The Tritons regular season opener is slated for Nov. 18 at Cal Poly.


Last Thursday, in its first exhibition outing, UCSD dropped a 57-36 decision at UC Santa Barbara...Junior Robby Peters hit 5-of-10 from the floor in leading the Tritons with 12 points...UCSB was picked to finish mid-pack in the Big West Conference...Carr, who returns just seven from a season ago, used all 16 players against the Gauchos.



First-year Head Coach Janell Jones will take her new team for its first “test drives” this week as the Women’s Basketball squad plays exhibition games Friday at Biola (7:00 PM) and Sunday at RIMAC Arena vs. the Arizona Venom AAU team (1:00 PM)...The Tritons will tip-off the 2005-06 season, Nov. 16, when they host Alaska-Fairbanks... Jones’ roster sports six returnees, including regulars Leora Juster, Hillary Hansen and Kim Buffum.



The Men’s and Women’s Swimming & Diving teams suffered defeats at the hands of host UC Santa Barbara Saturday...Despite winning three events, the men fell, 167-92, while the women also turned in three winning races but came up short, 151-99... The Tritons hook up with Division II rival Cal State Bakersfield Saturday.


At Santa Barbara, junior sprinter Lars Nordstrom captured both the 50 (21.50) and 100 (46.83) freestyles and anchored Evan Hsiao, Tim Fuller and Woody Hooten to a first place finish in the 200 freestyle relay (1:25.42)...On the women’s side, junior Andrea Lippin teamed with Jenn Navala for a 1-2 finish in the 500 freestyle...Lippin touched in 5:13.10...Freshman Jennifer Sims flew to a 59.73 in winning the 100 butterfly and the women also won the 200 freestyle relay with the foursome of Anna Kremen, Sims, Shannon Simonds and Emily Harlan going 1:38.66.



Coach Heidi Runyan’s Fencing team will take on a trio of Intercollegiate Fencing Conference of Southern California (IFCSC) foes Saturday in its first home match of the year...UC Irvine, Cal State Fullerton and Cal Tech will provide the opposition with a start time of 1:00 PM in the Main Gym.



Despite a closing round 69 by senior Robbie Kramer that lifted him to 14th in the individual standings, the Golf team finished seventh in a nine-team field at the Mauna Lani Intercollegiate on the Big Island of Hawaii last week...Over 54 holes at the 6,913 Mauna Lani North Course, the Tritons turned in an 891 total, 30 strokes behind first place Cal State Stanislaus...Overall, Kramer carded a three-over 219...Just one stroke back and tied for 15th was sophomore Luke Leveillee who posted the lowest single round for UCSD, a 68 over the middle 18 holes...Coach Mike Wydra’s three other scorers were Justin Grant (29th/230), Ryo Yamada (T30th/231) and Chris Hirahatake (T30th/231).



With only Division I boats in front of it, the UCSD women’s varsity eight placed 12th in a field of 24 at Sunday’s Newport Autumn Rowing Festival...Stroke Monica Switick was joined by Vanessa Jansen, Leah Llach, Cara Keubert, Maureen Kantner, Meggie Hatlen, Kali Webb, Megan Hagquist and coxswain Phoebe Lee, completing the 5K course in 17:20...Llach, Jansen, Keubert and Melanie Kaelberer were 10th in the open four...Hagquist coxed that entry which clocked 20:14...Coach Pattie Pinkerton will take the varsity eight and a pair of novice eights to Sunday’s Head of the Lagoon regatta in Foster City.



Coach Mark Davis’s varsity eight pulled to a third place finish at Saturday’s Newport Autumn Rowing Festival...Posting a time of 15:00, the Triton boat was 16 seconds behind UC Davis which won the 18-team race...UCSD’s B squad was eighth...Manning the top eight were coxswain Shanti Tharaiyl, Ryan Andre, Darren Von Platten, Joe Baker, Shawn Hay, Eric Murtfeld, Will Stuart, John Wick and Michael Zurko...In the fours, the Triton quartet of Michael Bravo, Von Platten, Murtfeld and Ben Wang, coxed by Tharaiyl, went fifth (17:18) and the B unit was sixth (17:28) as Long Beach State took top honors at 16:33...The Tritons host the annual San Diego Fall Classic, Sunday on Mission Bay.



Coach Liz LaPlante’s Women’s Tennis team travels to Irvine this weekend for the two-day UC Irvine Invitational...The only non-Division I team in the field, UCSD will face UC Irvine and Northern Arizona in the pre-set format...The Tritons will play doubles vs. NAU AND singles vs. UCI on the opening day and flip-flop on Day Two...Returning starters for UCSD are senior Marissa Hilker and juniors Marsha Malinow and Katie McKee.



Senior Erik Oijala and freshman Kazumi Negishi were the top finishers for the Men’s Tennis team at the Southern California Intercollegiate Tournament, hosted by the USTA at the Los Angeles Tennis Club...Oijala-Negishi rolled to a pair of opening victories which put them in the quarterfinals of the main doubles draw...Their victory string was ended Friday in an 8-3 loss to the fourth-seeded duo of Kevin Borzenski-Richard Johnson from Pepperdine... Coach Eric Steidlmayer’s squad is now off until it opens the regular season, Feb. 4, against UC Riverside.



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