Wed., Nov. 16---Women’s Basketball---UCSD vs. Alaska-Fairbanks---
Thu., Nov. 17---Swimming---UCSD at Speedo Cup---All Day
Thu., Nov. 17---Men’s Water Polo---UCSD at WWPA Championship---
Fri., Nov. 18---Swimming & Diving---UCSD at Speedo Cup---All Day
Fri., Nov. 18---Men’s Water Polo---UCSD at WWPA Championship---TBD
Fri., Nov. 18---Men’s Basketball---UCSD at Cal Poly---
Sat., Nov. 19---Swimming & Diving---UCSD at Speedo Cup---All Day
Sat., Nov .19---Diving---UCSD at Redlands Invitational---All Day
Sat., Nov. 19---Fencing---UCSD at Northwestern Duals---All Day
Sat., Nov. 19---Cross Country---UCSD at NCAA Division II Championships---
Sat., Nov. 19---Men’s Water Polo---UCSD at WWPA Championship---TBD
Sun., Nov. 20---Diving---UCSD at Redlands Invitational---All Day
WATER POLO TEAM EYES 14TH WWPA TITLE, NCAA BERTH
Seeded No. 1, the Men’s Water Polo team shoots for an unprecedented 14th title when it goes to Los Angeles for the Western Water Polo Association Championship, starting Thursday at Loyola Marymount...Coach Denny Harper’s club, 22-7 and ranked seventh nationally, last won the WWPA crown in 2002...The Tritons open at noon Thursday against the winner of the play-in game between the eighth and ninth seeds ...A win would put them into a semi-final contest at 12:30 PM the next day against either the fourth or fifth seed (likely BYU-Hawaii or Redlands)...The final is set for 3:00 PM Saturday...The winner of the WWPA Championship advances to the four-team NCAA Championships, Dec. 3-4 at Bucknell (PA).
On the year, UCSD is undefeated (7-0) against WWPA opponents and owns a pair of victories against No. 2 seeded LMU and No. 3 seeded UC Davis...Senior Jon Hopkins leads UCSD with 70 goals and 45 assists...Fellow senior Brandon Borso is second with 52 goals and junior Ty Lackey has 41...Harper, who now owns 451 career victories, will be aiming at a 10th NCAA Championship appearance.
NCAA CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS SATURDAY FOR TRITON WOMEN
Saturday will mark the fourth straight trip to the NCAA Division II Championship for the Women’s Cross Country team which earned its berth this fall with a second place finish at the West Regional two weeks ago...The Championship will be run over the same 6K course in Chino Hills’ PradoPark that the Regional was contested.
Coach Ted Van Arsdale’s stable of runners will be headed by CCAA and West Regional individual champion Mimi Hodgins...The talented senior was 53rd at last year’s NCAA Championships where the Tritons placed 17th in the team standings...She figures to be joined by seniors Erin O’Donnell, who ran a great race in finishing seventh at the Regional meet, Nina Miller and Michelle DiMeo and sophomores Emily McGregor, Diane Dunn and Amanda Burkhardt.
WOMEN’S SOCCER SEASON ENDS IN NCAA REGIONAL FINAL
Dreams of a trip to the NCAA Final Four ended for the 13th-ranked Women’s Soccer team Saturday in Seattle as the Tritons fell to No. 2 Seattle Pacific, 2-0, in the NCAA Far West Regional final...The loss left UCSD at 18-4 for the year.
The Tritons reached the final by stopping conference rival Cal State Dominguez Hills, 1-0, Thursday...It was UCSD’s third win in four tries over the Toros...Freshman standout Natasha Belak-Berger netted the game winner six minutes into the second half on a shot that deflected into the lower left corner...With another freshman, Mia Shirley, in goal, UCSD recorded its eighth shutout of the season...The two teams were virtually even in all the key statistical categories.
Against Seattle Pacific, which needed two overtimes to beat Chico State in the semi-final, it was a tale of missed opportunities for the Tritons...Coach Brian McManus’s club was done in by a pair of second half tallies after out-shooting the Falcons, 10-1, in the first 45 minutes while dominating the action... UCSD’s best scoring chances came on two Megan Dickey free kicks, one that went off the left post and another that was tipped away by leaping keeper Jennifer Burns...Seattle Pacific came out aggressively in the second half and scored both goals in a three-minute span, the first coming at 50:36 on high bouncing ball that handcuffed Shirley and ended up over her head and in the net.
V-BALL DOWNS DOMINGUEZ IN REGULAR SEASON CAPPER
Sitting squarely on the bubble after splitting its final two regular season matches, the 17th-ranked Women’s Volleyball team now awaits word on its NCAA postseason destiny...The young Tritons boast a 19-8 overall record and finished fifth in the CCAA at 11-7...UCSD has reached the NCAA Playoffs in each of the 24 years since winning the inaugural tournament in 1981.
Friday night, first place Cal Poly Pomona stifled the visiting Tritons, 3-0 (30-27, 30-21, 30-26)...Freshman Kim Carpenter had nine kills but UCSD was never really able to get its offense in gear, hitting just .029 over the first two games before finishing the match at .106...Coach Tom Black’s spikers turned it around the next night at Cal State Dominguez Hills, blitzing the Toros, 3-0 (30-27, 30-21, 30-18)...The Tritons outhit Dominguez (.330-.134) with junior Nicole Courtney registering 12 kills...Sophomore Amber Ries added nine and freshman Rebecca Bailey racked up eight while hammering four of UCSD’s eight aces...Senior Laura Watkins had 12 digs, pushing her season total to 405, a new UCSD single season record.
MEN’S BASKETBALL AT CAL POLY FOR 2005-06 DEBUT
Year Two of the Bill Carr Era in Men’s Basketball starts Friday night when the Tritons travel to San Luis Obispo to tangle with Division I Cal Poly...UCSD returns seven players from last year’s club which won 11 games, the most in one season since the move to Division II in 2000-01...Included in that group are guard Andrew Hatch, a CCAA All-Freshman pick a year ago, and backcourt running mates Clint Allard and Robby Peters...Mark Lewkowitz, Odioh Odiye, Zack Craddock and Drew Spaventa round out the vets...Cal Poly was picked to finish seventh in the Big West pre-season coaches’ poll.
The Tritons dropped a pair of Division I exhibitions over the weekend...Saturday, after leading, 20-19, in the first half, Carr’s charges were overwhelmed by Gonzaga, the nation’s No. 8 team, 81-36...Freshman Henry Patterson’s 10 points were tops for UCSD...Sunday, Eastern Washington led wire-to-wire, 75-44...Allard had eight points to pace the Tritons.
JONES ERA OPENS WEDNESDAY FOR WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
First-year Head Coach Janell Jones makes her debut Wednesday against Alaska-Fairbanks at RIMAC Arena...It will be the first of two games against the Nanooks...Jones took over the Triton reins from Judy Malone, who retired following the 2004-05 season after 29 years as head coach...Juniors Leora Juster, Hillary Hansen and Kim Buffum are the key returnees from last year’s 17-10 squad...Juster was a second team All-CCAA selection as a sophomore.
The Tritons come off a pair of solid exhibition outings last week...Friday, UCSD drubbed host Biola, 79-48, with newcomer Michelle Osier popping for 26 points on 11-of-15 shooting...Sunday afternoon, junior Hillary Hansen scored 18 and handed out eight assists in a 94-71 decision over the Arizona Venom, an AAU team.
SWIMMERS SCUTTLE BAKERSFIELD; SPEEDO CUP CLOSES FALL
Coach Scott McGihon’s Men’s & Women’s Swimming teams travel to Long Beach for the annual Speedo Cup which will run three days, starting Thursday, at Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool...The meet is the focal point of the Tritons' fall season in terms of NCAA qualifying...UCSD goes to Long Beach with three automatic NCAA qualifiers and four provisionals on the women’s side and 6 provisionals on the men’s roster.
On the road, Saturday, McGihon’s side snatched a pair of wins from perennial Division II power Cal State Bakersfield...The Triton women swept the freestyle events en route to a 137-99 decision while the men pulled out a 125-118 victory by capturing the meet-ending 400 freestyle relay.
For the women, freestyle winners were Emily Harlan (50/24.49), Shannon Simonds (100/53.48 & 200/1:55.67) and Andrea Lippin (500/5:14.06 & 1,000/10:41.83)...Overall, UCSD won 9-of-14 events...Junior Susan Bell was a double winner, taking the 200 backstroke (2:07.83) and 200 individual medley (2:10.25) and Jennifer Sims posted a 2:08.62 to claim the 200 butterfly...Bell, Sims and Harlan teamed with Kendall Bohn to win the 400 freestyle relay in 3:58.37.
Depth was key for the men but they also collected five individual race wins...Two of those belonged to sophomore Joel Tourtellotte who clocked 9:54.21 to snag the 1,000 freestyle and added the 500 freestyle in 4:45.51...Junior Lars Nordstrom (21.53) touched in the 50 freestyle, Jason Korotkin did the same in the 200 butterfly (1:54.79) and Andrew Skewes won the one-meter diving...The meet-clinching 400 free relay quartet was comprised of Artur Kubalski, Tim Fuller, Tourtellotte and Nordstrom.
MEN’S SOCCER SEASON RE-CAP
Numbers from the 2005 Men’s Soccer season...Coach Derek Armstrong’s 24th club finished 11-5-2, was second in the CCAA South Division and wound up fourth in the NCAA’s West Regional rankings, missing the NCAA Playoffs by one spot for the second consecutive year.
Senior midfielder Matt Davey was the leading scorer for the third consecutive year, ringing up 10 goals and six assists...The four-time All-CCAA pick closes his career with 31 goals and 24 assists which rank him tied for fourth on the all-time goals chart, second in assists and tied for second in points...Senior Grant Nishio was second on the club with six goals followed by sophomore Pat Kelly with three...Senior Jon Krupansky, a three-time all-leaguer collected two goals to conclude his career with 16 to go with 11 assists...Armstrong will loses a big chunk of his defensive unit to graduation as well with Kevin Murray, Nick Marquand and Robert Stetina all departing, along with first team all-conference keeper Edward Ruhland...Ruhland started every match in the net, posting a 0.67 goals against average while UCSD racked up nine shutouts...UCSD outscored its opponents, 27-13.
FENCERS WIN HOME OPENER; HEAD TO NORTHWESTERN
After putting on a powerful display in its 2005 home opener, the Fencing team departs Friday for Chicago where it will compete in the two-day Northwestern Duels, facing some of the top squads in the country.
Saturday at UCSD’s Main Gym, the Triton men and women both emerged with spotless records after taking on three conference opponents...The men topped Cal State Fullerton (20-7), Cal Tech (22-5) and UC Irvine (25-2) behind a men’s sabre unit that went 26-1 on the day...Sabre specialists Bret Martin and Jeremiah Runyan were both undefeated (9-0) while David Polakoski had a clean slate in epee...The women dropped Cal State Fullerton (19-8), Cal Tech (22-5) and UC Irvine (25-2)...Raelyn Jacobson starred for the women, winning all nine sabre bouts.
BANNER SUNDAY FOR WOMEN’S CREW IN NORCAL
Rowing for the first time in the Head of the Lagoon Regatta on Foster City Lagoon, the Women's Crew team finished its fall season in style, winning four races in excellent conditions...The varsity eight--coxswain Arianna Pilram, Melanie Kaelberer, Katie Morris, Maureen Kantner, Megan Hatlen, Katie Murray, Vanessa Jansen, Lauren Miller and Megan Hagquist--beat Sonoma State by nine seconds, clocking 21:02 for the 2K.
The varsity four was also triumphant, the foursome of Monica Switick, Jansen, Leah Llach and Cara Kuebert working with coxswain Phoebe Lee to crush runner-up Sonoma State by more than four minutes...The lighweight quartet of Pilram, Katie Harris, Kim Shaffer and Hagquist teaming with Lee won its race, as did the Llach and Kuebert in the open pairs...Meanwhile, both the novice eight and the novice four came home with second place honors.
MISSION BAY FOG FAILS TO SLOW MEN’S CREW
It came up foggy for Sunday’s San Diego Fall Classic on Mission Bay, but the Men’s Crew team turned in solid results nonetheless...Coach Mark Davis’s varsity eight was second to UC Irvine in an eight-boat race that he felt the Tritons should have won...The best of two novice eights, running for the first time, also captured second, just six seconds behind San Diego State, while the varsity four had an excellent outing while taking third...The day was marred by an accident in the JV race that saw a Triton eight with the right of way suffer a broken bow.
WOMEN’S TENNIS CLOSES FALL AT IRVINE
In its final competition of the fall, Coach Liz LaPlante’s Women’s Tennis team lost to a pair of Division I foes at last weekend’s UC Irvine Invitational...The Tritons fell, 5-4, to Northern Arizona and 9-0 to host UC Irvine...Singles winners for UCSD against NAU were freshman Amelia Larkin at No. 6 and senior Marissa Hilker who was the beneficiary of a mid-match forfeit at No. 2...Hilker teamed with Katie McKee to capture No. 2 doubles and the duo of Justine Ang Fonte-Liz Brown took No. 3.