Tue., Nov. 22---Men’s Basketball---UCSD at Pomona-Pitzer---
Fri., Nov. 25---Men’s Basketball---UCSD at Grand Canyon---
Fri., Nov. 25---Women’s Basketball---UCSD at Concordia Tournament---
Sat., Nov. 25---Women’s Basketball---UCSD at Concordia Tournament---
WOMEN POST 7TH PLACE FINISH AT NCAA CROSS COUNTRY
The most successful Division II season ever for the Women’s Cross Country team ended with a seventh place finish at the NCAA Championships Saturday in ChinoHills...After finishing 16th and 17th the past two years, the Tritons made a big leap in the standings by getting three runners in the top 45 and all five scorers in the top 100.
As expected, senior Mimi Hodgins was first across the line for UCSD...On a warm morning, the CCAA champion covered the 6K course at Prado Park in 22:14.0, good for 23rd place...Sophomore Emily McGregor was 35th in 22:34.5 with junior Erin O’Donnell close behind in 44th (22:44.2)...The other two scorers for the Tritons were senior Nina Miller (88th/23:54.1) and sophomore Diane Dunn (94th/24:00.7)...Senior Michelle DiMeo (100th/24:12.5) and sophomore Amanda Burkhardt (DNF) were non-scorers on this day.
In their fourth consecutive NCAA Championship appearance, the UCSD women wound up with 225 points...Team champion Adams State (CO), with five competitors in the top 20, had 54 points...The Tritons’ top eight finish has significant ramifications for next year’s team as it means the West Region will qualify four women’s teams for the nationals instead of this year’s three.
TRITON HOOPSTERS GET FIRST WIN FOR JONES
The Women’s Basketball team handed Head Coach Janell Jones her first victory at UCSD, carving up Alaska-Fairbanks, 79-65, in the season opener Wednesday night at RIMAC Arena...Junior guard Kim Buffum came off the bench to spark a 16-2 UCSD run early in the first half and ended up with 17 points on the night, hitting six-of-eight from the field...Freshman Michelle Osier collected 13 of her 16 points (6-10) in the first half while starting guard Leora Juster (13) and reserve Meaghan Noud (10) also reached double figures...Junior Hillary Hansen had an off night in the scoring column but led the team with 10 rebounds and nine assists...The Tritons, playing hard-nosed defense, raced to an 18-point halftime lead and stretched it to 22 before struggling a bit in the late going.
UCSD now travels to OrangeCounty where it will face South Dakota and Concordia in the Concordia Tournament this weekend.
NEAR UPSET IN OPENER FOR MEN’S BASKETBALL TEAM
Coach Bill Carr’s Men’s Basketball team came within five points of a major upset Friday in San Luis Obispo, falling, 71-67, to Division I Cal Poly...After trailing by 10 at the break and still down 13 with 12:17 to go, the Tritons rallied to even the score at 57 with five minutes remaining...That was as close as it got, however, with the Mustangs using their control of the boards (39-21) and a huge advantage at the free throw line to escape with the victory.
Freshman Darryl Lawlor was UCSD’s top scorer, netting 14 on 5-of-6 shooting... Sophomore guards Clint Allard (11) and Andrew Hatch (10) also reached double figures in the scoring column as the Tritons shot 56% as a team while holding Cal Poly to just 39.6%...With the Mustangs up, 51-38, at 12:17 in the second half, UCSD went on a 19-6 run, keyed by Shane Poppen’s three-point play and culminated by a game-tying Henry Patterson lay-in...But the Tritons were not able to overcome Cal Poly’s 36 free throw attempts (25 made) while earning just 13 charity tosses themselves.
Carr’s charges go back on the road for a pair this week, taking on Division III Pomona-Pitzer tomorrow night and D-II regional foe Grand Canyon Friday.
MEN’S WATER POLO STUNNED IN WWPA TITLE TILT
One of the best seasons in UCSD history ended on a sour note Saturday for the seventh-ranked Men’s Water Polo team which was upset by No. 10 Loyola Marymount, 7-6, in the final game of the Western Water Polo Assn. (WWPA) Championship...The Tritons concluded the season 24-8.
Coach Denny Harper’s veteran squad opened the tournament, Thursday, with an unexpectedly difficult game against Whittier...After running out to an early, 2-0, lead, the Tritons were tied, 5-5, at half and needed a six-goal fourth period to finally put the Poets away, 13-9...Senior Brandon Borso scored three of his four goals in the fourth session and Chris Finegold chipped in with three scores for UCSD.
In the semi-finals, the Tritons used some tough defense to stifle Redlands, 9-3...Two Jonathan Hopkins tallies sandwiched around a score by sophomore Adi Jerkovic got UCSD out to a 3-0 advantage and the outcome was never in doubt...Hopkins paced the blue and gold with three goals and senior goalie Colin McElroy had eight saves.
The championship contest was an up-and-down affair that UCSD seemingly had in hand, holding a two-goal edge with under four minutes left in regulation... Borso made an early statement to the host Lions, scoring just 26 seconds after winning the opening sprint...At 3:54 of the quarter, two-meter man Chris Finegold took a nice entry pass and whipped a right-handed sweep shot past LMU’s Joe Elliott to give UCSD a two-goal lead...LMU made it 2-1 shortly thereafter when an outstanding arm save by McElroy went straight up, came down in front of the goal and the ensuing scrum resulted in a Lion goal...Finegold made it 3-1 with a great catch-and-shoot effort off a re-set lob pass from Borso, launching a fall away that found net with just six seconds left in the first frame.
Loyola did all the scoring in the second period and it was 3-3 at halftime...A breakaway counter got LMU its first lead, midway through the third quarter but with the Triton offense struggling and the clock going red, junior Jesse Casellini deposited a rocket in the lower left corner past Elliott to tie it up in the final minute of the period...UCSD came out flying in the fourth with Borso converting a 6-on-5 from up top at 6:24 and Hopkins made it 6-4 30 seconds later...It was all Lions from there, however, and Matt McShane connected with the game-winner at 1:28, LMU’s third goal in a 2:11 span.
Of some consolation for UCSD was Hopkins being named the WWPA’s MVP...He was joined on the all-conference first team by Borso and Finegold...Seniors McElroy and Chris Eiccholz earned honorable mention accolades.
BIG FALL FINISH FOR TRITON SWIMMERS, DIVERS
NCAA qualifying times and outstanding team performances were the order of the week at the annual Speedo Cup as both the Men’s & Women’s Swimming teams closed out their fall seasons in fine form.
The Triton men placed fourth with 824 points, just 20 short of third place BYU and were easily the top non-Division I finisher in the 14-team field...On the other side, the UCSD women were fifth out of 20 with 592 points and also out-pointed all non-Division I competitors while placing ahead of nine Division I teams.
The standout individual effort was turned in by sprinter Emily Harlan who posted a second place finish in the 100 freestyle (51.37) and was third in the 50 (23.56)...In both races, she was the lone Division II entrant in the finals and defeated four swimmers from D-I powerhouse Stanford...Junior Louisa Salisbury was the only other top three finisher, grabbing the bronze in the 100 breakstroke (1:05.68)...The best relay outing for the women came in the 200 medley relay where the foursome of Aubrey Panis, Jennifer Sims, Salisbury and Harlan clocked 1:46.31 for third place...For the men, sophomore Joel Tourtellotte reached the final in three events—200, 500 and 1,650 freestyles—and five other men were finalists in one event apiece.
Meanwhile, at the Redlands Diving Invitational, run under the six-dive format, senior Jennifer Margrave was second on the women’s one and three-meter boards, again registering an NCAA qualifying score on the latter...For the Triton men, Andrew Skewes and Daniel Gordh went 1-2 on the one-meter.
All told, UCSD now has nine men and nine women with automatic NCAA Division II Championship qualifying times, 16 of those produced at the Speedo Cup...Nine other men and two women have swam provisional qualifying times and Margrave has an automatic mark in three-meter diving.
FENCERS SHINE AT NORTHWESERN DUALS
Showing that last year's 18th place finish at the NCAA Championships may be just the beginning, the Fencing team delivered impressive results against some of the nation's best teams at last weekend's Northwestern Duals in Evanston (IL)...The Triton women went 8-2 while the men won seven of nine matches.
The women scored victories over North Carolina (18-9), Michigan (21-6), Michigan State (24-3), Lawrence (25-2), Cleveland State (24-3), Wayne State (15-12), Detroit (23-4) and Johns Hopkins (24-3) while losing onlly to defending NCAA champ Notre Dame (21-6) and perennial national power Northwestern (17-10)...Their male counterparts logged wins against Northwestern (23-4), Lawrence (22-5), Cleveland Staet (22-5), Michigan (20-7), Wayne State (20-7), Detroit (19-8) and Johns Hopkins (15-12) while being defeated by North Carolina (15-12) and Notre Dame (21-6).
Individual standouts were sophomore Chelsea Ambort and junior Jeremy Runyan...Ambort nailed identical, 5-2, triumphs over 2005 NCAA epee champ Anna Garina of Wayne State and 2005 runner-up Amy Orlando of Notre Dame...In the men's sabre, Runyan psoted a 5-2 decision over Patrick Ghattas, last year's NCAA silver medalist and the Triton sabre squad narrowly lost to Notre Dame's 2005 title team, 5-4.
WOMEN'S SOCCER FOLLOW-UP
Some final numbers for the Women’s Soccer team which finished up 18-4 and ranked 13th nationally...The Tritons outscored their opponents, 63-17 on the year...Junior co-captain Megan Dickey was the leading scorer with 13 goals and nine assists, followed by fellow junior Kelly Cochran with nine goals and two assists...With 27 and 25 career goals, both are threats to crack the all-time top 10 goal scoring chart next year (Adriene Clark is currently No. 10 with 30)...Dickey (20) is currently two short of No. 10 Carin Pugh in the all-time assist column...Also collecting five or more goals in 2005 were freshman Natasha Belak-Berger (8), Ali Lai (8), Alise Malley (6) and Lauren Segars (5)...Freshman Mia Shirley started all 22 games in goal and was part of 22 shutouts.
Dickey became UCSD’s third CCAA Player of the year, joining Kristin Jones and Julia Cuder...Last week, Dickey and senior Heather Szafraniec were named first team All-West Region while Cochran was a second team choice...Head Coach Brian McManus now sports an all-time record of 323-43-21 (.862) record at UCSD.
WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL RE-CAP
On the heels of its 19-8 season that resulted in a fifth place conference finish, the Women’s Volleyball team placed three players on the All-CCAA squad, juniors Nicole Courtney and Brianna Koche and freshman Rebecca Bailey notching second team honors.
The versatile Courtney was the team leader in kills with 351, second in aces with 55 and third in the dig column with 271...Senior libero Laura Watkins (56) edged Courtney by one in the ace department and was clearly the top backrow defensive player with 408 digs, a UCSD single season record...Middle blockers Bailey and Carpenter were 1-2 in both kill percentage (.347 & .319) and total blocks (101 & 86)...Junior Kristin Halvorsen (614 assists) and sophomore Kim Adams (584) split time at setter...Sophomore Natalie Facchini was second to Watkins with 277 digs and freshman Kim Carpenter was third in both the kill (261) and kill percentage (.300) categories.
On the all-time statistics list, Watkins finished her career at No. 9 with 790 digs...Meanwhile, on the single season charts, Courtney edged past Kristin Kilbourn to No. 10 in kills and is also No. 4 in attacks (1,051) while Bailey is now No. 7 in kill percentage...A aggressive serving team all season, the Tritons compiled 270 for the year, nearly double their opponents and 99 more than the CCAA championship team of 2004.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
TRITON JAM - Tuesday, Jan. 17 at RIMAC Arena,
SPIRIT NIGHT– Friday, Feb. 3 at RIMAC Arena, Basketball vs. Cal State L.A.