Release: Sunday 02/26/2006 
Junior Kim Buffum and the Women's Basketball team are one game out of the CCAA lead with two to go.
Junior Kim Buffum and the Women's Basketball team...
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This Week’s Events:


Mon., Feb. 27---Golf---UCSD at Family Motors Invitational---All Day


Tue., Feb. 27---Golf---UCSD at Family Motors Invitational---All Day


Thu., Mar. 2---Men’s Tennis---UCSD at Pacific Coast Doubles---All Day


Fri., Mar. 3---Men’s Tennis---UCSD at Pacific Coast Doubles---All Day

Fri., Mar. 3---Softball---UCSD at Chico State (DH)---1:00 PM

Fri., Mar. 3---Baseball---UCSD vs. Sonoma State---2:00 PM

Fri., Mar. 3---Women’s Basketball---UCSD vs. San Francisco State---5:30 PM

Fri., Mar. 3---Men’s Volleyball---UCSD at UC Santa Barbara---7:05 PM

Fri., Mar. 3---Men’s Basketball---UCSD vs. San Francisco State---7:30 PM


Sat., Mar. 4---Men’s Tennis---UCSD at Pacific Coast Doubles---All Day

Sat., Mar. 4---Fencing---UCSD at NCAA West Regionals---All Day

Sat., Mar. 4---Track & Field---UCSD at All-Cal Championships---10:00 AM

Sat., Mar. 4---Water Polo---UCSD vs. Cal State San Bernardino---10:00 AM

Sat., Mar. 4---Baseball---UCSD vs. Sonoma State (DH)---11:00 AM

Sat., Mar. 4---Softball---UCSD at Cal State Stanislaus (DH)---11:00 AM

Sat., Mar. 4---Women’s Tennis---UCSD at Sonoma State---1:00 PM

Sat., Mar. 4---Water Polo---UCSD vs. UCLA---4:00 PM

Sat,. Mar. 4---Women’s Basketball---UCSD vs. Sonoma State---5:30 PM

Sat., Mar. 4---Men’s Basketball---UCSD vs. Sonoma State---7:30 PM

Sat., Mar. 4---Men’s Volleyball---UCSD at Cal State Northridge---7:30 PM


Sun., Mar. 5---Men’s Tennis---UCSD at Pacific Coast Doubles---All Day

Sun., Mar. 5---Women’s Tennis---UCSD at USF---11:00 AM

Sun., Mar. 5---Baseball---UCSD vs. Sonoma State---11:00 AM

Sun., Mar. 5---Men’s Tennis---UCSD vs. Claremont---2:00 PM




Tied for fourth with Cal State San Bernardino in the CCAA standings, the Men’s Basketball team (14-13/11-7) puts the lid on the 2005-06 regular season this Friday and Saturday against San Francisco State (1-23/1-17) and Sonoma State (16-8/14-4), which stand last and first in the conference...Coach Bill Carr’s hoopsters saw their four-game win streak snapped at Cal Poly Pomona Friday but rebounded at Cal State Dominguez Hills for an overtime decision the next night.


The Tritons came up empty despite a good effort Friday, getting the short end of a 56-53 final at Cal Poly Pomona...In a back-and-forth affair that was tied eight times and never saw more than a five-point differential, UCSD was up  by one with 1:13 remaining but a bucket put the Broncos up one with 33 seconds to go and a missed Triton trey in the waning seconds sealed the outcome...Junior Robby Peters had 12, all coming on three balls, and sophomore Jason Bull chipped in with 10 for UCSD...Sophomore guard Clint Allard had seven rebounds and seven assists.


Up by 11 with 6:06 to go Saturday, the Tritons saw Dominguez Hills rally to take the lead with 40 seconds left and needed a free throw by Clint Allard at the 0:16 mark to force overtime where they prevailed, 80-77...Two Henry Patterson free throws drew first blood in the OT period and UCSD held its advantage getting key baskets from Allard and Shane Poppen...The Toros led by one at the break but UCSD dominated the second 20 minutes until CSUDH’s stretch comeback... Allard’s 21 points paced the Tritons and three others—Peters (14), Patterson (13) and Poppen (10)—reached double figures...The Toros had a huge shooting night, connecting at a 63% clip and were plus-11 on the glass...Carr’s charges countered by shooting 54.5% and forcing 18 turnovers.



No 21-4 overall and 15-3 in the CCAA, after capturing a pair of road contests last weekend, Coach Janell Jones’s 24th-ranked Women’s Basketball team heads into the final week of the regular season just one game back of Chico State in the conference standings...San Francisco State (8-17/3-15) and Sonoma State (10-15/7-11) will furnish the opposition Friday and Saturday night at RIMAC Arena...The 21 wins is UCSD’s highest total in Division II and best since the Tritons posted a 23-4 mark under Judy Malone in 1997-98.


Leora Juster’s 27 points propelled the Tritons to a 70-50 triumph at Cal Poly Pomona Friday night...The Tritons rolled up a 19-point halftime lead which the Broncos closed to 10 with just over five minutes to go, but UCSD scored seven straight to resume control and get its fourth straight win...Juster canned 10-of-15 shots but the Tritons hit just 37.7% from the floor...Defensively, however, they held CPP to 30.2% and created 26 turnovers...Juniors Kim Buffum and Hillary Hansen knocked down 11 points apiece with the latter posting a team high nine rebounds and four assists as well.


The Tritons stayed in the thick of the CCAA title chase with a 68-56 conquest at Cal State Dominguez Hills Saturday...Juster was again on fire, torching the Toros for 26 points on 9-of-15 shooting...UCSD grabbed the lead on a Juster lay-in, five minutes into the contest and never trailed, although Dominguez kept things interesting throughout ...Hansen chalked up 14 points and nine rebounds while Briana Hinga had an 11-point, seven-rebound, five-assist effort.



After splitting four games to open defense of its CCAA title, the Baseball team will travel to Point Loma for a singleton Wednesday before hosting rugged Sonoma State for a four-game set this weekend...Coach Dan O’Brien and Co. are now 8-5 overall and 2-2 in conference play...Sonoma State, picked to finish second in the conference, is 9-7 overall but went 1-3 vs. Cal Poly Pomona to open CCAA play this past weekend.


The Tritons opened the four game set with CSUSB by dropping a one-run home decision, 4-3...UCSD outhit the Coyotes, 10-6, but saw a two-run lead evaporate in the eighth, courtesy of a wild pitch and an error...Rightfielder David Gomez (4-4, walk) and second baseman Garrett Imeson (3-3, walk) were both perfect at the plate...Junior Jose Navarro pitched eight strong innings, striking out five, but was hung with his first loss of the season.


The Coyotes made it two in a row Friday, parlaying a 3-0 lead and a six-run ninth into a 9-1 victory...Senior Byron Grubman saw a solid seven-inning performance go for naught as the Tritons were able to plate just one run despite whacking 10 hits... Leftfielder Tim Mort and DH John Roth each picked up three and first baseman Scott Clement slammed a ninth-inning dinger.


UCSD turned the tables on the Coyotes Saturday, sweeping a doubleheader in San Bernardino (8-6, 8-3)...Catcher David Morehead and first baseman Scott Clement each had two hits and one home run, combining for five RBIs in the opener...Senior Ryan Leake started and went five innings but T.C. Geach got the win (his second) out of the bullpen...Roth and Mort also registered two hits...In the series finale, junior Todd Gimenez gave up just one earned run over six innings to log his first UCSD victory ...Down, 2-0, the Tritons knotted the score in the third...Morehead was hit by a pitch, stole second and third and then crossed the plate on a groundout for the first run and shortstop Jonathan Erickson cracked a homer to get No. 2...A pinch hit single by Steve Hom keyed a four-run fifth that proved decisive...Erickson scored twice and drove in three and Clement accounted for a pair of RBIs as well.



After two weeks on the road, the 15th-ranked Women’s Water Polo team returns to Canyonview West Pool Saturday for a morning-afternoon doubleheader against Cal State San Bernardino (10:00 AM) and No. 2 UCLA (4:00 PM)...The Tritons are 9-6 on the year after going 2-2 at the UC Santa Barbara Tournament last weekend...All four games were against teams ranked ahead of them in the most recent national poll.


UCSD lost its first two at Santa Barbara, falling, 11-4, to No. 3 Stanford and 9-8 to its 11th-ranked host, UC Santa Barbara...The Tritons played the Cardinal tough early, exiting the first quarter tied at two and down just 4-2 at halftime...But the roof fell in after the break as Stanford scored three unanswered third period goals to win going away...Sarah Bajorek, back after a week out of the lineup, scored twice in the loss but UCSD failed to convert eight man-up opportunities...Against UCSB, two Britta Nordstrom tallies helped the Tritons to an early, 4-2, advantage but the Gauchos scored the next three to go up, 5-4, at halftime...Natalie Hockett evened the count at five but UCSB scored the next two goals and never trailed again...Lauren Woods got the Tritons’ final marker with six seconds remaining...Junior Michelle Perkins netted netted four goals, one in each quarter.


Sunday, the tide turned...In a defensive battle, the Tritons outlasted No. 14 UC Davis, 5-4, in overtime...Trailing, 3-1, after two periods, goals by Nordstrom and Nicole Hermann (her second of the game) brought UCSD even at the three quarter mark...Early in the fourth session, Judy Emaus put the Tritons in front but Davis returned the favor less than a minute later...That’s how it stayed until senior Flynn LaRochelle, known more for her defense, connected for the fifth UCSD goal during the first overtime...From that point, the UCSD defense, backed by goalie Kaitlin Foe, walled off the Aggies...The Tritons closed out the tournament with a rush, overcoming a 5-1 deficit to defeat No. 12 Michigan, 7-6, avenging an early season loss in Ann Arbor...Hockett, Hermann and Perkins all had two of UCSD’s first six scores and Nordstrom drilled the well-measured game winner from the outside with 1:49 remaining.



Coach Patti Gercken’s Softball team burst out of the gate 4-0 in CCAA play with a pair of home doubleheader sweeps last weekend and is tied for first with Cal State Dominguez Hills on the league ladder...The 13-6 Tritons now travel north for doubleheaders at Chico State (Friday) and Cal State Stanislaus (Saturday), the first of six consecutive road games...Chico and Stanislaus were tied for fourth in the CCAA’s pre-season Coaches’ Poll in which UCSD was sixth...Chico went 0-4 and Stanislaus 1-3 over the opening weekend.


Wednesday night, UCSD suffered a doubleheader sweep at the hands of Division I USD (16-7, 12-2)...Game one was an up-and-down, sloppy affair as the two teams had five errors apiece...Three times the Tritons came from behind to tie or take the lead but with the score at 7-all in the sixth, the Toreros took advantage of a two-out error, erupting for nine unanswered runs...UCSD had nine hits, three each by DH Liz Vazquez and third baseman Jenny Maze...One of Maze’s hits was her first homer of the season...USD took an early lead and never let up in the nightcap...Centerfielder Jenny Spencer had two of UCSD’s three hits.


It was bounce back time Saturday as the Tritons got the best of No. 9 San Francisco State, 5-4 (9 inn.) and 7-4...UCSD used resilience in game one and a big inning in game two to put away a Gator team that went to last year’s Elite Eight and was picked to finish second in the CCAA this year...In the opener, SFSU jumped on starter Melissa Ward for four first inning runs but the tough sophomore went the remaining eight frames without surrendering another, notching her seventh win...UCSD got back-to-back homers from Vazquez and Maze in a three-run fifth that tied the game and a squeeze bunt by DH Desiree Franciscus scored speedster Brittni Carino with the game-winner in the ninth ...The bunt single capped a 4-for-4 outing for Franciscus...The Gators went ahead 3-0 in game two only to see the Tritons explode for seven second-inning runs, more than enough to make Nicole Fullerton a winner for the third time this season...UCSD managed only five hits but four SFSU errors resulted in three unearned runs.


The Tritons staged rallies to snag both ends of Saturday’s twinbill vs. Sonoma State (5-4, 13-7)...After taking a 2-0 lead on senior Niki Anderson’s two-run single, UCSD found itself down, 4-2, in the bottom of the fourth...Senior Jenny Spencer took care of that with a two-run line drive homer to left center...Junior Brittni Carino then singled, stole second and raced home on a single by Vazquez...Ward turned in another gritty performance, working out of a bases loaded dilemma in the final inning, for her eighth win...Things were even more dire in the nightcap as the Seawolves built up a 6-0 advantage in the early going...A two-run homer by Franciscus in the bottom of the third gave the Tritons some momentum and a solo shot by Dallas Hernandez was part of a three-run fourth that made it 6-5...A seven-run fifth, capped by junior Sara Robinson’s two-run pinch homer, put the icing on the comeback and made a winner out of Fullerton who allowed only one run in a four and two-thirds inning relief stint...Spencer went 5-for-8 on the afternoon, scoring four runs and driving in another six.



Coach Kevin Ring’s Men’s Volleyball team hits the road to face a pair of Top Ten opponents in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) play this week...First up is No. 8 UC Santa Barbara, Friday, and then No. 5 Cal State Northridge the next night...The Tritons are still searching for their first conference win of the year.


Friday night at RIMAC Arena, No. 7 UCLA used a .360 hitting percentage and a 9.5-1 blocking advantage to defeat UCSD, 3-0 (30-26, 30-22, 30-14)...After letting a 24-22 lead go by the wayside in game one, the Tritons couldn’t find any answers for the Bruins ...Junior Mike Reuter had a solid night in the loss, collecting 11 kills while hitting .308 and passing 29 balls without an error.


The Tritons seemed more energized the next night but were unable to capitalize against No. 2 UC Irvine, falling 3-0 (30-20, 30-27, 30-22)...Seniors Jon Daze and Chris Sayers were the kill leaders with 10 and nine respectively...Freshman libero Eric Leserman dug 11 balls and junior setter Brooks Dierdorff registered 31 assists and an ace.



Coach Heidi Runyan’s Men’s & Women’s Fencing teams rolled through their final regular season competition Saturday at Irvine, defeating UCLA, USC, UC Irvine and Arizona State and emerging as repeat Intercollegiate Fencing Conference of Southern California champions in both genders...The Tritons go to the NCAA West Regionals, Saturday at Air Force.


Standouts last weekend included men’s saber specialist Bret Martin, who was a perfect 12-0 on the day and won the IFCSA individual crown in that event, and Chelsea Ambort, who racked up a 10-0 record and was conference champ in epee...Martin’s teammate Jason Runyan was third in saber (his brother, Jeremy, had been first in that event but missed the final meet due to military obligations)...Other top three season finishers in individual disciplines were Cameron Sprowles (2nd/foil), John Chung (3rd/foil), Jen Chun (2nd/foil) and Heather Stephenson (2nd/epee).



Coach Tony Salerno expects to send about three dozen athletes to Saturday’s All-Cal Track & Field Championships at UC Irvine...The five-team all-UC affair will include squads from Riverside, Davis, Santa Barbara and Irvine, all Division I programs.


Salerno’s team turned in an impressive debut performance Saturday at Claremont’s Rossi Relays...Versatile senior Brad Libuit broke his own school record in the javelin with a toss of 198-0 and cleared 6-8 in the high jump, third best all-time at UCSD...The Tritons won two other events, the women’s 4x800 relay where Diane Dunn, Michelle DiMeo, Carrie Herr and Mimi Hodgins blazed to a school mark of 9:14.71, winning by eight seconds, and the men’s 400 hurdles where Mike Cunningham (52.98) and Jon Patton (53.10) went 1-2, both in NCAA provisional qualifying times.


A slew of freshmen showed well including Scott Tsuda (triple jump/47-2), Adam Mums (high jump/6-6), Jillian Solo (shot put/41-11.5), Sarah Hendy (discus/140-5) and Katie Skorupa (400 hurdles/66.11)...Tsuda’s mark was second best in the UCSD record books and the other four all had top 10 marks...Another freshman, Connor McCabe, anchored Matt Maybeno, Patton and Peiman Lahsaei in the 4x100 relay team in 42.03, fourth best all-time...Vet Madeleine Flint and another freshman, Donna LeFever, both soared 11-4 in the pole vault.



Coach Liz LaPlante’s 10th-ranked Women’s Tennis team tests the Division I waters when it travels to Cal State Fullerton Wednesday and USF Sunday...Sandwiched between those two matches will be a rematch with CCAA foe Sonoma State.


UCSD improved to 4-2 overall and a perfect 4-0 in conference with a  pair of CCAA victories last week...Monday, the Tritons crushed host Cal State San Bernardino, 8-1, and Friday whipped visiting Sonoma State by an identical score...Against San Bernardino, UCSD swept doubles with the tandem of Kristin Bronowicki and Katie McKee pitching an 8-0 shutout at No. 2...In taking five-of-six singles matches, UCSD got 6-0, 6-0 shutout performances from Ina Dan (No. 2) and Amelia Larkin (No. 6)...The Tritons were perfect in singles in the win over Sonoma State.



Coach Eric Steidlmayer’s 14th-ranked Men’s Tennis team corralled its first win of 2006, blitzing Cal Poly Pomona, 9-0, on the Northview Courts Sunday...The Tritons got off to a solid start with the tandems of Blake Meister-Erik Oijala, Brent Molden-Steve Oechel and Erik Rubens-Kazumi Negishi, cruising to three doubles wins while dropping just 10 games...Molden, Rubens, Meister, Oijala, Negishi and Ramesh Thondapu all posted straight set victories in singles play...After a Division I-heavy early schedule, the Broncos were UCSD’s first D-II opponent of the season.


Steidlmayer’s crew will participate in the prestigious Pacific Coast Doubles Tournament this week at La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club and then host Division III Claremont Sunday at 2:00 PM.



Coming off a fifth place finish at the Cal State San Marcos Invitational, the Golf team travels to Bakersfield for the 16-team, 54-hole Family Motors Invitational at Seven Oaks Country Club.


At the San Marcos event, contested at 6,890-yd., par 72 San Luis Rey Downs in Bonsall, the Tritons turned in a 54-hole team total of 909, 24 strokes behind winner Point Loma...That put them in a tie for the fifth slot...Senior Ryo Yamada was UC’s top individual, carding a 224 which included a first round 69 and put him in a tie for 15th...He was followed by Robbie Kramer (T22nd/227), Justin Grant (T39th/232), Nathan Phan (T42nd/233) and the duo of Billy Olsen and Ryan Bailey, both tied for 49th at 234.



Coach Mark Davis’s 2006 Men’s Crew squad got off to a sterling start Sunday, sweeping all five races against Division I UC Irvine and Long Beach State at Newport Harbor ...The varsity eight—coxswain Joe Gram with Brenden Carriker, Gilbert Collins, Steven Oliver, Eric Murtfeldt, Darren VonPlaten, Jared Whittier, Michael Zurko and Joe Baker—clocked 6:23 to nip Irvine by five seconds and Long Beach State by 17 in the feature event, but the JV eight may have stole the show, posting a time of 6:14 to run away from UCI by more than 20 seconds... Both novice eights were also triumphant as was the varsity four...Next up for the Tritons is a dual with UC Davis on Sacramento’s Lake Natoma on March 11.



The conditions were good and so was Coach Patti Pinkerton’s Women’s Crew team Sunday on Newport Harbor in its season debut against Division I UC Irvine and Long Beach State...The Triton varsity eight—coxswain Ariana Pilram, Mel Kaelberer, Meghan Kelly, Monica Switick, Cara Kuebert, Katie Murray, Katie Morris, Leah Llach and Megan Hagquist—took second in a blanket finish, turning in a time of 7:24.5 over the 2,000 m. course...That put them 1.5 seconds behind UC Irvine and another 1.5 seconds up on Long Beach State...The varsity four—Kali Webb, Meggie Hatlen, Maureen Kantner and Lauren Miller—finished third, seven seconds back of first place Long Beach and less than half a second off Irvine after leading through the first quarter of the race...The novice eight was a big winner, clocking 7:34 and finishing four boat lengths clear of UC Irvine...The Triton women are off until the March 26 Berg Cup, also slated for Newport Harbor.



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