This Week’s Events:
Mon., Mar. 6---Golf---UCSD hosts Southern California Intercollegiate---All Day
Mon., Mar. 6---Men’s Tennis---UCSD vs. Rollins (FL)---2:00 PM
Tue., Mar. 7---Golf---UCSD hosts Southern California Intercollegiate---All Day
Tue., Mar. 7---Men’s Tennis---UCSD vs. Boston College---2:00 PM
Wed., Mar. 8---Swimming & Diving---UCSD at NCAA Division II Chmpnshp---All Day
Wed., Mar. 8---Softball---UCSD at Cal State San Bernardino (DH)---1:00 PM
Wed., Mar. 8---Men's Volleyball---UCSD vs. Quincy (IL)---7:00 PM
Thu., Mar. 9---Swimming & Diving---UCSD at NCAA Division II Chmpnshp.---All Day
Thu., Mar. 9---Women’s Tennis---UCSD vs. Fresno Pacific---1:30 PM
Thu., Mar. 9---Men’s Tennis---UCSD vs. Fresno Pacific---3:00 PM
Thu., Mar. 9---Baseball---UCSD at Cal State L.A.---3:00 PM
Fri., Mar. 10---Swimming & Diving---UCSD at NCAA Division II Chmpnshp.---All Day
Fri., Mar. 10---Baseball---UCSD at Cal State L.A.---2:00 PM
Fri., Mar. 10---Women’s Basketball---UCSD at NCAA Regionals (Sea. Pac.)---5:30 PM
Fri., Mar. 10---Men’s Volleyball---UCSD at USC---7:00 PM
Sat., Mar. 11---Swimming & Diving---UCSD at NCAA Division II Chmpnshp.---All Day
Sat., Mar. 11---Men’s Crew---UCSD at UC Davis---8:00 AM
Sat., Mar. 11---Women’s Tennis---UCSD vs. Cal Poly Pomona---11:00 AM
Sat., Mar. 11---Track & Field---UCSD hosts S.D. City Championships---11:30 AM
Sat., Mar. 11---Baseball---UCSD vs. Cal State L.A. (DH)---11:00 AM
Sat., Mar. 11---Softball—UCSD vs. Cal State Monterey Bay (DH)---Noon
Sat., Mar. 11---Men’s Volleyball---UCSD at Pepperdine---7:00 PM
Sun., Mar. 12---Women’s Water Polo---UCSD vs. Long Beach State---Noon
Sun., Mar. 12---Men’s Tennis---UCSD vs. Gonzaga---2:00 PM
UCSD SENDS 20 TO NCAA SWIMMING & DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS
Eleven women and nine men will comprise the Triton Swimming & Diving team that travels to Indianapolis for this week’s NCAA Division II Championships at the IUPUI Natatorium...Comprising the women’s squad will be seniors Sophie Levy, Jennie Margrave and Louisa Salisbury, juniors Susan Bell, Emily Harlan and Andrea Lippin and the freshmen quintet of Kendall Bohn, Aubrey Panis, Shannon Simonds, Jennifer Sims and Danielle Warren...On the men’s side, UCSD will be represented by seniors Michael Baier, Daniel Gordh and Barney Sclafani, juniors Tim Fuller and Lars Nordstrom, sophomores Evan Hsiao, Andrew Skewes and Joel Tourtellotte and freshman Steven Hardy.
Coach Scott McGihon’s women, who finished third at last year’s NCAA meet in Orlando (FL) and are coming off a first place performance at the Pacific Collegiate Swim Conference Championships (PCSC), feature several individuals who could come home with gold...Bell, the PCSC Swimmer of the Year, will be a threat in both 200 and 400 individual medleys, distance freestyle ace Levy is a 14-time All-American who is among the favorites in all four of her races and in the hard-to-handicap sprints, Harlan should be right there at the wall...The Tritons figure to reach the final in all five relays and go in seeded No. 1 in three of them...A win by the 800 free relay unit of Lippin, Simonds, Levy and Bell would be no surprise.
The men were fourth a year ago but with the graduation of heavyweight Kurt Boehm and an injury to backstroke standout Michael Lahey, they could be hard-pressed to reach that level in 2006...The two best individual performers are likely to be Hsiao in the 100 breaststroke and distance freestyler Tourtellotte whose best event is the 500...The diving contingent---Margrave, Gordh and Skewes---is the largest for UCSD since moving to Division II...Twelve on the roster of 20 have previous NCAA Championship experience—all but Skewes, Nordstrom and the freshmen.
WOMEN'S BB 2ND IN CCAA; FACES SEATTLE PACIFIC IN NCAA REGIONALS
In her rookie season at UCSD, Coach Janell Jones’ Women’s Basketball team is heading to the NCAA Division II Playoffs after finishing the regular season with a 23-4 record and placing second in the CCAA at 17-3 (UCSD was picked to finish eighth in the pre-season), one game behind Chico State... The record is the best since UCSD moved to Division II in 2000-01 and matches the ledger posted by Judy Malone’s 1997-98 team at the Division III level The Tritons, seeded fourth in the West Region, will open NCAA play Thursday against No. 5 Seattle Pacific in Bellingham, WA...Tip-off is at 5:30 PM...The winner of that game will face the winner of the first round contest between Western Washington (No. 1) and Northwest Nazarene (No. 8), Saturday at 7:00 PM...The Regional Championship game is Monday night and the winner advances to the Elite Eight, March 24-27, in Hot Springs, Ark...This will be UCSD’s seventh NCAA appearance in women’s basketball and second at the Division II level...Ironically, the first D-II tourney match-up was also against Seattle Pacific two years ago...In that one, SPU, ranked No. 1 nationally at the time, registered a 20-point victory.
The Tritons came out on fire Friday night and never cooled off...Led by junior Hillary Hansen, they raced to a 46-24 halftime edge and 11 of the 12 players suited hit the scoring column...Hansen hit 10-of-13 en route to 21 points and also collected six rebounds and four steals...Junior Leora Juster, a bonafide CCAA Player of the Year candidate, racked up 17 points and six assists and freshman star Michelle Osier scored 15 and grabbed seven boards...The Tritons shot a sizzling 61.9% from the floor, a season best and out-rebounded the Gators, 42-22, Briana Hinga leading the way with nine caroms...Junior Kim Buffum made only two baskets but both were treys and the second made her UCSD’s all-time leader in that category with 161, surpassing Cindy Yamasaki.
Saturday night at RIMAC Arena, the Tritons capped off their sensational 2005-06 campaign with a 69-54 victory over Sonoma State that was a bit tougher than the final score indicated...Juster hit all 12 of her free throws and 10-of-18 from the floor for 32 points and broke Ali Ginn’s all-time UCSD scoring record in the process...With the recently-graduated Ginn looking on, Juster upped her career total to 1,311, surpassing the old mark by three...The Tritons dominated the first half, shooting 60.9%, and were up 12 at the break but seemed to lose focus in the second half as the Seawolves crept to within three before they regained control...Osier delivered 10 points and eight rebounds while Hansen chipped in with nine points and 10 boards...Juster currently has 595 points on the year, more than 100 above the previous UCSD single season record.
RECORD-SETTING SEASON ENDS FOR MEN'S BASKETBALL
Coach Bill Carr’s Men’s Basketball team split its final two games last weekend to finish 2005-06 at 15-14 overall and tied for fourth in the CCAA standings at 12-8...It was a season of bests for Carr & Co...Despite a 1-6 start, the Tritons were able to post their first winning season at the Division II level, their first winning season in the CCAA and their highest conference ranking...The future looks bright as Odioh Odiye, who played his final game Saturday night, is the lone senior on Carr’s roster.
It was not a work of art, but UCSD assured itself of a winning season Friday night with a 50-38 drubbing of last place San Francisco State...In an uneven contest where neither team played particularly well, the Tritons struggled offensively with leading scorer Henry Patterson relegated to just one point in four minutes due to injury problems...UCSD shot just .341 from the floor but held the Gators to a miserable .250...UCSD led by seven at the half and, amazingly, SFSU scored just one point in the first 10 minutes of the second half...Even more incredible was the fact that despite getting up by 16, UCSD was unable to lock this one away and the Gators actually rallied to within three points with just 2:25 remaining...Freshmen Shane Poppen (16) and Darryl Lawlor (10) both came off the bench to score in double figures with Lawlor also tying A.J. Maulhardt for rebound honors with seven.
With Patterson again shelved, UCSD was helpless at times on the offensive end against CCAA champion Sonoma State, which emerged a 67-40 victor in Saturday’s season finale...The Tritons shot just 36.4% and failed to put a player in double figures while the Seawolves were +14 on the boards... Sophomore guard Clint Allard had five points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals.
UCSD HOSTS SD CITY TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS SATURDAY
The Track & Field teams host the annual San Diego City Championships Saturday at Triton Track Stadium...First event, the hammer throw, is set to commence at 11:30 AM...San Diego State (women only), Point Loma, Cal State San Marcos, USD, Alliant and San Diego Christian (formerly Christian Heritage) are expected to enter teams.
Coach Tony Salerno’s spikers are coming off an impressive performance at the All-Cal meet at UC Irvine...As the only non-Division I outfit at the five-team event, UCSD finished second in the women’s standings and third in the men’s...The women, led by first place efforts from freshman Sarah Hendy in the discus (150-8), sophomore Whitney Johnson in the triple jump (38-9.75) and juniors Elisa Holiday in the long jump (18-7), Madeline Flint in the pole vault (10-11.5) and Erin Becker in the hammer (149-9), piled up 223 points, just 28.5 behind winner UC Santa Barbara...Hendy and Johnson’s marks were provisional NCAA D-II qualifiers as was sophomore Diane Dunn’s 4:39.76 in the 1,500 m. where she got third place...The team runner-up spot was even more notable given the fact that senior middle distance ace Mimi Hodgins was out sick.
The men were also without one of their stars, senior hurdler Mike Cunnigham, who was sidelined with an illness but they still garnered a pair of first place finishes...Senior Jon Patton high-stepped to a clocking of 14.82 easily winning the 110 high hurdles and was second in the 400 intermediates (53.28) as well...Another senior, Carl Lostrom, captured the 3,000 steeplechase (9:10.37)...Lostrom and freshman Scott Tsuda, who was second in the triple jump at 47-11, both posted NCAA D-II provisional marks...The Tritons totaled 197 points on the day, ahead of UC Davis and UC Riverside but behind UC Santa Barbara (248) and UC Irvine (232) which went 1-2.
SOFTBALL TEAM LOOKS TO STAY IN THICK OF CCAA RACE
After a lost weekend in Northern California, the Softball team will try to right the ship with a pair of CCAA doubleheaders this week...Coach Patti Gerckens’ club goes to Cal State San Bernardino (8-14/3-3 CCAA), Wednesday, and returns home to battle Cal State Monterey Bay (9-5/0-0) Saturday...The Tritons are 13-8 overall and 4-2 in the CCAA...They are third behind Cal State Dominguez Hills and Cal State Bakersfield in the loop standings.
After being rained out at Chico State Friday, UCSD was swept the next day by Cal State Stanislaus (1-0, 8-3)...The opener was frustrating as sophomore Melissa Ward put the Tritons in position to win, giving up just six hits and one run over six innings...But UCSD was able to manage just three hits, a single by Niki Anderson and doubles by Liz Vazquez and Desiree Franciscus...Ward was touched for a second inning home run that proved to be the difference...In the second half of the twinbill, the Tritons put two first inning runs on the scoreboard but the Warriors came back to tie and a pair of three-run frames late put it away...Centerfielder Jenny Spencer and Vazquez each had two of UCSD’s five singles and Spencer tallied twice...UCSD was unable to capitalize on four Stanislaus errors...Nicole Fullerton took the loss, falling to 4-3.
BASEBALL TEAM GAINS SPLIT WITH SONOMA; CAL STATE L.A. ON TAP
Coach Dan O’Brien’s Baseball team remains at .500 (4-4) in the CCAA and is 10-8 on the season after going 2-2 in a four-game weekend against perennial conference power Sonoma State...Next up is a four-game home-and-home series against sixth-ranked Cal State L.A., starting with single games Thursday and Friday in Los Angeles...The two teams play a doubleheader in La Jolla on Saturday...The Golden Eagles are 5-3 in conference play (11-3 overall) after losing 3-of-4 to Chico State last weekend.
On the road Wednesday, in a rain make-up, Point Loma had its way with eight different Triton pitchers, posting a 14-4 win...UCSD managed just seven hits, including a pair of solo home runs by junior first baseman David Morehead and junior shortstop Jonathan Erickson.
Tenth-inning singles by Garrett Imeson, David Gomez and Scott Clement, the last one plating Imeson, lifted UCSD to a 2-1 victory over Sonoma State in the series opener that got in despite wet weather throughout Friday afternoon...Gomez had three hits on the day, including a solo homer in the sixth...Junior Jose Navarro tossed a gem, giving up just one run and five hits over nine innings...Freshman Trevor Decker hurled a perfect ninth in relief to notch his first collegiate win.
The Seawolves bounced back to take both ends of Saturday’s doubleheader, holding off UCSD in a wild, 13-10, opener and making a three-run fifth inning stand in the nightcap, 3-2...In game one, Sonoma jumped ahead, 3-0, saw UCSD take advantage of some shoddy defense to surge ahead, 4-3, and then roared back to draw away, 13-4, through eight...The Tritons wouldn’t quit, though, parlaying five hits and two Seawolf errors into six runs and had the tying run at the plate in the person of Matt Cantele when the contest ended...Earlier in the inning, Cantele had hit the first of three UC roundtrippers, Gomez and Brian Trump getting the others...For the game, UCSD had 12 hits, three each for Gomez and leftfielder Tim Mort...Trump went 2-for-2 and drove in three...Senior Byron Grubman had a solid outing, giving up four earned runs and striking out nine over six frames...In game two, third baseman Chris Hom stroked an RBI double and scored on a wild pitch to give UCSD an early, 2-0, lead...But Sonoma State popped two doubles and two singles in the fifth, resulting in three runs off starter Todd Gimenez, which turned out to be enough against a Triton offense that produced just four hits.
O’Brien’s club proved to be resilient Sunday, overcoming a 7-2 Sonoma State lead to take the finale, 11-7, and salvage a series split...There were heroes galore in this one as UCSD pounded out 17 hits and junior Michael Kearney tossed three shutout innings out of the bullpen to log his first win as a Triton...After Sonoma State built up its, 7-2, edge, UCSD clawed back to 7-4 and then erupted for five runs in the seventh, keyed by Imeson’s two-run triple that pushed the Tritons ahead to stay, 8-7...Senior outfielder Damian Fante was a perfect 5-for-5 with a double, a triple, two stolen bases, four runs scored and three RBIs...Morehead went 4-for-4 with a pair of two-baggers and two steals, Mort had three hits and Imeson drove home four.
LB STATE NEXT FOR 12TH-RANKED WATER POLO SQUAD
The 12th-ranked Women’s Water Polo team hooks up with No. 11 Long Beach State for the third time this season, Sunday at noon, in Canyonview Pool...Coach Larry Sanders and Co. are now 10-7 after dividing two home games Saturday...Long Beach State won both of the previous meetings between the two teams, 9-4 at the season-opening Michigan Tournament and 10-8 at the Triton Invitational.
Senior Flynn LaRochelle struck for three goals and four others—Nicole Hermann, Britta Nordstrom, Lauren Woods and Natalie Hockett—got two each as the Tritons dismissed WWPA foe Cal State San Bernardino, 13-4, Saturday morning at Canyonview...Bolstered by a six-goal second quarter, UCSD essentially had the match in hand by halftime, leading by seven, 9-2.
With starters Sarah Bajorek and Michelle Perkins and key reserve Kirsten Frazer missing in action, the Tritons fell, 7-1, to No. 3 UCLA but showed some grit against a Bruin team that includes three members of the U.S. National Team...Goals were tough to come-by and sophomore Miho Umezawa got the only marker for UCSD...The Triton defense allowed UCLA to score on just 1-of-9 man-up opportunities.
FENCERS QUALIFY THREE TO NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
The Women’s Fencing team will be sending three athletes to the NCAA Championships, March 16-19, in Houston, TX...All three—Chelsea Ambort, Raelyn Jacobson and Jen Chun—were top three finishers at Saturday’s NCAA West Regional at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs...National qualifiers are selected on a combination of Regional and regular season results.
At the Regional, Ambort (epee) and Jacobson (sabre) were second place finishers, as was Zitin Kachru (foil)...Chun, a freshman, placed third in epee...It will be the second NCAA trip for both Ambort, a sophomore and Jacobson, a senior...Jacobson's previous NCAA appearance was in epee...The outcome was not as positive for the Triton men...Three past NCAA qualifiers--Cameron Sprowles, Bret Martin and Jason Runyan--all failed to make this year's field...UCSD's top finish was sophomore John Chung's fourth in foil...He will be a first alternate for Houston...On the women's side, Emily Lipoma (foil) and Heather Stephenson (epee) also recorded fourths.
STEIDLMAYER'S MEN'S TENNIS TEAM HOME FOR FOUR
After getting its second straight dual win of the season, the Men’s Tennis team heads into a busy week that will feature four home matches, starting today against Division II Rollins (FL)...Tenth-ranked UCSD will also take on Division I Boston College and NAIA Fresno Pacific before finishing up with Division I Gonzaga Sunday.
Last week, Steidlmayer entered four teams in the 117th annual Pacific Coast Doubles Championships at La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, a prestigious event that brings together talent from all levels of the collegiate game...The Tritons’ best finish was turned in by Erik Oijala and Blake Meister who made the semi-finals of the back draw where they fell, 7-6, 7-6 to Rodrigo Gabriel and Jason Mok of Rice.
Then, Sunday, the Tritons got a stern test from Division III Claremont before upending the Stags, 6-3...UCSD came out of doubles with a 2-1 lead when Brent Molden and Steve Oechel clinched at No. 2 after squandering a sizeable advantage...Oijala-Meister had already delivered quickly at No. 1...Molden (No. 1), Eric Rubens (No. 2), Oijala (No. 4) and Kazumi Negishi (No. 5) gathered the singles points with only the latter going to three sets.
FRESNO PACIFIC, CAL POLY POMONA CHALLENGE WOMEN'S TENNIS
The 10th-ranked Women’s Tennis team, sporting an unblemished (5-0) CCAA slate and 6-3 overall, is home for matches against NAIA Fresno Pacific and conference foe Cal Poly Pomona this week.
Senior Marissa Hilker rolled to a straight set victory at No. 4 singles as did sophomore Molly Sullens at No. 5, but that was all the Tritons could muster in last Wednesday’s 5-2 loss at Division I Cal State Fullerton... Juniors Kristin Bronowicki and Katie McKee teamed to win at No. 2 doubles but Fullerton took the other two to claim the doubles point (D-I scoring)...Liz Brown forced her No. 6 singles match to three sets, falling, 11-9, in the third.
The Tritons rocked CCAA rival Sonoma State for the second time this year, 9-0, Saturday...Marsha Malinow, Katie McKee, Ina Dan, Bronowicki, Sullens and Justine Ang Fonte were singles winners ...Sunday’s match at USF was rained out.
HOME MATCH VS. QUINCY NEXT FOR MEN'S VB SQUAD
Coach Kevin Ring’s Men’s Volleyball team returns home Wednesday night to tangle with Division II foe Quincy (IL)...Then its back on the road where the Tritons will be looking for conference win No. 1, during a two-match Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) sojourn to Los Angeles to hook-up with No. 14 USC and No. 3 Pepperdine this weekend.
Senior Jon Daze and junior Mike Reuter both registered 11 kills but it was not enough to get UCSD past No. 8 UC Santa Barbara, Friday, as the host Gauchos prevailed, 3-0 (30-20, 30-20, 31-29)...The Tritons hit a creditable .253, but UCSB turned in an even .500 to go along with nine aces...Middle blocker John Mark Wendler had eight kills (.429) and an ace for UCSD.
The next night, the Tritons made No. 6 Cal State Northridge earn the first game but then the Matadors turned up the heat and rolled to a 3-0 (30-28, 30-21, 30-18) decision...Daze had a team-high eight kills and an ace and UCSD played Northridge even in the blocking department, but the Tritons hit just .046 as a team.
UCSD-UC DAVIS MEN'S CREWS GO HEAD-TO-HEAD
Off to a stellar start, the Men’s Crew team goes to Northern California to engage Division I UC Davis in West Sacramento, Saturday...The two will square off in five races—varsity eight, JV eight, first and second novice eights and varsity four...UC Davis is the current WIRA (conference) champion in the varsity and JV eights so Saturday’s match-up should provide Davis and his charges a good early-season measuring stick.
UCSD HOSTS 56TH ANNUAL SO. CAL INTERCOLLEGIATE GOLF EVENT
Trying to rebound from a 14th-place finish at the Cal State Bakersfield Spring Invitational, the Golf team will host the annual Southern California Intercollegiate Tournament, today and tomorrow at Marbella Country Club in San Juan Capistrano...The hilly, 6,583-yd., par 70 course will be hosting the 56-year-old event for the first time...Fourteen Division II teams are entered including No. 1-ranked Cal State Bakersfield and eight out-of-state contingents.
Last week’s Bakersfield event was nightmarish, literally and figuratively...Severe conditions—cold, wind and rain—led to cancellation of the second round Monday and reduced the tournament to 36 holes...The whipping wind also forced UCSD senior Ryo Yamada to don swim goggles and no doubt played a part in the Tritons’ uncharacteristically shaky performance...Logging a team total of 634, Coach Mike Wydra’s club was 33 strokes back of team champ Cal State Bakersfield...Junior Luke Leveillee carded a 79-74—153 which tied him for 13th place in the individual standings...He will be joined by Yamada, Robbie Kramer, Justin Grant and Ryan Bailey on the SoCal Intercollegiate roster.
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