Thu., Nov. 27---W-Basketball---UCSD at North Star Invitational---
Fri., Nov. 28---W-Basketball---UCSD at North Star Invitational---
Fri., Nov. 28---M-Basketball---UCSD at ND de Namur Thanksgiving Tourn.---
Sat., Nov. 29---M-Basketball---UCSD at ND de Namur Thanksgiving Tourn.---
Sat., Nov. 29---W-Basketball---UCSD atNorth Star Invitational---
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TO PLAY TRIO IN ALASKAN TOURNAMENT
In the midst of its longest road trip in recent years, the Women’s Basketball team goes from Bellingham, WA to Fairbanks, AL this week where it will play in the Mt. McKinley Bank North StarInvitational starting on Thanksgiving Day...Coach Charity Elliott’s hoopsters will take on Holy Family Thursday, followed by Hawaii Pacific Friday and finish things up against Alaska-Fairbanks Saturday...UCSD takes a 2-1 record to "the Last Frontier" after splitting its two games at last weekend's CCAA/GNAC Crossover Challenge.
In their CCAA/GNAC opener, Elliott's charges led throughout the first half but succumbed to a late Seattle Pacific rally, falling, 63-59...SPU got its first lead of the contest with 6:30 to go in the second half but UCSD battled back to tie it four times, the last on a pair of Annette Ilg free throws with just over a minute remaining...Those proved to be the Tritons' final points, however...Seniors Michelle Osier and Alexis Gaskin racked up 16 points and eight rebounds apiece and Ilg finished with 12.
The Tritons went wire-to-wire the next night to put away host Western Washington, 60-52...Osier had 21 points, 10 rebounds and six steals in this one as UCSD ran its margin as high as 18 points in the first half and never allowed the Vikings closer than six...Ilg connected for 13 points and junior point guard Leilani Martin 11 but the game was won on the defensive end as the Tritons harassed WWU into 30 turnovers.
SAN FRANCISCO TOURNEY NEXT UP FOR MEN'S BASKETBALL
Coach Chris Carlson’s Men’s Basketball team gets its first taste of Division II competition over Thanksgiving break as it travels to Northern California for the Notre Dame de Namur Tournament in San Francisco...The Tritons will face the host school Friday night and come back against Central Washington Saturday afternoon...UCSD brings an 0-2 mark into this week’s action.
The Tritons gave Division I Pacific all it could handle Wednesday night but suffered their second consecutive road loss, 66-58, in Stockton...The tale of this game was told at the free throw line as Pacific had 36 chances at the charity stripe, comparedto just nine for UCSD...Down by nine early, the Tritons trailed by six at the half...The Tigers pushed their lead to 15 midway through the second half but UCSD chipped it back to five points with 4:09 remaining...Pacific’s last nine points came via free throws...UCSD, led by junior Jordan Lawley’s 14 points, outshot the Tigers from the floor (.500-.426) and made nine of 19 treys, including four by senior point guard Kelvin Kim...Senior Shane Poppen came off the bench to collect 10 points and nine boards
MEN’S WATER POLO DROPS HEARTBREAKER IN WWPA FINAL
Head Coach Denny Harper said his team "played with the heart of a champion" Sunday night but it was not enough as the ninth-ranked Men's Water Polo team had to settle for second, losing, 12-10, to No. 6 Loyola Marymount in the title game of the Western Water Polo Assn. (WWPA) Championship at Claremont...The Tritons finished 20-11 on the season, four of the losses coming to LMU.
As it did in all four of those contests, UCSD got out of the gate fast Sunday, taking a 2-0 lead, courtesy of two goals from junior Daniel Garcia...The good fortune was quickly tempered when Garcia got whistled for his second ejection of the evening less than five minutes into the first quarter, forcing him to sit out huge chunks of the game and effectively neutralizing the Tritons' primary offensive weapon the rest of the way...Senior A.J. Kotanjian picked up the slack, scoring four goals, but LMU, making the most of Garcia's absence, led, 6-5, at halftime...UCSD scored the first two goals of the second half--a penalty shot by junior Steven Donohoe and a beautiful re-direct by Chance Vermilyea of a pass from Adi Jerkovic in a 6-on-5 situation--to go up, 7-6, but that would be the Tritons' last lead...LMU took its first two-goal lead at 10-8 early in the fourth period and UCSD was never able to get closer than one again...Jerkovic and Jeff Hunt rounded out the scoring for UCSD with a goal apiece and freshman goalie David Morton had seven saves in a very solid performance.
The Tritons reached the championship tilt by outlasting UC Davis, 10-9, Saturday behind a four-goal effort from Jerkovic...Down, 3-1, early, Harper's club rallied to knot the score at six by the break...Jerkovic and Hunt both scored twice in the second half to sew up the triumph...Donohoe also registered two goals and Morton came up big in this one, stopping 11 shots...The Tritons raced to a 17-1 halftime advantage en route to a 24-8 first round win over host Claremont on Friday...Garcia netted four goals and Kotanjian, Kneif Lohse and Sean Roberts each chipped in with three.
Earlier in the week, the Tritons placed four on the 2008 All-WWPA team...Seniors Jerkovic and Kotanjian were both first teamers, Garcia garnered second team accolades and Morton was on the honorable mention list as well as the All-Freshman squad...Kotanjian was second team and Jerkovic honorable mention as juniors in 2006, while Garcia was a first team choice as a sophomore last year.
WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL STUNNED IN NCAA OPENER
The 12th-ranked Women’s Volleyball team’s outstanding season came to a premature conclusion Thursday afternoon in San Bernardino as the Tritons were derailed by CCAA rival Cal State L.A., 3-2 (24-26, 19-25, 26-24, 25-23, 15-13) in the first round of the NCAA Division II Pacific Regional...It was the Tritons’ third loss to the Golden Eagles this year and left them with a final record of 21-7.
UCSD had several golden opportunities to end the match favorably but were undone by late CSULA rallies in sets three and five...Senior Rebecca Bailey in the final outing of her decorated UCSD career, put down a match high 21 kills while junior Sylvia Schmidt and freshman Katie Condon added 13 each...The Tritons were out-blocked (13.0-8.5) but served up 10 aces and got 20 digs from libero Roxanne Brunsting.
Prior to the tournament, the All-CCAA team was announced and included four Tritons...Bailey, who finished with an all-time UCSD high 1,364 kills in her tenure, and Schmidt both earned first team status while junior setter Elaine Chen and freshman Hillary Williamson were second team choices...Williamson was also chosen as the conference Freshman of the Year, the first UCSD player gain that honor since Theresa Ohta in 2001.
TWENTY-ONE HIT NCAA QUALIFYING MARKS AT NIKE CUP
The Men's and Women's Swimming teams both placed in the top five at last week's Nike Cup in Long Beach but perhaps more importantly, the women came home from the meet with 14 NCAA Division II Championship qualifiers and the men seven...Coach Scott McGihon's women finished fourth overall with 817.5 points, the only non-Division I team in the top 10 while the men were fifth (679.5 pts.), beaten only by Division I opponents.
Senior Kendall Bohn, the defending NCAA D-II 200 breaststroke champion, was the standout for the women, dominating that event with a time of 2:16.16, more than a second and a half faster than her closest pursuer...Bohn was also second in the 100 breaststroke (1:03.79)...UCSD's only other individual event winner was junior Dan Perdew...The 2008 NCAA D-II gold medalist in both the 50 and 100 freestyles captured both of those races at the Nike Cup, clocking 20.44 (20.14 in the prelims) and 44.78 respectively...Todd Langland was second in the 100...The Tritons also turned in a pair of runner-up relay finishes...The women's 200 freestyle foursome of Shea Kopp, Aubrey Panis, Ashytn Douglas and Errin Deters went 1:34.40 and the men's 200 medley relay unit of Steven Hardy, Pablo Carrillo, Perdew and Langland touched in 1:32.21.
UCSD's current NCAA Championship qualifiers are...Women-Bohn, Panis, Douglas, Kopp, Deters, Shannon Simonds, Karla Holman, Jenn Sims, Cari Cunningham, Anju Shimura, Alexandra Henley, Natasha Nguyen, Mercedes O'Brien and Jessica Ferguson...Men-Perdew, T. Langland, Hardy, Carrillo, Blake Langland, Sam Stromberg and Brandon Maryatt.
SCHOFIELD SHINES AT NCAA CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS
In snowy, 25-degree weather, UCSD's two representatives acquitted themselves well at the NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships at Slippery Rock, PA Saturday...Redshirt freshman Bre Schofield, competing in her first national meet, won All-American status by finishing 22nd (22:19) while dropping 22 seconds off the time she posted over the same 6K course in October...It was the top individual finish by a UCSD runner since Audrey Sung's 19th place performance in 2002.
On the men's side, senior Jake LeVieux finished mid-pack, placing 92nd in the 10K race with a time of 33:06...Positioned in the upper quarter of the field early, LeVieux was not able to hold that position or make any kind of move late.
FENCERS TESTED BY TOP-RANKED WESTERN RIVALS
Coach Heidi Runyan's Fencing teams found the going rough at Saturday's NCAA West Invitational in Pasadena...The women's team earned a two-match split, knocking off Air Force (16-11) but falling to Stanford (19-8)...Foil specialists Zitin Kachru and Pilar Alicea each recorded five wins on the day...The men, meanwhile, wound up on the short end against both Air Force (16-11) and Stanford (21-6)...Led by Ben Dorn and Armin Chan (four wins each), the Tritons did outscore both opponents in foil...UCSD is now off until it hosts the annual Blade Runner, Jan. 10-11.
The 2008 numbers and leaders for the Men’s & Women’s Soccer teams...Seniors were the top goal scorers with Natasha Belak-Berger topping the women with 13 and Tony Fernandez No. 1 for the men with seven...Junior Tony Choi had five assists to pace the men while freshman Sara McTigue’s seven were best for the women...Senior keepers Jessica McGovern and Peter Akman had 13 and 10 shutouts respectively...Belak-Berger’s career totals of 30 goals and 17 assists left her just outside of the all-time top ten in both categories as well as points...She is No. 3 in all three categories during UCSD’s time at Division II.