This Week’s Events:
Mon., Sept. 4---Women’s Soccer---UCSD at Seattle---3:00 PM
Tue., Sept. 5---Men’s Soccer---UCSD vs. Seattle---7:00 PM
Fri., Sept. 8---Women’s Soccer---UCSD vs. Cal State San Bernardino---4:30 PM
Fri., Sept. 8---Women’s Volleyball---UCSD vs. Cal State Stanislaus---7:00 PM
Fri., Sept. 8---Men’s Soccer---UCSD vs. Cal State San Bernardino---7:00 PM
Sat., Sept. 9---Cross Country---UCSD at UC Irvine Invitational---8:30 AM
Sat., Sept. 9---Men’s Water Polo---UCSD at Inland Empire Tournament---All Day
Sat., Sept. 9---Women’s Volleyball---UCSD vs. Chico State---7:00 PM
Sun., Sept. 10---Men’s Water Polo---UCSD at Inland Empire Tournament---All Day
Sun., Sept. 10---Women’s Soccer---UCSD vs. Cal Poly Pomona---1:00 PM
Sun., Sept. 10---Men’s Soccer---UCSD vs. Cal Poly Pomona---3:30 PM
POLO SINKS PEPPERDINE IN OT TO WIN TRITON INVITATIONAL
Sporting a 4-0 record after claiming the team title at last weekend’s season-opening Triton Invitational, the seventh-ranked Men’s Water Polo team now takes to the road where it will play four times this Saturday and Sunday at the Inland Empire Tournament, hosted by Redlands and LaVerne... Saturday, UCSD will hook up with Cal Lutheran (10:20 AM) and Pomona Pitzer (4:20 PM) and Sunday it will be Whittier (11:40 AM) and Redlands (3:00 PM).
Newcomer Nestor Dordoni and returnees Adi Jerkovic and Curtis Williamson scored twice each as UCSD overcame a slow start to easily handle UC Santa Cruz, 10-3, in its season and tournament opener Saturday morning...Senior Ty Lackey put the Tritons ahead early but UCSC, behind solid play in the cage from Joe Lyons, kept it close, trailing just, 4-2, at the half...UCSD pulled away in the third period and all told peppered Lyons with 33 shots...In game two, the Tritons built a four-goal lead and held off a late UC Santa Barbara challenge to post a 9-7 victory...Three new faces--A.J. Kotanjian, Mike Lee and Steven Donohoe--accounted for two goals apiece in the win...Donohoe's two scores midway through the fourth period put the Tritons on top, 9-5, and essentially lifted the game out of reach....Senior goalie Jeremy Randall made several key second half saves and had nine for the game.
Sunday, Kotanjian’s five goal outburst powered UCSD to a surprisingly easy, 13-9, semi-final triumph over WWPA rival UC Davis, ranked 13th in pre-season polls...Jerkovic, Dordoni and senior Jesse Casellini all chipped in with two goals and Randall turned away seven shots...Kotanjian tallied twice in the first period and the second of those came at 0:16 on a fast break where he converted a nifty cross pool pass from Donohoe...The championship game was a classic that had a little of everything before Casellini produced the final dagger in a 12-11 sudden death overtime win for the Tritons against No. 6 Pepperdine, which had topped No. 5 Pacific to get there...The Waves dominated early, taking a 4-0 lead but UCSD chipped back and pulled even at five...The two teams were never seperated by more than a goal from that point and a raucous crowd was treated to an edge-of-the-seat show, particularly impressive considering it was just the second day of the season...Southpaw Jerkovic netted four goals for UCSD.
TRITONS LEAP TO TOP OF CCAA; CONFERENCE HOME OPENER FRIDAY
Coach Tom Black's Women's Volleyball team (7-0/2-0) will try to stay perfect when it returns to RIMAC Arena for a pair of CCAA clashes this week...Cal State Stanislaus (Fri.) and Chico State (Sat.) will furnish the opposition for 19th-ranked UCSD which has yet to drop so much as a game in 2006.
The Tritons showed early that they will be a force in the 2006 CCAA race by sweeping past sixth-ranked host Cal State L.A., 3-0 (30-27, 30-22, 30-28) in their conference opener Friday night...Sophomore Rebecca Bailey notched 17 kills while hitting at a .467 clip to lead the Tritons over last year’s CCAA co-champs...Seniors Nicole Courtney (16 kills and 10 digs) and Brianna Koche (8 kills and seven blocks) were also key factors in the win.
Saturday night in always tough Bakersfield, the Tritons made it seven in a row, throttling Cal State Bakersfield, 3-0 (30-23, 30-21, 30-27)...Courtney was again a force, slamming a match high 16 kills as well as recording seven digs...She had one particularly blistering run in game two with UCSD down, 19-16—scoring five of the points in a UC run of 10 straight, including three of her four aces...Bailey (11) was the only other UCSD player to reach double figures in the kill column, hitting .407 in the process and collecting three aces...As a team, the Tritons outhit the 'Runners, .246-.125.
SEATTLE FIRST OF THREE AT HOME FOR MEN’S SOCCER
Looking to stay undefeated, the Men’s Soccer team will be home for a trio of games this week, starting Tuesday night against Northwest invader Seattle, a perennial Division II power and national champion two seasons back...UCSD hung a 2-0 defeat on the then-No. 2-ranked Redhawks last fall in Seattle...Coach Derek Armstrong’s side begins CCAA play Friday night against Cal State San Bernardino and takes on Cal Poly Pomona two days later...UCSD is 1-0 on the year, courtesy of a 1-0 decision over Grand Canyon, Aug. 24.
NO. 19 WOMEN’S SOCCER LOOKS TO STAY UNDEFEATED
Now 2-0, Coach Brian McManus’s Women’s Soccer team will face stiffer competition and plenty of it this week, battling Seattle tonight on the road before coming home to open up conference play against Cal State San Bernardino (Friday) and Cal Poly Pomona (Sunday).
The No. 10 Tritons scored twice early and made it stand, to hand host Central Washington its first loss in three games, 2-0, Friday in Ellensburg, WA...Junior Ali Lai got UCSD on the board at 11:44 putting in a short rebound with her left foot and then the senior duo of Megan Dickey and Alise Malley collaborated to make it a two-goal margin with Dickey, the 2005 CCAA Player of the Year scoring her 28th career goal...That score came at the end of a beautiful passing sequence with the final three pieces a one-touch header from Heather Sugg to Malley, who one-timed it to Dickey, who struck the ball out of the air and into the net.
Jessica McGovern made five saves while recording her first career shutout and UCSD dominated most of the contest, outshooting the Wildcats, 25-8.
CROSS COUNTRY TRUMPS PT. LOMA; UCI INVITATIONAL NEXT
Coach Ted Van Arsdale’s Cross Country team will get its first significant test of 2006 Saturday when it travels to Orange County for the annual UC Irvine Invitational which will be contested at Central Park in Huntington Beach...The distances will be five miles for men and 5K for women.
The Tritons opened the season with a pair of dual meet victories over Point Loma Friday, the men knocking off the Sea Lions, 20-35, with the women squeaking by, 26-31...For the men, freshmen Jesse Morrill and Max Mullender finished 1-2, going wire-to-wire in those positions...Morrill covered the four mile course in 22:17.8 with Mullender just over 13 seconds behind...Sophomores Daniel Anderson (22:58.4) and Gabe LaMothe (23:28.7) were fourth and fifth respectively...Van Arsdale sat all of his juniors and seniors, as well as sophomore Jake LeVieux.
On the women’s side, UCSD prevailed despite working on team tactics in lieu of an all-out run for the victory...Juniors Diane Dunn (15:41.8) and Emily McGregor (15:49.3) were first to complete the 2.5 miler for the Tritons, claiming third and fourth...Sophomore Ashleigh Montgomery (5th/16:11.8), senior Nina Miller (6th/16:20.2) and freshman Jordana Henderson (8th/16:28.2) rounded out the scoring for UCSD.
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