Fri., Dec. 1---Women’s Basketball---UCSD vs. ChicoState---
Fri., Dec. 1---Men’s Basketball---UCSD vs. ChicoState---
Sat., Dec. 2---Men’s Water Polo---UCSD at NCAA Championships---
Sat., Dec. 2---Women’s Basketball---UCSD vs. Cal State Stanislaus---
Sat., Dec. 2---Men’s Basketball---UCSD vs. Cal State Stanislaus---
Sun., Dec. 3---Men’s Water Polo---UCSD at NCAA Championships---TBD
MEN’S WATER POLO FACES CAL IN NCAA OPENER SATURDAY
The fifth-ranked and third-seeded Men’s Water Polo team will take on second-ranked and second-seeded UC Berkeley in Saturday’s NCAA Championship semi-final at Loyola Marymount’s Burns Recreation & Aquatics Center ...Game time is 2:00 PM and the UCSD-Cal match-up will follow the other semi-final contest pitting top-seeded USC and Eastern representative Navy...The two winners will face off Sunday at 2:00 PM for the national championship with the third place game slated for noon.
Coach Denny Harper’s Tritons bring a 25-5 ledger into Saturday’s clash, the 25 wins representing a UCSD single season record...They earned their berth by virtue of defeating NCAA host Loyola Marymount in the title game of the Western Water Polo Association Championship...This will be UCSD’s 10th trip to the NCAA Championships and first since 2002...The Tritons are 0-1 against Cal this year, having dropped a 12-8 decision at the NorCal Tournament in September...The Bears come in on the heels of a 6-5 triumph over USC in Sunday's Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament finale...UCSD is also 0-1 against USC, having suffered a 10-9 loss in October’s SoCal Tournament, and did not play Navy this fall...They come in riding a six-game winning streak.
TRITONS ROCK TWO NATIONALLY-RANKED TEAMS; OPEN CCAA FRIDAY
Coach Bill Carr’s Men’s Basketball team, now 2-2 after beating two of the country’s top four teams Division II last weekend, opens CCAA play Friday when Chico State (1-1) comes to RIMAC Arena...Cal State Stanislaus (2-0) will visit Saturday night...In the conference pre-season coaches poll, UCSD was ranked sixth, Stanislaus eighth and Chico State ninth.
Monday in Phoenix, the Tritons suffered a heartbreaking, 64-62, double overtime loss at Grand Canyon...Up by three (21-18) at halftime, UCSD opened a seven-point early second half advantage but needed a buzzer-beating trey by junior Clint Allard to reach the first overtime...Both teams garnered five points in the first extra session but a three-point play by Shansan Chambers with six seconds left in the second OT lifted the Antelopes...UCSD had a chance to ice it moments before but missed three free throws in the final 35 seconds to let Grand Canyon back in...Allard had a game high 20 points and sophomore Darryl Lawlor added 11 to go with seven rebounds...UCSD shot just 30.5% on the night and hit only 61.3% of its free throws.
Immediately after the holiday, Carr’s club hit the road again and got its first win of the year Friday, a 62-52 shocker over fourth-ranked Seattle Pacific at the Las Vegas Thanksgiving Classic...The Tritons connected at a 46.2% clip from three-point range and it was senior Robby Peters’ three-pointer that put them ahead for good at the 14:54 mark of the first half...Lawlor racked up 15 points and six boards while Allard chipped in with 13 points and four assists...Peters finished with 10 points and sophomore A.J. Maulhardt had a team best seven rebounds as UCSD beat the Falcons, 37-32, on the glass.
The Tritons came right back with a second stunner the next day, whipping No. 2 Montevallo (AL), 61-60, as Allard knocked down a game-winning mid-range jumper with five seconds remaining...It was a streaky contest in which UCSD rolled up a 33-19 first half lead with Allard piling up 20 of the first 33 markers...The Falcons narrowed the gap to seven at the break and came out on fire in the second half, using a 12-4 run out of the gate to take a one-point lead at the 14:24 mark...With just over six minutes to go, Montevallo had increased its edge to seven points but the Tritons surged back...A Peters trey with 58 seconds on the clock put UCSD on top by one and a two-pointer by Montevallo’s Greg Brown less than 20 seconds later set the stage for Allard’s decisive shot...Allard wound up with 26 points while sophomore transfer Kelvin Kim netted 12 to go with seven assists...Both Seattle Pacific and Montevallo went to the NCAA D-II Elite Eight last season.
EARLY CCAA SHOWDOWN FOR UCSD WOMEN FRIDAY
There will be no easing into the conference season for the Women’s Basketball team which will take on defending CCAA champ Chico State in Friday night’s home opener at RIMAC Arena...The Tritons were ranked 21st in the Division II pre-season poll and the Wildcats fifth, but UCSD was picked by conference coaches as the favorite to win the league title with Chico State tabbed for second...Coach Janell Jones’ club is 1-0 coming into Friday night’s tilt, courtesy of a hard-fought Nov. 18 road win at Northwest Nazarene...Chico State, which plays Cal State Stanislaus Tuesday night, is also 1-0, with a 25-pt. win over Regis (CO) to its credit.
Cal State Stanislaus will come to town Saturday and then the Tritons will go on a two-week hiatus for finals before playing on the road at Cal State Dominguez Hills, Dec. 16...Senior guard Leora Juster was named CCAA Player of the Week after scoring a career high 37 points against Northwest Nazarene.
WOMEN’S SOCCER RE-CAP
Some quick numbers from the 2006 Women’s Soccer season...Coach Brian McManus’s squad went 20-2-2 (its first 20-win season since 2001), captured its sixth CCAA Championship in seven years and was defeated in the NCAA Division II Quarterfinals by eventual champion Metro State...As a team, the Tritons outscored their opponents, 60-12, posting 14 shutouts on the year...McManus now owns a career record of 343-45-23 (.863).
Senior Kelly Cochran and junior Kathy Sepulveda tied for the team lead with 12 goals apiece...They were followed by senior Megan Dickey (9) and junior Ali Lai (7)...Dickey’s six assists were a team high along with her five game-winning goals...All three of the top goal-scoring trio missed games due to injuries and/or illness...With 37 career goals and 18 career assists, Cochran ended up 7th on the all-time goal scoring list and 10th on the all-time points list (92)...Dickey, with career totals of 36 goals (8th all-time), 26 assists (9th) and 98 points (8th) graduates top 10 in three categories.
WOMEN’S VB RE-CAP
Coach Tom Black’s second season at the helm of the Women’s Volleyball team produced a 26-3 record, a second place finish in the CCAA and a trip to the NCAA Quarterfinals... It was UCSD’s 10th 20-win season in the last 11 years and the fifth time in the last sixth years the Tritons have won 25...The .897 winning percentage was third best in school history.
Category leaders for the season included seniors Nicole Courtney (kills-351 & aces-63), Kristin Halvorsen (assists-1,060) and Brianna Koche (hitting pct.-.368 & blocks-11 solo/126 assists) and junior Natalie Facchini (digs-487)...Facchini’s dig total was a new Triton single season mark...Courtney’s kill total tied her 2005 mark at 10th on the single season list and the 63 aces left her tied for fifth...Koche’s hitting percentage tied her for third on the single season chart in that category and her total blocks place her second.
As far as career totals, Koche finished tied for second with former high school and UCSD teammate Katie Hogan in hitting percentage (.347), Facchini, with one year to go, is now fourth in digs (1,073), and Halvorsen departs with 1,674 assists, fourth all-time.
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