This Week’s Events:
Fri., Feb. 16---Softball---UCSD at Schutt Sports Classic---All Day
Fri., Feb. 16---Men’s Tennis---UCSD at Cal Poly SLO Invitational---
Fri., Feb. 16---Baseball---UCSD vs. Regis---
Fri., Feb. 16---Women’s Tennis---UCSD vs.
Fri., Feb. 16---Women’s Basketball---UCSD vs.
Fri., Feb. 16---Men’s Volleyball---UCSD at Cal State Northridge---
Fri., Feb. 16---Men’s Basketball---UCSD vs.
Sat., Feb. 17---Softball---UCSD at Schutt Sports Classic---All Day
Sat., Feb. 17---Women’s Tennis---UCSD vs. Cal Poly
Sat., Feb. 17---Baseball---UCSD vs. Regis (DH)---
Sat., Feb. 17---Men’s Tennis---UCSD at Cal Poly SLO Invitational---
Sat., Feb. 17---Women’s Basketball---UCSD vs.
Sat., Feb. 17---Men’s Basketball---UCSD vs.
Sun., Feb. 18---Men’s Tennis---UCSD at Cal Poly SLO Invitational---
Sun., Feb. 18---Baseball---UCSD vs. Regis---
Now tied for fifth in the CCAA after taking two-of-three home games last week, Coach Bill Carr’s Men’s Basketball team finishes up a five-game stand at RIMAC Arena against third place Cal State Bakersfield (12-11/11-5) Friday and ninth place Cal State L.A. (9-12/6-10) Saturday...The Tritons bring a 10-11 overall mark into Friday’s clash and are 8-8 in conference action.
With a raucous Spirit Night crowd of 3,098 behind them and all five starters posting double figures in the scoring column, the Tritons put away Sonoma State, 90-76, Friday night...Sonoma State led by as many as nine in the first half but a Brett Stuckey lay-up with 2:32 remaining gave UCSD its first lead and Carr’s charges went into halftime ahead by five...The Tritons, who shot an incredible 70.5% and hit five of their seven three point attempts, controlled the second half...Sophomore guard Kelvin Kim finished with 15 points while Stuckey, Henry Patterson, Robby Peters and Clint Allard all kicked in with 13...Kim also handed out eight assists and Shane Poppen came off the bench to grab five rebounds...The Tritons turned the ball over just five times all night while beating the defending CCAA champion Seawolves in conference play for the first time in 14 tries...The attendance figure, second best all-time at UCSD, was also the second highest in the CCAA this season.
A driving bank shot by Jeremiah Ward with four seconds remaining allowed
Ranked 18th nationally and riding an eight-game win streak, the Women’s Basketball team faces Cal State Bakersfield (17-6/14-2) Friday at RIMAC Arena in a match-up of two clubs tied for the lead in the CCAA...Coach Janell Jones’ charges, now 18-3 overall and 14-2 in conference after getting three home wins last week, will host last place Cal State L.A. Saturday night.
A crowd of 1,421, the largest ever to watch UCSD women’s basketball at RIMAC Arena, saw the Tritons turn away stubborn Sonoma State, 66-59, Friday night behind Michelle Osier’s 20 points...Osier, who scored just two points and didn’t make a field goal against Dominguez Hills, delivered a dominating performance vs. the Seawolves, connecting on 9-of-14 and pulling down 12 rebounds...Junior Jillian Ricks (14 pts.) and Juster (11 pts./8 assists) were also big offensive contributors and Alexis Gaskin snagged nine rebounds in just 15 minutes, helping UCSD to a 33-28 edge in that department...The Tritons pushed their lead to 11 points in both halves but could never really put Sonoma State away and the visitors closed to within three with just 1:42 on the clock...At that point, Juster and Osier made driving buckets to clinch it.
Saturday night’s game against Humboldt State followed a similar script...After scoring the game’s first 13 points, the Tritons let the Lumberjacks crawl back to within two at halftime...The visitors briefly swiped the lead in the second half before UCSD finally turned up the heat in the final four minutes for a 66-55 decision...The redoubtable Juster turned in a double double with 18 points and 11 rebounds and handed out four assists...Ricks made it back-to-back nights in double digits with 13 points and senior Hillary Hansen, a perfect 6-of-6 from the line, scored 11...Osier had nine points and eight boards while Kacie Kostlan distributed five assists.
SWIMMING/DIVING CAPTURES PAIR OF CONFERENCE CROWNS
Coach Scott McGihon’s Swimming & Diving teams produced a tour de force at last week’s Pacific Collegiate Swim Championships, winning both the men’s and women’s divisions at the four-day event in Long Beach...McGihon’s crew returned from Belmont Plaza Pool with six new NCAA Championship qualifiers, giving them 25 total (13 men/12 women) for the trip to Buffalo, March 14-17, as well as two new school records.
On the women’s side, where McGihon was named PCSC Coach of theYear, UCSD scored 1,159 points to best runner-up Loyola Marymount by 110...The Tritons claimed three individual titles...Senior Susan Bell touched first in the 400 individual medley (4:29.40) and sophomore Kendall Bohn took gold in both the 100 (1:05.03) and 200 (2:18.70) breaststroke, registering a lifetime best in the latter...The versatile Bell was second in the 200 IM (2:06.89) and third in the 200 backstroke (2:05.34)...Another senior, Emily Harlan, one of the finest sprinters in school history, was second in both the 50 (23.78) and 100 (52.26) freestyle...Soph Jennifer Sims and freshman Karla Holman were both top five in the 100 and 200 butterflies...Sims was second in the 200 (2:04.91) and Holman broke her own school standard (57.31) while placing fourth in the 100... Senior Andrea Lippin stroked to second in the 1,650 freestyle (17:32.46), sophomore Shannon Simonds was third in the 100 free and fourth in the 200 IM and another second- year standout, Andrea Panis, and freshman Tori Edmiston each finaled in two events...The Triton relays were again formidable, winning four of the five team events ...The winning foursomes came in the 800 freestyle (7:32.36), 400 freestyle (3:27.86), 200 freestyle (1:35.89) and 400 medley (3:50.77)... The 400 freestyle group set a meet record and the 400 medley unit is ranked No. 1 in the country...Harlan,
The UCSD men racked up 1,449 points to win by a margin of more than 200...Senior Tim Fuller continued on a year-long roll, breaking John Flowers’ 13-year-old school mark while winning the 100 freestyle (44.79)...He was also second in the 50 free (20.70) and fourth in the 200 free (1:40.98)...Freshman teammate Daniel Perdew was a finalist in the 50 and 100 and his 20.64 prelim clocking in the former is No. 2 all-time at UCSD... Fuller’s mark is No. 3...Sophomore Steve Hardy also put on a show, grabbing bronze in the 200 backstroke (1:53.64) and 200 IM (1:56.53) and fourth in the 400 IM (4:11.50)...Second place finishes were earned by Evan Hsiao (100 breaststroke/56.49) and Devin Ancona (100 backstroke/52.01), senior Jacob Dong flew to third in the 200 breaststroke (2:06.13) and butterfly specialist Jesse Marin was third in the 200 (1:54.58) and fourth in the 100 (51.07)...The Tritons won three relays and were second in the two others...The 400 freestyle quartet of Perdew, Todd Langland, J.P. Oliver and Fuller posted a scorching 3:02.22 to win by over three seconds...The 200 freestyle (1:23.12) and 400 medley (3:23.70) squads were also victorious...And a big part of the huge point total was due to a dominant effort in diving...Andrew Skewes, Daniel Gordh and Kevin Sullivan were all finalists on both the one and three-meter boards with Skewes second on the one-meter and Gordh third on the three-meter.
BASEBALL TEAM TO HOST REGIS FOR FOUR
Trying to find some consistency on the mound, the Baseball team returns to La Jolla for a four-game series with Division II foe Regis (CO), starting with a single game Friday afternoon...UCSD, still ranked No. 23 in the country, is coming off a 1-3 week which leaves it 4-4 on the season.
In Friday night’s series opener, UCSD pounded 17 hits but it wasn’t enough as Grand Canyon got 13 of its own, including three home runs from Matt Henne, and clipped Coach Dan O’Brien’s club, 11-9...UCSD jumped out quickly, getting three runs on four first inning hits but a five-run fourth propelled the Antelopes...Five different Tritons posted multi-hit games with second sacker Garrett Imeson and left fielder John Roth each getting three...Imeson and third baseman Chris Franco both drove in three.
The Tritons split a Saturday twinbill with the Antelopes, dropping the opener, 9-7, before bouncing back to capture the nightcap, 13-5...First baseman Matt Cantele and DH Scott Clement hit home runs but UCSD pitchers walked 11 in the first game as GCU broke it open in the fourth and never trailed after that...Grand Canyon looked like it might sweep after sprinting to an early 4-0 lead in game two, but a game-tying, fourth inning grand slam by freshman Vance Albitz ignited the UCSD offense...The Tritons tallied six times in the fifth inning and Cantele finished the day with three hits and four RBIs...Starter Kirby St. John went five innings for the victory which snapped a three-game losing string.
SOFTBALL STARTS 3-1 IN CONFERENCE PLAY;
The Softball team, now 5-5 in 2007 and 3-1 in the CCAA after its opening conference weekend vs.
In Friday’s first game of the SFSU series, third baseman Jenny Maze’s three-run homer was the big blow as UCSD earned a 6-3 decision...Junior hurler Melissa Ward went the distance, surrendering just five hits while striking out six...Maze cracked her blast in the first frame and the Tritons were cruising, 6-0, before the Gators made it respectable with three in the seventh...Maze and Brittni Carino each had two of UCSD’s seven hits...The nightcap was another story as the Tritons managed just two hits in an 8-3 loss...SFSU ripped 12 hits and a pair of UCSD errors helped the Gator cause.
The Tritons came out smoking Saturday, scoring 15 runs in a doubleheader sweep of the Gators...Freshman backstop Nicole Saari rapped out four hits and drove in five as the Tritons romped to a 10-2 mercy rule victory in the opener...UCSD struck for five in the first and was rolling 8-2 after three...Ward accrued her third win of the season...In game two, SFSU plated two in the first but UCSD countered with three in the bottom of the inning and led the rest of the way, eventually prevailing, 5-4...Maze slugged her third homer of the year, scoring two and driving in two for the game...Sophomore Lauren Chastain evened her record at 2-2, tossing a complete game.
WATER POLO GETS WINS OVER
Coach Larry Sanders’ 17th-ranked Women’s Water Polo team has the week off after placing seventh with a 2-2 record in its own 16-team Triton Invitational last weekend ...UCSD, now 4-2, plays at the UCI Invitational next weekend.
Nicole Hermann’s skip shot from the left wing with 37 seconds left in the second overtime period pushed the Tritons past No. 18 Princeton, 10-9, in Saturday morning’s Triton Invitational opener...Hermann’s 6-on-5 game-winner was made possible by a rock solid performance from senior Sarah Bajorek, whose four goals kept UCSD in a contest that Princeton led much of the way...The Tigers were up throughout the second and third periods and Bajorek, the only multi-goal scorer for UC, kept the Tigers from pulling away ...Sydney Gstettenbauer’s strike with 6:17 left in the fourth quarter gave UCSD a 9-8 advantage but Princeton scored late to force overtime...In Saturday’s second game, the Tritons played much better but were downed by WWPA rival Loyola Marymount, 6-4, in a defensive struggle...The score was deadlocked, 2-2, at halftime but the 13th-ranked (tie) Lions collected the first two goals of the second half...UCSD narrowed the deficit to one on a Lauren Woods goal but that was as close as it got.
Sunday morning, No. 12 Hartwick (NY), scored five straight second half goals to break open a close game and beat UCSD, 9-6...Bajorek netted a pair for the Tritons, including a five-meter penalty shot with 0:06 left in the game, but UCSD was undone in the third period when Hartwick scored on a pair of outside shots and then used some unorthodox defensive schemes that sprang a pair of counter attack goals...Lauren Woods, Judy Emaus, Natalie Hockett and Hermann were the other goal scorers for the blue and gold...Once again, the Tritons showed resilience, this time stopping No. 13 (tie) Michigan, 10-7, in the seventh place game...UCSD raced out to a 4-2 first period advantage and never let up...Woods tallied three times and seven others had one goal apiece.
MEN’S VOLLEYBALL GOES 1-1 AT HALL OF FAME TOURNEY
Emerging with a split at last weekend’s Hall of Fame Classic in
In the Hall of Fame opener, UCSD was surprised by host Springfield College which buried the Tritons, 3-0 (34-32, 30-17, 30-18) Friday...Freshman Will Ehrman paced UCSD with 14 kills and also had two aces but there weren’t many positives in this one as Springfield clearly won the battle of hitting percentages and team blocking.
The Tritons shook off Friday night’s outing quickly, toppling Rutgers-Newark, 3-1 (30-3, 30-28, 24-30, 32-30) the next evening behind 19 kills from freshman Frank Fritsch...Ehrman and Adrian Guthals knocked down 15 apiece and junior middle blocker Stephan Shaw chipped in with 12...Setter Brooks Dierdorff had 64 assists and one solo block and seven block assists.
MEN’S TENNIS FACES D-I FOES AT
Still testing his options in singles, Coach Eric Steidlmayer saw his Men’s Tennis team drop a tough, 4-3, dual match at Division I UC Riverside Saturday...Using the D-I scoring system, the Tritons got one point after sweeping doubles but were able to corral just two of the six singles points---Blake Meister taking a three-setter at No. 4 and Ramesh Thondapu rolling in straight sets at No. 6...Sunday’s scheduled match with Cal Poly Pomona was canceled due to inclement weather.
Steidlmayer and Co. travel to San Luis Obispo for the Cal Poly Invitational, Friday through Sunday...There they will lock horns with three D-I squads, Sacramento State, Cal Poly and Nevada.
WOMEN’S TENNIS SUBDUES
With a victory already in hand against one of its primary challengers, the Women’s Tennis team will look to build on its conference success, hosting a pair of CCAA rivals, Sonoma State and Cal Poly Pomona this weekend.
Last Saturday, the Tritons got strong performances from senior Marsha Malinow and junior Justine Fonte en route to a 6-3 triumph over visiting Cal State L.A., a team many consider a significant threat to UCSD’s conference hegemony...Malinow posted a shutout singles win at No. 1 while Fonte did the same at No. 3...Both also earned doubles points, Malinow pairing with Ina Dan at No. 1 and Fonte teaming with Christy Knudsen at No. 2.
FENCERS HAVE PERFECT OUTING
Despite resting a number of her top performers, Coach Heidi Runyan’s Fencing team emerged unscathed from Sunday’s four-team conference outing at Irvine...With its sabre squad going a combined 25-2, the UCSD men defeated UCI (25-2), Cal State Fullerton (17-10) and Cal Tech (21-6)...The women, unbeaten in every weapon, downed UCI (27-0), Cal State Fullerton (20-7) and Cal Tech (22-5)...The Triton fencers conclude the regular season Feb. 24 at
TRACK & FIELD OPENS WITH BLUE-GOLD EXTRAVAGANZA
Coach Tony Salerno’s Track & Field team made its exhibition debut Saturday with the annual Blue-Gold Alumni Meet...On the women’s side, sprinter Christine Merrill took both the 100 and 200, junior Laiah Blue captured both of her specialties, the 100 and 400 hurdles and thrower Jillian Sola was victorious in both the shot put and discus...For the men, newcomer Khalil Hooper prevailed in the 100 m. dash and the 110 high hurdles, besting recently graduated standouts Mike Cunningham and Jon Patton in the latter...Alumni had eight winners and dominated men’s field events, taking six of the eight competitions...Salerno’s squad competes for real, Feb. 24, at Claremont’s Rossi Relays.
ROWERS DOMINATE S.D. INDOOR EVENT
In a preview that bodes well for the 2007 outdoor season, both the Men’s and Women’s Crew teams shined at Saturday’s annual San Diego Indoor Rowing Championships, hosted by the San Diego Rowing Club...For the men, Darren Von Platen won the open division, Ryan Andre the lightweight and J.D. Morgan the novice...On the women’s side it was Jen Myers capturing the open, Megan Hagquist the lightweight and Stacy Correia the novice...The two squads each open their regular season, March 10, at Mission Bay against
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