2012-13 UC San Diego Athletes of the Week


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June 3, 2013

Men's Crew

UCSD competed at the IRA Championships this past week, sending Varsity 8 and JV 8 boats to take on the nation's best. The V8 was comprised of coxswain Sean Dougherty (pictured), Zach Antunes, Zack Attaran, Mark Bennett, John Buda, Scott Kennedy, Brendan Stainfield, Forrest Sundquist and Kyle Wilson. The JV 8 crew was coxswain Kasey Benjamin, Austin Dahlenburg, Tom Forter, Erik Goebel, Jason Heinien, Daniel Mahan, Jack Maxson, Kendall Pick and Chris Weir. It was UCSD's third-ever trip to the IRAs.

Women's Crew
UCSD's Varsity 8 crew placed third overall at the NCAA Division II Championships in Indianapolis. Rowing for the Tritons were coxswain Catherine Sheffler (pictured), Alyssa Dixon-Word, Claire Duesdieker, Kelsey Henck, Shruti Kamath, Kelly Peterson, Michelle Robbins, Rachel Schneiderman and Ashley Travaglione. The Tritons were third in Friday's heat race and won Saturday's repechage to advance to the grand final, where they placed behind powerhouses Nova Southeastern and Barry.


May 27, 2013

Nash Howe - Track & Field

Howe became a first-time All-American with a seventh-place finish in the javelin in his NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships debut Saturday. The sophomore, who had won his first conference title back on May 4, produced an effort of 214’11” on his fifth of six throws. His 202’11” on the second of three preliminary attempts earlier had advanced him through in eighth to earn three more chances. Howe took advantage in becoming the only competitor to improve his standing with those three extra tosses.   

Sabrina Pimentel - Track & Field
Pimentel improved four spots from her No. 13 seeding and placed ninth in the 800 meters in her second straight NCAA Championships appearance Saturday in Pueblo, Colo. She first went 2:11.46 for third in the third and final heat on Friday evening, good enough for the eighth-fastest among nine finals qualifiers. She then posted a 2:13.35 mark in that final the next night, narrowly missing out on a second All-America distinction for the sophomore's young career.


May 13, 2013

Rajeev Herekar - Tennis

Herekar's singles win last Wednesday clinched No. 14 UCSD's come-from-behind 5-3 victory over Southern Indiana in the round of 16 at the NCAA Championships in Arizona. Against Santiago Lopez in the third spot, Herekar dropped the first set, 6-3, but battled for 7-5 and 6-4 wins in the next two to give the Tritons the deciding fifth point. UCSD was down 3-0 after being swept in doubles play, but won five consecutive singles match-ups to earn the win. It was the Tritons' 12th trip to the NCAA postseason in the last 13 years.   

Sarah Lizotte - Water Polo
Lizotte scored a team-high nine goals at the NCAA Championship Tournament to lead the Tritons to a program-best sixth place finish. The junior utility came away with five goals in UCSD's victory over Pomona-Pitzer Saturday. She posted a hat trick in Sunday’s overtime finalé against No. 10 Princeton and opened the tourney with a goal against No. 6 Hawai’i Friday. Lizotte collected All-Tournament Second Team honors. She completed her junior campaign with a team-best 92 goals, bringing her career total to 229.


May 6, 2013

Nash Howe - Track & Field

Howe won the javelin at the CCAA Championships Saturday with a personal-record throw of 221'4". The sophomore clinched an NCAA Championships debut in Pueblo, Colo., at the end of the month, as the distance marked UCSD's first automatic qualifier. Howe's closest competitor was senior teammate Kiley Libuit at 189'1". The distance improved his second-place standing in the program's all-time record book, still behind only his older brother, Nick, and now within 10 feet (231'3"). UCSD placed third for a third season in a row. 

Kristin Sato - Track & Field
Sato was named the CCAA Freshman of the Year as she helped UCSD to a second-place finish at the league championships Saturday, winning the triple jump with a mark of 39’5.25”. She also took third in the long jump with a distance of 17’9.5”. Sato also ran the third leg of the fourth-place 4x100 relay (48.20). The native of Milpitas was part of 21 points toward the Tritons’ team total. Sato is UCSD’s second straight CCAA Freshman of the Year on the women’s side, following Sabrina Pimentel in 2012.


April 29, 2013

Clayton Yamaguchi - Golf

A true freshman, Yamaguchi was UCSD's top golfer at last week's CCAA Championships at Hunter Ranch in Paso Robles. He posted a three-round total of 211, five-under par, to finish third in a field of 40 competitors. The Los Angeles native shot a three-under 69 in the opening round, an even-par 72 in round two and a two-under 70 in the closing round. It was the highest finish for any Triton this season. UCSD qualified for the NCAA Championships and will take part in the South Central/West Regional May 6-8 in Washington State.  

Melissa Bartow - Water Polo
Bartow, the Tritons' primary two-meter player, scored five goals in UCSD’s 10-8 victory over rival Loyola Marymount in Sunday's Western Water Polo Association championship game. The junior from Walnut Creek also posted five goals in a 14-1 win against Cal State San Bernardino and added another two in the team's 14-6 victory over Colorado State. Bartow collected Tournament Most Valuable Player honors for her performance. UCSD earned the league's automatic bid into the NCAA Championships.


April 22, 2013

Scott Zeman - Baseball

Zeman saved both of UCSD's wins during a four-game series split at then-third-ranked league leader Chico State over the weekend. He got a strikeout with a runner at third to end the eighth and set the top of the Wildcat lineup down in order in the ninth in Friday night's series-opening 7-5 victory. Zeman then retired four of the five batters he faced, two on strikes, to close out Saturday's seven-inning doubleheader nightcap, a 3-1 Triton win. The right-hander now has a team-leading four saves on the year.  

Sarah Lizotte - Water Polo
Lizotte posted two goals, four assists and four steals in UCSD's 15-4 victory over Cal State San Bernardino Friday as the Tritons finished the Western Water Polo Association regular season with an undefeated 7-0 record. The junior utility player added another goal and two steals against San Diego State in the 12th Annual Harper Cup. Lizotte, who was named the WWPA Player of the Year Monday, has scored three or more goals on 14 different occasions and has totaled 78 so far this season.


April 15, 2013

Leah Gonzales - Water Polo

Gonzales, a junior, was instrumental in UCSD's 9-8 comeback win over Cal State East Bay in Sunday's title game of the CCAA Championship Invitational. The utility player scored five goals, including three straight in the third quarter to tie the game at 5-5. Gonzales gave UCSD its first lead with her fifth and final goal in the fourth quarter. The Tritons conclude regular-season play this week, hosting Cal State San Bernardino Friday and playing in the 12th Annual Harper Cup Saturday at San Diego State.  

Tara Vanooteghem - Tennis
Vanooteghem won every match she competed in to propel UCSD to a 3-0 week. In the No. 5 spot, she defeated singles opponents from Point Loma Nazarene and Sonoma State. She moved up to the No. 4 slot at Cal State Stanislaus and won in straight sets, dropping just a single game. Paired with Melinda Chu, Vanooteghem won all three No. 3 doubles matches as well. The junior has won nine consecutive singles matches. Overall this season, she is 18-2 in singles play and 13-6 in doubles match-ups.


April 8, 2013

Max Jiganti - Tennis

Junior Max Jiganti was victorious in all four of his singles matches last week, extending his win streak to six. Playing in the number two spot for the Tritons, he defeated opponents from No. 13 Grand Canyon, BYU-Hawaii, No. 12 Fresno Pacific and Sonoma State. Jiganti earned all four wins in straight sets. He also teamed up with Kona Luu to win three of the duo's four doubles matches at No. 2 last week. Overall this season, Jiganti is 12-5 in singles matches and 14-4 in doubles play. 

Varsity 4+ Crew
UCSD won the grand final of the Collegiate DII/III/Club Varsity 4+ race Sunday at the prestigious 40th San Diego Crew Classic on Mission Bay. The crew of junior coxswain Catherine Sheffler (pictured), sophomore Mary Elizabeth Bilder, freshman Shruti Kamath, junior Olivia Knizek and sophomore Rachel Schneiderman beat second-place Central Oklahoma by almost six seconds. The Tritons also placed first in Saturday's Varsity 4+ prelim, earning them the preferred lane one in Sunday's grand final.


April 1, 2013

Carl Eberts - Volleyball

Eberts, a fifth-year senior outside hitter, became just the fifth player in UCSD program history Sunday evening to reach the 1,000-kill mark. The Huntington Beach product's second of back-to-back kills in the decisive fifth set gave him 1,000 for his career and the Tritons a temporary 6-4 lead in a match they would ultimately drop at second-ranked defending national champion UC Irvine. Eberts finished with a team-high 12 kills and now has 1,002 with four home contests left to play for the tri-captain. 

Taylor Sepulveda - Softball
Sepulveda was instrumental in helping UCSD to four home wins over San Francisco State, the team's first series sweep of the season. The sophomore outfielder batted .545 (6-for-11), had an RBI in each game and stole five bases against the Gators. In the third game of the series, a 4-3 extra-inning win, she had three hits, scored a run, drove in another and swiped three bags. Her ninth-inning RBI single tied the game and she eventually came around to score, ending the contest in walk-off fashion.


March 25, 2013

Adam Campbell-Kruger - Fencing

The sophomore epeeist was one of two Tritons that competed at the NCAA Championships last week in San Antonio, Texas. Campbell-Kruger won six bouts, recording victories against fencers from Air Force, Columbia, Harvard, Notre Dame and Yale. He also picked up a 5-1 win against his Triton teammate, Luc Ginestet. Campbell-Kruger, who hails from Boulder, Colo., totaled 68 touches scored over two days of competition. He placed 23rd overall. 

Luc Ginestet - Fencing
Along with Adam Campbell-Kruger, the junior epeeist represented UC San Diego at the NCAA Championships last week in San Antonio, Texas. Ginestet won four bouts over two days of competition, earning victories against fencers from Brown, Columbia, Penn and St. John's. The Los Gatos native came away with 64 touches scored and placed 24th. It was the second-straight season that UCSD qualified a pair of Tritons for the NCAA Fencing Championships. 


March 18, 2013

Troy Cruz - Baseball

Cruz, a true freshman and San Diego native, earned the first win of his college career in his first start to clinch a 3-1 series victory over 28th-ranked and first-place Cal State L.A. on Saturday. In the seven-inning doubleheader nightcap in La Jolla, Cruz combined with three teammates on the 4-0 shutout of the Golden Eagles, allowing just three hits and one walk while striking out four over 5.0 frames. The two-way standout walked four times and scored three runs in a 10-2 win in Saturday's first game and hit .364 (4-for-11) for the series.

Courtney Miller - Water Polo
Freshman goalie Courtney Miller helped lead No. 17 UCSD to its second straight 4-0 week, totaling 38 saves at the Aztec Invitational. The Honolulu native had 11 stops in the final game of the tournament, a 7-4 victory over Bucknell. She also hit double digits Sunday morning with 12 blocks against No. 11 Indiana and 10 saves in a 7-6 comeback win over No. 13 Cal State Northridge. Miller leads the Western Water Polo Association with 181 saves on the year. 


March 11, 2013

Dane Stassi - Swimming

Stassi swam to his first national title in the 200 butterfly at last week's NCAA Division II Championships in Birmingham, Ala., as just a sophomore. Trailing at the halfway mark, Stassi exploded over the final 100 yards and won going away by over two full seconds, breaking his own school record in 1:45.12. The Irvine native also placed seventh in the 100 fly and swam the fly leg of the 200 and 400 medley relays, both of which finished eighth. He is now a five-time All-American for his career.

Anji Shakya - Swimming
Shakya captained the Triton women to a fifth straight third-place trophy at the NCAA Championships. The junior earned All-America distinction in six of the seven events she competed in, breaking her own school record (1:47.95) in winning the 200 freestyle for her first individual national title. Shakya was also second in the 500 free and third in the 100 free. In addition to her individual accolades, the now-13-time All-American anchored the 400 and 800 free relays to third-place finishes and the 200 free relay to a fourth-place showing. 


March 4, 2013

Justin Brue - Basketball

Brue posted his second and third consecutive double-doubles this past week. Against Sonoma State Thursday, the senior forward had 11 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. The next night, he totaled 18 points and another 11 rebounds vs. San Francisco State, becoming UCSD's Division II career rebounding leader. Brue now has 550 career boards, surpassing Shane Poppen, who amassed 544 between 2005 and 2009. The 11 rebounds also tied a single game career-high for Brue.  

Alexis Wieseler - Water Polo
Wieseler scored a career-high seven goals to lead the 17th-ranked Tritons to an 11-10 victory over conference foe Loyola Marymount on Friday. The win kept UCSD undefeated in WWPA play at 3-0. As the primary two-meter defender, Wieseler returned to the pool Sunday and scored a team-high three goals against No. 7 UC Irvine, adding two field blocks on defense. Wieseler is now second on the team with 25 goals. The Tritons play in the Claremont Convergence tourney this Friday and Saturday. 


February 25, 2013

Zach Nagengast - Track & Field

Nagengast was one of five individual winners for UCSD at the Rossi Relays in Claremont Saturday. The senior won the discus (161'5") while placing third in the hammer (181'8"). Both marks were provisional NCAA qualifiers. His hammer distance was a lifetime personal best (previously 173'7"). He ranks sixth and seventh, respectively, in those events all-time at UCSD. Nagengast won both the discus (153'10") and hammer (167'10") while finishing second in the shot put (49'4.25") at the UCSD Triangular on Feb. 16.  

Kyra Scott - Tennis
Kyra Scott posted three total wins over two matches last week. She started by pairing with Melissa Breisacher at No. 1 doubles to record an 8-1 victory over Dixie State's Joy Naigeon and Paige Nisson. The freshman followed up with a 6-0, 6-0 blanking of Nisson at No. 2 singles. Against Division I Cal State Fullerton, she again played in the No. 2 singles spot and dispatched Monica Rodriguez in straight sets, 6-2 and 6-1. So far this season, Scott has registered a perfect 5-0 record in singles play for the 32nd-ranked Tritons. 


February 18, 2013

Ryan Goodbrand - Baseball

Goodbrand had a third straight near-flawless outing in Friday's conference opener at home against Cal State Stanislaus, a 4-0 victory for the No. 21 Tritons. He tossed 7.0 scoreless frames to extend his shutout streak to 18.0 innings, allowing just three singles and two walks while striking out a career-high 11. Goodbrand had two strikeouts in each of the first two innings, three in the third, and two more in the seventh, including the last batter he faced on the evening. He improved to 3-0 in 2013 and 14-0 for his Triton career.  

Anji Shakya - Swimming
Shakya was named the MVP as the top female point-scorer at the PCSC Championships, leading No. 3 UCSD to a fifth straight league crown. The co-captain won three individual events, achieving two meet records and breaking two school records. Shakya won the 200 free, 500 free and 200 back while also anchoring the first-place 800 free relay. Her time in the 500 free (4:48.19) broke a 20-year-old meet record and lowered her own school mark. Her 200 free time (1:48.24) is a meet record and school record.  


February 11, 2013

Richard Seigel - Baseball

Seigel led No. 21 UCSD to a series win at Grand Canyon over the weekend. The senior first baseman tripled to drive in two runs and then scored in a three-run eighth that was vital to a 10-5 victory Friday. In an 8-7 triumph the next night, his two-run home run tied the game at 4-4 and ignited a six-run eighth. For the series, Seigel hit .556 and slugged 1.111 with an on-base percentage of .733, scoring four runs with five RBI, six walks against just one strikeout, and two steals.  

Munira Gesner - Fencing
Junior sabreur Munira Gesner won gold at Sunday's Intercollegiate Fencing Conference of Southern California Individual Championships. The sabre squad captain, Gesner defeated two-time champion Holly Moore, a senior from Arizona State, by a score of 15-13. It was just the second time a Triton had topped Moore during her career. In pool competition earlier in the day, UCSD freshman Isabelle Pinard downed Moore in a five-touch bout. The Tritons swept the men's and women's titles Sunday.  


February 4, 2013

Colin Porter - Basketball

The senior recorded his first career double-double in Friday's 69-62 victory at Cal State Dominguez Hills. Porter dropped in 12 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, both career-highs for the San Diego native out of Torrey Pines High School. He was 5-for-7 from the field and also added an assist and a block. Six of his rebounds came on the offensive end. The next night, Porter had eight points and a team-best nine rebounds in a 50-34 win at Cal State L.A. He also had an assist and a steal against the Golden Eagles.  

Kayla Hensel - Softball
The sophomore right-handed pitcher earned three wins over four home games against Western Oregon this past week, two as the starter and one in a relief role. In Saturday's final contest of the series, Hensel tossed a complete game shutout, leading the Tritons to a 7-0 win. She scattered four hits and struck out three. In the day's first game, she threw 1.1 scoreless relief innings as UCSD won 10-8. On Friday, Hensel started game two and struck out four in six innings of work as the Tritons downed the Wolves 6-2.  


January 28, 2013

Keric Moore - Fencing

Junior foilist Keric Moore went undefeated this past Saturday at Main Gym, winning all nine of his bouts to help lead UCSD to resounding victories over Intercollegiate Fencing Conference of Southern California rivals Arizona State (24-3), Caltech (25-2) and UC Irvine (24-3). Moore gave up just five total touches - zero against UC Irvine, two to Caltech and three versus Arizona State. The Tritons are next in action at the Northwestern Invitational on Feb. 2-3, where they will take on several nationally-ranked squads.   

Sarah Lizotte - Water Polo
Lizotte helped the Tritons go 3-1 in their opening weekend of play at the UC Santa Barbara Winter Invitational, scoring 13 goals with five assists and five steals. The junior utility player scored a game-high six goals, two assists and two steals in an 11-6 victory over conference opponent Sonoma State to open the second day of play. On the first day of action, Lizotte netted three goals in a 16-8 win against Santa Clara and then added four more in a 13-6 loss to No. 17 Cal State Northridge.   


January 22, 2013

Drew Dyer - Basketball

Freshman forward Drew Dyer had a career night Saturday as UCSD posted a 69-60 league victory at Cal State East Bay. Dyer poured in a career-best 30 points, making good on 12 of 15 shots from the field. The Aurora, Colo., native drained all six of his three-point attempts and also chipped in with seven rebounds, two assists, a block and a steal. The night before, Dyer grabbed a game co-high eight rebounds to go along with seven points, two blocks and a steal in a 63-58 Triton win at Cal State Monterey Bay.  

Anji Shakya - Swimming
Anji Shakya won two individual events and also led off the fastest 200 free relay (1:36.87) in the third-ranked Tritons' home win over Cal Baptist (183-103) Saturday. The team co-captain raced 58.09 to capture the 100 back before timing 2:06.68 in the 200 to complete her backstroke double. In between, she sprinted 24.17 to touch second in the 50 free, .05 seconds behind senior teammate Amber Tan. With a 7-2 record, UCSD will complete its dual-meet schedule against Division I foes Cal Poly and the University of San Diego.   


January 14, 2013

McKennan Bertsch - Basketball

The sophomore forward averaged 13.0 points and 3.5 rebounds and made 72.2% (13-for-18) of her shots from the field over a pair of CCAA victories this past week. In a 71-65 win against ninth-ranked and undefeated Chico State at home Friday, Bertsch totaled 12 points on 6-for-10 shooting. She also added three rebounds and a pair of steals. The next night at RIMAC Arena, the Santa Rosa native drained 7-of-8 shots for a career-high 14 points in an 87-60 drubbing of Cal State Stanislaus. She also had four boards and a steal.  

Beth Dong - Swimming
Dong continued her impressive performances as third-ranked UCSD swept three home dual meets over the weekend. The senior co-captain was one of three Triton women to finish first in a pair of races (200 back, 400 IM) while also anchoring the fastest 800 free relay against No. 4 Incarnate Word on Friday. Then, against a pair of Division I opponents in CSU Bakersfield and LMU on Saturday, Dong was a triple-winner in the 1000 free, 200 fly and 200 IM, anchoring a victorious 400 free relay for good measure.   


January 7, 2013

Vaun Lennon - Volleyball

The junior outside hitter represented the Tritons on the All-Tournament Team as UCSD took three straight top-seven opponents to five sets en route to a best-ever fourth-place showing at the annual UC Santa Barbara Asics Invitational. Following a come-from-behind victory over No. 5 Lewis, Lennon put down 12 kills in a 3-2 defeat to No. 6 UCLA. He compiled 16 kills and seven digs in another 3-2 loss to No. 7 Long Beach State in Saturday's third-place match. The Tritons host No. 9 USC Thursday at 7 p.m.  

Emily Osga - Basketball
Senior guard Emily Osga netted the 1,000th point of her career Saturday as she scored a season- and game-high 23 points in a 71-54 victory at league opponent Humboldt State. The total was just two points shy of her career best. The San Diego native was 9-for-14 from the floor, which included three three-pointers. Osga also added seven rebounds and five assists, which were both season- and game-highs as well. The Tritons host Chico State this Friday and Cal State Stanislaus Saturday. Both games tip at 5:30 p.m.   


December 31, 2012

Tyler McGrath - Basketball

A senior guard, Tyler McGrath scored a game-high 19 points in Sunday's contest against league opponent Cal State San Bernardino at RIMAC Arena. He was 6-for-14 from the floor, three of those shots coming from long range. McGrath drained four of five free throws and added four rebounds and a steal in 25 minutes of play. The Camarillo native leads the league in free throw percentage (86.2) and is sixth in scoring (16.7 points/game).  

Daisy Feder - Basketball
Senior guard Daisy Feder continued her dominating play with 15 points and 13 rebounds in Sunday's convincing 57-34 victory over Cal State San Bernardino at RIMAC Arena. Both totals were game highs while the 13 rebounds established a new career high. She also added three assists and a pair of steals in the game. Feder currently leads the California Collegiate Athletic Association and ranks sixth in the nation in scoring. She also leads the league and is 10th nationally in three pointers per game.  


December 17, 2012

Daisy Feder - Basketball

The senior guard recorded game-highs with 28 points and nine rebounds in a tough 66-62 loss at CCAA opponent Cal State San Bernardino Sunday afternoon. Feder was 9-for-19 from the floor, which included four three-pointers. She made six of seven free throws and also chipped in with four assists. Feder has totaled at least 14 points in all 10 games this season. She leads the CCAA and ranks sixth nationally in scoring, averaging 21.8 points per game. 

Dana Webster - Basketball
Sophomore center Dana Webster put together a solid all-around game in Sunday's 66-62 loss at Cal State San Bernardino. She totaled eight points, seven rebounds and a block in just 23 minutes of play off the bench. Webster nailed four of her six shots from the floor, good for a .667 shooting percentage. The Los Gatos native currently leads the Tritons in blocks. UCSD is off until Sunday, December 30th when it looks to even the season series against Cal State San Bernardino at RIMAC Arena (6 p.m.).  


December 3, 2012

Cassie Callahan - Soccer

Cassie Callahan scored the opener 28 seconds into the second half and then set up what proved to be the game-winner to lead UCSD past Grand Valley State, 2-1, and into the NCAA Division II championship game. The Tritons were edged late by No. 2 West Florida, 1-0, in Saturday's final for their second national runner-up placement in the past three years. Callahan was one of four Tritons selected to the All-Tournament Team, completing her sophomore season as UCSD's leader in goals (10), assists (8) and points (28).  

Daisy Feder - Basketball
Daisy Feder was key in getting UCSD off to a 2-0 start in CCAA play. In a 70-49 victory over Cal State L.A., Feder totaled 21 points on 6-for-9 shooting. The senior guard made all seven of her free throw attempts and also added two rebounds, two steals and an assist. The next night, Feder had 25 points in a 74-66 win vs. Cal State Dominguez Hills. She tied a career-best with nine field goals, five of those coming from behind the three-point arc. She was also tabbed the CCAA Player of the Week for her efforts.


November 26, 2012

Justin Brue - Basketball

Justin Brue scored a career-high 24 points in UCSD's CCAA opener at Cal State San Bernardino Saturday night. The senior forward was 12-for-16 from the floor, also establishing a new career-best in field goals made. For the third consecutive game, Brue led the Tritons with nine rebounds while adding a pair of assists in 34 minutes played. Through four games, Brue leads UCSD in rebounding, averaging 8.0 per game, and is second in scoring with 14.5 points per game. He's made all 10 of his free throw shots thus far.  

Erin Dautremont - Basketball
Erin Dautremont recorded UCSD's first double-double of the season Saturday against the University of Tampa, scoring 20 points and pulling down 10 rebounds. Both of those totals were season-highs while the 10 boards matched her career-best. She made 10 of 19 shots and added an assist. The night before, the junior forward collected 13 points, three rebounds and an assist against Azusa Pacific. Dautremont was named to the UCSD Thanksgiving Classic All-Tournament Team for her efforts. 


November 19, 2012

Dane Stassi - Swimming and Diving

Dane Stassi continued a stellar start to his sophomore campaign by setting school records in both butterfly distances while winning the 200 at the annual Arena Invitational in Long Beach over the weekend. He touched first in the 200 on the final night in 1:45.65, an automatic qualifier for the NCAA Championships. Stassi's prelim time of 48.13 in the 100 also broke the school mark, before placing fifth in 48.30 at night. He helped UCSD to a third-place finish among eight other competing teams, all from Division I.  

Kelcie Brodsky - Soccer
Kelcie Brodsky made three saves, including back-to-back stops in the seventh and eighth rounds, to lead fifth-ranked UCSD to a 6-5 victory in Sunday's penalty-kick tiebreaker with Colorado Mines in the NCAA Quarterfinals in Denver. The true freshman had made six saves in achieving her ninth collegiate shutout through 110 minutes of scoreless soccer leading up to the kicks. Brodsky's efforts helped the Tritons advance to the NCAA Semifinals in Evans, Ga., Nov. 29-Dec. 1.


November 13, 2012

Tyler McGrath - Basketball

Senior guard Tyler McGrath poured in a career-high 33 points to lead the Tritons to their first win of the season Saturday, an 83-74 victory over Fresno Pacific at the Dixie State Classic in Utah. McGrath was 10-for-17 from the field with four three-pointers. The Camarillo native drained all nine of his free throw attempts and rounded out a complete game with six rebounds and four assists in 34 minutes of play. His free throw and assist totals matched his previous career-highs.  

Jessica Wi - Soccer
Wi scored the dramatic game-winner at the 103:17 mark of double overtime to give UCSD a 2-1 victory over Seattle Pacific Saturday and advance the fifth-ranked Tritons to the NCAA Championship Third Round. With less than seven minutes remaining before penalty kicks would decide matters, Hayley Johnson's corner kick eventually landed at the feet of Wi, who knocked her shot off the inside of the near post and into the far netting for her fourth goal of the year. The Tritons take on Western Washington Friday in Denver.


November 5, 2012

Joe Dietrich - Water Polo

Dietrich led the Tritons with five goals, nearly doubling his season total, in a pair of WWPA victories this past week. In an 11-8 win over UC Davis, he dished out an early assist and tacked on two goals. Against Santa Clara, the sophomore led the offense with three goals in an 11-6 victory. The Tritons have won seven straight conference games and stand at 12-2 heading into the WWPA Championship Tournament Nov. 16-18. UCSD hosts its final match this Thursday, Nov. 8 as UC Irvine visits Canyonview pool at 6 p.m.  

Gabi Hernandez - Soccer
Hernandez scored critical goals in both games this past weekend to lead the 13th-ranked Tritons to their record eighth CCAA championship. The Altadena native produced the 87th-minute winner in Friday's 2-1 semifinal victory against Cal State Stanislaus. In Sunday's final against Sonoma State, Hernandez opened the scoring 24 seconds into the second half, and later converted on her opportunity during the decisive penalty-kick tiebreaker. The senior tri-captain thus earned Tournament MVP honors.


October 29, 2012

Josh Stiling - Water Polo

After nearly a month away from competition, Stiling returned this past week in a big way, totaling nine goals over two WWPA victories. In a 16-5 win over Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at Canyonview Pool, the junior driver scored three goals and added a field block. The next day against Pomona-Pitzer, Stiling found the net six times in UCSD's 12-3 rout. He also had three steals and a field block. The Tritons have won four of their last five contests and play their final regular season road matches this week.  

Izzy Pozurama - Soccer
Pozurama scored a pair of game-winning goals for the Tritons this past week. She nabbed a double-overtime decider to complete the comeback as UCSD turned a 2-0 halftime deficit into a 3-2 win at Cal State East Bay Friday. The sophomore then put in a rebound to open the scoring midway through the first half of a 2-0 win at Cal State Monterey Bay Sunday. Pozurama shares the team lead with eight goals, which have all come over the past seven games. She has accounted for the game-winning scores in four of those contests.


October 22, 2012

Brian Donohoe - Water Polo

Donohoe helped lead the 11th-ranked Tritons to two key WWPA wins this past week. The senior utility player scored twice in a 10-9 victory over No. 13 Air Force at Canyonview. He then matched his single-game season-high by tossing in three goals in a 7-4 win over ninth-ranked rival LMU on the road. The Upland native also tallied a pair of goals in a loss at No. 2 UCLA, bringing his season total to 18. UCSD hosts a pair of matches this week with Claremont on Oct. 26 (6 p.m.) and Pomona-Pitzer on Oct. 27 (11 a.m.). 

Marie Diaz - Cross Country
A true freshman, Diaz was UCSD's top finisher at Saturday's California Collegiate Athletic Association Cross Country Championships, placing ninth overall among a field of 99 runners. She posted a time of 22:22.0 on the 6k North Campus Course in La Jolla and was named the CCAA Freshman of the Year for her efforts. A native of San Leandro, Diaz and the rest of the 30th-ranked Tritons will next be in action at the NCAA West Regionals in Hawaii on Saturday, Nov. 3.    


October 15, 2012

Izzy Pozurama - Soccer

Pozurama scored three of the 25th-ranked Tritons' four goals in a pair of divisional victories over the weekend. The sophomore forward tallied the lone strike of a 1-0 home win over Cal State L.A. Friday night. She then recorded a pair of goals in a 3-1 decision at Cal State Dominguez Hills Sunday as UCSD inched closer to an 11th CCAA South Division crown and 13th consecutive CCAA Championship berth. All four of Pozurama's goals this season have come over the past three matches, all Triton wins. 

Sara McCutchan - Volleyball
Over three matches last week, McCutchan averaged 4.5 points, 3.3 kills and 1.7 blocks per set while attacking at .345. The sophomore middle blocker set new career-highs with 21 kills, 10 blocks and 27.5 points in a road loss at league-leading Cal State San Bernardino Wednesday. All three totals were match-highs. She followed that with eight kills, four blocks and 11 points in a sweep over Cal State Monterey Bay and 10 kills, two aces, six blocks and 15.5 points in a four-set victory against Cal State East Bay.  


October 8, 2012

Tanner Collins - Cross Country

Collins dominated the men's 8k at the 20th Annual Triton Classic Saturday, winning the race in 26:15.0. The sophomore led the field of 158 competitors at every mile marker, beating out Division I runners from Cal State Northridge, LMU and UC Irvine as well as CCAA opponents out of Cal Poly Pomona and Cal State Monterey Bay. Collins led the Tritons to a first-place team finish, the second straight year that UCSD has won the event. He was also named the CCAA Runner of the Week for his performance. 

Hayley Johnson - Soccer
A senior defender, Johnson guided the 17th-ranked Tritons to an undefeated 1-0-1 weekend away from home. The Santa Rosa native first contributed to a shutout by playing all 110 minutes of a scoreless draw at No. 13 Sonoma State on Friday. On Sunday, Johnson struck twice, both from free kicks, to give UCSD leads of 1-0 and 2-1 during a 4-1 rout of Humboldt State. The latter goal, coming in the 57th minute, was her fourth this season and first of the game-winning variety. 


October 1, 2012

Evan Walker - Soccer

A senior forward, Walker scored a pair of game-winning goals to lead UCSD to a 2-0 weekend of CCAA play. In Friday's 1-0 victory over Cal State Dominguez Hills, he struck at the 21:38 mark with a header off an assist from Alex Portela. Two days later, Walker again scored the first goal of the game, finding the net just 12 minutes into the match against Cal State San Bernardino. The Tritons went on to blank the Coyotes, 2-0, to improve to 6-2-2 on the season. Walker's two goals and four points lead the team.  

Danielle Dahle - Volleyball
The freshman outside hitter posted a .397 attack percentage and averaged 4.0 kills, 3.4 digs and 4.6 points per set in two CCAA wins. In a huge upset over No. 18 Chico State, Dahle registered a team-high 14 kills and completed her fifth double-double of the year by adding a match-best 15 digs. She hit .440, had four blocks and led all players with 17.5 points. The next night, Dahle produced a match-high 14 kills while hitting .364 in a sweep of Cal State Stanislaus. She also had nine digs in the victory. 


September 24, 2012

Scott Acton - Cross Country

The freshman was instrumental in leading UC San Diego to a win at the inaugural Lancer Invite, hosted by Cal Baptist Saturday. He finished the 8k race in a time of 25:33, placing third overall in a field of 28 runners. Acton was the first of five consecutive Tritons to cross the finish line in a 13-second stretch. UCSD won the event, 20-41, over CBU. Acton, a native of Lancaster, will next be in action at the Triton Classic Cross Country Invitational, hosted by UCSD on Saturday, Oct. 6.  

Lizzy Andrews - Volleyball
The junior outside hitter had a breakthrough week in two conference match-ups on the road. On Saturday in a dominating sweep at Humboldt State, Andrews had a career- and team-high 12 kills and completed her first ever double-double by adding 10 digs. She posted a stellar .522 attack percentage with no errors in 23 attempts and also chipped in with two aces and two blocks. Two nights prior, Andrews finished with seven kills, five digs, two blocks and a service ace in a 3-1 victory at Cal Poly Pomona. 


September 17, 2012

Josh Stiling - Water Polo

The junior driver scored 11 goals over the weekend to lead the Tritons to a 2-2 record at the Norcal Invitational hosted by Stanford. Stiling recorded a hat trick against top Western Water Polo Association opponents Air Force, LMU and UC Davis. The Beaverton, Oregon, native brought his season goal total to 15, a team high, after just two weeks of action. Stiling is on pace to set a new personal single seson best, currently set at 36 goals scored during the Tritons' 2011 campaign.  

Cassie Callahan - Soccer
The sophomore midfielder scored in double overtime to lead UCSD to a 1-0 victory over Cal State San Bernardino on the road Sunday. Callahan's goal came at the 100:49 mark and was assisted by Alexa Enlow. The win upped the Tritons' record to an unblemished 5-0-0 and allowed them to take sole possession of first place in the CCAA South Division. It was the Coronado native's fourth goal of the season, which leads the team and is the fourth-best total among all conference players. 


September 10, 2012

Adam Zernik - Soccer

The senior midfielder scored the lone goal of the game Friday to lead UCSD to a 1-0 league victory over San Francisco State at Triton Soccer Field. Zernik found the back of the net on a free kick at the 83:08 mark in the second half. From 17 yards out, his shot made its way through the wall and into the right side of the Gators' cage, ultimately giving UCSD the win in its first CCAA contest of the season. It was the Palo Alto native's inaugural goal of the year and the fourth of his career.  

Gabi Hernandez - Soccer
The senior forward struck for a pair of goals in UCSD's 3-0 win over CCAA opponent San Francisco State this past Friday at Triton Soccer Field. The first came at the 19:19 mark when she headed in a perfect corner kick feed from Hayley Johnson. At 60:49 of the second half, Hernandez put UCSD up 2-0 when a left-footed shot from the top-right of the box found its way into the lower left-hand corner of the SFSU net. The Altadena native has a team-best three goals so far this season. 


September 3, 2012

Kellen Levy - Cross Country

Junior harrier Kellen Levy started the 2012 season on a high note, placing first in the men's four-mile race at UCSD's home opener meet on Friday in La Jolla. Levy's time of 21:39.2 topped the field and helped lead the Tritons (18 points) to a commanding win over Point Loma Nazarene (54 points) and Long Beach City College (68 points). Levy paced a field that saw five UCSD runners finish in the top six and 14 in the top 15.  

Danielle Dahle - Volleyball
True freshman Danielle Dahle turned in several outstanding performances this past weekend at the Grand Canyon University Invitational in Phoenix. The outside hitter had back-to-back double-doubles in her first two collegiate matches, posting 18 kills and 17 digs in a win over Western New Mexico and 15 kills and 15 digs in a loss vs. Grand Canyon. The La Mesa native added another nine kills and 12 digs in a victory against Colorado-Colorado Springs. Dahle was named to the All-Tournament Team for her efforts.


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