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UCSD Club Sports

Sailing Team On Feb. 3 and Feb. 4 the UCSD sailing team hosted its first regatta of the South Series in beautiful 80 degree weather at Mission Bay. However, it was not smooth sailing, as the lack of wind was a significant factor in the races. The challenging conditions proved no match for UCSD, as it had some great individual sailing to secure ninth place in the competition, overcoming chief rivals Cal Poly Pomona and San Diego State. The Tritons also knocked off Pepperdine, UCLA and three of the Stanford boats. Varsity members Rob Grant and Galen Richards earned third place in the last race of the day, and team members R.J. Ward and Kim Leung earned a ninth-place finish in the extremely tough A division. On Sunday, UCSD fared even better, garnering sixth place out of 24 boats. Grant and Richards were again the top finishers for the team, while newcomer Ryan McDonald impressed with his versatile sailing. UCSD will be looking to its new recruits to step up soon to make up for the imminent loss of varsity skipper Ward, who is stepping down in order to concentrate on the MCAT. Women’s Rugby Last weekend the UCSD women’s rugby team humiliated Claremont University to the tune of a 24-7 drubbing. UCSD used strong scrums and excellent team support to overcome a Claremont team with which it had traditionally been evenly matched. UCSD’s NeNe Britt dominated defensively, allowing only one try to Claremont the whole game. Britt and teammate Tina Evangelon also ignited their offense with strong runs and huge yardage gains. UCSD was victorious despite the fact injuries dwindled its numbers from 30 to 20 players. With the win the Tritons bump their record to 3-1-2 in league play. Men’s Lacross Last Sunday the UCSD men’s lacrosse team opened up its 2001 campaign by crushing Claremont University 20-6. The Tritons’ victory was made possible by their quick transitions, which kept pressure on the Claremont defense, as well as their intensity on scooping up ground balls. The team was led by Jurjen Westra (4 goals, 2 assists), Brenden Eckelman (3 goals), Matt LaFiandra (2 goals, 4 assists) and Jared Crabtree (3 goals). Crabtree, a freshman, received the game ball for his first hatrick and his extremely physical play. Upcoming Events Friday, February 16 *Men’s Lacrosse vs. UCSB at UCSB Saturday, February 17 *Men’s and Women’s Ultimate-President’s Day Tournament at 9 a.m., RIMAC Field — Compiled by Isaac Pearlman ...

Fencing Team Sharp in Victory

The UCSD fencing squad had an excellent showing at a competition in Santa Barbara last Saturday. The Tritons left the meet with eight team victories and 23 squad victories. Other schools participating in the competition were UC Santa Barbara, UCLA, the University of Southern California and UC Irvine. The Tritons garnered eight team victories, four on both the men¹s and women¹s sides. UCSD had five undefeated squads: men¹s foil, men¹s epee, men¹s sabre, women¹s epee and women¹s sabre. The women¹s foil team had only one loss. Undefeated athletes on the men¹s side included senior Tedd Padgitt and freshman Chris Gummeson in the foil, junior Andrew Anfora and senior Craig Johnson in the sabre and Justin Hunt in the epee. On the women¹s side, junior Jessica Spuehler and freshman Katie Stapko were undefeated in the sabre and freshman Christine Magowan went undefeated in the epee. Next up for UCSD is a meet against California State University Fullerton and Cal Tech at Cal Tech in Pasadena on Saturday, Feb. 24. The Tritons are expecting a strong showing and in men¹s overall, women¹s overall, women¹s epee, women¹s sabre, men¹s epee, men¹s sabre and men¹s foil. ...

Golf Team Comes in Third

The UCSD golf team finished third on Monday at the rain-hindered Family Motors Invitational at Seven Oaks Country Club in Bakersfield. The Tritons finished 14 strokes over par with a two-round score of 586. California State University Bakersfield finished first with a score of 572 and Chico State took second with a score of 586. The two-day, three round event was shortened to a one-day, two-round affair because of weather. The course was 7,119 yards with a par of 72. The top Triton finisher was Darin Sullivan, who finished tied for 18th with a score of 147. Other UCSD finishers were Andy Thomson, tied for 20th with a score of 148 and Ben Page in 23rd with a score of 149. Matt Howe and Blake Schneider tied for 24th with scores of 150. The top overall golfer was San Bernardino’s Steve Christophel, who shot a four under par 140. The next competition for the UCSD golf team is in two weeks at the UC Davis Aggie Invitational at El Macero Country Club in Davis. ...

Track Teams Sweep

The UCSD track and field team grabbed men’s and women’s victories at the meet against Point Loma Nazarene University and Claremont College. The men finished on top, barely squeaking by Claremont 155-152 while Point Loma came in last. The women finished first with a score of 147, Claremont was second with 122 and Point Loma was third with a 110. Triton junior Rob Ewanio was a force on Saturday, winning the shot, discus and hammer throw events. Sophomore Trevor Takayama won the 200 and the long jump and freshman Marcus Keller took the triple jump and the 400 hurdles. Jon Wong was tops in the 800. Lisa Caldwell was a force to be reckoned with, winning the long jump. Next up for UCSD is an all-comer meet in Claremont on Saturday. ...

Tennis Rocks CSULA

The Tritons won with a dominating 9-0 score. The only matchup that had any suspense in it whatsoever was between the two schools’ No. 1 players. UCSD’s Mike Meyer outlasted Eddie Sengendo 7-6, 4-6, 6-4. The other contests were cake walks for UCSD At the No. 2 spot, Jeff Wilson downed Jeff Miller 6-4, 6-4. No. 3 Dan Albrecht beat Thomas Abel 6-2, 6-3; Everett Schroeter swamped Cezhan Ambrose 6-1, 6-0; No. 5 Sean Higginbotham smoked Tai Truang 6-1, 6-0; and No. 6 Ryan Thompson swept Richardson Morataya 6-0, 6-0. The doubles action was a laugher for UCSD as the Tritons barely broke a sweat. UCSD’s team of No. 1 Meyer and Wilson defeated Los Angeles’ Sengendo and Miller 8-1. The Tritons’ No. 2 duo of Albrecht and Schroeter swept Los Angeles’ Abel and Ambrose 8-0, and UCSD’s No. 3 pair of Thompson and Blake Wilson-Hayden spanked Los Angeles’ Truang and Morataya 8-1. The Tritons’ planned Saturday home action against Cal Poly Pomona was unfortunately rained out. Next up for UCSD is another road match, this time shaping up skills with Azusa Pacific University Tuesday at 3:15 p.m. ...

Tritons Swing Through Three Wins Over the Weekend

Going into last weekend, the UCSD softball team had yet to be tested in California Collegiate Athletic Association action, with their only previous two games against Biola, a nonconference opponent. But with four scheduled games in two days, the Tritons figured they would quickly have a good idea of where they stood after the weekend was over. Lyon Liew Guardian After splitting games against Sonoma State University Friday and then sweeping San Francisco State at home Saturday, the blue and gold passed their test with flying colors and gained a stranglehold on second place in the CCAA with a 3-1 conference record. UCSD, with an overall record of 5-1, is behind only California State University San Bernardino, which occupies the first-place slot with a 2-0 league record. “”We’re three and one,”” said head coach Patti Gerckens. “”That’s a great start. I think the team now knows what the CCAA teams are about and that they aren’t going to die out there.”” In its first game against Sonoma State, UCSD started off on the wrong foot, giving the Cossacks the lead with an unearned run in the first inning. However, that would be the last run SSU would get until the sixth inning. Junior pitcher Leea Harlan was dominant all afternoon, giving up only four hits and striking out seven while going the distance to pick up the victory. Lyon Liew Guardian The Tritons evened up the score in the second, when senior right fielder Michelle Wilson singled and later scored on freshman shortstop Amy Mettee’s triple. In the fourth inning it was Wilson again triggering the Triton offense with another single. After advancing to third, she then scored on pinch hitter Erin Sinclair’s single to right. Pinch runner Angie Carr replaced Sinclair and later scored on a single by junior center fielder Samantha Hayes. UCSD struck again in the sixth, taking advantage of two SSU errors, a single by senior Jeanine Cordero and a double by junior Kristina Anderson to push three more runs across the plate and extend their lead to 6-2 and seal the victory. Unfortunately for the Tritons, the second game was a different story and resulted in a heartbreaker of a loss to the Cossacks. In a closely knotted game, the teams went back and forth, refusing to let the other pull away. Sonoma State again started off by scoring in the first. UCSD tied the game at one in the second half of the inning. Then the two teams neutralized each other defensively until the fifth, in which the Cossacks put up two runs in the top half of the inning, only to give them back to UCSD in the bottom half. In the crucial last inning, UCSD had SSU down to two outs with nobody on, but everything fell apart. A single, error, double, single and another double later, Sonoma State had a four-run cushion and the eventual win. Junior pitcher Christi Martinelli was tagged with the loss, despite only allowing two earned runs. Hayes, Anderson and Kim Aggabao each had two hits in the effort for the Tritons. Saturday against San Francisco State, Gator Lisa Delsman was throwing goose eggs until the bottom of the fourth, when the Triton offense exploded to the tune of four runs on five hits. That would be more than enough for UCSD hurler Harlan, as she again went the distance giving up only four hits and two runs while striking out seven Gators. Offensively for the Tritons, Mettee was 3-3 while Harlan, Anderson and second baseman Christina Searing each had two hits. In the second game, San Francisco quickly jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first, taking advantage of two UCSD errors. However, even the rain wasn’t enough to cool off the red-hot Triton offense, as they responded by scoring seven runs in the bottom of the first, the big blows coming on a double by Wilson and a two-run single by Anderson. Martinelli then coasted for UCSD until the fifth, when she gave up a home run to Gator Natalie Batista on the first pitch of the inning. After an RBI double brought the Gators within two at a score of 7-5, Harlan came in as relief and ended the threat. Harlan proceeded to shut down the Gators for the rest of the game to secure the victory. Offensively, the Tritons were particularly impressive over the weekend, scoring a total of 20 runs in the four games. “”Offensively we did a great job,”” Gerckens said. “”We hit the ball hard; we battled back a couple times. We have been working on our offense a lot since the fall. I think the team really focused on it, and it showed.”” Pitching also performed well for UCSD, as Harlan picked up two victories and a save over the weekend to bump her record to a perfect 3-0. “”Leea did a great job on the mound for us,”” Gerckens said. With the offense and the pitching in sync, the scary thought is that the Tritons aren’t even hitting on all cylinders yet. “”Defensively, we made a couple mental mistakes we need to make sure don’t happen again,”” Gerckens said. “”We have to limit our mental mistakes and our defense has to become more consistent.”” The Tritons must work to strengthen these weaknesses, especially considering the fact that powerhouses Chico State and UC Davis are coming to town next weekend. “”Obviously, they’re going to score runs,”” Gerckens said. “”We have to be able to chase down balls and know where to go with them because they are going to be hitting them out there.”” The fireworks are set to begin Friday at 1:30 p.m. when UCSD takes on Chico and continues Saturday at 12 p.m. when the Tritons square off against the Davis Aggies. ...

Baseball Creams Redlands

The UCSD baseball team rocked the University of Redlands 15-6 on the road Friday. Alexander Cremidan picked up the win for the Tritons, striking out seven in six innings. The Bulldogs’ Billy Pope suffered the loss, allowing nine runs in 2 2/3 innings. The Tritons’ big inning came in the top of the third, when they scored eight runs. Offensively, the Tritons’ Tyler Sullivan was on fire, scoring four runs off three hits to go with his two RBIs. Eric Thorpe also had a big day, driving in four runners on four hits. David Hawke contributed with three RBIs of his own. Next up for UCSD is a home tilt against California State University San Bernardino Thursday at 2:30 p.m. ...

Triton Volleyball Swept by BYU

Those Mormons sure can play them some volleyball, as the UCSD men’s volleyball team will attest. The BYU squad went missionary on that ass this weekend, sweeping the Tritons 3-0 on back-to-back nights to hand the secular sportsmen in blue and gold a pair of losses. Friday night’s match was a sordid soiree for UCSD, as they compiled a whopping 11 errors and a pithy .140 hitting average on the night. These unremarkable stats can be greatly attributed to a strong Cougar team. They hit .400 in the match, knocking down an impressive 48 kills on 85 swings as a team. The opening round set the tone for the match, as Cougar freshman Jonathan Alleman had a BYU-record 5 aces and the Tritons hit for a paltry -.069 average to lose the set 30-16. It got better from there, though, as the Tritons battled hard in the following two sets, staying within striking range until the final points. But those final points always seemed to fall the Cougars’ way and the Tritons ended up losing both sets, by scores of 30-25 and 30-27, respectively. Alleman was the standout in the night’s match, as in addition to his acing spree, he also had a match-high 14 kills and four blocks. Junior Matt Olsen also came through for BYU with seven kills on the night. UCSD saw impressive performances from their two senior standouts. Donald Chen, last season’s team MVP, was once again a force on the floor, pounding out 12 kills in the effort. Zach Hite, the other key senior performer, chipped in with 10 blue and gold kills. The Tritons returned to the dark, dank Smith Fieldhouse Saturday, hoping to gain vengeance for the prior evening’s malfeasance. Once again, their hopes were dashed by BYU’s potent attack and seemingly impenetrable defensive front. This match was more like a BYU house party than an actual volleyball game, as 10 of the 12 players on the Cougar roster recorded at least one kill. They put up a .337 average while holding UCSD to .109, with only 37 kills on 101 swings. The Tritons also committed 26 errors, as they just could not get their game on track and lost the match by set scores of 30-25, 30-15 and 30-25. The third set was the brightest moment on this dismal evening, as UCSD forced seven BYU attack errors and climbed back into the game, trailing only 27-25. They failed to take home the set though as the Cougars knocked down back-to-back kills and took home the set and the victory. Alleman was once again a main component of the Cougar’s attack, notching 11 kills, five digs and four blocks. Chen was the man for UCSD for the second consecutive night, with a team high of 10 kills. Griffin Cogorno stepped up his game Saturday night for the Tritons, turning in an effort worth nine kills, four blocks and eight digs. While the weekend was a rough one indeed for the Triton faithful, they can take solace in the fact that these losses came courtesy of the only unbeaten team in the nation. BYU’s record now stands at a sterling 4-0 in league and 7-0 overall. The Tritons record dropped to 0-4 and 1-7 for the season. UCSD will look to improve their record starting tomorrow, when they face off at home against the University of Hawaii at 6 p.m. ...

No Luck For Men's Bball

Chalk it up as learning experience. The Tritons’ men’s basketball team engaged in a couple more rough Division II California Collegiate Athletic Association matches over the weekend, and had nothing to show for it Sunday morning except some growth as a team, some upper circuit seasoning, a boatload of aching body parts and two more notches in the loss column. Friday night, the Tritons went knuckle-to-knuckle with the Sonoma State Cossacks and Saturday they did battle against the San Francisco State Gators in a closely contested match. The Sonoma State game was not a lively affair for the blue and gold hopefuls. Held up north in Rohneert Park, the tilt saw frosty Triton shooting and a consistent Cossack offensive attack. In front of a crowd of 519, the Tritons looked shaky from the opening whistle as the team shot only 29 percent in the first period. The three-point shot, which the Tritons have depended heavily upon all season as a main offensive weapon, misfired horrendously in this match. UCSD shot only three of 14 from behind the three-point arc. Sonoma State was led by the stellar play of Matt Knudsen, who had a game-high 20 points on eight of 13 shooting. Trevor Howe was also a main contributor for the Cossacks, netting 14 points and pulling down six rebounds, while center Chris Oliver chipped in with 10 points and nine rebounds. UCSD had Kyle Moyneur come off the bench to throw down a solid nine points on 3-6 shooting. Another Triton standout this night was Sam Higgins, who also had nine points to go with his six rebounds. It was not to be for the Tritons, however, as in response to a late surge by UCSD to pull within six, at 40-34, late in the game, the home team went on a 13-0 tear, effectively shutting the door on the Tritons’ hopes for a win. The victory upped the Cossacks record to 7-8 in league play and 10-10 overall. The San Francisco game was a largely different affair. The teams appeared evenly matched from the opening tipoff, and the lead seesawed between the squads throughout the game. At halftime, the Tritons were up by a score of 35-32, but SFSU outscored the Tritons by those same three points in the second half, which included a 16-8 Gator run to knot the game at 67 points apiece at the end of regulation. The Tritons could not get their act together in the overtime frame, and were outscored 8-4 to drop the match 71-75. The Gators saw exemplary play from senior Marcus Adcock, who had 19 points on the night. Behind him, DeKiethi Walton and Daymian Turner each knocked down 16 points in the victory. The Tritons’ effort was a team display, as four UCSD ballers were in double figures. Christenson led with 15 points, while Higgins had 14. Cole Miller and Erik Ramp were good for 12 each. With the victory, SFSU’s record rose to 2-14 in conference and 4-17 overall, while the Tritons’ seasonlong tally flopped to 2-14 in CCAA play and 3-18 overall. The Tritons will next be in action this weekend, when they have matches against CSU Stanislaus Friday night and CSU Bakersfield Saturday. Both games start at 8 p.m. sharp and will be held at the illustrious Macky Arena here at UCSD. ...

Time to Name the Triton's New Mascot

It’s nice to see the most recent step that UCSD athletics has taken to wrench our campus from the lack of school spirit. We finally have a mascot. All major athletics programs have mascots. I can just now picture the Stanford tree. Duke University has that guy dressed as a Blue Devil. Seems appropriate. San Diego State has that silly guy dressed like an Aztec jumping up and down, who has brought so much controversy. Now we have our own Triton mascot. A mascot leads and inspires crowds to cheer for the home team. It is a symbol we can all rally around; something to get stoked about. It adds that much more to the experience of UCSD athletics and the UCSD college experience overall. Now all we need to do is name the mascot. Earlier this year, I called out for suggestion to rename RIMAC. RIMAC is so dry. We need something that strikes fear or wonder — or anything. The only suggestion so far are “”Atlantis”” and “”The Macky.”” Now it is the mascot’s turn. He needs a name that represents the school, strikes fear into opponents, or just plain sounds good. Here are a few suggestions. My crack staff of reporters, (OK, mostly just myself and the loony Lobster guy) have done a lot of thinking, and this is what we’ve come up with. Timmy or Tommy the Triton sounds good. It has alliteration, which is often nice. But it sounds too elementary. “”Look out, here comes Timmy the Triton. Run for your lives!”” That is not going to work. King Triton would work. That was the name of Ariel’s dad in the Disney classic, “”The Little Mermaid.”” He was powerful and she was hot. But it is not that original. Neptune is also a possibility, being that Triton and Neptune are essentially the same. How about Monty Triton? Oh, wait, another school around here has something similar, and they have had trouble with that. There is always Slougey. It just sounds good. How ’bout Teddy RuxTriton. Many of us are children of the ’80s. Other suggestions are “”Old Dirty Man,”” “”Crazy old Man,”” and my favorite, “”Old Dirty Bastard With a Fork.”” That would, of course, lead to “”Big Baby Jesus with a Fork.”” All of you Wu Tang Clan fans will know what I’m talking about. And there is always the favorite, “”Hungry Moses.”” It is derived from Moses with a Fork. Another winner that came in at the last second is “”Mr. T.”” I pity the fool who disses UCSD! ...