Sports

UCSD Downs Cossacks

The UCSD women’s basketball team downed Sonoma State University 59-48 Friday at Cossack Gym. UCSD jumped out to a big lead to start the game, grabbing a 19-6 advantage. The Cossacks answered with their own 19-6 run, knotting the game at 25. UCSD’s Ashley Kokjohn buried two foul shots with 14 seconds left in the first half giving UCSD a lead the Tritons would never surrender. UCSD was outstanding from the foul line, hitting 24 of 29 shots. The team has only shot 69 percent from the charity stripe all year. Genevieve Ruvald led the Tritons with 12 points and had six rebounds. Ali Ginn had 11 points and six boards, Nicholle Bromley scored nine, Maya Fok chipped in with eight points and Ashley Kokjohn pulled down 10 rebounds to go with seven points. Sonoma had no players score in double figures, with Melanie Arnie leading the Cossacks with nine points. UCSD next hosts California State University Stanislaus Friday at 6 p.m. ...

UCSD Club Sports

Equestrian Team The UCSD equestrian team had its final home show of the year at Clark’s Ranch this weekend. As usual, the team dominated most of the categories. Over 50 competitors came to Clark’s Ranch to strut their stuff. Representatives from Cal Poly Pomona, University of San Diego and University of Southern California were are well represented. UCSD’s Stacey Sakai was clearly the star of the weekend. She took first place in both intermediate flats and intermediate fences. She also earned the title of High Point Champion Rider for Saturday. UCSD’s Heather Thurgood showed her mad skills Sunday, taking first in the intermediate flat and third over fences, earning her the High Point Champion Rider award for Sunday. Other top UCSD competitors were Lisa Calvino with a first place in open over fences, Cindy Hung with her second-place performance in Sunday’s walk/trot, Maya Frank with a second spot in Saturday’s novice flat, and Rachel White with a second in Sunday’s intermediate flat. Next up for the UCSD Equestrian team is the event Feb. 17 through Feb. 18 at USD’s facility at Benbridge Farms. Cycling Team Last weekend, the UCSD cycling team hosted the UCSD Grand Prix. Riders of all skill levels from different parts of the country came to compete. This is the eighth year UCSD has hosted the event. Saturday’s race was held in the mountains east of here in Boulevard. The course was a 22.4 mile hilly loop. UCSD’s Pete Knudsen lead the “”A”” category with a fourth-place finish. Matt Sadukuas took first in the “”B”” category and Eric Mellers took third in the “”C”” category. For the women, Ester Merki took third in the “”A”” category and Sabrina Morris took third in the B category. On Sunday, the competitors raced on a course in El Cajon. Knudson placed fourth in the men’s A, Jason Goldberg took fifth in the men’s B, Chris Delnegro placed first in the men’s C, Sharon Smith took second in the women’s A and Morris secured third in the women’s B. The weekend after next, the UCSD Cycling team travels for a competition at Claremont. Ski/Board The last weekend in January featured a congregation of the top skiers and snowboarders at Mammoth Lakes, including those from UCSD. Other schools represented were UCLA, UC Santa Barbara and San Diego State. The weekend was not exactly a great one as far as conditions were concerned. When the team arrived, they found their cabin flooded because of an exploded pipe. Also, the ski competition on Saturday was canceled because of poor weather conditions, and snowboarders were forced to race in low visibility. UCSD’s top finishers were Amy Sage, who took first place in the Saturday snowboard competition, and Mirek Knopp, who finished third for the men. Sunday, Sage took second for the women and Stan Wu placed seventh for the men. Mother nature was a little nicer for the skiers Sunday, and they had the opportunity to show why they came. Top UCSD finisher Danielle Krockett took first and Ann Leonard finished fifth for the women. For the UCSD men, Tyler Zarubin took sixth and Travis Ritchie placed seventh. The UCSD ski and snowboard team’s next competition is on Feb. 10 through Feb. 11, again at Mammoth Ice Hockey The UCSD ice hockey team traveled North, engaging in two fierce battles with rivals UC Davis and Sacramento State. UCSD was successful in both ventures. Against Davis, Andrew Jacobsen and Chris Varga gave UCSD an early 2-0 lead, but their opponents battled back to tie it. Will Thomas scored for UCSD in the second period, but the team found themselves on the low end of a 5-3 score at the end of the period. The two schools traded goals, with UCSD’s Scott Anderson scoring to bring his team to 6-4. Shortly after that, UCSD got going and Varga and Garen Garvey each scored to tie the game. With three minutes left, Keith Davis finished the comeback with a shot, giving UCSD the 7-6 win. In the game against Sacramento, however, things were a little different. UCSD exploded on offense, winning 13-0. UCSD next hosts San Jose State Friday at 10:15 p.m. at UTC. Upcoming Events Friday, Feb. 9 Ice hockey vs. San Jose State at UTC, 10:15 p.m. Men’s rugby at University of Arizona, 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10 Women’s lacrosse vs. UCLA at Warren Field, 1 p.m. Women’s Rugby vs. Claremont at Warren Field, 11 a.m. Ski/board at Mammoth Mountain, all day Ice hockey at California State University Northridge, 10:15 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11 Men’s rugby at Arizona State, 1 p.m. Men’s lacrosse at Claremont, 1 p.m. Women’s lacrosse at University of Arizona, 1 p.m. –Compiled by Robert Fulton ...

Men's Tennis Weekend is Feast and Famine

The UCSD men’s tennis team played well but fell short to a tough junior college team, College of the Desert from Palm Desert, Calif., Feb. 3. The overall score was 6-3 in favor of the College of the Desert, but there were some highlights for the UCSD side. In singles, Sameer Chopra and Jeff Wilson won tough three-set matches, and the doubles team of senior Cory Moderhak and freshman Amir Nejad defeated the Roadrunners’ No. 3 squad. “”They are a tough junior college team,”” Wilson said. “”They found a way to win. It was a good practice match though, as we go into the league matches.”” Most students don’t know about the College of the Desert, but many of their players are from foreign countries such as Brazil and Mexico. Plus, the team is fairly young, with no upper-class players. This shows the amount of young talent that the college brewed in such a short time. “”Usually most players from out of the country are pretty wild,”” said sophomore Sean Higginbotham. “”But these guys came out and played really well. We could have won a couple more matches, like our No. 6 singles match, because it came down to a couple points, but we played with heart and that was the biggest thing.”” On that same day, Feb. 3, the Tritons demolished the team from United States International University 9-0 in a complete sweep of singles and doubles matches. Simply put by Wilson, “”our guys killed their guys.”” This victory came off the tough road win against a quality Point Loma Nazarene team. Team spirit seems to be the key for this season. With five freshman players, the veterans have seemed to step up and take the initiative. “”It feels good to have the older guys cheering for [the freshmen],”” Wilson said. “”It has really helped a lot. In the college game, the opponents get more balls back consistently, so it is always a burst of energy to have some of your teammates rooting for you.”” Higginbotham added that he has tried to instill in the younger players that they should have “”pride in playing for their college,”” and teach them that it will truly be a “”good experience in one’s life.”” Looking ahead to the competition level, there is no doubt in every player’s mind that UC Davis is the key match. Davis, ranked No. 1 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association, is the one match many players on the team are gearing up for. “”Our goal is to beat UC Davis.”” Wilson said. “”Then we know we are in [the playoff] hunt. We are tending to gear our practices and style of play toward them, and if we can get ahead of them in the standings, we’re there.”” “”Our main competition will come from UC Davis, Sonoma State University and Cal Poly Pomona,”” Higginbotham said. “”Even though we take every match one at a time, it seems like those matches are more intensified. We know we must play well against those teams, but we try to take every match seriously, regardless of the opponent.”” The next roadblock for the team is California State University Los Angeles, a team they did not face last year. The match will take place Friday in Los Angeles at 1:30 p.m. If anyone is going home to L.A., please stop by to root for your team! After that comes the Saturday showdown at 1 p.m. with Cal Poly Pomona, a team that beat the Tritons in a convincing fashion last season. The match will take place at the north courts on campus. The men’s tennis team has something to prove this weekend against good competition. ...

UCSD Baseball Explodes

The UCSD baseball team split a doubleheader against Vanguard at home Saturday. Pitching took the afternoon off during the first game as Vanguard won a four-hour offensive slugfest 17-11. UCSD’s Ryan Larson scored three runs, and teammate Chad Addison drove in three. Vanguard’s Ryan Williams picked up the win, allowing three runs on five hits. The Tritons’ Erik Snyder got the loss after allowing four runs in one inning of work. The second of the two games was more to UCSD’s liking, as they won 6-4. The game was called after six innings because of darkness. The Tritons’ Andy Hanau picked up the victory, striking out seven batters. Vanguard’s Brian Wood was given the loss after allowing three runs in one-third of an inning. Offensively, six different Tritons scored, and Chris Tallman and Blair Suzuki each drove in a pair of runs. Next up for UCSD is a pair of road games. First, the Tritons travel to the University of Redlands for a game Friday at 2:30 p.m., then they head to Concordia University in Irvine for a game Saturday at 11 a.m. ...

Stars Are Coming to Town

La Jolla opens its doors to the world as the 2001 Buick Invitational starts its opening round Thursday at the Torrey Pines Golf Course, just north of UCSD. The invitational continues through Sunday, when the final round will be held. A purse of $3.5 million is up for grabs as the defending champion Phil Mickelson, a native of San Diego, defends his title. Other golfers in the 156-player field scheduled to attend include Tiger Woods, Fred Couples, Tom Lehman, Davis Love III, John Daly and Mark O’Meara. All these golfers will battle for the top prize of $630,000. The first and second rounds begin at 9 a.m. today and tomorrow, respectively, and continue into the weekend. After the second round, the field will be cut down to the 70 players with the lowest scores; weekend rounds begin at 8:30 a.m. Sponsored by The Century Club and local Buick dealers, the annual tournament normally draws a large crowd. In addition to providing lively golf festivities, the Buick Invitational also raises money for several causes including the UCSD golf program. Over $4.5 million has been raised for local charities since the tournament moved to Torrey Pines. Other events that are scheduled include a Pro-Am tournament and a junior golf clinic. The UCSD golf team, which also plays regularly at Torrey Pines, is selling tickets for the event to raise money. They are promoting it as a chance to see Tiger Woods up-close and in action. Ticket prices for the event are $19 per day for today and Friday, and $25 per day for the weekend. For those who want season badges, tickets are $65 in advance or $75 at the gate. A season badge allows entrance for all four days of the tournament. Children 12 and under, when accompanied by an adult, are allowed admission free of charge. Tickets can be purchased at the gate or through Ticketmaster. Due to local construction at the Torrey Pines Lodge and traffic congestion around UCSD, using public transportation from campus to Torrey Pines is highly recommended. The golf course’s close proximity to the campus should not be a major problem. General parking for the tournament will be available only at Sea World and the Del Mar Showpark. Shuttles will provide transportation to and from the parking areas. ...

Women's Rowing Team is Building a Solid Foundation

The rowing team has been improving by leaps and bounds and looks to be even better than last year. “”We’re still a young team,”” said UCSD women’s crew head coach Patti Pinkerton. “”Our big issue last year was that we did not have much of a varsity so we lacked leadership. The challenge was to teach all of the skills to the novices without that leadership. They obviously met the challenge because they finished off the season really well.”” 2000’s team was as young as they come. Now, with a year of experience behind it and a solid foundation below it, UCSD crew is gearing up for the big dogs. “”Now our challenge is our lightweight, because that’s where our key varsity girls were,”” Pinkerton said. “”We have returning lightweights in that boat. We know they’re in the ballpark because they got ranked last year.”” Two veterans who will lead the squad are Heather Beckman and Julie Snyder. “”They’re both four-year rowers, so they provide a lot of leadership in the boat,”” Pinkerton said. There are also a couple of younger talents in Emily Gray and Carrie Blemker looking to make their mark. “”We have a some really exciting rookies,”” Pinkerton said. Everyone on the rowing squad will get a chance to prove her metal. “”Because we’re such a developing squad, I move people around a lot,”” Pinkerton said. “”I want them to get as much racing experience as possible. We’re really trying to fast track them. We have girls with sheer power that make up for a lot of other things.”” Crew competes in an open division. All of the Division I schools have larger crew programs, but UCSD still remains competitive. “”There’s definitely a gap between the top Division I schools and the top Division II schools,”” Pinkerton said. As far as fellow Division II schools are concerned, UC Davis is the school to beat. “”We’re at a disadvantage because Davis is at Division II,”” Pinkerton said. “”They’re a scholarship school. They have a more aggressive policy toward athletics. But I think we have as much talent as they do.”” UCSD’s rowers have April 28 circled in their calendars. That is the date of the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championship. “”We will be peeking toward Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championship,”” Pinkerton said. “”Last year the race was in April, which was right in the middle of the racing season. We pretty much rowed through that. It was very awkward last year.”” Things are right on track for this year’s crew and for the program in general, Pinkerton’s second at the helm. “”I think we’re moving faster,”” she said. “”Usually it takes four years to develop a program. We have a lot of talent. Our challenge is to close the gap.”” ...

Golf Team Drives at Eastlake

The UCSD golf team finished fourth out of 13 schools at the Point Loma Invitational Monday. The tournament was held at Eastlake Country Club in Chula Vista, which is a par 72 course and a total of 6,606 yards in length. The Tritons’ overall two-round score was a 605. The winning school, University of Redlands, shot a 589 overall. The top Triton golfer was Ben Page, who shot a two-round 148, tied for ninth overall. Fellow Triton Robin Shelton cracked the top 20, finishing tied for 15th with a score of 150. The top overall golfer was the Master’s College Ryan Higton, who shot a two-round 143. Other Triton finishers were Andy Thomson with a 154 (tied for 30th), Matt Howe with a 155 (tied for 33rd) and Blake Schneider with a 157 (tied for 42nd). Next up for the UCSD golf team is the Family Motors Invitational at Seven Oaks Country Club in Bakersfield, which will last all day Monday and Tuesday. ...

Marky Mark and His Funky Crotch

Hey buddy. Yeah you, the big guy with the expensive haircut. Come over here a second and let me give you a bit of advice that will be of use to you now that you are a free man after that outrageous trial. Here it is; listen closely: Do not force yourself on underage girls in your family bathroom at an after-prom party! Oh, and another thing: You are a famous professional football player with millions of dollars! You can probably find a chick or two who would actually willingly get down with you. You wouldn’t even have to force them into the bathroom and soil your wife’s new towel set. OK, OK, so according to the U.S. court system, this alleged incident did not actually occur. But if you listened to Mark Chmura’s post-trial comments to the press, you might not believe the court’s decision. When asked what he was going to do now that he has been acquitted, he fixed his eyes on the camera with one of his smirks and retorted, “”I’m going to Disneyworld.”” Now, it is common knowledge that Disneyworld is populated with mostly teens, and the plethora of available “”YM””-reading gals makes it a perfect place for a fellow like Mark to take a trip. However, while most of us associate Disneyworld with the famed amusement park, Chmura was actually talking about Disneyworld High School, located about a half-hour from his house. There were going to be some awesome keggers there this weekend … and the girls there are supposedly more tight-lipped than his previous high school “”date.”” You really can’t blame a guy like Chmura for going through this phase of lusting after teenage girls. Most guys have gone through it, including me. I believe I referred to this period as “”high school,”” and if I remember correctly, I was an underage feller myself during that time. Now, while most of us grow out of this by our 18th birthday, remember that people mature at different paces, and some people never mature at all. Remember, Chmura, there are plenty of ladies around, and lots of them actually will not imprison you. Watching you fidget around in court all day, like so many of your NFL brethren before you, became a fixture for many a couch potato, and the whole bunch of them were pondering the same thing: Here is a family man, a prosperous young celebrity with nary a care in the world and a job that many would kill for. The perfect life. So let’s see, what to do, what to do … I know, let’s try to hook up with a wee little high schooler partying after returning home from a dance in her ribbon and banner-strung school gymnasium. Yes, Markie, I know, I have seen the Britney Spears videos too and I understand the effect they can have on a man. But please, you can easily persuade many an elder lass to garb themselves in those very same schoolgirl skirts and knee-high socks. Luckily you told Cochran and F. Lee to shelf the “”Christina Aguilera made me do it”” defense or the outcome to your trial might have been different. But luckily you emerged a free man, and now with all your newfound free time you should cruise on down to San Diego; it’s got more high schools per square block than most places, and with all the spring birthdays, a good number of the ladies will now be as legal as the day is long. And on top of that there are also plenty of bubblin’ Jacuzzis in which to do your thing. Party on Mark, party on. ...

Rowing With the UCSD Crew

The UCSD men’s crew team kicked off its 2001 campaign last Sunday at 8 a.m. with the San Diego Indoor Rowing Championship in Mission Bay. Sky Frostenson Guardian Competing against other local teams such as San Diego State University, UC Irvine, Loyola Marymount, and the University of San Diego, the Tritons were able to hold their own and get a glimpse of what the rest of the 200l season has in store for them. “”It went really well,”” said varsity assistant coach Steven Casey. “”The team’s looking good.”” For the men’s varsity team, crew member Brian Sullivan placed first in the event with a time of 6:12.2, which was an astounding four seconds faster than the second place finisher. Varak Smith was the only other top-10 finisher for the Tritons, garnering a respectable eighth place with a time of 6:29.3. Geffery Rapoport also did well for the Tritons, as he took the collegiate lightweight event with a time of 6:45.0. The freshman crew team was particularly impressive as they swiped eight of the top ten times. The first-year phenoms were led by Andrew Fisher with a time of 6:31.5. The rookies’ performance has coach Casey looking forward to the new season. “”The incoming freshman team is probably the best freshman team ever at UCSD,”” Casey said. “”The biggest thing I’m happy with is our depth and tenacity; also our willingness to work hard and meet the goals we set.”” The varsity team, however, will be looking to recover from the loss of key contributors to graduation. “”The varsity will be good, but not as strong as last year,”” Casey said. Varsity head coach Michael Filippone will be looking for returnee Tom Whitzgall to lead this year’s varsity team to its goals, which include winning the Cal Cup for Division II/III and the San Diego Crew Classic on April 7 and April 8. The Tritons are looking to avenge last year’s loss, in which they came in second to Trinity University by less than a second. This year, UCSD has an extra incentive to beat Trinity as the previous freshman coach, Jim Oaks, is now an assistant for them. The Tritons are also seeking to extend their domination of their local adversaries. “”We definitely don’t like all the San Diego area schools,”” Casey said. “”Since Filippone has been here we haven’t lost to any of those schools. There’s this pride with not wanting to lose to them.”” With such a strong freshman group, UCSD crew will most likely be dominating its neighbors for a long time to come. “”This program has a lot of potential,”” Casey said. “”Right now we’re probably the fifth-best program on the West Coast. We definitely have the athletes and the potential to be a top competitor.”” Add the fact that their event on Sunday was 2,000 meters, which is more sprint-oriented and shorter than most programs are used to at this point in the year, and their dominance is even more impressive. “”We have a lot of depth,”” Casey said. “”The biggest thing right now is fitness and mental toughness.”” To top it all off, the men’s crew team this year has already landed three top-notch recruits from Orange Coast College. These recruits will help UCSD extend its dynasty well into the future. The Tritons will be looking to build on Sunday’s performance this weekend, as they go head-to-head with Loyola Marymount in a preseason scrimmage at Mission Bay. ...

Volleyball Handle Princeton With Ease

Can you dig it? In the cozy confines of RIMAC Arena, the Triton men’s volleyball team rolled to victory over Princeton University Thursday night. UCSD came to play and hoped to pick up its first victory of the season. That is exactly what it did. Led by the inspired play of seniors Zach Hite and Donald Chen, the Tritons pounded their way to a three-game sweep over the Princeton plebeians. As a crowd of 181 eagerly cheered them on, UCSD locked up the three-game match with scores of 32-30, 30-23, and 30-26. It took extra points for the Tritons to seal the deal in the first set, but it was all blue and gold love from there on out. The dominating victory was a shot in the arm for UCSD, as it had struggled through its first four matches. The Tritons played their previous match against perennial volleyball powerhouse Long Beach State Wednesday night at the ugly-looking Pyramid in the LBC. While they played an impressive first set, battling hard before falling 30-27. The next two sets were not as close, at 30-23 and 30-19, but you could see the progress the team has made and could tell that a victory was right around the corner. The Tritons will use the Princeton victory to establish some momentum and pump them up for their next match, which will be a nonconference tilt with University of La Verne. The Tritons should use this opportunity to rack up some big points and let out some aggression. The Tritons will next be in action this Friday and Saturday night, when they will play a pair versus Brigham Young University out in the cold, dreary abyss that is Provo, Utah. ...