Fall Season Review

    WOMEN’S SOCCER — The 2012 UCSD Women’s Soccer team fell just short of an eighth national title this season. The Tritons — 17-3-4 overall — fell in a narrow 1–0 game to the University of West Florida in the National Championship game, last Saturday, Dec. 1.

    Despite the loss, the women’s soccer team counts as the only UCSD squad this season to earn a conference title. After ending regular season play with a 17–2–3 record, and earning the CCAA South Division title, the Tritons took the tournament championship with a penalty-kick win over Sonoma State, to nab the automatic bid.

    Advancing to the NCAA Division II West Regional, the Tritons continued to take down higher-ranked opponents on the national stage, en route to earning UCSD head coach Brian McManus’ 314th career win. The 26-year tenured coach currently holds the record as the winningest coach in Division II history.

    This season, UCSD has 10 graduating seniors: forwards Gabi Hernandez and Laura Gordon, midfielders Jessica Wi, Danielle Dixon, Ellie Nevarez, Alexa Enlow, Mary McWalters and defenders Britnee Chesney, Ellen Wilson and Hayley Johnson.

    2012 Record: 17–3–4 (11-5 in CCAA)

    All-CCAA: Ellen Wilson, Most Valuable Defensive Player. Cassie Callahan, Hayley Johnson, Jessica Wi, All-CCAA First Team. Kelcie Brodsky, Izzy Pozurama, All-CCAA Second Team. Alexa Enlow, Gabi Hernandez, All-CCAA Honorable Mention

    All-Americans: Senior defender Ellen Wilson, First Team. Senior defender Hayley Johnson, Second Team. Sophomore midfielder Cassie Callahan, Third-team. Senior midfielder Jessica Wi, Honorable Mention.

    MEN’S SOCCER — If not for a last-minute change in qualification regulations, the UCSD Men’s Soccer team would have made their first appearance at the CCAA Championships since 2006 this season.

    The Tritons started conference play with a 6–2–1 record, putting them at the top of the CCAA South Division rankings. But back-to-back losses against Cal State Los Angeles and Cal State Dominguez Hills, followed by a pair of 0–0 draws kept the Tritons from advancing to the conference championship.

    Although not earning a conference berth, the Tritons ended conference play with the lowest-goals against average, an outstanding 0.4 goals. For the team’s consistency in the back, UCSD head coach Jon Pascale was awarded the CCAA Coach of the Year, while sophomore goalkeeper Josh Cohen earned the Most Valuable Defensive Player of the Year.

    2012 Record: 8–3–4

    All-CCAA: Head coach Jon Pascale, All-CCAA Most Valuable Coach. Sophomore goalkeeper Josh Cohen, All-CCAA Most Valuable Player. Junior defender Alec Arsht, All-CCAA First Team. Sophomore defender Gavin Lamming, All-CCAA Second Team. Junior defender Andisheh Bagheri, All-CCAA Second Team. Senior forward Evan Walker, All-CCAA Honorable Mention.

    All-Americans: Sophomore goalkeeper Josh Cohen, All-America Second Team. Junior defender Alec Arsht, All-America Second Team.

    MEN’S WATERPOLO — The UCSD Men’s Water Polo team entered the WWPA Conference Tournament with the top-seed. Having taken down rival Loyola Marymount University the month prior, and then cruising past their WWPA opponents heading into the tournament, the No. 10 Tritons looked as if they would take their second straight title facing Air Force Academy in the final. UCSD fell in a tight 7–9 loss that brought an end to its season.

    UCSD — 16–4 overall, 12–2 in the WWPA — placed six players on the All-WWPA team, with junior Josh Stiling earning the Player of the Year award. Stiling, a junior driver, led the conference with 66 season goals on top of eight assists. 2012 Record: 16-8 overall, 12-2 WWPA

    ALL-CCAA: All-WWPA Most Valuable Player junior Josh Stiling. All-WWPA First-Team: Senior Brian Donohoe, sophomore goalkeeper, Cameron Ravanbach. All-WWPA second-team: Junior John Butler, Junior Luke Syka. All-WWPA Freshmen team: Chase Cockerill.

    CROSS COUNTRY — Not since the 2008 season have the Tritons advanced past the NCAA West Regionals, back when the Triton women were paced by All-American Bre Schofield.

    Again in 2012, the Tritons ended its season in Kahuku, Hawaii at the NCAA West Regional, where the men placed 10th and the women placed 12th.

    Despite a subpar ending to the season, the Triton men awon the 20th Annual Triton Classic, with sophomore Tanner Collins finishing first overall.

    UCSD will begin 2013, losing only one of its runners. On the men’s side, junior captain Kellen Levy will return, along with former captain Matt Lenehan back in tow. And for the women, the Tritons will lose graduate Elena Inouye, but will continue to be paced by sophomore Chia Chang.

    UC Irvine Invite: Men placed 2/18, Women placed 9/14 Cal Baptist Invite: Men placed 1/2, Women placed 1/2 Triton Classic: Men placed 1/14, Women placed 3/22

    WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL — The UCSD Women’s Volleyball team put together an impressive season, considering that the team began the year having lost four of its six starters. UCSD finished second in the CCAA to Sonoma State, with a 15–6 conference record. The Tritons advanced to the West Regionals in Laie, Hawaii, where they were eliminated by hosts Brigham Young University–Hawaii.

    Credit UCSD head coach Ricci Luyties on the strength of this recruiting class, probably the strongest since the class of 2008. The newcomers include freshmen Danielle Dahle and Sophie Rowe. Dahle finished the season leading the team in both points and kills (416). The freshman earned All-West Region Freshman of the Year, while also earning All-CCAA First Team honors. 2011 Record: 20–11

    CCAA: Record: 15–7

    AVCA: Danielle Dahle, AVCA West Region Freshman of the Year. Sophomore Sara McCutchan, AVCA All-West Region Honorable Mention. All-CCAA: Freshman Danielle Dahle, All-CCAA First Team. Sophomore Sara McCutchan, All-CCAA Second Team, sophomore Amber Hawthorn, All-CCAA Second Team, freshman Sophie Rowe, All-CCAA Second Team.

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