Welcome to Trojan Thursday – So what exactly is Trojan Thursday? Trojan Thursday is a weekly email/online blog to give the UNI community an update on what is happening with our UNI athletic teams and will also give information as to major events that are happening on campus. If you would like to receive Trojan Thursday each week please go to https://unitrojanthursday.wordpress.com and type in your email address. You will receive a notice each week when Trojan Thursday is posted. Please help spread the word about Trojan Thursday so everyone can hear how our athletes are doing.
What’s Happening on Campus
Come out and support Boys Lacrosse and Uni Swim at their upcoming GOW’s:
3/19 – Boys Lacrosse v Northwood – 4:00 @ Uni Stadium
3/21 – Boys & Girls Swim v CDM – 3:15 @ Uni Pool
Spring Sports Update
Baseball went 5-0 in the Newport Elks tournament. They were Champions of the Orange Division. The 7-0 U*N*I Baseball Team opens up PCL action on Friday, 3/16, 3:30, versus Northwood HS.
As we finish up the non-conference pre-season portion of our schedule today at Talega Golf Club against San Juan Hills, I can’t but help to have a sense of optimism. Although I have anticipated better overall team scores, I have seen our talented freshman gain confidence and it has reflected in lower scores. Our returning players have also improved. We still have a long ways to go but we are moving in the right direction!!
Next week starts league play with Northwood HS at Oak Creek Golf Course on Wednesday and then CDM on Thursday at Our home course of Strawberry Farms. We are looking forward to playing in one of the toughest golf leagues in Orange County and making a push to CIF.
The University Boys’ Varsity Lacrosse team is 3-3 going into their last preseason game this Friday night at Dana Hills. On Monday the squad dominated the Tustin Tillers 15-5 with solid second half team play. Lacrosse is a combination of brutality and finesse and the team is competitive and in the hunt for the PCL title. FUN FACT: In 2017/2018 there is a 13% chance of getting a full-ride scholarship in lacrosse compared to a 2-5% chance in all other sports combined.
Girls Lacrosse had a good week, earning two wins against El Dorado and El Toro. Last Friday, the girls were in action against a very feisty El Dorado squad. Despite falling behind by three goals and trailing at halftime by one, the team worked hard and played some phenomenal lacrosse to tie the match, 10-10, in regulation. Mya Wang (Fr.), in overtime, ran the ball up field, drew a penalty shot, and rocketed home the game winner. It was a deserved win and the girls stayed strong in a game where officials showed El Dorado players 4 different yellow cards.
In their first home match of the season, the girls played El Toro and, again, were down by one at half time, 4-5. However, the offense lit up El Toro during the second half, scoring 4 unanswered goals in the first four minutes, and they never looked back. Netting twelve total goals in the second half, the team dominated play all over the field. The defense and goalies worked tirelessly to stifle El Toro’s offense, and though they managed some goals, the girls were simply too much for El Toro to get back into the game.
The squad is back in action tomorrow night (3/16), away, against Valencia and league play starts next week. The first home match, against Corona del Mar, is slated for Wednesday, March 21. Please come and support!
Softball is headed to Ocean View High School today for a non-league game. Both JV and Varsity play at 3:15. Best of luck ladies!
The Trojan boys swim team performed exceptionally at the Capo Valley Relay Invitational, a meet featuring 25 of the top teams in Orange County and Los Angeles. The Varsity boys dropped season-best times and placed 4th overall, while the Frosh-Soph team stepped up and placed 2nd overall. The boys team will look to continue their success today (3/15) as they battle the always-challenging Santa Margarita team. Go Uni!
The swim team participated in the fast Capistrano Valley HS Relay Invitational last week, with girls prelims on Thursday and combined girls and boys finals on Saturday afternoon. This meet included most of the top teams in Orange County and many meet records were broken. The Uni girls qualified for finals in 7 out of 7 possible relays in the Frosh/Soph division and 6 out of 7 in the Varsity division. The Varsity 200 medley relay team of Alondra Ortiz (backstroke), Kate Weiland (breaststroke), Isabella Pagano (butterfly) and Claire Jang (freestyle anchor) lowered their CIF consideration time again, posting a 1:55.08 in Saturday’s final. The Varsity girls finished 14th and Frosh/Soph finished 9th out of the 21 participating high schools which included 12 out of the top 20 teams from the 2017 CIF-SS Division 1 Championships.
Today, March 15th, the team travels to Santa Margarita HS for a challenging dual meet against the 3 time defending CIF-SS Division 1 Champions. It is a fast pool, and with the excellent competition some nice time drops are expected. Good luck swimmers!
The boys tennis team defeated Dana Hills 17 to 1 last Thursday to improve to 10 and 0 on the year. The boys were rained out against Fountain Valley on Tuesday but will be back in action against San Clemente today at Uni. Currently the boys are the top ranked team in Orange County and #1 in the CIF Southern section for Division 1. Go Trojans!
Track & Field
Girls track had another successful preseason meet against Godinez this past Thursday, winning 84-38. Collette Lowengrub and Avery Klauke went 1-2 in the 1600m and 3200m. Daria Shkel once again took the win in the 100m hurdles and 300m hurdles. Harini Venkataganesh placed first in both the shot put and discus. Other top performers included Mollie Kessler, Abigail Sanders, Roseanne Yu, Sandy Zhang, and Amber Sun. This week we are up against Huntington Beach on our home track. Come out and support. GO UNI!
Boys Track had their second preseason meet against Godinez High School here at Uni. We had another tough loss but still had some fine performances. Raja Batra in the 1600 and 3200, Adam Gish, Christian Go and Chris Lohmeyer in the 800, Charlie Feuerborn and Evan Pariser in the 110HH, Micheal Wu and Oliver Corpus in the 300H, Daniel Vilchis in the 400, Faris Qaisi and Austin lake in the 100 and 200. Juan Rodriguez and Matt Naranjo in the Long Jump, Won Suk Choi and Aaron Haung in the Triple Jump, Evan Pariser and Juan Rodriguez in the High Jump. This week we are up against Huntington Beach High School here at Uni. Go Trojan Track!
The boys are headed to Tesoro today for a non-league match up. Lower levels play at 4:30 at Tesoro high school and Varsity plays at 5:30. Best of luck!
17-18 Spring GOW Schedule
|Boys Lacrosse||Monday||3/19||4:00||Uni Stadium||Northwood|
|3/21||3:15||UHS Pool||Corona Del Mar|
|Boys Tennis||Thursday||3/29||3:15||Uni Tennis Courts||Woodbridge|
|Girls Lacrosse||Wednesday||4/11||4:00||Uni Stadium||Northwood|
|Boys Volleyball||Tuesday||4/17||5:15||UHS Gym||Northwood|
|Track & Field||Thursday||4/19||3:00||Uni Stadium||Woodbridge|
|Boys Golf||Monday||4/23||3:00||Strawberry Farms||Woodbridge|
|Baseball||Friday||5/4||3:30||UHS Baseball Field||Woodbridge|
|Softball||Wednesday||5/9||3:30||UHS Softball Field||Beckman|
Here is a look at this week’s UNI Athletics events
(Home events in Blue)
Thursday, March 15th
Track & Field v Huntington Beach – 3:00 p.m.
Swimming @ Santa Margarita – 3:00 p.m.
Boys Golf v San Juan Hills @ Talega Golf Club – 3:00 p.m.
Boys Tennis v San Clemente – 3:15 p.m.
Softball @ Ocean View – 3:15 p.m.
Boys Volleyball @ Tesoro – 5:30 p.m.
Friday, March 16th
Baseball v Northwood – 3:30 p.m.
Girls Lacrosse @ Valencia (Placentia) – 5:30 p.m.
Boys Lacrosse @ Dana Hills – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 17th
Track & Field @ Laguna Beach – 8:00 a.m.
Softball Tournament @ Orange High School – 9:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.
Monday, March 19th
**GOW**Boys Lacrosse v Northwood – 4:00 p.m.
Girls Lacrosse @ Northwood – 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday, March 20th
Boys Tennis @ Northwood – 3:15 p.m.
Softball @ Fountain Valley – 3:15 p.m.
Baseball v Corona Del Mar – 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 21st
**GOW** Swimming v Corona Del Mar – 3:15 p.m.
Boys Volleyball @ Corona Del Mar – 4:30 p.m.
Boys Golf v Northwood @ Oak Creek Golf Course – 3:30 p.m.
Girls Lacrosse v Corona Del Mar – 4:00 p.m.
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