Gauchos Seek to Maintain Momentum in Home Opener

The Schedule
Saturday, September 8, 2012
Home Opener at UCSB Campus Pool
UCSB vs. UC San Diego, 12 p.m.
Sunday, September 9, 2012
Inland Empire Classic at Thompson Aquatics Center
UCSB vs. Redlands, 9 a.m.
UCSB vs. Santa Clara, 11 a.m.
UCSB vs. Whittier, 3:15 p.m.

Gauchos Tread Ahead
After opening with a pair of wins at the UCLA Invitational, UC Santa Barbara maintains its No. 5 national ranking as it looks forward to improving its 2-0 record approaching week two of the 2012 season.  The Gauchos downed then-ranked No. 19 Cal Baptist (0-2) with a score of 13-6 and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (0-2) in a dominating 19-2 win to post a perfect start.  In its home opener, UCSB will take on No. 11 UC San Diego (0-0) at UCSB Campus Pool this Saturday.  Not home for long, the Gauchos will travel south to University of Redlands for the Inland Empire Classic on Sunday.  Competing at the Bulldog's Thompson Aquatic Center, UCSB will face host Redlands (0-3), No. 14 Santa Clara (0-0), and Whittier (2-1) in three non-conference games.

Leading the Way
Demonstrating true upperclassmen leadership, senior goalkeeper Myles Christian and junior attacker Matt Gronow lead the Gauchos statistically after opening weekend.  On top for the defense, Myles Christian led with nine saves, six against Cal Baptist, as he started in the goal both games for the Gauchos.  Proving his experience makes him a force to be reckoned with, the stellar senior compiled a notable 4.0 goals against average while also grabbing two steals.  After leading the team in scoring in 2011, Gronow opened another year showing why he is one of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation's standout players.  Gronow continued his offensive dominance leading the Gauchos with six goals on the weekend, tallying not one, but two hat tricks in games against CBU and CMS.  Off to an impressive start, the team shot above .500, while posting a save percentage over .700.  UCSB 's squad shined with an explosive offensive outing scoring 32 goals, while a strong defense only allowed eight goals against. 

Next in Line
Sunday (Sept. 9) at Redlands begins a three-week road swing for UCSB.  This weekend will be followed by a trip to Stanford, California as the No. 4 Cardinal host the NorCal Tournament (Sept. 15-16).  The Gauchos will then conclude with a neutral site game against Concordia played at USC (Sept. 23).