Gauchos Set to Take on No. 20 Concordia

Evan Dellinger (Photo by Ron Robertson)
Evan Dellinger (Photo by Ron Robertson)

The Schedule
Sunday, September 23, 2012
Neutral site game at USC McDonald's Swim Stadium
UCSB vs. Concordia, 11 a.m.

Gauchos Bring Road Swing to a Close
After a weekend of grueling competition at the Northern California Invitational, hosted by Stanford at Avery Aquatic Center, No. 6 UC Santa Barbara (8-2) finished sixth in the tournament in its second weekend of a three-week road swing.   On Sunday, the Gauchos will travel to USC for a neutral site non-conference game against No. 20 Concordia (5-3) hosted at McDonald's Swim Stadium. 

Rounding out the Weekend
In last weekend's Northern California Invitational, the Gauchos split their contests on both days of competition to finish 2-2.

On day one of the tournament, UCSB opened the NorCaI Invite with a comfortable 11-4 win over No. 12 UC Davis (5-4) to improve their record to a perfect 7-0.  Moving forward in the winners' bracket, the Gauchos met host and eventual third-place winner No. 4 Stanford (3-1), which handed UCSB its first loss of the season in a tight 8-7 battle to conclude day one action.   

After falling into the losers' bracket, the Gauchos faced and defeated then-ranked No. 8 Pepperdine (5-2) with an 8-4 victory to advance for competition in the fifth-place game against then-ranked No. 6 UC Irvine (10-1).  In a nail-biting 12-11 overtime loss, UCSB picked up its second defeat of the season and concluded the NorCal Invite with a sixth-place finish.  

Where are They Now?
Entering the tournament with a perfect 39-0 record, Mountain Pacific Sports Federation teams shook up the statistics by granting many of their own conference mates their first losses of the season.  The conference now moves into week four of non-conference play with an overall 62-13 record. 

Three weekends of action underway, UCSB is showing well within the MPSF statistics, ranking third for goals per game - averaging 14.90 with a total of 149 goals.  Remaining on top for the Gauchos, junior Matt Gronow leads the team in scoring with 24 goals on the season, averaging 2.40 goals per game to place him 13th amongst the MPSF's top scorers.  Junior Evan Dellinger reigns a close second with 23 goals on the season, averaging 2.11 goals per games to rank 14th amongst the MPSF scorers.   Also in the upper half of the conference statistics, UCSB's defense places fourth for goals against per game with an average of 6.40 allowed per game.  Senior Myles Christian leads with 66 goalie saves, a 10.56 goals against average, to round out the top four MPSF goalkeepers.

Getting Close to Home
UCSB's contest against Concordia will conclude the squad's road swing before they return home to host the Southern California Tournament at UCSB Campus Pool and Dos Pueblos High School.  The sixth-ranked Gauchos will open tournament play on Saturday, September 22 at noon against No. 11 UC San Diego.  The SoCal Tournament will host UCSB, Stanford, USC, UCLA, Cal,  UC Irvine, University of Pacific, Long Beach State, Pepperdine, St. Francis (New York), Loyola Marymount, UC Davis, UC San Diego, Santa Clara, Princeton and Air Force on September 29-30.

To purchase tickets for the tournament, visit the Ticket Office in the Intercollegiate Athletics Building on campus, call (805) 893-UCSB or click here.