UCSB Sweeps Competition at Inland Empire Tournament

Max Schaum (Photo by Tony Mastres)
Max Schaum (Photo by Tony Mastres)

REDLANDS, Calif. – The No. 6 UC Santa Barbara men's water polo team picked up a pair of victories on Saturday afternoon after rallying in the second half to top No. 20 Pomona-Pitzer 13-8, before cruising past Occidental 22-4 at the Inland Empire Tournament hosted by Redlands.

Facing the No. 1 ranked Division III team, and No. 20 overall according to the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Rankings, the Gauchos and Sagehens found themselves deadlocked 7-7 at the half. UCSB ramped up its defense in the second half, limiting Pomona-Pitzer to just one goal while holding them scoreless in the third quarter. The Gauchos added two scores in the third and four in the fourth to pull away and secure the win.

Ivan Gvozdanovic paced the scoring attack with four goals while Reed Cotterill tallied three in his season debut. Adam Lott tacked on a pair while Cole Brosnan, Shane Hauschild, Boris Jovanovic and Mitch Young each scored one goal apiece. In the cage, Connor Macdonald recorded four saves.

The second game of the afternoon was a total team effort as 13 different Gauchos scored a goal to throttle past the Tigers. UCSB jumped out to a 10-1 lead at the half and added seven goals in the third and five more in the fourth.

Lott and Jesse Morrison led the way with three goals apiece while Brosnan, Jovanovic, Young, Jack Bignell and Chad Nelson all came through with two goals. Also contributing goals were Josh Jordan, Jacob Halle, Max Schaum, Blake Spiller, Spencer Wood and Gvozdanovic.

Defensively, Macdonald logged three saves and Justyn Barrios sent a pair of shots away from the goal while adding a team-high three assists. Mason Mcquet picked up four steals to lead the team while Cotterill came up with three and Morrison and Bignell each recorded a pair.

UCSB (4-2) is back in action this Friday, Sept. 15 on the road against No. 4 UCLA at 7:00 p.m.