UCSB Begins GCC Play at SJSU; Battles Stanford on Pac-12 Network

Photo by Eric Isaacs
Photo by Eric Isaacs

The Schedule
Friday, Oct. 13, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
No. 8 UCSB (9-6) vs. No. 16 San Jose State (8-7)
at West Valley College – Saratoga, Calif.
All-time record vs. the Spartans: 12-10
Last meeting: Sept. 23, 2017 – UCSB def. SJSU, 13-12
Live Stats

Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.
No. 8 UCSB (9-6) at No. 4 Stanford (8-3)
 Avery Aquatic Center – Stanford, Calif.  
All-time record vs. the Cardinal: 10-77-1
Last meeting: Oct. 22, 2016 – UCSB def. SU, 7-6
TV: Pac-12 Network

Weekend Preview
The No. 8 UC Santa Barbara men's water polo team (9-6) heads north this weekend for a pair of matches. The Gauchos begin their defense of their conference title from a year ago as they open Golden Coast Conference (GCC) play against No. 16 San Jose State (8-7) on Friday night. UCSB and SJSU have faced off once already this season, with the Gauchos coming away with a 13-12 victory behind a pair of hat-tricks from Ivan Gvodzanovic and Chad Nelson.

On Saturday afternoon, UCSB heads to Avery Aquatic Center for a highly-anticipated matchup against No. 4 Stanford (8-3). Last season, the Gauchos topped the Cardinal 7-6 in a thriller at Campus Pool behind two goals from Boris Jovanovic and strong defense down the stretch to hold on to its lead. This season, the Cardinal's only three losses have come by two goals or less and came against then No. 1 Cal, and now No. 1 USC. Saturday's match between the Gauchos and Cardinal will air on the Pac-12 Network.

Last Week's Results
The Gauchos split the competition at Campus Pool last week, topping No. 9 Pepperdine 9-8 before falling in a low-scoring affair, 6-3 against No. 1 USC. Against the Waves, Jovanovic, Gvodzanovic and Adam Lott led the scoring efforts with two goals apiece while Justyn Barrios was crucial in the cage with 13 big saves. After Pepperdine tied the game at the start of the fourth quarter, Josh Jordan scored the go-ahead goal on a power-play and Gvodzanovic scored on the next possession to help UCSB pull away.

On Sunday afternoon, UCSB limited the No. 1 ranked Trojans to just six goals, its lowest scoring output of the season. Barrios was busy as the defensive anchor once again, racking up 12 saves while Tommy Fellner, Spencer Wood and Jordan tallied one goal apiece.

Offensive Leaders
Gvozdanovic continues to hold strong on the team-lead for goals with 24 through 15 games. Jovanovic, meanwhile, remains second with 21 goals and is tied for a team-high of 79 attempts with Shane Hauschild. Hauschild is tied for third in goals scored with Lott, both with 17, and Cole Brosnan has 16. Hauschild has 14 assists to lead the Gauchos with Jovanovic having dished out 11. Cotterill leads the way with 17 drawn exclusions.

Defensive Leaders
After a big week defensively, Barrios now has 98 saves for the season to lead the team and ranks fourth in that category in the GCC. Barrios also ranks fourth in saves per game at 7.54. Connor Macdonald is second on the team with 27 saves in six games. Hauschild leads all Gauchos with 17 steals and seven field blocks while Fellner is second with 12 steals and Gvozdanovic has 11.