Friday, Oct. 20, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
No. 10 UCSB (9-8, 0-1 GCC) vs. No. 8 Long Beach State (10-9, 0-2 GCC)
at Ken Lindgren Aquatics Center – Long Beach, Calif.
All-time record vs. the 49ers: 59-62
Last meeting: Sept. 3, 2017 – LBSU def. UCSB 9-6
The No. 10 UC Santa Barbara men's water polo team (9-8, 0-1) continues Golden Coast Conference (GCC) action against No. 8 Long Beach State (10-9, 0-2) on the road Friday night. The Gauchos and 49ers squared off once already this season, where UCSB fell 9-6 to LBSU at the Triton Invitational during opening weekend. Last season, the 49ers won two of the three meetings between the teams, including a 12-10 win over UCSB in the Third-Place game of the GCC Tournament. Historically, the series has been close with Long Beach State holding a slight edge, 62-59 all-time. The 49ers are coming off a thrilling 11-10 win in overtime against UC San Diego. Both teams are looking for their first conference win.
Last Week's Results
The Gauchos dropped a pair of matches up north, falling to No. 16 San Jose State 7-6 before running into No. 4 Stanford and falling 11-5. UCSB has now lost three in a row and looks to turn it around against LBSU on Friday night. In the conference opener against the Spartans, the Gauchos got a pair of goals from Shane Hauschild and Brannan Haket while Jesse Morrison and Spencer Wood also scored. SJSU pulled ahead to a 6-3 lead but the Gauchos ran out of time before they could complete their comeback. Playing against Stanford on the Pac-12 Network, the Gauchos were tied 2-2 early but a three-goal run by the Cardinal gave the home team all of the momentum. Five different Gauchos scored a goal in the match.
The top six spots in the rankings remained the same while there was a slight shake up between GCC schools in the Top-10. UCSB fell two spots from No. 8 to No. 10 while Pepperdine jumped from No. 9 to No. 7. Long Beach State fell from No. 7 to No. 8 and San Jose State saw a big jump from No. 16 to No. 11.
Ivan Gvozdanovic continues to hold strong on the team-lead for goals with 24 through 17 games. Boris Jovanovic, meanwhile, remains second with 21 goals while Hauschild is third with 20 goals and leads the team with 86 shot attempts. Adam Lott has scored 18 goals this season and Cole Brosnan has 17. Hauschild has 14 assists to lead the Gauchos with Jovanovic and Haket having dished out 11. Cotterill leads the way with 17 drawn exclusions.
Justyn Barrios now has 100 saves for the season to lead the team and rank fourth in that category in the GCC. Barrios also ranks fourth in saves per game at 7.14. Connor Macdonald is second on the team with 27 saves in six games. Hauschild leads all Gauchos with 17 steals and eight field blocks while Fellner is second with 12 steals and Gvozdanovic has 11.