Friday, Nov. 10, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
No. 10 UCSB (9-11, 0-4 GCC) at No. 7 Pepperdine (17-11, 2-2 GCC)
at Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool – Malibu, Calif.
All-time record vs. the Waves: 47-61
Last meeting: Oct. 5, 2017 – UCSB def. PU, 9-8
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The No. 10 UC Santa Barbara men's water polo team (9-11, 0-4 GCC) will wrap up the regular season with a Golden Coast Conference match against host No. 7 Pepperdine (17-11, 2-2 GCC) on Friday night in Malibu. In the first meeting of the season between these two teams, the Gauchos pulled out a win in a 9-8 thriller at Campus Pool. Before losing two of its top players in Boris Jovanovic and Ivan Gvozdanovic, the duo scored two goals apiece against the Waves while Adam Lott also provided a pair of goals in the win. Justyn Barrios had a big game in the cage, tallying his second-highest save mark of the year with 13. Pepperdine was led by three goals from Marko Asic. UCSB is looking for its first conference victory while trying to snap a six-game losing streak. The Waves, meanwhile, are coming off a 6-5 overtime loss to UC Irvine.
Last Week's Results
In the final home game of the season, the Gauchos took on a tough No. 5 Pacific (15-4, 4-0 GCC) squad and fell 14-7 on senior night. Prior to the match, six Gaucho seniors in Josh Jordan, Shane Hauschild, Reed Cotterill, Max Schaum, Jamie Taylor and Mitch Young were recognized for their contributions to the UCSB water polo program over the past four years. Hauschild tallied a hat-trick in his final game at Campus Pool while Schaum also had a memorable senior night with a goal of his own. After a close 3-2 first quarter, the Tigers used a 5-1 advantage in the second period to pull away.
After a hat-trick on senior night, Hauschild increased his team lead with 31 goals through all 20 games this season. Gvozdanovic is second on team with 24 goals despite battling injuries and playing in just 13 games. In 14 games, Jovanovic is third on the team with 21 goals while Lott has 20 and Cole Brosnan has 19. Hauschild has also been the top facilitator for UCSB with 17 assists and Brannan Haket is second with 13. Cotterill leads the way with 23 drawn exclusions, more than twice as much as anyone else on the team. Halle and Lott both have 11.
On the defensive end, Hauschild leads the way with 27 steals and 10 field blocks. Tommy Fellner, Barrios, Gvozdanovic and Lott have all reached double-digit steal tallies with 13, 12, 11, and 10, respectively. Barrios has been a defensive force in the cage, totaling 128 saves to rank fifth in the GCC.