September 4, 2005

UCSB Splits Two Matches on First Day of UC San Diego Invitational

Sept. 3, 2005

LA JOLLA, Calif. - Sophomore driver Coulson Lantz scored three goals while sophomore Robbie Bauer and freshman Mark Knudtsen (Los Altos, Calif./Bellarmine Prep) each added a pair to lead UC Santa Barbara past Pomona-Pitzer 11-4 in the first round of the UC San Diego Invitational Water Polo Tournament.

The victory marked the debut for first-year UCSB head coach Wolf Wigo.

The Gauchos and Sagehens were tied 2-2 after the first quarter of play, but UCSB outscored its opponent 8-1 over the next two periods to put the match out of reach. Lantz scored all three of his goals during the pivotal second and third quarters.

The 11th-ranked Gauchos lost their second match of the day, a 7-5 decision to Loyola Marymount.

In the loss the Lions, UCSB couldn't overcome a 6-2 deficit after three quarters. The Gauchos did outscore LMU 3-1 in the fourth quarter to narrow the gap. In fact, when Knudtsen scored with 2:18 remaining it made the score 6-5, but Santa Barbara could not score again.

Freshman Dane Lindstrom (Lake Forest, Calif./El Toro HS) led UCSB with two goals in the defeat. Coulson Lantz added one to give him four on the day.

Play will continue in the UCSD Invitational on Sunday. The Gauchos will take-on UC San Diego's "B" team at 7:00 a.m.

                     1   2   3   4   T
Pomona Pitzer        2   0   1   1   4
UC Santa Barbara     2   3   5   1   11

UCSB Goals: Coulson Lantz-3, Robbie Bauer-2, Mark Knudtsen-2, Chris Lantz-1, Alex Young-1, Tyler Powell-1, Miles Price-1

UCSB Goalkeeper: Rick Wright - 8 saves

1 2 3 4 T UC Santa Barbara 0 1 1 3 5 Loyola Marymount 2 1 3 1 7

UCSB Goals: Dane Lindstrom-2, Matt Tilburg-1, Mark Knudtsen-1, Coulson Lantz-1

UCSB Goalkeeper: Rick Wright - 7 saves

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