UCSB Finishes Second at Triton Invitational

Sept. 6, 2009

LA JOLLA, Calif. - The seventh-ranked UC Santa Barbara men's water polo team took down No. 5 Pepperdine, 8-7, on Sunday afternoon to advance to the final of the 2009 UC San Diego Triton Invitational at La Jolla High School's Coggan Family Aquatics Center. Unfortunately, the Gauchos were unable to knock-off top-ranked USC in the tourney's championship game, falling 15-5 to the Trojans.

With the split, UCSB jumps out to a 3-1 start to the 2009 season.

In the first game of the day, the Gauchos earned an early 3-0 lead over the Waves in the first quarter. Pepperdine fought back, outscoring UCSB 3-1 in the second to trail by just one goal heading into halftime. The two teams traded a pair of goals in each of the last two quarters as UCSB held on for the 8-7 victory.

Sophomore Noah Smith led the Gaucho effort, scoring four goals. In the goal, Fraser Bunn tallied six saves.

The win over Pepperdine sent the Gauchos to the tournament's championship game for the second time in three years (UCSB won the tournament in 2007). This time, the Gauchos were paired against No. 1 USC.

The Trojans got out to an early 5-2 lead in the first quarter and never looked back. The Gauchos scored just three more times as USC captured the 15-5 victory.

Freshman Brian Shoemaker and junior Milos Golic each tallied two goals in the loss. Bunn notched nine saves in three quarters of work.

The Gauchos will be in action next at the Northern California Tournament the weekend of Sept. 19-20 in Stanford, Calif.

Water polo fans, new this year, donations to The Gaucho Fund - regardless of the sport it supports - will be part of the "One Donation is Gold" system. This allows donors to purchase priority/premium seating and parking at UCSB games across several sports in addition to other benefits.

If you donate to water polo you will have the opportunity to purchase tickets in the Gold Zone (priority/premium seats) at Harder Stadium for men's soccer, which includes complimentary priority parking and cushioned chair-backed seating. No longer will separate donations need to be made to secure priority seating to different UCSB sports. One donation, one fund: The Gaucho Fund.

1 2 3 4 Final
#7 UCSB 3 1 2 2 8
#5 Pepperdine 0 3 2 2 7

UCSB Goals: Noah Smith 4, Brian Shoemaker, Stefan Partelow, Chris Dyer, Evan Dellinger.
UCSB Saves: Fraser Bunn 6.

1 2 3 4 Final
#7 UCSB 2 1 1 1 5
#1 USC 5 1 6 3 15

UCSB Goals: Brian Shoemaker 2, Milos Golic 2, Evan Dellinger.
UCSB Saves: Fraser Bunn 9.

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