Sept. 8, 2007
POMONA, Calif. - The No. 6 UC Santa Barbara men's water polo team dropped its first game of the season on Saturday in an 11-9 loss to No. 7 Pepperdine in the opening game of the 2007 Inland Empire Classic being held this weekend at Redlands, Pomona-Pitzer and LaVerne. The Gauchos rebounded with a 12-10 win over No. 20 Cal Baptist and an 11-5 win over No. 19 Pomona-Pitzer later in the day.
After going 2-1 on Saturday, UCSB now holds an overall record of 6-1 on the season.
In the first game of the day, the Gauchos fell victim to the very team they last beat. After taking Pepperdine down 7-6 in last weekend's UCSD Triton Invitational championship game, the Waves were able to return the favor with an 11-9 victory over the Gauchos.
Both teams tallied a single goal in the first quarter before UCSB distanced itself in the second, outscoring Pepperdine, 3-1 to lead 4-2 heading into halftime. Pepperdine had a strong third quarter as they outscored UCSB 5-2 to take a narrow 7-6 lead. The Gauchos were unable to stage a comeback in the fourth, falling 11-9.
In game two, UCSB overtook No. 20 Cal Baptist, 12-10. Dane Lindstrom led UCSB with a hat trick in the win over the Lancers. Fraser Bunn and Michael Robinson split time in the cage tallying seven and four saves, respectively.
In the final match-up of the day, the Gauchos defeated No. 19 Pomona-Pitzer for the second time in two weeks, this time by way of an 11-5 score. Senior Ross Sinclair posted a team-high five goals in the win. Bunn collected six saves while Robinson had four.
The Gauchos will conclude action at the Inland Empire Classic on Sunday with a game versus Redlands 10:20 am and Chapman at 2:20 pm. Both games will be played at Redlands.
Pepperdine 11, UC Santa Barbara 9
1 2 3 4 Final UCSB 1 3 2 3 9 Pepperdine 1 1 5 4 11
UCSB Goals: Vincze 3, Partelow 2, Watts 2, Tootell 2.
UCSB Goalie Saves: Wright 6.
UC Santa Barbara 12, Cal Baptist 10
UCSB Goals: Lindstrom 3, Partelow 2, Dale 2, Vincze 2, Castillo 1, Paunovic 1.
UCSB Goalie Saves: Robinson 4, Bunn 7.
UC Santa Barbara 11, Pomona-Pitzer 5
UCSB Goals: Sinclair 5, Natalizio 2, Partelow 2, Vincze 1, Bishop 1
UCSB Goalie Saves: Bunn 6, Robinson 4.