Sept. 20, 2009
STANFORD, Calif. - The sixth-ranked UC Santa Barbara men's water polo team (5-3) took sixth at the Northern California Invitational after splitting its two games on Sunday at Stanford. The Gauchos defeated No. 5 Pepperdine, 11-10, in overtime before falling, 8-5, to No. 5 Loyola Marymount in the tournament's fifth-place game.
The Gauchos opened the day against No. 7 Pepperdine, which they had already defeated 8-7 two weeks ago at the UC San Diego Triton Invitational. This time around, the Waves got out to a 4-2 lead in the first half. The two teams traded a pair of goals in the third quarter and Pepperdine held a 6-4 advantage heading into the fourth.
UCSB continued to fight and in the fourth, the Gauchos outscored Pepperdine 5-3 to tie the game at nine apiece and send the teams into overtime. Each squad tallied a goal in the first of the two three-minute overtime periods. With 1:25 to go in the second overtime, junior Zsombor Vincze scored the game-winner, giving UCSB the 11-10 victory.
In the fifth-place game with Loyola Marymount, the Lions took a 2-1 lead in the first quarter, but the Gauchos were able to tie things up at three apiece heading into halftime. LMU outscored the Gauchos 5-1 in the third to jump out to an 8-4 advantage. UCSB held the Lions scoreless in the fourth quarter, but added just one goal of its own, falling 8-5.
Golic once again led the team, posting a pair of goals in the loss. The junior tallied a total of 12 goals during the weekend. In goal, Bunn tallied 10 saves for the Gauchos.
UCSB will be back in action on Oct. 3 when it hosts its annual alumni game. The weekend will also serve as the 30th anniversary celebration of the 1979 NCAA Championship team, the first Gaucho team to win a Division I title.
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.
#6 UCSB 11, #7 Pepperdine 10
Pepperdine Goals: MacDonnell 3, Snyder 2, Auer, Busby, Hamby, Watson, Young
Pepperdine Saves: O'Connell 5
#5 LMU 8, #6 UCSB
LMU Goals: Milligan 2, Schlegel 2, Aki, Asajavicius, Horton, MacDonnell
LMU Saves: Stevens 12