Oct. 22, 2006
Santa Barbara, Calif. -
The No. 9 UC Santa Barbara men's water polo team toughed out a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation game against No. 4 for four quarters and two overtime periods before losing 11-10 in sudden death overtime. Seven Gauchos scored in front of a large crowd at Campus Pool. UCSB falls to 15-10 overall and 0-2 in the MPSF while Stanford improves to 11-5 and 3-1 in conference.
"We knew we had a chance, we had confidence," UCSB Head Coach Wolf Wigo said. "A lot of the game plan we executed well, we had one or two mistakes that when we were up by two and three that let them back into the game."
The Cardinal won the sprint and scored first 20 seconds into the game off a skip shot from senior utility J.J. Garton. Santa Barbara answered back less than a minute later with an off-speed backhand shot from Jesse Tootell. Stanford scored next when junior two-meter Michael Bury had an open look at UCSB junior goalie Rick Wright. The Gauchos evened the score at two when junior driver Matt Tilburg drew a foul and sophomore driver Miles Price took the five-meter penalty shot.
After failing to convert on a power play opportunity in the second quarter, the Cardinal scored when freshman utility Drac Wigo put one through from beyond five-meter mark. Great passing helped Santa Barbara score next on a shot from freshman two-meter Kendell Olds found the back of the net with an assist from freshman utility Sean Castillo. Stanford had a chance to score when senior driver Tyler Drake went up for a five-meter penalty shot but Wright blocked it to preserve the tie. The Gauchos and Price converted a man advantage to go up 4-3 but the Cardinal tied it at four with a goal from sophomore driver Chris Jacobson.
More solid passing and a clean look from Zsombor Vincze set UCSB off on a 3-0 run to start off the third period. Junior two-meter Matt Dale scored with a backhand shot and sophomore driver Travis Watts put one through from seven meters out to make the score 7-4, giving Santa Barbara its biggest lead of the game. With less than a minute remaining in the quarter, Jacobson put one by Wright to bring the Cardinal within two.
The fourth period was Stanford's turn for a 3-0 run with a goal from Bury and two identical goals from Janson Wigo to give the Cardinal the 7-8 advantage. With two minutes left in regulation the Gauchos capitalized on a 5-on-6 with a goal from junior driver Coulson Lantz assisted by Dale. With the score knotted at eight, Wright had several key saves to force overtime.
Stanford scored the only goal of the first overtime period sophomore driver Andrew Drake scored with an assist from sophomore utility William Hindle-Katel. With roughly a minute left, UCSB scored on a five-meter penalty shot goal from Watts to even the score at nine. The Cardinal responded with a minute remaining when Tyler Drake scored off a penalty shot. Santa Barbara invigorated the vociferous crowd with a goal from Dale, who was assisted by Castillo, to force a sudden death period.
UCSB won the sprint but immediately turned the ball over on an offensive foul. Janson Wigo won the game for the Cardinal with a skip shot that got past Wright to end the game 11-10.
"Overall, it was a great game, it's disappointing but we had a great overflow crowd and it was a fun game but it's terrible to lose like that," Wigo said.
The Gauchos travel North next weekend for two conference matches against University of the Pacific and Berkeley.
Scores by period: 1-2-3-4-OT1-OT2-OT3
UC Santa Barbara: 2-2-3-1-0-2-0
Stanford goals: Janson Wigo-3; Michael Bury-2; Chris Jacobson-2; Andrew Drake-1; Tyler Drake-1; J.J. Garton-1; Drac Wigo-1
UC Santa Barbara goals: Matt Dale-2; Miles Price-2; Travis Watts-2; Coulson Lantz-1; Kendell Olds-1; Jesse Tootell-1; Zsombor Vincze-1;