August 19, 2010

UCSB Ranked No. 7 Nationally in CWPA Preseason Poll

Aug. 19, 2010

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Just two days after being picked to finish sixth in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, the UC Santa Barbara men's water polo team has garnered a national ranking of No. 7 in the Collegiate Water Polo Association Coaches Preseason Poll, which was issued on Wednesday.

The Gauchos' No. 7 ranking is not all that shocking of a prediction as they finished seventh in the poll last season. Cal, UCLA, Stanford, USC and UC Irvine rank first through fifth, respectively, as they did in the MPSF poll. Loyola Marymount, which is a member of the Western Water Polo Association, is ranked sixth.

UCSB earned 71 points in the poll, trailing LMU by three points and coming in three points ahead of No. 8 Pepperdine. All nine of the MPSF schools rank among the nation's top-10, further displaying the conference's dominance.

The Gauchos return several key players from their 2009 campaign including All-Americans Milos Golic and Zsombor Vincze.

UCSB's season will kick off on Saturday, Sept. 4 when they play in an exhibition tournament at UCLA. The Gauchos will open at home on Sept. 11 against No. 11 UC San Diego.

To view the complete CWPA Preseason Coaches Poll, click here.

Season tickets for the 2010 soccer season are now available. All season ticket packages include tickets for the 2010 Men's College Cup, which is being hosted by UCSB on Dec. 10-12 at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium. Individual season tickets start at just $75 and include one ticket to all home men and women's regular season games and one 2010 Men's College Cup all-session ticket. UCSB staff and faculty can purchase their season tickets for a reduced rate of $50.

To purchase your tickets for the 2010 soccer season or for more information, please call (805) 893-UCSB, visit the Ticket Office located inside the Intercollegiate Athletics building on campus or buy online by clicking here.

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