September 10, 2008

No. 10 Gauchos Open at Home on Friday Against No. 12 UC Davis

Sept. 10, 2008

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• The Schedule
Friday, Sept. 12, 2008
No. 12 UC Davis at No. 10 UC Santa Barbara, 3 p.m.
at Campus Pool

• This Week In Water Polo
After opening the 2008 season with a sixth-place finish at the UC San Diego Triton Invitational, the No. 10 UC Santa Barbara men's water polo team will open its home schedule this Friday with a contest against non-conference foe No. 12 UC Davis at 3 p.m. at the Gauchos' Campus Pool.

• Gauchos Finish Sixth at UCSD Triton Invitational
In 2007 the Gauchos got off to a 4-0 start to the season and won the season-opening UC San Diego Triton Invitational. Unfortunately, this year's results at the tournament were a little more mixed. After dominating Cal Lutheran (22-5) in the first game of last weekend's tourney, the Gauchos were upend by then-ranked No. 8 Loyola Marymount, 11-8. UCSB rebounded the next morning and defeated Mountain Pacific Sports Federation foe No. 13 Pacific, 9-6, before dropping the fifth-place pairing to host No. 14 UC San Diego by one goal, 12-11. The Gauchos now hold a 2-2 overall record and have dropped from their No. 6 preseason ranking to No. 10 in this week's Collegiate Water Polo Association's Top-20 Poll.

• Dynamic Duo
Returning 2007 All-MPSF honorees Zsombor Vincze and Milos Golic picked up where they left off last season. The 2007 MPSF Newcomer of the Year, Golic, stretched his scoring streak (carried over from 2007) to nine games, tallying goals in each of last weekend's contests. He had a hat trick against LMU and topped that showing with four goals against UC San Diego in the tournament closer. Golic leads the team with 10 goals and five assists. He also tallied three steals and earned three penalties or ejections over the weekend. Vincze posted nine total goals, and like Golic, had a hat trick against the Lions and four goals against the Tritons.

• Fantastic Four
Golic and Vincze were not the only Gauchos to have four-goal showings last weekend. Freshman Noah Smith tallied four goals in the season-opener against Cal Lutheran and Miles Price's four-goal effort helped UCSB past Pacific on Sunday. Price and Smith are both tied for third on the team with five goals apiece.

• The Wigo File
Now in his fourth season as the head coach of the UC Santa Barbara men's water polo team is three-time Olympian and former captain of the USA Men's National Team, Wolf Wigo. Overall, Wigo has posted a 53-45 (.541) record at UCSB. Last year he coached the Gauchos to a No. 6 final national ranking and a 19-14 record. In 2006, just his second year with the program, Wigo led his team to a fifth-place finish in the MPSF and an overall record of 21-14, marking the first 20-win season for UCSB since 1990. Wigo has coached six players to All-MPSF honors and three collegiate All-Americans.

• Number One Stunna
Junior Michael Robinson and sophomore Fraser Bunn split goalkeeping duties last week. Robinson manned the goal against Cal Lutheran and Pacific while Bunn got the starting nod against Loyola Marymount and UC San Diego. Robinson allowed just 11 goals and tallied 12 saves for a 6.0 saves-per-game average and 5.5 goals against average. Bunn allowed 23 goals and posted 15 saves. He averaged 11.5 goals against and 7.5 saves-per-game.

• About The Aggies
No. 10 UC Davis, a member of the Western Water Polo Association, opened its season at the UCSD Triton Invite as well and posted a 2-2 record and finished seventh. The Aggies were led by senior two-meter player Paul Wilson, son of Gaucho swim coach Gregg Wilson, who tallied eight goals on the weekend. The two teams last met on Sept. 14, 2007 when the Gauchos came away with a 9-6 victory at Davis.

• Coming Attractions
Next week, the Gauchos will play at Pacific in a non-conference pairing on Friday, Sept. 19 at 5 p.m. The following two days they will compete in the Northern California Tournament, being hosted by Pacific on Sept. 20-21.