Sept. 24, 2010
Sunday, September 26, 2010
UC Santa Barbara (5-1) vs. UC Irvine (5-2), 12 p.m.
at Campus Pool
In The Poll
Last weekend's NorCal Tournament shook up the polls, moving six of the top-10 teams into different spots in the national rankings. UC Santa Barbara moved up one spot to fifth in this week's Collegiate Water Polo Association Poll. The Gauchos took fifth in the tournament and in their last game they beat then-ranked No. 5 UC Irvine by a score of 10-9. This marks the first time that UCSB has been ranked in the top-five since October 2004 when it was ranked fourth nationally.
Taking On The Anteaters
UC Irvine enters this weekend with a 5-2 overall record. The Anteaters will play Long Beach State (5-2) on Friday before heading to Santa Barbara. The Anteaters took sixth at the NorCal Tournament after losing to UCSB in the fifth-place game. The Anteaters won two games in the tournament against Santa Clara, 14-3, on Saturday and Pepperdine, 16-10, on Sunday. The Anteaters are second in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation with 104 goals on the season, averaging 14.86 goals per game. Senior Brandon Johnson, who is currently ranked fourth in the MPSF with his 2.43 goals per game average, leads UC Irvine. Goalkeeper Matt Johnson is currently third in the conference with his average of 7.29 saves per game.
Best in the Biz
The Gauchos are tied for the second-best overall record among MPSF teams. They trail USC (8-0) and are tied with California (5-1). The Gauchos have limited their opposition to just 37 goals this season and lead the MPSF with their 6.17 goals against average. They rank seventh for goals per game with an average of 11.
Golic Knows Goals
Three-time All-American Milos Golic is now in his senior year with the Gauchos and is within reach of two major feats. The first is becoming UCSB's all-time goals leader and the second is becoming just the fourth athlete in school history to become a four-time All-American. While he will have to wait till the end of the year to see if he has garnered All-American recognition, he could be just games away from becoming the most prolific Gaucho scorer in the last 27 years. With 10 goals over the weekend, Golic brought his career count to 233.The Belgrade, Serbia native is now just 12 goals away from surpassing Larry Mouchawar's (1980-83) 27-year old school record.
Saving The Day
Gaucho goalkeepers Fraser Bunn and Myles Christian both rank among the top-three in the MPSF for fewest goals allowed. Bunn ranks second with his 5.82 goals against average while Christian ranks third with a 6.40 GAA. Bunn has played 11 quarters and has 31 saves on the season, while Christian has played in 10 quarters and has 35 saves for the season.
After Sunday's contest with the Anteaters, the Gauchos will be back in action the weekend of Oct. 2-3 when they travel to Los Angeles, Calif. for the annual SoCal Tournament hosted by UCLA. The tournament pool will feature several of the nation's top-20 ranked programs. The Gauchos' first tournament opponent will be Concordia, which they will face on Saturday, Oct. 2 at 12 pm.