Gauchos Head South For SoCal Tournament

Oct. 1, 2010

• The Schedule 

Saturday, October 2, 2010

2010 SoCal Tournament

First Round: No. 6 UC Santa Barbara (5-2) vs. Concordia (2-3), 12 p.m.
at Sunset Canyon Recreation Center

Second Round: No. 4 Stanford (4-2) or No. 13 UC San Diego (6-5) vs. No. 6 UCSB (5-2), 4 or 5:20 p.m.
at Sunset Canyon Recreation Center

Sunday, October 3, 2010

2010 SoCal Tournament

at UCLA's Sunset Canyon Recreation Center and Spieker Aquatics Center
Third and Fourth Rounds: Games TBD

• Looking To Rebound
After last weekend's loss to No. 6 UC Irvine (7-2), 11-5, the No. 6 UC Santa Barbara men's water polo team will look to bounce back and finish strong in the SoCal Invitational. The Gauchos only scored on five of 22 shots against the Anteaters and only converted four of 10 power play opportunities. UCSB will be looking to improve upon its fifth-place finish at the NorCal Invitational (Sept. 18-19) this weekend.

• Who's In The Bracket
UCSB will play in Bracket D, which also consists of No. 4 Stanford (4-2), No. 13 UC San Diego (6-5) and Concordia (2-3). The Cardinals have not played since the NorCal Tournament, where they took fourth place. The Tritons are also rested, coming off a nine-day break. They last played on Sept. 23 when they dismantled Chapman University, 20-10.

• Tourney Talk
The SoCal Tournament pool features 15 of the nation's top-20 ranked programs and all nine Mountain Pacific Sports Federation teams. After Saturday's contest with the Eagles, the Gauchos will take on either No. 4 Stanford or No. 13 UC San Diego at 4 or 5:20 p.m. On Sunday, the Gauchos will continue tournament play with two games.

• Taking On The Eagles

Concordia University of Irvine enters this weekend with a 2-3 overall record. The Eagles will play Golden West Community College on Friday before heading to Los Angeles to take on the Gauchos. The Eagles losses were against No. 2 UCLA 12-4, No. 9 Pepperdine, 9-4, and Whittier College last Friday in overtime, 11-10.

• 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. Golic, who is only 12 goals away from breaking the school record, was held scoreless last Sunday against UC Irvine for the first time in a year. Look for the Belgrade, Serbia native to attempt to get back on track and surpass Larry Mouchawar's (1980-83) 27-year old school record this weekend.

• Heatin' Up
After not scoring a goal in the first two games of the season, sophomore Brian Shoemaker has scored at least one goal in the last five games. He has made six of his nine shot attempts, which puts him in a tie with Joe Plume for the second best shot percentage on the team at .667.

• Coming Soon

Following this weekend's tournament, UCSB will return home on Oct. 10 to host Concordia and Harvard in a doubleheader at Campus Pool. The Gauchos will take-on the Eagles at 11 a.m. before hosting the Crimson at 1 p.m. Admission is always free at Campus Pool.