No. 15 UCSB Travels to No. 5 Pepperdine, Seventh-Ranked UC Irvine
Oct. 7, 2005
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -
Saturday, October 8, 2005-12:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. Pepperdine Waves
At Pepperdine's Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool
Sunday, October 9, 2005-11:00 a.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. UC Irvine Anteaters
At UC Irvine's Anteater Aquatics Complex
The Gaucho Record
No. 15 UCSB enters Saturday's match against MPSF foe and fifth-ranked Pepperdine with a record of 7-5 overall. This will be the Gaucho's first MPSF match under the helm of new head coach Wolf Wigo. Santa Barbara, who hasn't hit the water competitively since sweeping its final two matches at the Southern California Water Polo Tournament on September 18, should be well-rested headed into Saturday's showdown. The Gauchos will then travel to UC Irvine to take on the seventh-ranked Anteaters on Sunday.
Ride the Wave
Fifth-ranked Pepperdine enters Saturday's match against UCSB sporting a record of 9-4 overall, 0-1in MPSF play. The Waves are coming off Thursday's upset loss to UC Irvine in Irvine, Calif. Before falling to the Anteaters, Pepperdine had a two-match win streak which included a 5-4 victory over then top-ranked USC on October 1. The Wave offense is paced by three outstanding goal-scorers. Senior Jesse Smith and sophomore Grant Miller share the top spot on the scoring list with 22 goals apiece. Fellow sophomore Adam Hewko ranks third with 21 scores on the season. Senior Ben Tait gets the majority of time between the pipes for Pepperdine, averaging 7.73 saves per match.
The seventh-ranked Anteaters enter the weekend with a record of 6-6 overall, 1-0 in MPSF matches. Irvine has momentum on its side after stealing a victory over No. 5 Pepperdine earlier this week. Unlike Pepperdine, UCI had lost its previous two matches before defeating the Waves. The Anteater scoring attack is led by senior driver Dreason Barry with 27 goals on the season. Second on the Anteater scoring list is junior Tim Hutten with 23 scores. Irvine does not have a definite keeper, alternating time between Matt Garcia and Joe Wynne. Garcia and Wynne both have started six of the 12 Anteater matches. Garcia started in goal in the victory over Pepperdine, so UCSB should see Wynne if the pattern continues. Of the two keepers, Wynne has allowed twelve more goals while making eleven fewer saves.
Young Guns Continue to Fire
Sophomores Coulson Lantz and Robbie Bauer now sit one and two atop the Gaucho scoring list for this season. Lantz paces the UCSB offense with 20 goals, but with seven goals at the Southern California Water Polo Tournament, Bauer now sits a close second with 17. Two freshmen sit three and four on the scoring chart for the Gauchos. Mark Knudtsen and Chris Lantz have tallied 12 and eight goals respectively. Sophomores Alex Young and Matt Tilburg have each scored seven goals on the season. Tilburg, along with Bauer and Coulson Lantz, managed to find the back of the net in three of the four Gaucho matches at the Southern California Tournament. In all, UCSB has scored 104 goals this season, an average of 8.67 per match, and 90 have been scored by freshmen and sophomores, 86.5%.