No. 5 Gauchos Return Home for Sunday Pairings with No. 16 Concordia, Harvard
Oct. 8, 2010
Sunday, October 10, 2010
No. 5 UC Santa Barbara (7-4) vs. No. 16 Concordia (3-6), 11 a.m.
at Campus Pool
Harvard (4-8) vs. No. 5 UCSB (7-4), 1 p.m.
at Campus Pool
The Weekend Ahead
The No. 5 UC Santa Barbara (7-4) men's water polo team returns to Campus Pool this weekend for its final non-conference games of the season against No. 16 Concordia and Harvard, both on Saturday. The Gauchos are coming off of a fourth-place finish at the SoCal Tournament last weekend. The Gauchos won both games on Saturday, beating then-ranked No. 4 Stanford, 12-10, and then-ranked No. 17 Concordia, 19-12. The pair of victories guaranteed them a fourth-place finish in the tournament with two games yet to be played. However, UCSB lost a heartbreaking game to eventual tourney champion No. 1 USC, 7-6 and then was defeated by then-No. 5 UC Irvine, 8-4, in the third-place game.
It has been at least a decade since the Gauchos have finished in the top-four at the SoCal Tournament and the late Saturday win over then-ranked No. 4 Stanford guaranteed the Gauchos a fourth-place finish. UCSB snapped a three-game losing streak against the Cardinal; its last win over the program was on Nov. 9, 2008. The Gauchos almost carried the upset momentum into Sunday when they took on No. 1 USC, going up 6-4 in the fourth, but they couldn't close it out and lost 7-6.
Taking On The Eagles
Concordia University enters this weekend with revenge in mind. The two teams faced off last weekend in the SoCal Tournament and UCSB handled the Eagles easily, posting a 19-12 win. In the past, the Eagles have given the Gauchos problems. Last year in an Oct. 4 home contest for UCSB, the Eagles took the game into overtime, scoring two goals in the fourth to tie the game at eight-all. The Gauchos won in overtime, 9-8. This year may be different though, UCSB has already posted one victory over Concordia and the Gaucho defense is only allowing 7.5 goals per game, ranking them fifth in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation.
Taking on Harvard
UCSB has not played Harvard since Oct. 2002. They won the game, 11-5, and it was one of only six wins for the program that year. Harvard is 4-8 on the year. The Crimson will take-on four opponents before they face the Gauchos, starting on Friday with Occidental College and No. 18 Pomona-Pitzer College. Then, on Saturday, they take on Caltech and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps before traveling to Santa Barbara.
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 a game away from becoming the most prolific Gaucho scorer in the last 27 years. Golic, who is only two goals away from breaking the school record, had an impressive weekend at the SoCal Tournment, scoring 10 goals. That brought his season total to 31, which is the second most in the MPSF. It is likely that the Belgrade, Serbia native will break the record at home on Sunday and surpass Larry Mouchawar's (1980-83) 27-year old school record of 244 career goals.
Sophomore utility Brian Shoemaker led the team with a hat trick in Saturday's 12-10 upset victory over then-ranked No. 4 Stanford at the SoCal Tournament at UCLA. For his performance he was named UCSBgauchos.com Gaucho of the Week. He also scored two goals in the first game of the tournament against Concordia. His hot streak ran out on Sunday after seven games with a goal, which is the longest Gaucho scoring streak this season.
UCSB will take on its alumni on Saturday, Oct. 16 at Campus Pool at noon. The following day, the Gauchos will host their MPSF opener against No. 6 Stanford at noon at Campus Pool. Admission is always free to UCSB home water polo contests.