Oct. 15, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
No. 8 UC Santa Barbara Gauchos (8-6) vs. No. 11 UC San Diego Tritons (9-9), 6 pm
at Coggan Family Aquatic Center
Saturday, October 17, 2009
No. 8 UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. No. 9 UC Irvine Anteaters (9-5), 12 pm
at Anteater Pool
The Road Ahead
Eighth-ranked UC Santa Barbara is currently amidst a seven-game road swing. The Gauchos will play UC San Diego on Friday in a non-conference game, which has been moved from UCSD's Canyonview Pool to the Coggan Family Aquatic Center, also in La Jolla. The next day, UCSB will head to UC Irvine for a non-conference pairing with the Anteaters. The road swing will conclude on Saturday, Oct. 24 when the Gauchos open Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play at Long Beach State.
For The Record
The 2009 Gauchos enter this weekend with an overall mark of 8-6. Last weekend, the Gauchos struggled at the UCI Invitational. After winning their opening round game against UC Davis via a 7-5 score, the Gauchos suffered their worst loss of the season, falling 17-3 to USC. On Sunday, UCSB's hardships continued as they fell 10-9 to Long Beach State and then went into overtime with Loyola Marymount in the tournament's seventh-place game, only to once again fall by way of a 10-9 score.
The Gauchos' game against Loyola Marymount was the their third to go into overtime this season. UCSB holds a 2-1 record in overtime games. In 2008, the Gauchos had eight games go into overtime - five of which were decided in sudden victory - and posted a 7-1 record in those games. During Wolf Wigo's tenure at UCSB, the Gauchos have posted a 10-4 record in overtime games.
An Early Look At The MPSF
The Gauchos have already played five non-conference games against MPSF opponents this season and have posted a 1-4 record in these games, which includes a pair of losses to top-ranked USC. Two of the games - a win over Pepperdine (Sept. 6) and a loss to Long Beach State (Oct. 11) - have been decided by just one goal. Last year, UCSB finished its MPSF schedule with a 4-4 record, but posted a 10-8 record in all games against MPSF opponents. Currently, all nine MPSF teams are ranked in the top-12 of the Collegiate Water Polo Association Poll and the top-five teams in the poll are all from the MPSF.
No. 11 UC San Diego enters Friday's game with a 9-9 record. The Tritons were also in action at last weekend's UCI Invitational where they finished 11th. UCSD is led by Steven Donohoe who has posted 42 goals already this season. Goalkeeper David Morton has 186 saves this season. The Gauchos opened their season with a 15-12 victory over UCSD on Sept. 5. Last season the teams played three times and each game was decided by one goal.
Inquiring About Irvine
No. 9 UC Irvine enters this week with a 9-5 overall record and will take-on Long Beach State on Thursday before hosting UCSB. At their own tournament last weekend, the Anteaters took ninth-place after going 3-1. Tom Kruip leads UCI with 32 goals and Cole Bielskis has 31. Matt Johnson leads the team with 100 saves on the season. This will be the first meeting between UCSB and UCI this season. The two teams faced-off five times in 2008 and the Gauchos posted a 4-1 record in that series. Two of the games were decided by one goal and the last two pairings went into overtime, including the fifth-place game at the MPSF Tournament.
Rank and Order
After five weeks as the No. 6 team in the nation, UCSB dropped to No. 8 in the Collegiate Water Polo Association's Top-20 poll this week. The Gauchos have ended the last three seasons as the nations' No. 6 team.
Leading The Charge
Junior Milos Golic continues to lead the Gauchos with 29 goals scored this season and he ranks sixth in the MPSF with an average of 2.07 goals per game. He tied his season-high of four goals twice last weekend against Long Beach State and Loyola Marymount. Sophomore Noah Smith has 21 goals on the year and is tied 15th in conference with 1.50 goals per game. Junior Zsombor Vincze has been efficient in his eight showings this season, tallying 13 goals and a 1.63 goals per game average, which ranks 12th among MPSF players.
Minding The Cage
Junior Fraser Bunn currently leads all goalkeepers in the MPSF for saves per game with his average of 8.95. The native of Melbourne, Australia has started 12 of the Gauchos' 14 games and has posted a total of 94 saves. Freshman goalkeeper Myles Christian got the starting nod against Loyola Marymount and posted a career-high 15 saves in the narrow overtime loss. He is averaging 9.3 saves per game.
Countdown Till Campus Pool
The Gauchos will return to Campus Pool on Thursday, Oct. 29 for a MPSF game against perennial powerhouse USC at 4 pm.
Basketball Season Tickets Now Available!
Men's and women's basketball season tickets are now available, giving fans an opportunity to catch the Gauchos all season long. Season tickets are only $125 for men's basketball and $100 for women's basketball (35% lower than last year). Similar to the successful men's soccer family plan, a new Family Plan season ticket is now available for both men's and women's basketball. Family plans, which include five season tickets (two adults and three youth season tickets), are $300 for men's basketball, $225 for women's basketball or get the combo plan (both men's and women's) for just $400. That's just $2.66 per game! UCSB faculty/staff will also receive 50% off pricing on all season tickets. And, purchase tickets before Nov. 1 to receive a complimentary Olé bobblehead doll! Click here to learn more about season ticket packages or to buy today!