No. 8 UCSB Returns to Campus Pool to Host No. 13 Pacific and No. 1 USC
Oct. 17, 2007
Friday, Oct. 19, 2007
No. 13 Pacific at No. 8 UC Santa Barbara, 4 p.m.
at Campus Pool
Saturday, Oct. 20, 2007
No. 1 USC at No. 8 UC Santa Barbara, 12 p.m.
at Campus Pool
This Week In Water Polo
Coming off of two weeks of non-conference action, including last weekend's Southern California Tournament, the No. 8 UC Santa Barbara men's water polo team will return to Campus Pool for a pair of Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match-ups. The Gauchos will take-on No. 13 Pacific on Friday, Oct. 19 at 4 p.m. before hosting No. 1 USC at noon on Saturday, Oct. 20.
Gauchos Place Ninth At 2007 Southern California Tournament
After a disappointing 5-4 loss to then-ranked No. 10 Loyola Marymount in the opening round of last weekend's Southern California Tournament, UCSB turned things around and won its next three games to take ninth in the competitive tournament. The Gauchos posted their second win of the season over Redlands, 19-2, on Saturday and followed it with a 13-7 win over Pacific, and a 6-5 win over St. Francis on Sunday. The Gauchos are now 15-8 on the season and 0-1 in MPSF games.The Gauchos are currently five wins away from their second consecutive 20-win season and if they are able to accomplish that feat, it would be a program first. After climbing to seventh on the Collegiate Water Polo Association Top-20 Coaches Poll last week, the Gauchos dropped to eighth this week after last Saturday's loss to LMU.
Around The Conference
No. 1 USC currently leads the MPSF with its 3-0 conference record and leads the nation with a perfect 12-0 record this season. Cal is 1-0 in MPSF games while Stanford, UCLA and UC Irvine are each 1-1. The rest of the conference is currently 0-1.
Freshman Milos Golic continued to shine this past weekend as he led the Gauchos with eight goals at the Southern California Tournament. Five of Golic's eight goals came in the 13-7 win over Pacific, a game in which he also handed out three assists. For the weekend, Golic posted a .380 shooting percentage along with seven assists and four earned penalties or ejections. For his performance over the weekend, Golic was named UCSBGauchos.com Student-Athlete of the Week. The native of Belgrade, Serbia currently ranks sixth in the MPSF with his 2.29 goals per game average and is second amongst the Gauchos with 32 goals scored this season. He has had 10 multiple goal showings and his five goals on Sunday marked a career-high. Golic is also third on the team with 20 assists and has collected 10 steals and 13 earned penalties or ejections.
Ross On A Roll
Senior Ross Sinclair, a 2006 Third Team All-American, continues to lead UCSB in just about every statistical category. Sinclair has posted a team-leading 40 goals, 25 assists, 20 steals, and 12 field blocks. The Newport, Calif. native currently averages 1.82 goals per game, ranking ninth amongst all MPSF players. Sinclair stretched his current scoring streak to twelve consecutive games with his six goals this past weekend, including a weekend-best hat trick against Redlands. He has posted 13 multiple-goal games, including six games with a hat trick or more. The driver is now tied ninth on the UCSB career scoring list with 141 goals.
The View On Vincze
Sophomore Zsombor Vincze, a 2006 All-MPSF Honorable Mention, also stretched a scoring streak this weekend. The native of Szeged, Hungary posted five goals over the weekend including a pair in the narrow 5-4 loss to LMU. His current streak stretches to six straight games with at least one goal. The utility player is third amongst the Gauchos with 31 goals, which surpasses his 30 scored last season, and is 13th in conference with an average of 1.63 per game. In addition to his five goals, Vincze also earned a total of 12 penalties or ejections last weekend, earning five against both Pacific and St. Francis. Vincze has posted 14 assists and leads the team with 29 drawn penalties or ejections.
The Wright Stuff
Senior goalkeeper Rick Wright notched a season-high 15 saves in Saturday's loss to Loyola Marymount. He also tallied nine saves apiece in each of Sunday's match-ups. The San Diego, Calif. native also had six steals and two assists during the weekend. Wright currently ranks second in the MPSF with an average of 10.2 saves per game and has tallied double-digit saves in six games. He currently averages 7.5 goals against per game and has tallied nine assists and 11 steals this season.
The Price Is Right
Junior Miles Price continues to be a solid contributor to the Gaucho offense this season. The driver is currently tied fourth on the team with his 26 goals scored, including five scored this past weekend. The Canyon, Calif. native led UCSB to its 6-5 win over St. Francis during Sunday's ninth-place game with a pair of goals. Price has posted seven multi-goal games this season, including two four-goal showings, and is second on the team behind Sinclair with 21 assists.
Sophomore driver Stefan Partelow, who finished the 2006 season with 18 goals, has already surpassed his freshman season output as he currently is tied fourth amongst the Gauchos with 26 goals scored. The Manhattan Beach, Calif. native has scored at least one goal in 14 of the Gauchos' 23 contests this season, including a career-high four goals against Redlands on Saturday. Partelow has also chipped in 18 assists, 10 steals, 11 field bocks, and 10 earned penalties or ejections.
The Wigo File
Now in his third season as the head coach of the UC Santa Barbara men's water polo team is three-time Olympian and former captain of the USA Men's National Team, Wolf Wigo. Overall, Wigo has posted a 49-39 (.556) record at UCSB. In 2006, just his second year with the program, Wigo led his team to a fifth-place finish in the MPSF and an overall record of 21-14, marking the first 20-win season for UCSB since 1990. Wigo also coached three players to All-MPSF honors and Ross Sinclair became the first player he has coached to earn collegiate All-American honors.
No. 13 Pacific enters this weekend's action with a 13-11 overall record and a 0-1 MPSF record. The Tigers, who suffered a 13-7 loss to UCSB on Sunday, finished 11th overall at the Southern California Tournament. Pacific is led by Dragen Bakic, who averages 2.96 goals per game, and Duje Kaurloto, who averages 2.92. Defensively, goalie Brian Domecus leads the Tigers with his 10.08 saves per game.
No. 1 USC enters this weekend with a perfect 12-0 overall record and 3-0 MPSF mark and is coming off of a first-place finish at the Southern California Tournament. The Trojans have been led this season by current MPSF Player of the Week, Shea Buckner, who averages 1.42 goals per game. Goalie Adam Shilling leads the conference with his 4.17 goals against average and is currently averaging 7.67 saves per game. This will be the Gauchos' first match-up with the Trojans this season.
Following this week's two-game home stand, UCSB will travel to Stanford on Saturday, Oct. 27 for a conference match-up at noon. On Sunday, Nov. 4, UCSB will host its final home game of the season against Cal before finishing up the regular season on the road. The MPSF Tournament will take place Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 23-25 at Cal. The winner of the tournament automatically qualifies for the NCAA Championships, which take place the following weekend, Dec. 1-2 at Stanford.