October 19, 2006

No. 9 UCSB Returns Home to Host No. 8 St. Francis, No. 4 Stanford

Oct. 19, 2006

The Schedule
Friday, Oct. 20 -
#9 UC Santa Barbara vs. #8 St. Francis, 4:00 p.m.
at Campus Pool

Sunday, Oct. 22-
#9 UC Santa Barbara vs. #4 Stanford, 12:00 p.m.
at Campus Pool

A Flashback
No. 9 UC Santa Barbara went 1-3 last weekend at the Southern California Tournament hosted by USC. The Gauchos dropped the first game of the tourney to UC Irvine in a narrow 8-7 decision. The two teams were tied 6-6 heading into the final period, but the Anteaters outshot UCSB 2-1 in the final frame to take their first win of the season over the Gauchos. UCSB had defeated UC Irvine twice earlier this year and still has yet to face the Anteaters for its Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match-up.

The second game of the weekend paired UCSB with eventual tournament champion No. 1 USC. The Gauchos played tight with the Trojans, matching USC goal-for-goal during the first half to tie the game at 4-4 leading into halftime. USC came out strong and posted seven goals to the Gauchos' one in the second half to come away with the 11-5 victory.

Sunday morning saw UCSB overcome a halftime tie against Air Force to capture the first win of the weekend, 10-6. Unfortunately, the ninth place game versus Loyola Marymount was a different story as the Lions broke away in the final half to take the 10-8 win.

The Gauchos head into this weekend's games with a 14-9 overall record and a 0-1 MPSF record. After reaching a season-high eighth ranking in the Collegiate Water Polo Association's Top-20 Poll last week, UCSB has dropped back down to ninth this week, a spot they have held during four weeks this season.

On Slate
No. 8 St. Francis of New York was a late addition to the Gaucho schedule, but should prove to be a competitive match for UCSB Friday afternoon. The Terriers, who compete in the CWPA, are 16-2 this season and are riding a 16-game win streak. UCSB dropped a 10-9 overtime game to St. Francis when the teams met last October.

On Sunday, No. 4 Stanford will travel to Campus Pool for the Gauchos' second MPSF game of the season. The Cardinal took fifth place the So Cal Tournament after posting a 3-1 record on the weekend and currently stand at 9-5 on the season (1-1 in the MPSF). This will be the first match of the season between UCSB and Stanford and the first collegiate game that head coach Wolf Wigo will coach against his brothers Drac and Janson Wigo who are both freshman on the Cardinal squad. Last time the Gauchos saw Stanford was on Nov. 12 last season when the Stanford handed UCSB a 14-6 loss.

Turning Up the Watt-age
Sophomore Travis Watts led UCSB for goals last weekend with a team-high six total. The driver posted two points against UC Irvine and a weekend-high hat trick in the win over Air Force. Watts is currently second on the team in goals scored this season with 26 total and has tallied six multi-goal games. Watts currently ranks in the conference's top-30 for scoring leaders with a 1.13 goal per game average.

Offensive Behavior
Junior Ross Sinclair continues to lead the Gauchos with 47 goals this season, but was held to only three last weekend as his sixteen-game scoring streak was snapped by the USC defense. Sinclair ranks fifth in the MPSF and twelfth nationally with an average of 2.0 goals per game.

Freshman Zsombor Vincze and sophomore Coulson Lantz were the only two Gauchos to score in each of last week's So Cal tourney games. Vincze was second on the team with five goals during the weekend notching a team-high two against USC while Lantz scored one goal in each of the four games. Vincze and Sinclair also each contributed five assists apiece in last week's campaign.

Goalie Gab
Goalies Rick Wright and Michael Robinson split time last weekend, each playing two full games. Wright matched his season-high mark of twelve saves in both of Saturday's games, posting a dozen saves against UC Irvine and USC. On Sunday, Robinson collected eight saves in the win over Air Force and knocked down seven against LMU. Wright currently averages 10.7 saves per game while Robinson averages 7.3.