No. 7 UCSB Will Resume MPSF Play on the Road This Weekend
Oct. 29, 2008
Saturday, Nov. 1, 2008
No. 7 UC Santa Barbara at No. 4 Cal, 10 a.m.
at Spieker Aquatics Complex
Sunday, Nov. 2, 2008
No. 7 UC Santa Barbara at No. 19 Pacific, 12 p.m.
at Chris Kjeldsen Pool
This Week In Water Polo
Following a successful two-game home stand, the UC Santa Barbara men's water polo team will hit the road and head north this weekend for a pair of Mountain Pacific Sports Federation contests. The Gauchos will travel to No. 4 Cal on Saturday and No. 19 Pacific on Sunday.
For The Record
UCSB carries a 12-7 overall record into this weekend's action and has gone 1-1 in MPSF contests. After holding the No. 8 ranking in last week's Collegiate Water Polo Association Top-20 Coaches Poll, the Gauchos moved up to the No. 7 spot after knocking off UC San Diego last Friday.
Last Friday's contest with UC San Diego marked the Gauchos' third consecutive contest - and fourth this season - that was decided in sudden victory overtime. After coming back and tying the game at 7-7 with just two seconds left in regulation play, the Gauchos and Tritons were still tied after two three-minute overtime periods, forcing the teams into sudden victory overtime. The teams battled through 14 minutes and 24 seconds of additional overtime before Kendell Olds notched the game-winner with 36 seconds to play in the fifth sudden victory period to capture the 10-9 win. The victory was the first over UC San Diego this year. During the previous two meetings, the Tritons had defeated UCSB both times by way a 12-11 score. The Gauchos have posted a 3-1 record in overtime games this season and hold a perfect 4-0 home record.
Sophomore utility player Milos Golic posted four goals in Friday's victory with three coming in the fourth quarter, including the equalizer with two seconds left in regulation play. It marked his fourth consecutive contest as the Gauchos' goals leader and his fourth straight game with at least a hat trick. This season Golic has collected 56 goals with an average of 3.11 goals per game, which currently leads the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. He now has totaled 109 career goals and is one of only 21 Gauchos to post 100 or more career goals. Golic is ranked 19th on the list of UCSB's all-time career scoring leaders. The sophomore is amidst a 23-game scoring streak, dating back to the 2007 season. This year he has scored in all 18 contests and has had multiple goals in 15 games. Additionally, he leads the team with 14 assists and 13 steals this season.
Bunn Comes Up Big
Sophomore goalkeeper Fraser Bunn tallied a career-high 20 saves in the victory over UCSD, surpassing his previous career-high by six saves. His 20 saves also mark the most by a MPSF goalie so far this season. Bunn is currently second in the conference and leads the Gauchos with his 10.4 saves per game average. Teammate Michael Robinson, is currently averaging 9.8 saves per contest. Both goalies have tallied a total of 88 saves.
We're Going Streaking
Junior two-meter player Jesse Tootell tied his career-high of three goals during last Friday's contest. Tootell is amidst a three-game multiple-goal scoring streak and has tallied 12 of his 14 goals this season in the last nine contests. He also leads the team with 22 earned penalties or ejections. Tied with Tootell for third on the team with 14 goals scored is freshman Noah Smith who has also scored in the last three contests. Smith is second on the team with 18 earned penalties or ejections.
No. 4 Cal enters Saturday's contest with a 13-5 record and a 0-2 MPSF mark. The Bears played three games last week and after dropping a MPSF contest to UCLA 12-11 in overtime on Saturday, they posted a pair of nonconference wins over Santa Clara and UC Santa Cruz on Sunday. The last time the two teams faced-off was on Nov. 4, 2007 when then-ranked No. 1 Cal captured a 10-8 win at Campus Pool.
Tracking The Tigers
No. 19 Pacific enters this weekend with a 10-15 overall record and a 0-3 MPSF mark. The Tigers are currently amidst a three-game losing skid with their last loss coming to UCLA (14-2) last Sunday. UCSB has faced Pacific twice in nonconference games this season, posting a 9-6 win on Sept. 7 and a 7-6 victory at Pacific on Sept. 19.
Following this weekend's road swing, UCSB will return to Campus Pool to finish the 2008 regular season with a four-game home stand. The Gauchos will host Long Beach State on Saturday, Nov. 8 and Stanford on Sunday, Nov. 9 with both contests scheduled for a noon start.