No. 14 UCSB Continues MPSF Action, Hosts No. 9 Pacific and Second-Ranked Cal
Nov. 4, 2005
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -
Saturday, November 5, 2005-1:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. Pacific Tigers
At UCSB's Campus Pool
Sunday, November 6, 2005-1:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. Cal Bears
At UCSB's Campus Pool
*Statistics for the October 14 match against St. Francis N.Y. were unavailable at the time of this release--the records are correct, but the individual statistics may not be*
The Gaucho Record
No. 14 UC Santa Barbara enters the week sporting a .500 record at 12-12 overall, 0-3 in the MPSF. The Gauchos are coming off a tremendous week at home in which they outscored their opponents 40-12. UCSB tallied an 11-5 victory over Cal Baptist on Friday before sweeping Chapman 16-4 and Occidental College 13-3 on Sunday. UCSB will try to carry its momentum into the weekend matches starting with Saturday's clash with No. 9 Pacific. The Gauchos will then look to knock-off one of the best water polo teams in the nation when they do battle with second-ranked Cal on Sunday.
Sophomore driver Matt Tilburg tallied six goals over the weekend for the Gauchos. The Poway, Calif. native led the Gauchos in two of the three matches with two scores in each match. With the six goals over the weekend, Tilburg has claimed the third spot on the Gaucho scoring list with 18. Over the last seven matches, Tilburg has amassed eleven goals--the most of any Gaucho over that stretch.
Goalies Take Offense
With such dominating play over the past weekend, the Gauchos found time to take a break from reality and have some fun at Campus Pool. Senior goalkeeper Jon Bonafede started the shenanigans when he was replaced by fellow goalkeeper James Street and took to the open water in an attempt to net his first goal of the season against Chapman on Sunday. Bonafede did manage to find the back of the net in the match, insuring a spot on the Gaucho scoring list for the season. Head Coach Wolf Wigo decided to press his luck using his goalkeepers as offensive weapons when he put Rick Wright on the offensive end in the match against Occidental College. The sophomore out of San Diego, Calif. took advantage of a two-meter shot opportunity to net his first score of the year.
Scouting the Tigers
Pacific (14-9, 0-3) is carrying momentum after coming off a sweep at the Davis Shootout this past week in Davis, Calif. The Tigers outscored their opponents 39-29 at the competition. Before the four straight victories, Pacific had dropped its previous two matches, 14-10 to UC Irvine and 17-7 to Cal.
The Bear Trap
No. 2 Cal (16-4, 2-1) is coming off a tough 8-6 loss to Pepperdine this past week. Before falling to the Waves, the Bears had tallied three straight victories, which included wins over UC Irvine, UC Davis and Pacific. John Mann leads the Cal offense with forty-one goals in 19 matches played. Cal's best goalkeeper is Nate Bennett, who has tallied 141 saves and allowed 97 goals this season.