November 5, 2010

UCSB Takes to the Road to Face No. 1 Cal and No. 7 Pacific

Nov. 5, 2010

• The Schedule

Saturday, November 6, 2010, 12 pm

No. 6 UC Santa Barbara (10-6, 1-2) vs. No. 1 Cal (15-2, 4-0)
at Spieker Aquatics Complex.

Sunday, November 7, 2010, 12 pm

No. 6 UC Santa Barbara (10-6, 1-2) at No. 7 Pacific (12-8, 1-3)
at Chris Kjeldsen Pool.

• The Week Ahead
No. 6 UC Santa Barbara will hit the road this week to face Mountain Pacific Sports Federation foes No. 1 Cal and No. 7 Pacific on Saturday and Sunday, respectively, in a pair of conference contests. UCSB enters this week with a 10-6 overall record and has gone 1-2 in MPSF games.

• MPSF Update
While the Gauchos were idle last week, several MPSF teams played league games. Saturday's opponent, Cal, remains atop the conference standings with a perfect 4-0 record. UC Irvine, which was atop the league leaderboard two weeks ago, has now dropped to a tie for fourth-place with USC (3-2). UCLA has made an impressive surge to second place with a conference record of 4-1. Stanford is close behind at 3-1 in conference. The Gauchos are currently sixth with their 1-2 record.

• Taking On The Bears 

Saturday will mark the first time this season that Cal and UCSB will match up. Last weekend, Cal dominated No. 10 Pepperdine (9-12, 1-5), 18-7, and No. 5 UC Irvine (14-5, 3-2), 18-9, in a pair of conference games. Ivan Rackov is the reigning MPSF Player of the Week after scoring eight goals between the two games and leads the league with a 3.06 goals per game average. The Bears have won 15 games this season and have won by an average margin of seven goals. Cal is second in the league for team offense, averaging 13.59 goals per game, and is third defensively with a 7.41 goals against average.

• Last Time Against The Tigers

The last time the Gauchos faced Pacific was on Sept. 19 of this year. UCSB left victorious, 9-5, in the NorCal Tournament game. The game was close in the first half with the Gauchos up 4-3 at halftime, but UCSB outscored the Tigers 5-2 in the second half to take the win. Matt Gronow led the Gauchos for scoring in the game with three goals, followed by Milos Golic and Zsombor Vincze, who each had two goals. Brian Shoemaker and Lazar Komadinic each had one goal to round out the scoring for the Gauchos. Pacific is coming off of a pair of tough conference losses last week; the Tigers fell to USC, 9-8, and UC Irvine, 12-9. Goran Tomasevic leads the squad with 2.00 goals per game.

• Last Time Out
The Gauchos' last game was at No. 2 USC on Oct. 24. The Gauchos were defeated, 13-9, in the MPSF contest. UCSB kept the game close in the first half, trailing by just a goal at halftime. The Gauchos had a chance to tie the game just before halftime but had a pass to an open player tipped into the hands of the Trojans. The momentum swung to USC shortly after the second half started and it outscored UCSB in both the third and fourth quarters. The momentum started when the Trojans rattled off four straight goals to end the third and start the fourth period. The Gauchos answered with a goal for themselves but that only put the score to 10-7. USC firmly had control of the game and won, 13-9.

• Getting Defensive
The Gaucho defense is ranked fifth in the MPSF with a 7.88 goals against average. Sophomore goalkeeper Myles Christian leads the league with his 6.52 goals against average.

• Golic Knows Goals

Three-time All-American Milos Golic has scored a goal in all but three games this season, one of which he did not play. In the 13 games that he has scored in, there has only been one occurrence where he has not scored two or more goals. Earlier this season against Concordia, Golic broke a 27 year-old school record for career goals, surpassing previous record-holder, Larry Mouchawar, who had 244. Golic now sits at 257 career goals. The native of Belgrade, Serbia has 45 goals on the season and is second in the MPSF with an average of 2.81 goals per game. Last week, Golic was named the MPSF Player of the Week after recording 10 goals between the Gauchos' games against Long Beach State and USC. Golic recorded seven goals - including the game-winner in sudden victory - three steals, and drew an ejection in the Oct. 23 game against Long Beach Sate. He then went on to record three goals against USC the following day. Golic is also within reach of another feat: becoming just the fourth athlete in school history to become a four-time All-American.

• Going Streaking
Brian Shoemaker has scored a goal in each of the Gauchos' last five contests, which is the longest active scoring streak on the team. Evan Dellinger is also amidst a streak; he has scored six goals across the last four games.

• Coming Soon
Following this weekend's set of games, UCSB will head south to play UC Irvine (14-5, 3-2) on Nov. 13 in a noon game at Anteater Pool. The Anteaters will play UC San Diego and Stanford before taking on the Gauchos.