Gauchos Prepare to Host No. 10 Pepperdine in Last Conference Game
Nov. 19, 2010
Saturday, November 20, 2010, 12 pm
No. 10 Pepperdine (9-14 1-6) at No. 7 UC Santa Barbara (10-10, 1-6) at Campus Pool
The Week Ahead
No. 7 UC Santa Barbara will finish up the regular season at home against Pepperdine in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation contest. UCSB enters this week with a 10-10 overall record and has gone 1-6 in MPSF games. The Gauchos have lost the last three games by one goal and have lost five games in a row, all in conference play.
Playing in Their Final Game
Milos Golic, Zsombor Vincze, Russell Russo-LeVasseur, Brian Bishop, Fraser Bunn and Joe Plume will all be playing in their final game at home for UCSB. A special ceremony honoring the seniors will be held before the game commences.
Last Weekend Against UCLA and UC Irvine
The Gauchos last game was against No. 4 UCLA on Sunday, Nov. 14 at home. The game saw five lead changes and seven ties, but UCSB couldn't maintain the lead and lost, 9-8. Just 50 seconds into the final period Gaucho senior Zsomobr Vincze nailed his third goal of the game on a power play to tie the game at seven. UCSB then took a one-point lead with another goal from Vincze just minutes later. The 8-7 lead for the Gauchos did not hold up though as UCLA came back in the final four minutes. The Bruins tied the game at eight then got the eventual game-winning goal on a shot from Jacob Murphy. The Gauchos had one last opportunity with just 1:24 left, but they couldn't convert on the power play and the Bruins took the 9-8 victory. One day earlier, the Gauchos faced No. 5 UC Irvine at Anteater Pool. The Gauchos had the 5-4 advantage entering the fourth period but allowed three goals and lost the lead and eventually the game, 7-6.
While the Gauchos were battling against No. 5 UCI and No. 4 UCLA last weekend, several other games were taking place. Cal was able to wrap-up the number one spot in the conference with a win over No. 6 Pacific, 10-8, on Saturday. The Bears have posted a perfect 7-0 record in the MPSF thus far. The very next day though, No. 6 Pacific pulled off a shocker and upset No. 3 Stanford, 10-9. This bumped previously fourth-placed UCLA into second place with its 6-2 record. Stanford and USC now share the third sport with identical 5-2 conference records. This weekend's opponent, Pepperdine, matched up against UCLA just one day before UCSB did, but had no better luck and lost, 13-8. UCSB and Pepperdine both have a 1-6 record in conference play and will play for the seventh seed into next week's MPSF Tournament.
Taking On The Waves
Saturday will mark the first time that Pepperdine and UCSB will face-off this season. They last played in the 2009 regular season finale on Nov. 21, where the Waves got the better hand of the Gauchos with a 9-8 win. The fourth period saw a strong offensive surge by the Gauchos as they outscored the Waves, 3-1. Milos Golic tallied six goals in the game, with a hat trick in the fourth period. He also surpassed 200 goals for his career, but the comeback fell short and Pepperdine earned the victory. Earlier in the year, at the NorCal Invitational, the Gauchos needed extra periods to defeat the Waves. Golic and Noah Smith both recorded hat tricks in the game to help the Gauchos overcome Pepperdine in double-overtime, 11-10. The Waves have lost their last three games, all of which were to top-five opponents, and they have dropped five out of the last six, with their sole win coming against Long Beach State, 9-8. Pepperdine is ranked eighth in the conference for team goals and for team defense, with an average of 9.30 goals per game, and an average of 9.13 goals allowed per game.
The Gaucho defense is currently ranked sixth in the MPSF with an 8.10 goals against average. Sophomore goalkeeper Myles Christian is fifth in the league with his 7.27 goals against average. Both goalkeepers for UCSB are in the top-10 for saves per game average, with senior Fraser Bunn at 6.53 and Christian at 6.56.
Golic Knows Goals
A weekend after being held scoreless, senior Milos Golic exploded onto the scene to carve up the Anteater defense for two goals on Saturday and the Bruin defense for three goals in one period on Sunday. This marks the eighth time that the three-time All-American has scored three or more goals in a game. In the 15 games that Golic 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 262 career goals. The native of Belgrade, Serbia has 50 goals on the season and is second in the MPSF with an average of 2.63 goals per game. Golic is also within reach of another feat: becoming just the fourth athlete in school history to become a four-time All-American.
Senior Zsombor Vincze has scored a goal or more in each of the last five games totaling nine goals over the five-game span. Vincze recorded a hat trick in the last game against UCLA, scoring two goals in the fourth period and one goal in the second quarter. Vincze is currently tied for 13th in the MPSF with 29 goals on the season. Freshman Matt Gronow is currently on a four-game scoring streak and has recorded a goal or more in six of the last seven games. Golic also appears to be heating up in the pool with his performance on Sunday against UCLA, recording a hat trick in the second period, and with his performance Saturday against UC Irvine, where he scored two goals.
Following the Pepperdine game, UCSB will head to the MPSF Tournament. The Gauchos' first round opponent will be announced early next week.