No. 15 Gauchos Slated to Face Off Against No. 20 Pacific in Big West Action

Samantha Murphy
Samantha Murphy

The Schedule
Sunday, March 24, 2013
No. 20 Pacific vs. No. 15 UCSB, at 12 p.m.
at Campus Pool

This Week in Competition
No. 15 UC Santa Barbara (16-7, 1-0) will be at home this weekend for its match against No. 20 Pacific (15-7, 0-0) in Big West Conference action. This is the second conference match for the Gauchos as they won their first conference match earlier this month against the UC Davis Aggies, by the score of 8-7.

Where the Gauchos Rank
The Big West action is starting to pick up as UCSB is second in the conference with its undefeated conference record. With a win against Pacific this weekend, the Gauchos would boost its conference record, pushing them into a tie for first with No. 8 Hawai'i (11-6, 2-0).

Young and Talented
Freshman Samantha Murphy leads the team in scoring as she has tallied an impressive total of 52 goals thus far in the season; giving her a 2.26 goals per game average. Fellow freshman, Jessie Porter is also showcasing her talent as she has posted 42 goals, which gives her a 1.83 goals per game average. Murphy ranks fourth among the Big West in scoring whereas Porter ranks eighth among the conference.

Leading the Defense
Freshman goalkeeper, Mackenzie Brokaw has earned some playing time of late as she filled in for senior All Big West goalkeeper, Ruth Milne during the UCSB Mini Tournament this past weekend. For the season, Brokaw has tallied 101 saves, while Milne has recorded 96 saves this season.

Looking Ahead
After this weekend's Big West showdown against No. 20 Pacific, the Gauchos will travel to Hawai'i to play a total of four games. The Gauchos will play against No. 8 Hawai'i, No. 2 Stanford, Sonoma State and also No. 15 UC San Diego during March 28-30.

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