April 13, 2008
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - It was somewhat appropriate that the No. 16 UC Santa Barbara women's water polo team outscored Mountain Pacific Sports Federation opponent Pacific 16-6 on Sunday at the Gauchos' Recreation Center Pool because those 16 goals matched the number of consecutive losses UCSB had posted prior to that contest. The win was perfect timing for the Gauchos who were not only celebrating Senior Day, but Alumni Day as well.
With the win, UCSB improves to 5-16 overall and 1-10 in MPSF games while Pacific drops to 4-24 and 0-12 in conference.
Sophomore Christie Clark opened the game with a six-on-five goal less than two minutes into the first quarter. The Atherton, Calif. native then pushed the Gaucho lead to 2-0 when she scored from the perimeter with 4:05 on the clock.
During the next possession, Pacific's Virginia McConnell used a UCSB ejection to get the Tigers on the board, but UCSB regained the two-point lead when junior Amanda Tipton found the back of Pacific's net with just over three minutes to play in the quarter.
Leading 3-1 at the beginning of the second quarter, Clark posted her third goal of the game within the first possession and just over a minute later, sophomore Lizzie Rouleau scored out of center after turning her defender and lobbing the ball over the goalkeeper's head to extend the UCSB lead to 5-1.
Pacific's Kellie Fletcher and Dara Tawarahara each posted six-on-five goals in the second quarter, but goals from Taylor Byrne, Kellsie Arolla, and Breanna Duplisea put the Gauchos up 8-3 heading into halftime.
UCSB earned three Tiger ejections in the first two and a half minutes of the third quarter, but the third time proved to be the charm as junior Gillian Morgan scored on a bar-in shot during the player-up situation stretching the Gaucho lead to 9-3.
Tawarahara responded for the Tigers with her second goal of the day during the next possession, but it was all UCSB in the last five minutes of the quarter as Tipton notched her second goal and Clark earned her fourth on a on a tee-shot to push the Gauchos to a 11-4 lead.
Ten different Gauchos contributed to UCSB's offensive effort on Sunday and Clark led the team with her career-best five goals. Senior Jenny Gonzales led the team defensively in the first half with six saves and Kate Murphy finished the game in the red cap with four blocks.
UCSB will finish MPSF regular season action next Saturday at Cal State Northridge where they will face the Matadors in a 10 a.m. game. The Gauchos will follow that contest with a 1 p.m. pairing against non-conference opponent Cal State San Bernardino.
#16 UC Santa Barbara 16, Pacific 6
1 2 3 4 Final Pacific 1 2 1 2 6 UCSB 3 5 3 5 16
Pacific Goals: Kellie Fletcher 2, Dara Tawarahara 2,
Siobhan Larsen 1.
UCSB Goals: Christie Clark 5, Gillian Morgan 2, Amanda Tipton 1, Lizzie Rouleau 1, Breanna Duplisea 1, Jillian Waldron 1, Taylor Byrne 1, Marilee Silveria 1, Kristin Kulakowski 1.