Fourth-Seeded Gauchos Cruise Past Fifth-Seed Pacific, Advance to Big West Semifinals

April 24, 2009

STOCKTON, Calif. - The fourth-seeded UC Santa Barbara women's water polo team (16-11) posted a 14-8 victory over fifth-seeded Pacific (9-24) on Friday afternoon during the first round of the inaugural Big West Conference Women's Water Polo Tournament, which is being hosted by the Tigers this weekend at Chris Kjeldsen Pool.

UCSB jumped out to a narrow lead in the first quarter, outscoring the Tigers 4-3 during the first eight minutes of the game. Then, in the second, the Gauchos stretched their advantage to 8-4.

Pacific held UCSB to just two goals in the third, but the Gauchos entered the final quarter with a 10-5 lead. Santa Barbara added four more goals in the fourth and ended the game with the 14-8 victory.

Lizzie Rouleau and Amanda Tipton led the team, each posting a hat trick while Kathryn Nelson and Gillian Morgan each chipped in a pair. Chelsea Carrillo tallied six saves in the victory.

UCSB will face No. 1 seed Cal State Northridge during Saturday's semifinal. The Gauchos and Matadors will face-off at 4 p.m. at Pacific's Chris Kjeldsen Pool.

Earlier this year UCSB Athletics unveiled the BE Great initiative. BE Great is dedicated to maximizing leadership ability, strong on-campus interaction, and general welfare for all 450 student-athletes and Intercollegiate Athletics staff at UC Santa Barbara. BE Great also focuses on personal and career development, diversity, and social awareness, along with ensuring academic success. UCSB has a 92% student-athlete graduation rate.

#17 UC Santa Barbara 14, Pacific 8

           1    2   3   4    Final
UCSB       4    4   2   4    14
Pacific    3    1   1   3    8

UCSB Goals: Lizzie Rouleau 3, Amanda Tipton 3, Gillian Morgan 2, Kathryn Nelson 2, Cailee Kilroy 1, Claire Buchanan 1, Elle Quane 1, Alisha Khan 1.
UCSB Saves: Chelsea Carrillo 6.

Pacific Goals: Dara Tawarahara 5, Bridget Geck 3.

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