No. 14 UCSB heads to La Jolla this weekend for the UCSD Triton Invite

Feb. 3, 2010

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• The Schedule
Saturday, February 2, 2010
No. 14 UC Santa Barbara Gauchos (4-3, 0-0) vs. No. 16 Indiana (1-2), 12:00 p.m.
No. 14 UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. No. 11 UC Irvine (1-1) or No. 17 Cal Baptist (4-1), TBD

Sunday, February 3, 2010
No. 15 UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. TBD

• The Week Ahead
After dropping games to three of the top-four ranked teams in the nation and recording wins over Sonoma State and Santa Clara, the Gauchos travel south to La Jolla, Calif. to play in the UCSD Triton Invitational this weekend. UCSB will open tournament play on Saturday against No. 16 Indiana University in the East Pool of the Canyonview Aquatic Center. Should they win, the Gauchos will play the victor of the 10:40 a.m. game between UC Irvine (1-1) and Cal Baptist (4-1). In the event of a defeat, UCSB will face the loser of that same match. On Sunday, UCSB squares off in two more games. The opponents and times of those matches will be determined by day one of tournament play.

• For The Record
After a trip to Northern California, in which the Gauchos played five games in three days and competed against the three of the top-ranked teams in the nation, UCSB carries an overall record of 4-3. UCSB also ranks 14th in the Collegiate Water Polo Association Top-20 Poll, one spot up from last week's No. 15 poll position.

• Hammering the Hoosiers
Saturday the Gauchos face No. 16 Indiana. The Hoosiers opened their season with a 13-7 victory over Colorado State, but are coming off two straight losses. Indiana last played on January 23, when it suffered a 12-6 loss to No. 5 UCLA (3-1) and an 8-6 loss to No. 8 San Jose State (7-0). The Gauchos last faced the Hoosiers on February 8, 2004, when they were narrowly defeated, 7-6. Saturday, the Gauchos look to advance to the winners' bracket of the UCSD Triton Invitational by handing the Hoosiers their third straight loss of the season.

• Anteaters or Lancers?
If the Gauchos succeed in defeating Indiana, they will move on to play the winner of UC Irvine-Cal Baptist on Saturday evening. If they falter, they will play the loser of that game. UC Irvine currently carries a record of 1-1 and sits at No. 8 in the national rankings. The Anteaters have defeated the Gauchos in their last nine meetings dating back to February 12, 2005. Cal Baptist goes into the tournament with a record of 4-1 and has lost to UCSB in four straight contests.

• Jammin' Juniors
The Gaucho offensive machine has been driven by three juniors: Christie Clark, Katie Kepner and Claire Buchanan. Clark leads UCSB in total shots (25) and goals scored (8). Kepner has notched six goals and five assists, including a hat trick against No. 4 Cal (1/29). Claire Buchanan has grabbed seven goals of her own, ranking her second on the team in scoring. Also adding to the Gaucho firepower has been sophomore Elle Quane. Quane has tallied five goals and three assists, including a hat trick against Sonoma State (1/30).

• Featured Freshman
After playing in all seven games, attacker Shelby Haroldson is tied for fourth on the team in scoring with five goals. Haroldson posted two goals in a 6-5 victory over No.19 Santa Clara (1/28) and two against No. 3 Cal the following day. Nancy Ruano has picked up three goals and two assists this season, including a two-goal performance in the 12-6 victory over Pomona-Pitzer (1/23). Kacey Creek and Kilee Dreyer have each recorded three goals of their own.

• We're Going Streaking
Three Gauchos are currently amidst scoring streaks: Christie Clark. Claire Buchanan and Kathryn Nelson. Clark is now on a seven game streak, having scored a goal in every game this season, including two against Cal State Bakersfield (1/23) to open the season. After carrying her scoring streak over from last year and bringing it to eight straight games, Buchanan failed to score against Santa Clara and Cal. However, Buchanan went on to record two goals against Sonoma State (1/30) and one against top-ranked Stanford (1/30), starting her scoring streak anew at two games. Junior Kathryn Nelson also had a hot hand on Sunday, recording a goal in each game (Sonoma State and Cal) and beginning a two game streak.

• Goalie Gossip
Freshman goalkeeper Ruth Milne has logged the majority of the time in the cage this season. Milne has played in six of the Gauchos seven games, posting 54 total saves with an average of 9.8 per saves game. Chelsea Carillo and Sarah Zuziak have also each seen limited time. Carillo has 11 saves on the season, while Zuziak grabbed six against Pomona-Pitzer.

• R & R
After returning from La Jolla the Gauchos will take a three week break from play. This will give UCSB sufficient time to recover from its early road schedule before the Gauchos head to Irinve, Calif. on Feb. 27 for the UC Irvine Invitational.