February 7, 2007

No. 16 Gauchos Travel South for Competitive Tournament

Feb. 7, 2007

Santa Barbara, Calif. -
The Schedule:
Saturday, February 10, 2006-
UCSD Invitationa
l No. 16 UC Santa Barbara vs. No. 12 Santa Clara, 10:15 a.m.
At UCSD's Canyonview Aquatics Complex

UCSB at UCSD Invitational
Opponent TBD
At UCSD's Canyonview Aquatics Complex

Sunday, February 11, 2006-
UCSB at UCSD Invitational
Opponent TBD
At UCSD's Canyonview Aquatics Complex

UCSB at UCSD Invitational
Opponent TBD
At UCSD's Canyonview Aquatics Complex

Stretching Their Legs
The No. 16 Gauchos opened their 2007 campaign in Riverside, Calif. last weekend at the Cal Baptist Tournament. UCSB defeated its first opponent of the day in host NAIA school Cal Baptist, 9-8. Santa Barbara established an early 4-1 lead over the Lancers, who came back to lead the game 6-8 in the fourth period. The Gauchos went on a 3-0 scoring run to put the game away. Later that day, UCSB took on No. 15 Hartwick and was not as successful as earlier, dropping the game 5-6.

Winter Migration
The Gauchos are making their annual trip to San Diego this weekend for the Triton Invitational The tournament is one of the most competitive in collegiate water polo with 12 of the 16 teams participating ranked in the top 20 this week. Also competing in the tournament will be four other Mountain Pacific Sports Federation teams -- No. 6 San Diego State, Cal State Northridge, No. 7 UC Irvine and No. 15 Long Beach State.

Spreading the Wealth
Santa Barbara distributed Saturday's goals amongst itself with eight different Gauchos scoring over the weekend. Senior center Sarah Kovach led the way with four goals, all of which came in the Cal Baptist game. Sophomore Gillian Morgan also had notable weekend performance scoring one goal in each game.

Gauchos in the Goal
Senior co-captain Rosey Redaelli and junior Jenny Gonzales split time in the cage last weekend for the Gauchos and will look to do so again. Redaelli, who has the most experience of the three returning goalies, averaged 5.5 saves per game last season and started 13 games for UCSB. Redaelli earned her first win of the season last Saturday versus Cal Baptist, notching four saves for the Gauchos. Gonzales had five saves in the Saturday afternoon loss to Hartwick.

Scouting the Broncos
Santa Barbara's only predetermined match of the Triton Invitational will be against Santa Clara on Saturday morning. The Broncos are already 4-1 on the fresh season with recent victories over UC Santa Cruz and Sonoma State. Santa Clara dropped its home opener to then ranked No. 11 San Jose State, 10-5 before rebounding the next week with an upset over then-ranked No. 12 Hartwick, 8-6. The Gaucho defense will have to work to contain senior driver Katie Radvanyi and sophomore driver Brianna Anderson, who are the clear leaders for Santa Clara.