April 9, 2009

No. 16 UCSB Continues Big West Road Swing at No. 10 UC Irvine

April 9, 2009

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• The Schedule
Saturday, Apr. 11, 2009 at Anteater Aquatics Complex

No. 15 UC Santa Barbara (13-9, 0-3) at No. 10 UC Irvine (17-8, 2-0), 12 p.m.

• This Week In Water Polo
The No. 15 UC Santa Barbara women's water polo team will face a relatively light week as it plays just one contest this week - a Big West Conference match-up with No. 10 UC Irvine at the Anteater Aquatics Complex on Saturday at noon.

• For The Record
UCSB currently holds a 13-9 overall record and is 0-3 in Big West action. The Gauchos split a pair of games last week in Northridge. They were defeated 10-6 by CSUN in a conference game on Saturday before rebounding with a 15-10 victory over Cal Baptist later in the afternoon. UCSB is currently tied 16th in this week's Collegiate Water Polo Association Top-20 Coaches Poll with Long Beach State.

• Morgan's Milestone
Senior Gillian Morgan tied and then re-set the UC Santa Barbara single season scoring record last Saturday. The utility player tied Kelley Tiffany's 2001 record of 61 goals after scoring in the loss to Northridge. Morgan then scored six goals in the victory over Cal Baptist, making 67 the new UCSB single season scoring record. Morgan currently ranks second all-time on the UCSB career scoring list with 189 during her four-year career. Kelley owns the career record with 213 goals.

• With A Little Help From My Friend
Sophomore Katie Kepner currently leads the Gauchos with 14 assists this season, one more than Morgan has posted. She needs just six more to tie her total from the 2008 season. Kepner scored three goals over the weekend, including two against Northridge, tying her season-high. She is tied for sixth on the team with 12 goals this season.

• No. 2 Stunna
Junior Lizzie Rouleau is currently second on the team with 26 goals this season and was tied with Kepner with a team-leading two goals in the loss to Northridge. Rouleau has scored in 16 of the Gauchos' games this season and has had seven multiple-goal performances. She has also earned a team-leading 33 penalties or ejections, one more than her total from 2008.

• Goalie Gossip
Sophomore goalkeeper Chelsea Carrillo had seven saves in the game against Northridge on Saturday, her second highest total this season. She then blocked six shots in the victory over Cal Baptist. She is currently averaging 6.1 saves per game. Sophomore goalie Kate Murphy will be sidelined indefinitely due to an illness. Murphy was averaging 8.2 saves per game and had started 14 contests in the goal for UCSB.

• Oh What A Difference A Year Makes!
UCSB is currently averaging 10 goals per game offensively, over a two goal-per-game improvement from its 7.89 average last season. The Gauchos also allow an average of 8.13 goals-per-game, which is 1.5 goals fewer than their 2008 average.

• All About The Anteaters
UC Irvine enters this weekend with a 17-8 overall record and, after defeating UC Davis and Pacific last weekend, it owns a perfect 2-0 Big West record. Gianna Rossi leads the team with 53 goals this season and Julia Fancher is second with 43. Goalkeeper Lauren Davis has tallied 91 saves to lead the team defensively. The two teams last met on Apr. 26, 2008 at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament, where the Anteaters defeated UCSB, 8-5.

• Be Great
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.

• On The Road Again
Next weekend, the Gauchos will wrap up regular season action. UCSB will play non-conference foe Loyola Marymount on Friday, Apr. 17 before heading to Long Beach State for its Big West season closer with the 49ers and a neutral site game against Sonoma State on Saturday.