Gauchos to Host Pacific for Final Home Contest of 2008

April 11, 2008

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• The Schedule
Sunday, Apr. 13, 2008
Pacific at No. 16 UC Santa Barbara, 12 p.m.
at UCSB's Recreation Center Pool

• This Week In Water Polo
The No. 16 UC Santa Barbara women's water polo team will close out its 2008 home schedule this Sunday when it hosts Pacific in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation game at noon at UCSB's Recreation Center Pool. Seniors Jenny Gonzales and Lindsay Knott will be honored prior to the start of the game.

• Gauchos Drop a Pair of Tightly Contested MPSF Games
Last Saturday, UCSB played host to No. 7 Arizona State. After a hard-fought first quarter, UCSB's Christie Clark scored the first goal of the game with one second remaining in the period to put the Gauchos ahead, 1-0. ASU came back and tied the game at 2-2 heading into halftime and then took its first lead of the game at 3-2 with the lone goal of the third quarter. Each team posted a pair of goals in the fourth and UCSB fell, 5-4. Clark and Gillian Morgan each had two goals apiece in the loss. The following day, the Gauchos took on No. 6 Cal and once again hung tight with the higher ranked foe. After giving up three unanswered goals in the first quarter with the Golden Bears, UCSB climbed its way back into the game in the second, outscoring Cal, 4-2 in the quarter behind a two goal effort by Clark. The Gauchos shutdown Cal in the third and Lindsay Knott tied the game with 1:25 left in the quarter. The Bears finished strong in the fourth, outscoring the Gauchos 3-1 to take the 8-6 victory.

• For The Record
The Gauchos are currently amidst a 16-game losing streak, and have not won a game since early February. They hold an overall record of 4-16 and have gone 0-10 in MPSF games with two conference games left on the slate this season. UCSB, which was tied 17th in last week's Collegiate Water Polo Association Top-20 Poll, has moved up one spot this week and is currently ranked 16th after last week's competitive games with ASU and Cal. Of the Gauchos' 16 losses this season, four have been by one goal and four have been by two.

Paul Rave Named Interim Head Coach
Paul Rave, the UC Santa Barbara women's water polo assistant coach, has been named interim head coach it was announced recently by the UCSB Athletics Department. Rave will be filling in for the remainder of the 2008 season for head coach Jenn Durley due to medical reasons. Rave has been on the Gaucho coaching staff since the fall 2006 men's water polo season. He has served as the men's and women's assistant coach for the past two seasons.

• Around The Conference
No. 1 UCLA extended its record to a perfect 24-0 overall and 10-0 in MPSF games last weekend with wins over Cal and Pacific. The Bruins need to win just one of their two games this weekend to lock up the No. 1 seed into this year's MPSF Tournament. No. 2 Stanford defeated Cal State Northridge and then posted a huge 8-7 overtime win over USC to take sole possession of second place in conference. USC and Hawai'i are in third and fourth place, respectively, with their 8-2 and 7-2 league records. UCSB (0-10), which is 12th in the conference standings, and Pacific (0-11) are the lone teams in the conference that have yet to record a win.

• Count On Christie
Sophomore Christie Clark has been impressive in the Gauchos' last several games, stringing together a five-game streak of multiple goal games. Last weekend, the utility player tallied two goals in the near-upset of No. 7 Arizona State, accounting for half of the Gauchos' offensive output. The following day, she posted a hat trick against No. 6 Cal, her sixth contest of the season with three or more goals. Her five goals last weekend helped her reach 66 career goals, which ranks 15th all-time amongst Gaucho career leaders and is just one goal shy of tying her older sister ZiZi Clark's (2004-07) 67 career goals. The sophomore also currently ranks 25th in the MPSF with her 1.55 goals per game average, she has posted 31 total this year.

• The Morgan Watch
Junior Gillian Morgan continues to rank in the MPSF top-10 (ninth to be exact) for goals per game with her average of 1.95. The utility player posted two goals in the loss to Arizona State and though she was held scoreless against Cal, she did post an assist and drew three ejections. Morgan leads the Gauchos for the second consecutive season for goals scored; she has tallied 39 this season. The junior has posted 11 multiple goal games and has scored in all but four contests. During the Feb. 24 game against Cal State Northridge, Morgan surpassed 100 career goals and she now has 111, which ranks sixth all-time in the Gaucho record books and makes her one of only eight UCSB players to reach the 100 goal mark.

• Gonzales In Goal
Senior goalkeeper Jenny Gonzales had a solid weekend in the cage for UCSB as she posted six saves and held Arizona State nearly five goals below its average per game on Saturday. Then on Sunday, she posted nine stops in the narrow loss to Cal. It was her second best save total this season after her 10 blocks against Long Beach State on Feb. 23. Currently, she is averaging 6.35 saves per game. This season, the senior has posted 127 total saves for the Gauchos.

• Let's Knott Forget About Lindsay
Along with Jenny Gonzales, senior Lindsay Knott will be playing her last game on the UCSB campus this Sunday against Pacific. The attacker posted two goals in the loss to Cal last Sunday and also notched a steal and three earned ejections over the two contests last week. Knott is currently third amongst the Gauchos with 19 goals scored this season and her pair of goals on Sunday marked her fifth multiple goal contest. Approaching the last couple of weeks of her collegiate career, the senior ranks 16th all-time in the Gaucho record books, tied with teammate Amanda Tipton, for goals scored in a career with 65.

• Kepner Lends A Hand
Freshman Katie Kepner did not score any goals last weekend, but she did lead the Gauchos in assists, dishing out six total helpers. On Saturday, Kepner tallied a pair of assists and also picked up four steals in the match-up with the Sun Devils. The next day, Kepner assisted four of the Gauchos' six goals against Cal while also picking up her fifth steal of the weekend. Kepner is currently tied fourth on the team for goals scored with Amanda Tipton and Lizzie Rouleau, who have tallied 11 apiece.

• Taming the Tigers
Pacific enters this weekend with a 4-22 overall mark and a 0-11 MPSF record. The Tigers, who most recently dropped a conference contest to UCLA last weekend, 13-6, are currently amidst six-game losing skid and have yet to face the Gauchos this season. Kellie Fletcher leads the team with 63 goals scored this season, accounting for almost one third of the team's points. Fletcher's 2.52 goals per game average is tops in the MPSF. Goalkeeper Jocelyn Gray averages 8.48 saves per game. The last time the two teams met was on Apr. 27, 2007 at the MPSF Tournament. The Gauchos won the game by way of a 14-10 score.

• Coming Attractions
Next week, UCSB will finish up its regular season schedule with a MPSF game at Cal State Northridge on Saturday, April 19 at 10 a.m. The Gauchos will play non-conference opponent Cal State San Bernardino at Northridge the same day at 1 p.m.