April 15, 2010

No. 12 Gauchos End Big West Schedule With Two Road Games

April 15, 2010

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• The Schedule

Saturday, April 17, 2010 in Davis, Calif.
No. 12 UC Santa Barbara (16-9, 2-1) vs. No. 17 UC Davis (15-14, 1-2), 12:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 18, 2010 in Stockton, Calif.
No. 12 UC Santa Barbara vs. No. 16 Pacific (20-9, 2-1), 12:00 p.m.

• The Week Ahead
After splitting a pair of games in their final homestand, the Gauchos hit the road to round out the 2010 regular season with a pair of Big West match-ups. On Sunday, UCSB will travel north to play UC Davis at noon. Then, on Sunday, the Gauchos will head to Stockton, Calif. to play Pacific at 12:00 p.m. for their final game until the Big West Conference Tournament, which will take place on April 23-25.

• For The Record
UCSB currently holds a record of 16-9. If the Gauchos sweep this weekend, they will tie the program's largest number of wins since the 2006 season (18-17). Also, based upon their play in the three Big West Tournament games, the 2010 Gauchos have potential to achieve the best record in UCSB women's water polo history, which is currently held by the 2007 team, which went 20-15. UCSB has excelled at home this season, holding a 10-2 record when playing at Campus Pool. The Gauchos rank at No. 12 in the Collegiate Water Polo Association Top-20 Poll, maintaining their ranking from the previous three weeks.

• Aggie Alert
The Gauchos will play No. 17 UC Davis on Saturday at 12:00 p.m. Davis is 15-14 this season and is fresh off of a 7-6 loss to No. 13 UC Irvine last weekend. The Aggies are 1-2 in Big West play, ranking them fifth in the conference. Davis holds a record of 3-14 in games against opponents currently ranked in the CWPA Top-20 Poll. The Gauchos have already played the Aggies once this season, resulting in a 7-4 Gaucho victory (2/7) at the Triton Invitational.

• Eye on the Tiger
At 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, UCSB will face No. 16 Pacific in Stockton, Calif. Pacific holds a record of 20-19 and most recently defeated Long Beach State, 6-5, last weekend. Like the Gauchos, the Tigers are 2-1 in Big West play, tying the two teams for second in the conference rankings. Pacific is 1-9 in games against opponents currently ranked in the CWPA Top-20 Poll. The Gauchos last saw the Tigers on March 27 at the UCSB Invite, when they defeated Pacific by a score of 8-5. The Tiger offense is ranked second in the Big West, averaging 9.86 goals per game and should be an exciting match for the Gaucho defense, which is also ranked second in conference, giving up just 6.92 goals per game.

• Gaucho Goals
After scoring yet another hat trick against Cal Baptist this weekend, senior Lizzie Rouleau continues to lead the Gauchos in scoring this season. Rouleau has netted a total of 31 goals, including two four-goal games, three hat tricks, and three dual goal performances. Christie Clark remains second on the team for scoring with 28 goals, including five two-goal games. After notching two goals against Cal Baptist, freshman Shelby Haroldson has taken sole possession of third on the team for goals, having scored 20 on the season. Haroldson is followed by Katie Kepner and Kathryn Nelson, with 19 apiece, and Claire Buchanan with 18. Kepner also leads the Gauchos for assists with 23.

• History in the Making
Two Gauchos are currently in the process of etching their names into the UCSB record books. Christie Clark has now accumulated 107 goals in her Gaucho career, placing her at seventh on the Gaucho all-time scoring list. Amazingly, Clark has tallied this number of goals in just three years as an active Gaucho, after redshirting her freshman year. Lizzie Rouleau is also approaching history, having scored 95 goals in her UCSB career. Rouleau is currently at 12th on the Gaucho all-time scoring list and can break into the top-10 with just five more goals.

• We're Going Streaking
Kathryn Nelson is now amidst a six-game scoring streak dating back to March 27 against Pacific. In the six games, the junior has put away a total of eight goals, including two games with multiple goals.

• Defensive Domination
Junior Kathryn Nelson continues her reign as the Gauchos' top defender. Nelson leads UCSB for steals with 33, and for field blocks with 10. Exhibiting her all-around athleticism, the junior has also tallied 19 goals and is second on the team for assists with 10. Second for steals is freshman Shelby Haroldson with 29, followed by Christie Clark (20) and Nancy Ruano (18). Claire Buchanan and Lizzie Rouleau rank second and third on the team in field blocks with nine and eight, respectively.

• Goalie Gossip
Ruth Milne is currently leading the Big West in saves per game with an average of 10. 7. Milne is also second in the conference for total saves with 229 this season. Ruth has registered a 15-save game, two 13-save games, and nine other games with 10 or more saves. After starting 22 of the Gauchos' 25 games, Milne is averaging 6.9 goals against per game.

• Tournament Time
After wrapping up the regular season, the Gauchos will head to Long Beach, Calif. next weekend, to take part in the annual Big West Conference Tournament on April 23-25. Tournament seeding and the schedule will be determined by the result of this weekend's games.