Gauchos Head to San Diego for 2008 MPSF Tournament

April 23, 2008

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• The Schedule
Thursday, Apr. 24, 2008

Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament
Round 1: No. 5 Hawai'i vs. No. 12 UC Santa Barbara, 11:20 a.m.
at San Diego State's Aztec Aquaplex

Friday, Apr. 25 through Sunday, Apr. 27
Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament
Rounds 2-4: TBD
at San Diego State's Aztec Aquaplex

• This Week In Water Polo
After completing its 2008 regular season last weekend, the 12th-seeded UC Santa Barbara women's water polo team will head to San Diego this Thursday for the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament being held at San Diego State's Aztec Aquaplex. The Gauchos are scheduled to take-on fifth-seeded Hawai'i in the tournament's first round on Thursday at 11:20 a.m.

• UCSB Faces Pair of Tough Losses at Northridge
Santa Barbara faced Cal State Northridge last Saturday in its final MPSF regular season game and dropped the game, 12-5. The Matadors outscored the Gauchos 3-1 in the first quarter and never relinquished their lead, holding on for the victory. Five different players scored in the loss and senior goalkeeper Jenny Gonzales tallied nine saves. The Gauchos rounded out the day with a non-conference contest against Cal State San Bernardino. After the Gauchos jumped out to a 4-2 lead in the first quarter, San Bernardino staged a comeback in the second, tying the game at 6-6 heading into halftime. The game went back and forth and at the end of four quarters, the teams were tied, 12-12. San Bernardino posted the lone goal of the overtime period to come away with the 13-12 victory. Sophomore Lizzie Rouleau led the Gauchos in the loss with four goals scored.

• For The Record
The Gauchos will carry a 5-18 record into this weekend's MPSF Tournament and they finished the regular conference schedule with a 1-11 mark, the lowest conference record in program history. In fact, this marks the first season that UCSB has ever posted single digit wins since the program's inception in 1996. Of the Gauchos' 18 losses this season, five have been by one goal and four have been by two.

• Around The Conference
No. 1 seed and defending national champion UCLA comes into this week's tournament after posting a perfect 27-0 record this season. Stanford locked up the No. 2 seed with its 11-1 conference mark, the Cardinal have an overall season record of 23-3. No. 3 USC rounds out the list of teams that recieve first round byes into the tourney. The Trojans locked up third place with their 10-2 league mark, they have posted a 17-6 overall record. In addition to the first round game between the Gauchos and Hawai'i, No. 4 San Diego State will play No. 13 Pacific, No. 6 Arizona State will play No. 11 Northridge, No. 7 Cal will play No. 10 Long Beach State, and No. 8 UC Irvine will play No. 9 San Jose State. The tournament will conclude on Sunday with first through 11th place being played out. The winner of this week's conference tournament will receive an automatic bid into the 2008 NCAA Women's Water Polo Championships being held at Stanford on May 9-11.

• Count On Christie
Sophomore Christie Clark has been impressive lately, stringing together an eight-game scoring streak, which includes seven games with more than one goal. Last weekend, the utility player tallied one of the Gauchos' five goals in the loss to Cal State Northridge before notching two goals in the loss to Cal State San Bernardino. Her career goal count is currently 74, which ranks 14th all-time amongst UCSB career leaders and surpasses the 67 career goals posted by her older sister, ZiZi Clark (2004-07). This season, she has tallied 39 goals, good for second on the team, and she has notched 22 of those over the last seven consecutive contests. The sophomore currently ranks 15th amongst MPSF players with her 1.70 goals per game average. In addition to her three goals on Saturday, she also handed out a pair of assists in the game against San Bernardino.

• Lizzie Lights It Up
Clark is not the only Gaucho to go streaking lately, so has sophomore Lizzie Rouleau, who has posted three consecutive games with at least one goal. Rouleau notched a career-high four goals in the narrow 13-12 loss to Cal State San Bernardino on Saturday in addition to scoring a goal against Northridge earlier that day. The center has posted 17 goals this season, ranking fourth on the team.

• The Morgan Watch
Junior Gillian Morgan continues to lead the Gauchos for goals scored for the second consecutive season; she has totalled 43 thus far, including a pair against San Bernardino. The utility player ranks 13th in the MPSF with her 1.87 goals per game average. The junior has posted 13 multiple goal games and has scored in all but five contests. During the Feb. 24 game against Cal State Northridge, Morgan surpassed 100 career goals and she now has 115, 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. In addition to posting two goals on Saturday, she also accumulated four assists, including three in the game against Northridge.

• Goalie Gossip
Senior goalkeeper Jenny Gonzales posted nine saves in the loss against Northridge and also tallied four saves in the first half against San Bernardino. Currently, she is averaging 6.71 saves per game. This season, the senior has posted 146 total saves for the Gauchos. Freshman Kate Murphy filled in during the second half of the contest with the San Bernardino and made five saves and also tallied an assist and a steal.

• Scouting Hawai'i
No. 5 seed Hawai'i enters this weekend with an overall record of 18-8 and a MPSF mark of 7-5. The Rainbow Wahine and Gauchos played once this season in Hawai'i on March 15 when UCSB fell, 11-5. Christie Clark and Gillian Morgan each had two goals in the loss. Kelly Mason and Angela Turnbull pace the Wahine, both averaging 1.88 goals per game. In the cage, Serena Bredin leads the team with 7.63 saves per game. The winner of Thursday's game will face the winner between Pacific and San Diego State on Friday.