No. 5 UC Santa Barbara Looking for Upset at No. 1 USC

Evan Dellinger

The Schedule
Saturday, November 3, 2012
McDonald's Swim Stadium
UCSB vs. USC, 1 p.m.

Ready to Bounce Back
Entering the fourth week of Mountain Pacific Sports Federation conference action, No. 5 UC Santa Barbara (15-6, 1-3) seeks to add another win to their record this Saturday with a victory over No. 1 USC (20-0, 5-0). Sitting atop in the conference are the undefeated Trojans while UCSB is ranked sixth.

In last Saturday's match, the Gauchos fell to then No. 6 Pepperdine, 11-7. That was the last home match for three weeks as UC Santa Barbara's next three matches will all be on the road. Coming off a loss, UCSB will look to turn things around and gain momentum by defeating the undefeated Trojans at McDonald's Swim Stadium at 1 p.m. This will be the second time the two teams meet this season as USC defeated UC Santa Barbara in the championship match of the Southern California Tournament by the score of 14-5.

Keeping Up With the Leaders
UC Santa Barbara is continuing to display offensive efficiency as they are the fifth ranked offense in the conference. Through 21 games, the Gauchos have tallied 270 goals which translates to an average of 12.86 goals per game. Leading the offense are juniors, Evan Dellinger and Matt Gronow. Ranking 15th among the top MPSF goal scorers is Dellinger as he has produced 40 goals in 20 games played. Right behind him is Matt Gronow with 39 goals ranking him 16th in the rankings.

Senior goalkeeper Myles Christian continues to lead the Gauchos' defense as he has been solid all year. Through only 15 games played, Christian already broke his previous career high of 170 saves as he has 176 saves so far this season. With his new career high in saves, Christian is placed 3rd in the rankings for goalkeeper saves in the MPSF conference.

The Road Ahead
UC Santa Barbara will be looking for revenge on Saturday, Nov. 2, as they take on USC for their first of three upcoming road matches. Losing to Pepperdine last weekend, the Gauchos will look to bounce back by spoiling the Trojan's perfect season. UCSB will remain on the road the next two weeks as they face Pacific (Nov. 10) and Cal (Nov. 11). The Gauchos will then have their last home match of the season against Long Beach State on Saturday, Nov. 17, at noon.

Tickets for home men's water polo games are available by visiting the Ticket Office in the Intercollegiate Athletics Building on campus, by calling (805) 893-UCSB or by clicking here.