October 20, 2013

Men’s Water Polo Falls Short Against Cal

SANTA BARBARA, Calif.--  Coming off its first conference win of the season, No. 6 UC Santa Barbara (14-5, 1-1) traveled back home to take on No. 5 California (12-4, 1-1) for its first home contest of the year. Despite solid play for much of the game, Santa Barbara dropped its first conference match of the year by the score of 12-9.

The opening period was filled with defensive plays as neither team could net a score. The Gauchos struck first as Matt Gronow scored his first of four goals with the 4:29 score. Cal evened the score up with two seconds remaining in the opening period, making the score 1-1.

The second period is where the Golden Bears gained solid momentum as the team scored three straight goals to increase its lead to 5-2 with 1:11 remaining in the first half. The bright spot for the Gauchos was Senior Matt Gronow as he scored his second and third goals of the match; making the score 5-3 at the half.

The third period was filled with excitement and back and forth action. Facing a three goal deficit at various points of the period, the Gauchos showed its resilience and toughness, shedding the deficit to only one goal by the scores of Matt Gronow, Eric Van de Mortel and Matthew Hamilton. Cal answered back strong as the Golden Bears increased its lead to 10-7 at the end of the third period.

Facing a three goal deficit, the Gauchos needed to produce several goals quickly in the final period. The defense of Cal put up a challenge as it only allowed goals from Matthew Hamilton and Eric Van de Mortel.

Matt Gronow led the offense as he tallied four more goals to his solid season. Sophomore Matthew Hamilton netted a total of three scores as junior Eric Van de Mortel scored a pair of goals for the Gauchos.

Sophomore goalkeeper Chris Whitelegge continued his excellent play in goal as he accumulated a total of seven saves.

UCSB will continue its MPSF Conference action next weekend as the Gauchos will travel to No. 7 Long Beach State on Saturday, Oct. 26. Following the clash with the 49ers, the Gauchos will return home to host No. 1 USC on Sunday, Oct. 27 at noon.

Cal 12, UCSB 9
 

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Final

CAL

1

4

5

2

12

UCSB

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5

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9

Cal Goals: Aleksa Saponic (4) Hunter Gettelfinger (2) Mitchell Hamilton (2) Giacomo Cupido, Collin Smith, Farrel South, Blake Kelly

UCSB Goals: Matt Gronow (4) Matthew Hamilton (3) Eric Van de Mortel (2)
UCSB Saves: Chris Whitelegge (7)

 

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