No. 8 Gauchos to Host No. 9 Pepperdine, No. 1 USC this Week

No. 8 Gauchos to Host No. 9 Pepperdine, No. 1 USC this Week

The Schedule
Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
No. 8 UCSB (8-5) vs. No. 9 Pepperdine (13-6)
at
 Campus Pool – Santa Barbara, Calif.  
All-time record vs. the Waves: 46-61
Last meeting: Nov. 19, 2016 – PU def. UCSB, 11-7 (GCC Semifinals)
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Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017 at 12:00 p.m.
No. 8 UCSB (8-5) vs. No. 1 USC (16-1)
at
 Campus Pool – Santa Barbara, Calif.  
All-time record vs. the Trojans: 20-86-2
Last meeting: Oct. 16, 2016 – USC def. UCSB, 16-6
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Weekend Preview

The No. 8 UC Santa Barbara men's water polo team (8-5) hosts a pair of Top-10 ranked opponents this week, welcoming No. 9 Pepperdine (13-6) to Campus Pool on Thursday night and No. 2 USC (16-1) on Sunday afternoon. The Gauchos went 3-1 in four meetings with the Waves in 2016, however, their only loss came in the Golden Coast Conference (GCC) Semifinals. Pepperdine is coming off an 11-5 loss at the hands of USC. On Sunday afternoon, the Gauchos will take on the No. 1 ranked Trojans, whose only loss on the year came against now No. 2 UCLA at the Mountain Pacific Invitational.

Last Week's Results
In its lone matchup last week, UCSB came up short in a battle against No. 3 Cal (12-1) by a score of 12-9. The Gauchos fell behind early but managed to stay within striking distance, trailing just 6-4 at the half. After the Golden Bears started strong in the third period and took a 10-6 lead, Reed Cotterill and Shane Hauschild provided back-to-back goals to make it 10-8 just 30 seconds into the fourth quarter. Cal, however, was able to hold of the Gauchos attack and held on for the win. UCSB was led by three goals from Cole Brosnan and, in addition to Cotterill and Hauschild, saw scores from Tommy Fellner, Ivan Gvozdanovic, Boris Jovanovic and Chad Nelson.

Offensive Leaders
Gvozdanovic leads UCSB with 22 goals through 13 games so far this season. Jovanovic is second on the team with 19 goals, while leading the way with 74 attempts, and Hauschild is close behind with 17 goals. The freshman trio of Adam Lott, Brosnan and Nelson are the next three top scorers with 15, 15 and 13 goals, respectively. Jovanovic leads the team with 11 assists while Hauschild and Brannan Haket are second with 10 apiece. Cotterill leads the way with 16 drawn exclusions, after tallying six in one match against Cal.

Defensive Leaders
Justyn Barrios leads the Gauchos with 72 saves in 10 games played and Connor Macdonald has seen a lot of action recently, tallying 27 saves in six games. Hauschild leads all Gauchos with five field blocks and is tied for the team lead with Gvozdanovic with 11 steals. As a team, the Gauchos have logged 114 steals on the year.