UCSB Picks Up a Pair of Wins on Second Day of the Inland Empire Classic

Sept. 9, 2007

REDLANDS, Calif. - The No. 6 UC Santa Barbara men's water polo team picked-up two more wins at the Inland Empire Classic with a 20-11 victory over Redlands and a 23-5 win over Chapman on Sunday at Redlands. The Gauchos posted a 4-1 record at the two-day tournament and are now 8-1 on the season.

The Gauchos went 2-1 on the first day of the tournament with wins over No. 20 Cal Baptist and No. 19 Pomona-Pitzer and a loss to No. 7 Pepperdine.

In the first game on Sunday, freshman Brian Bishop led the Gauchos past Redlands with five of UCSB's 20 goals. The Gauchos and Bulldogs were tied 3-3 after one quarter of play but UCSB held Redlands scoreless in the second while posting five more goals to hold an 8-3 advantage heading into halftime.

Both offenses were productive in the third with UCSB scoring eight goals to Redlands' six. The Gauchos outscored the Bulldogs 4-2 in the final frame to take the 20-11 win.

Senior goalkeeper Rick Wright and freshman Fraser Bunn each had six saves in the win and sophomore Zsombor Vincze was the Gauchos' second leading scorer with a hat trick versus Redlands.

In Sunday's second game, a match-up with Chapman, UCSB jumped out to an early 6-0 lead in the first quarter and never looked back. The Gauchos scored an impressive nine goals in the third quarter to help propel them to an eventual 23-5 victory over the Panthers.

Junior Miles Price and sophomore Sean Castillo led the Gauchos with four goals apiece while senior Ross Sinclair posted three goals of his own. Each of the Gaucho goalkeepers also saw playing time in the field and Wright scored two goals while Bunn and sophomore Michael Robinson each tallied one.

UCSB will continue its road swing next week as they head north to face No. 8 UC Davis at noon on Friday, Sept. 14 before heading to Cal on Saturday to partake in the two-day Northern California Tournament which will feature most of the teams ranked in the CWPA Top-20 Coaches Poll.

UC Santa Barbara 20, Redlands 11

		1	2	3	4	Final
UCSB	        3	5	8	4	20
Redlands	3	0	6	2	11

UCSB Goals: Bishop 5, Vincze 3, Watts 2, Sinclair 2, Partelow 2, Paunovic 2, Castillo 2, Tootell 1, Price 1.
Redlands Goals: Hall 3, Becskehazy 2, Stevenson 2, Floersch, 2, Olds 1, Meaney 1.

UCSB Goalie Saves: Wright 6, Bunn 6, Robinson 1.
Redlands Goalie Saves: Adams 7.

UC Santa Barbara 23, Chapman 5

		1	2	3	4	Final
UCSB	        6	5	9	3	23
Chapman	        0	2	2	1	5

UCSB Goals: Price 4, Castillo 4, Sinclair 3, Partelow 3, Watts 2, Wright 2, Lindstrom 1, Natalizio 1, Robinson 1, Vincze 1, Bunn 1.
Chapman Goals: Suri 2, Romanko 1, Mule 1, McElvaney 1.

UCSB Goalie Saves: Bunn 2, Bishop 1, Price 1.
Chapman Goalie Saves: Gasper 4.