#6 UCSB Opens at Home This Weekend and Hosts Alumni
Oct. 2, 2009
Saturday, October 3, 2009
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos (5-3) vs. UCSB Alumni, 2 pm
at Campus Pool
Sunday, October 4, 2009
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. Concordia Eagles (13-2), 12 pm
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. Whittier Poets (5-7), 2 pm
at Campus Pool
Sixth-ranked UCSB will open at home this weekend when they host a trio of games at Campus Pool. The Gauchos will start the weekend with an alumni game on Saturday at 2 pm and then play No. 14 Concordia and Whittier on Sunday at 12 and 2 pm. Admission is free for all games.
30 Years Ago
In 1979, the UCSB men's water polo team brought home the first NCAA Division I title in school history. 30 years later they are still one of only two Gaucho teams - along with the 2006 men's soccer team - that has won a national crown. Several members of the 1979 team will be at Saturday's alumni game and will also be honored at half time at Friday's nationally televised men's soccer game against Indiana. Coach Pete Snyder and players Greg Boyer, Mike Yates, Dave Hendrickson, Tom Candelaria, Brooks Bennett, Aaron Chaney, Grady Howe, Joel Wade and John Dobrott are all planning on attending. The 1979 team posted a 28-2-1 record, which is still the school record for wins in a season.
For the Record
The 2009 Gauchos enter this weekend with an overall mark of 5-3. Two weeks ago, when UCSB was last in action, the Gauchos split four games at the Northern California Invitational. The Gauchos defeated Air Force, 15-5, and Pepperdine in overtime, 11-10. The two losses came against Cal, 12-8, and Loyola Marymount in the tournament's fifth-place game, 8-5.
Soaring With the Eagles
No. 14 Concordia enters the weekend with a 13-2 record and will play four games at the Claremont Convergence before making the trip to Santa Barbara on Sunday. The Eagles have posted three wins over top-20 ranked teams this season: Navy, Pacific and Air Force.
I'm A Poet and Didn't Even Know It
Whittier enters the weekend with a 5-7 record and will also take part in the Claremont Convergence before Sunday's contest. Whittier has gone 0-3 this season against teams ranked in the nation's top-20.
Junior Milos Golic - who earned First Team All-American honors in 2008 - led the Gauchos for goals in each of the four games at the Northern California Invitational. In all, he tallied 12 goals during the weekend, including a season-high four in the win over Air Force. He also had hat tricks against Cal and Pepperdine. He has scored in all but one game so far this season and leads the team with 18 goals. He is tied seventh in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation with an average of 2.25 goals per game.
After sitting out the 2008 season as a medical redshirt, junior Zsombor Vincze returned to the pool two weeks ago and got right back into the swing of things. The two-time All-MPSF Honorable Mention scored seven goals over the weekend - including hat tricks against Cal and Loyola Marymount. He also earned seven penalties or ejections. Currently, he ranks 12th in the MPSF with an average of 1.75 goals per game.
Rank and Order
After finishing sixth at the NorCal Invitational, UCSB maintained it's No. 6 ranking in the CWPA Top-20 poll. The Gauchos have ended the last three seasons as the nations' No. 6 team.
In The Center of It All
Sophomore two-meter player Noah Smith is the third of three Gauchos ranked amongst the MPSF's top-20 scoring leaders, coming in at 15th with a 1.63 goals per game average. Smith is second on the team with 13 total goals on the season, just eight away from tying his total from 2008. Smith is also tied for first on the team with freshman Brian Shoemaker with 15 earned penalties or ejections. Shoemaker leads all Gaucho newcomers - and is fourth on the team - with eight goals on the year.
Keeping Up with the Keeper
Junior Fraser Bunn has gotten the starting nod in goal for the Gauchos in seven of their eight games this season. He is averaging a league-leading 9.1 saves per game, but he is last in the MPSF with an average of a 10.7 goals against average. He posted a season-high 12 saves in the overtime victory against Pepperdine on Sept. 20.
The Gauchos will not be home for long. After this weekend's games, UCSB will once again pack its bags for a seven-game road swing. The first trip will be to the UC Irvine Invitational next weekend where the Gauchos will face No. 12 UC Davis in the first round. After the UCI tourney, the Gauchos will play non-conference games at UC San Diego (Oct. 16) and UC Irvine (Oct. 17) before opening MPSF play on Oct. 24 at Long Beach State. UCSB will be back home on Oct. 29 to host USC.