UCSB Battles St. Francis N.Y. Friday, No. 1 UCLA to Start NorCal Tournament Saturday

Oct. 13, 2005

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - This Week

The Schedule
Friday, October 14, 2005-4:15 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. St. Francis N.Y. Terriers
At West Valley Junior College in Saratoga, Calif.
Saturday and Sunday, October 15-16-All Day
Northern California Water Polo Tournament
At UC Berkeley's Spieker Aquatics Complex

The Gaucho Record
No. 15 UCSB enters Friday's match against St. Francis N.Y. with a record of 7-7 overall, 0-1 MPSF. The Gauchos are coming off a two-loss weekend after dropping to Pepperdine (10-4, 1-1) on Saturday and UC Irvine (7-6, 1-0) on Sunday. The Gauchos managed to score only five goals in each of the matches, three shy of their season average of eight per match. Following its Friday match in Saratoga, Calif., UCSB will head to Berkeley, Calif. to partake in the Northern California Water Polo Tournament. The two-day tournament begins on Saturday when the Gauchos take on No. 1 UCLA in the first match at 8:00 a.m.

Judging the Terriers
St. Francis (12-5, 6-0 in the CWPA North Conference) is currently riding an 11-game win-streak into the match against the Gauchos on Friday. Over the past eleven matches, the Terriers have outscored their opponents 144-63. In addition, St. Francis earned its second consecutive ECAC Championship by knocking off Princeton 10-6 on September 25. The Terrier offense is led by Botond Szalma who has netted 38 goals on the season. Dusko Radovanac will be between the pipes for St. Francis.

Scouting UCLA
Top-ranked UCLA and current MPSF/Mikasa Player of the Week and goalkeeper Will Didinger enter the Northern California Water Polo Tournament with an 11-2 mark overall, 1-0 in the MPSF. After taking home the title last year, the Bruins will look to defend as champions of the Northern California Tournament. In addition, UCLA is also riding a five-match win-streak including an upset victory over then top-ranked UC Berkeley on October 8. The Bruin offense is led by David Pietsch who has 26 scores on the season. Didinger is UCLA's top goalkeeper, coming into the weekend with 87 saves.