Perfect at Home, UCSB Returns to Campus Pool for Pair of MPSF Games
Nov. 5, 2008
Saturday, Nov. 8, 2008
No. 10 Long Beach State at No. 7 UC Santa Barbara, 12 p.m.
at Campus Pool
Sunday, Nov. 9, 2008
No. 2 Stanford at No. 7 UC Santa Barbara, 12 p.m.
at Campus Pool
This Week In Water Polo
After splitting a pair of Mountain Pacific Sports Federation games on the road in northern California last weekend, the No. 7 UC Santa Barbara men's water polo team returns to Campus Pool for a four-game home stand that begins this week with conference contests against No. 10 Long Beach State and No. 2 Stanford. The Gauchos will face the 49ers on Saturday, Nov. 8 and the Cardinal on Sunday, Nov. 9. Both contests are scheduled for a noon start at Campus Pool and as always, admission to Gaucho water polo games is free.
For The Record
UCSB carries a 13-8 overall record into this weekend's action and has gone 2-2 in MPSF contests. The Gauchos will be looking to build upon their perfect home record this weekend; they have posted a 4-0 mark this season at Campus Pool. After holding the No. 7 ranking in last week's Collegiate Water Polo Association Top-20 Coaches Poll, the Gauchos remain in the seventh spot in the poll released this Wednesday.
Last Saturday, UCSB dropped a MPSF contest at No. 4 Cal, 11-8. Sophomore Milos Golic led the team with four goals. On Sunday, the Gauchos traveled to Pacific for their third contest of the season against the Tigers. UCSB jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the first quarter, but Pacific cut the margin to one goal heading into halftime. The Tigers outscored Santa Barbara 4-3 in the second half to tie the game at 9-9, forcing the game into overtime. Behind a goal from Jesse Tootell and the game-winner by Miles Price, the Gauchos outscored Pacific 2-1 in extra minutes to capture the 11-10 victory. The game marked the Gauchos' fifth of the season to be decided in extra periods. In fact, four of UCSB's last five games have gone into overtime. Santa Barbara has posted a 4-1 record in extra periods.
Sophomore utility player Milos Golic posted four goals in Saturday's loss and then posted a hat trick - all in the first quarter - against Pacific. This season Golic has collected 63 goals with an average of 3.15 goals per game, which currently leads the MPSF. He has totaled 116 career goals, ranking 16th on the list of UCSB's all-time career scoring leaders. The sophomore is amidst a 25-game scoring streak, dating back to the 2007 season. This year he has scored in all 20 contests and has had multiple goals in 17 games. Additionally, he leads the team with 16 assists and 14 steals this season.
The Price Is Right
Senior Miles Price also chipped in a hat trick - including the game-winner - against Pacific. The previous game, he was second on the team with two goals against Cal. Price is second on the squad with 29 goals this season and ranks 14th on the Gaucho all-time career scoring list with 126 goals during his four-year career.
Like Golic, junior two-meter man Jesse Tootell is currently amidst a scoring streak. Tootell has tallied a goal in each of the last five contests and notched one in each of last weekend's conference match-ups. For the season, he has collected 16 goals with 14 of them coming in the last 11 contests.
Junior goalkeeper Michael Robinson tallied eight saves in the loss to Cal. He currently has 96 saves on the season and is averaging 9.6 saves per game, ranking third in the MPSF behind teammate Fraser Bunn, who averages 10.5 saves per contest. In the win over Pacific, Bunn had 12 saves along with an assist and a steal.
The Gauchos will face No. 10 Long Beach State for the first time this season on Saturday. The 49ers enter the weekend with an 11-13 overall record and a 0-4 mark in the MPSF. The squad is coming off of an 8-7 loss last Thursday to Pepperdine. The 49ers are led by Jeff Greenwood, who averages 1.67 goals per game. The last time the two teams met was on Nov. 11, 2007 when the Gauchos grabbed a 7-6 win on the road.
Clashing With The Cardinal
UCSB's biggest win of the 2007 season was a 9-7 upset at Stanford on Oct. 27. It was the first win over the Cardinal for the Gauchos since 1985. On Sunday, UCSB will try to show that last season's victory was no fluke. No. 2 Stanford will be a challenge though as the team has posted a 20-2 record this season and a perfect 4-0 mark in MPSF play. The team is led by Janson and Drac Wigo - brothers of Wolf Wigo - who average 1.96 and 1.77 goals per game, respectively. Stanford goalies Brian Pingree and Jimmie Sandman lead a defense that allows on average just 4.82 goals per game.
UCSB will remain at Campus Pool next weekend to wrap-up its regular season with games against No. 3 UCLA (Nov. 15) and No. 5 Pepperdine (Nov. 16). Both games start at noon and Sunday's contest with the Waves will serve as the Gauchos' "Senior Day."