No. 9 Gauchos Return to Campus Pool for Four Game Homestand
Nov. 6, 2009
Saturday, November 7, 2009
No. 9 UC Santa Barbara Gauchos (10-10, 0-3) vs. No. 2 Cal (16-4, 3-1), 12 p.m.
No. 9 UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. Fresno Pacific (13-10), 2 p.m.
at Campus Pool
Sunday, November 8, 2009
No. 9 UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. No. 13 Pacific (12-11, 0-4), 12 p.m.
at Campus Pool
Gauchos Host Three Games This Weekend
No. 9 UC Santa Barbara returns to Campus Pool this weekend for a trio of games, including two Mountain Pacific Sports Federation pairings. The Gauchos will play their third top-three ranked opponent in 10 days when they take-on No. 2 Cal in a conference pairing at noon on Saturday. UCSB will follow the league game with a non-conference game with Fresno Pacific at 2 p.m. On Sunday, the Gauchos will host No. 13 Pacific in another league contest at noon.
Last Time Out
The Gauchos played No. 1 USC close last Thursday, falling just 6-4 to the Trojans at home. UCSB went on to defeat No. 13 Santa Clara the next day on the road by way of a 11-7 score in a non-league pairing. The following day, however, the Gauchos had a rough second quarter against No. 3 Stanford, allowing eight goals, which proved to be the difference in the 13-8 loss.
For The Record
After going 1-2 last week, the Gaucho record now stands at 10-10 overall and 0-3 in MPSF games. With their current 10-10 mark, a loss to Cal on Saturday would drop UCSB below .500 for the first time since the conclusion of the 2005 season, which the Gauchos finished with a 13-17 overall mark.
Pulse On The Poll
UCSB is ranked ninth for the third consecutive week in the Collegiate Water Polo Association's Top-20 poll. It is the lowest ranking this year for the Gauchos, who spent six weeks as the sixth ranked team earlier in the season (Sept. 9 through Oct. 14). UCSB has finished the last three seasons as the No. 6 team in the country.
UCSB is currently sitting in eighth on the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation leaderboard with its 3-0 record, but still has five conference games to play, including this weekend's pair. The Gauchos will need to finish in eighth place or higher in order to qualify for the eight-team conference tournament later this month. USC (5-0) and Stanford (4-0) sit atop the leaderboard, while Saturday's opponent, Cal (3-1), is in third place.
Cal enters this weekend with a 16-4 overall record and a 3-1 mark in conference play. The Bears are currently amidst a five-game win streak. Cal is paced by Ivan Rackov's 39 goals (1.95 goals per game). As a team, the Bears rank second in the MPSF with their average of 11.95 goals per game. The last time the two teams met was on Nov. 1, 2008 when Cal came away with an 11-8 victory.
Scouting the Sunbirds
Fresno Pacific - which is a NAIA program - enters Saturday's game with a 13-10 record. The Sunbirds most recently played at the Santa Clara Tournament two weeks ago where they went 1-3 and picked up their lone win over a ranked opponent - No. 19 St. Francis.
Pacific enters the weekend with a 12-11 overall record and 0-4 mark in conference. Pacific is currently amidst a three game losing skid after losses to Stanford, UCLA and UC Irvine. Tom Koning's 43 goals pace the team. UCSB last played Pacific on Nov. 2, 2008 when the Gauchos picked up an 11-10 overtime win.
Golic Knows Goals
Junior Milos Golic continues to pace the Gauchos with his 53 goals this season and ranks second in the MPSF with a 2.65 per game average. He scored 11 total between last week's three games, including a season-high tying six goals in the loss to Stanford. Golic currently has 188 career goals, ranking fourth all-time in the UCSB record books, and he is well on his way to becoming just the fourth player in school history to reach 200 career tallies.
Shoemaker, More Like Goalmaker
Golic wasn't the only player recording season-highs last week, freshman Brian Shoemaker posted a season-best four goals in the win over Santa Clara on Friday. Shoemaker, who redshirted the 2008 season, leads the team with 14 steals, is fifth with 16 goals and is second with 34 earned penalties or ejections.
Junior Fraser Bunn currently leads all goalkeepers in the MPSF for saves per game with his average of 9.8. The native of Melbourne, Australia has started 16 of the Gauchos 20 games but has been splitting time with freshman Myles Christian lately due to an injury. Christian isn't far off of Bunn's average, posting 9.4 stops per game.
On The Horizon
Following this weekend's trio of games, UCSB will wrap up its home schedule next Saturday, Nov. 14 when it hosts No. 7 UC Irvine at noon. The game will also serve as the Gauchos' Senior Day.
UCSB Athletics has a new weekly radio show called Talk'n Gauchos which airs every Tuesday from 6-7 p.m. on AM 1490 KIST. The show is broadcast live from State & A Bar and Grill, located on the corner of State Street and Anapamu Street in Santa Barbara. Fans are encouraged to attend the show for free gear and ticket giveaways or to even e-mail a question in to one of the guests and have it read live over the air. The show also airs live online via audio streaming and fans can click here to check out the entire lineup of live audio streaming online.