Gauchos Look to Rebound in Conference Play Against No. 5 UC Irvine, No. 4 UCLA
Nov. 12, 2010
Saturday, November 13, 2010, 12 pm
No. 7 UC Santa Barbara (10-8, 1-4) at. No. 5 UC Irvine (15-6, 3-3) at Anteater Pool
Sunday, November 14, 2010, 1 pm
No. 4 UCLA (16-4, 4-2) at No. 7 UC Santa Barbara (10-8, 1-4) at Campus Pool
The Week Ahead
No. 7 UC Santa Barbara will hit the road one more time on Saturday to face UC Irvine before returning home on Sunday to face No. 4 UCLA at Campus Pool in a pair of Mountain Pacific Sports Federation contests. UCSB enters this week with a 10-8 overall record and has gone 1-4 in MPSF games. The Gauchos have lost three out of the last four games, all in conference play.
While the Gauchos were away from home in conference play against No. 1 Cal and No. 6 Pacific last weekend, several other games were taking place. Last Saturday's opponent, Cal, remained atop the conference standings with a perfect 6-0 record with wins over UCSB and Long Beach State. This weekend's opponent, UC Irvine, which was atop the league leaderboard three weeks ago, has now dropped to fifth place. Stanford has made an impressive surge to second place with a conference record of 5-1. USC has the most overall wins in the conference at 20, but is only in third place with its 4-2 record in conference play. The Gauchos are currently seventh with their 1-4 record.
Taking On The Anteaters
Saturday will mark the fourth time that UCI and UCSB will face-off this season. Back on Sept. 19, the Gauchos got the better hand of the Anteaters with a 10-9 win in the NorCal Tournament. UC Irvine came right back the next week and defeated the Gauchos, who were playing at home, 11-5. The third time the two teams met was in the third-place game at the SoCal Tournament in Los Angeles. UC Irvine came out on top with an 8-4 victory. For Irvine, Senior Griffin Lerman has scored 38 goals for the season, which ties him for fifth in the MPSF this season. UC Irvine is fourth in the league for team offense, averaging 10.50 goals per game, and is fifth defensively with a 7.81 goals against average. In the first four losses the Anteaters incurred they only lost by a margin of 2.5 goals, but in their last two losses they have lost by a margin of seven goals.
Last Time Against The Bruins
The last time the Gauchos faced UCLA was on Nov. 15, 2009 in Los Angeles. The Bruins were victorious, 9-7, in the conference game. The game was tied at three after the first quarter of play, but UCSB was outscored in both the second and fourth quarters giving the Bruins the 9-7 victory. Zsombor Vincze led the Gauchos for scoring in the game with four goals, followed by Milos Golic who had two goals and Noah Smith who had one goal. Last weekend UCLA fell to USC, 8-5, bumping UCLA down to fourth in the MPSF. UCLA is second in the league in defense, giving up only 6.85 goals per contest. Senior Ben Hohl leads the squad with 38 goals on the season and is averaging 2.11 goals per game.
The Gaucho defense is currently ranked sixth in the MPSF with an 8.11 goals against average. Sophomore goalkeeper Myles Christian is second in the league with his 6.62 goals against average.
Golic Knows Goals
One week after being named the MPSF Player of the Week for recording 10 goals between the Gauchos' games against Long Beach State and USC, Senior Milos Golic was held scoreless over the weekend. This marks the first time this year that Golic has not scored in back-to-back games and it marks only the fifth time this year that the three-time All-American has not scored a goal in a game, one of those he did not even play. In the 13 games that he has scored in, there has only been one occurrence where he has not scored two or more goals. Earlier this season against Concordia, Golic broke a 27 year-old school record for career goals, surpassing previous record-holder, Larry Mouchawar, who had 244. Golic now sits at 257 career goals. The native of Belgrade, Serbia has 45 goals on the season and is second in the MPSF with an average of 2.50 goals per game. Golic is also within reach of another feat: becoming just the fourth athlete in school history to become a four-time All-American.
After being held scoreless on Sunday against the Tigers, Brian Shoemaker's six-game scoring-streak came to an end. Senior Zsombor Vincze has scored a goal or more in each of the last three games totaling five goals over the three game span.
Following this weekend's set of games, UCSB will face No. 10 Pepperdine (9-12,1-5) at home in its regular season finale on Saturday Nov. 20 at noon at Campus Pool. Pepperdine will face No. 3 USC and UCLA before heading to Santa Barbara. Milos Golic, Russell Russo, Brian Bishop, Fraser Bunn, Zsombor Vincze and Joe Plume will all be playing in their final home game.