No. 14 UCSB Visits No. 9 Long Beach, Hosts Fourth-Ranked UC Irvine This Weekend

Nov. 17, 2005

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - This Week
The Schedule
Saturday, November 19 2005-12:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. Long Beach State 49ers
At Long Beach State's Campus Pool
Saturday, November 20, 2005-1:00 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. UC Irvine Anteaters
At UCSB's Campus Pool

*Statistics for the October 14 match against St. Francis N.Y. were unavailable at the time of this release--the records are correct, but the individual statistics may not be*

The Gaucho Record
No. 14 UC Santa Barbara enters the week with a record of 13-15 overall, 0-6 in the MPSF. UCSB is coming off a week in which it split its two matches to Loyola Marymount and Stanford. On Thursday UCSB downed No. 10 Loyola Marymount at home 7-3. Senior Ramiro Saldain netted three goals for the second straight game (three in a 7-6 loss to Cal on Nov. 6). In addition, sophomore Matt Tilburg found the cage to extend, but also conclude, his scoring streak at six matches. On Saturday, the Gauchos faced off against then-ranked No. 4 Stanford and fell by a count of 14-6. Not only is this weekend big for the seniors, the Gauchos as a whole will be searching for their first MPSF victory of the season.

Stupendous Seniors
Sunday's match against UC Irvine will be the last home match for four Gaucho seniors. Senior two-meter defender Jarrod Muenter, drivers Ramiro Saldain and Bret DeMuth, and goalkeeper Jon Bonafede will finish up their Gaucho tenure after excellent careers at UCSB. Muenter, an Alamo, Calif. native, prepped at San Ramon Valley High School before coming to UCSB for the 2001 season. Muenter redshirted his freshman year, but over the past four years he has amassed 26 goals headed into this weekend. Saldain played at Royal High School in Simi Valley, Calif. before starting his successful four-year playing career at UCSB in 2002. Like Muenter, Saldain redshirted his first season before taking to the water and netting 62 career goals to date. DeMuth, who transferred to UC Santa Barbara as a junior from West Valley College, has found the cage on 19 occasions so far in his two-year career as a Gaucho. Bonafede transferred to UCSB after an excellent career at Mt. San Antonio College and found time in goal for the Gauchos in 2004. The Alta Loma, Calif. native tallied 285 saves in his first season as a Gaucho. Bonafede has collected 49 saves so far this season to give him 334 saves in his career at UCSB.

Scouting the 49ers
No. 9 Long Beach enters this weekend toting a record of 16-14, 0-6 in the MPSF. The 49ers are currently riding a two-match skid, including a heartbreaking double overtime loss to Cal on November 13. Brett McCleave leads the Long Beach offense with 67 goals scored in 30 matches played. The 49er's top goalkeeper is Thomas Onyshko, who has tallied 235 saves in 30 matches.

Anteater Talk
No. 4 UC Irvine enters the weekend with a record of 16-10, 5-2 in the MPSF. The Anteaters are currently riding a four-match win streak, including victories over then ranked No. 3 UCLA and No. 4 Stanford on Nov. 6 and Nov. 10. Tim Hutten and Dreason Barry top the Anteater scoring list with 58 and 57 goals, respectively. Matt Garcia and Joe Wynne split time in goal for UCI, each starting 13 matches this season. Garcia has tallied 93 saves, while Wynne has amassed 89 saves.