October 20, 2010

Seniors Saluted as Gauchos Play Final Home Game Thursday

Oct. 20, 2010

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• The Schedule
Thursday, October 21, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.
UCSB Gauchos vs. Seattle University Redhawks
Gauchos' Senior Salute
at UCSB's Meredith Field at Harder Stadium
Game available on Gametracker

Sunday, October 24, 2010 at 5:00 p.m.
UCSB Gauchos at Cal State Fullerton Titans
at CSUF's Titan Stadium

Tickets Available
To purchase tickets, please call (805) 893-UCSB, visit the Ticket Office located inside the Intercollegiate Athletics building on campus or buy online and print at home by clicking here.

• A Speace Of Her Mind
Keep up with senior defender Julia Speace by reading her entertaining blog. You can read all about what is on her mind by clicking here. Speace's blog has been voted No. 1 by the UCSB Athletics Communications staff.

• Men's College Cup Tickets Now Available
Tickets for the 2010 NCAA Men's College Cup National Championship, scheduled for Meredith Field at Harder Stadium on Dec. 10 and 12, are now available. To purchase tickets, please call (805) 893-UCSB, visit the Ticket Office located inside the Intercollegiate Athletics building on campus or buy online by clicking here. Students can purchase all-session passes for the discounted rate of $20.

• UCSB Salutes A Perfect 10 Seniors
Thursday night's game against Seattle University will be UC Santa Barbara's final home game of the 2010 season. The game will also mark the final Meredith Field at Harder Stadium appearance for 10 Gaucho seniors. Taking part in their final home game against the Redhawks will be Kailyn Kugler, Jacqui Simon, Kylie McDonald, Julia Speace, Erica Seidman, Stacy Myrick, Jessie Edmonds. Nicole Romanowski, Brooke Salyer and Kat Serdio. The 10 seniors have combined for four All-Big West first team selections and three second team selections. Additionally, one player, Kugler, has been honored as Big West Freshman of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year. Perhaps most importantly, the 10 seniors were instrumental in helping UCSB win two Big West Tournament championships and advance to a pair of NCAA Tournaments. When the team went to the NCAA Tourney in 2008, it was the first time in 17 years.

• The Gaucho Record
UCSB enters the week with an overall record of 6-8-2 and a Big West record of 2-4-0. The Gauchos are struggling with a three-game losing streak. They lost conference home games to UC Davis and Pacific last weekend.

• On The Stumpf
Paul Stumpf is in his 12th season as the head coach at UC Santa Barbara. He has a record of 114-94-29. His 112 wins are the most in school history. On Sept. 9, 2009 he became the school's all-time leader in coaching with as the Gauchos defeated William and Mary, 2-0. In 2009, Stumpf guided UCSB to its second straight Big West Tournament title, and second NCAA Tournament. Prior to 2008, the Gauchos had not been to the tourney since 1991. 2008 also marked the fifth time that Stumpf has guided the Gauchos to at least 10 wins. He has led the program to records of .500 or better in seven of the last 10 seasons, including, at one point, four straight seasons of 10 or more victories, the first time the program had accomplished that feat since 1988-91. In 1999, Stumpf's first season as the head coach at UCSB, he took a team that was picked to finish last in the conference, and instead posted an 8-9-1 overall record and a 5-4 mark in the Big West. Following the season, he was chosen as the Big West's Coach of the Year. On two occasions, Stumpf's UCSB teams have won the Big West regular season title.

• UCSB On-The-Ropes In Hunt For Big West Tournament Berth
The three-game losing streak in Big West play has put the Gauchos in a very precarious position in their hopes of qualifying for the four-team league tournament. With just two league games remaining, UCSB is 2-4-0 for a total of six points. While they are currently tied with Cal State Fullerton for fifth-place, the Titans have played just four conference games. Even more alarming is that the Gauchos trail Pacific for the all-important fourth spot in the tourney by three points and the Tigers have played just five games, one fewer than the Gauchos. UCSB has two Big West games remaining. They travel to Fullerton on Sunday in a must-win game and then they close the regular season on Friday, Oct. 29 at Cal Poly. Either way, Santa Barbara will need a lot of help to advance to the Big West Tournament which begins on Nov. 4.

• Kugler Remains On A Roll
Senior forward Kailyn Kugler scored one goal and and assisted on another in the Gauchos' 2-1 losses last weekend. Kugler now has six goals and three assists for a team-leading 15 points. She has either scored or assisted on eight of the team's last 10 goals over a span of 10 games. Kugler missed two of the 10 games with a an injured leg and UCSB was shutout in both. In all, the San Clemente, Calif., native now has 28 goals, seventh in school history, and 70 career points, eighth all-time.

• Simon Stands To Break One Record, Enter Top-10 In Assists
Entering Thursday night's encounter against Seattle, senior midfielder Jacqui Simon has played in 80 games as a Gaucho, tying a school record originally set by Jennifer Borcich (2001-04). Assuming she plays on Thursday, Simon would break that record. In addition, the Torrance, Calif., native has produced a team-leading five assists this season. The five assists give her a total of 19 in her career, the 10th most in UCSB history. A four-year starter and two-time First Team All-Big West player, Simon has 13 goals and 19 assists for a total of 45 career points, 14th all-time.