Big West Conference Tournament
Friday, April 27, 2012
No. 15 UC Santa Barbara (19-13, 3-2) vs. Pacific (11-16, 1-4), at 5:15 pm
At UC Davis Schaal Aquatics Center
Saturday, April 28, 2012
Sunday, April 29, 2012
On the Record
The Gauchos end regular season with a current record of 19-3 overall, and a conference record of 3-2. They clinched the third seed into the Big West Tournament and remain No. 15 in the Collegiate Water Polo Association Top-25 Poll.
Two Gauchos are leading the team in goals: juniors Bryce Winton and Kacey Creek. Winton and Creek both have 34 goals on the season. At this point last season, Winton had scored 14 goals. She has more than doubled her career goal total, and continues to be a fighting force for the Gauchos. Creek had scored 18 goals by this point last season, and she has almost doubled that. Things are looking good for the Gauchos going into the Big West Conference Tournament, as they have four players with goal totals over 30. Also over 30 goals are junior Shelby Haroldson and sophomore Molly Hafferkamp, both with 31 goals. Both Haroldson and Winton scored two goals each for the Gauchos last time out.
Freshman Lauren Martin has been a fighting force for the Gaucho offense this season. Martin was the only Gaucho to score a goal in both games two weeks ago against UCD and Pacific. She has scored 26 goals for UCSB this season and is the fifth-highest scorer on the team.
Junior Ruth Milne continues to be a solid wall for the Gauchos. She has had double-digit saves in 19 of the 32 games played this season. She is averaging 12.1 saves per game and continues to be on track to beat her school record. She posted nine saves in the close loss to UC Davis two weekends ago and 12 in the win against Pacific. She has 225 total saves this season, contributing to the Gauchos success this year.
On the Horizon
The Gauchos head to Davis, Calif. for the Big West Conference Tournament. Their first game is on Friday, April 27, at 5:15 pm. If the Gauchos win they will face UC Davis on Saturday, April 28, at 4:15 pm. The final games will be played on Sunday, April 30. Times will depend on the results for the first two days of play. The winner of this weekend's tournament will receive the conference's automatic berth into the 2012 NCAA Women's Water Polo Tournament, which will be hosted by San Diego State the weekend of May 11-12.