BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - UC Santa Barbara is off to a blazing start in the 2018 Hoosier Invitational with a blowout win over the University of Toronto improving to 4-2 on the season. The Gauchos would go on to find net twenty-three times while holding their opponent to zero goals, a goose egg, for the second time this season.
Offensively the UCSB struck fast and struck often, scoring twelve goals in the first half and eleven in the second. In total, nine different Gauchos would find the back of the basket in the game.
Leading the way were Sarah Snyder, Kate Pipkin, Sami Stebbins, and Emily Martin. Snyder and Pipkin continue to complement each other on offense to dominate their competition. Snyder with five goals and an assist and Pipkin with three goals and two assists would help give UCSB almost half their goals. Stebbins, after scoring one goal on the season before entering the match, exploded for three goals and one assist, contributing to four points total. The junior center Martin again would play a pivotal role on offense with five goals of her own, tying Snyder for most in the game.
However, defense, although not literally the name of the game (it's water polo), is extremely important. After five games, the Gauchos have shown that this vital part of play is becoming one of their strengths.
In total, the UCSB stole eighteen balls away from the Varsity Blues. Better yet, Toronto was only held to eighteen shots, far less than the thirty-two Gaucho attempts.
Goalies Kenzie Snyder and Becca Buck did their parts saving one-hundred percent of shots on goal. The true freshman Buck in particular would save five of the six total saves for UCSB. While Kenzie Snyder will start a majority of games for the Gauchos, expect the young Buck to share time and play an important part in front of the net as well.
Tomorrow UCSB will continue play in the Hoosier Invitation with a double header. Game one will start at 8:30 a.m. (PT) against McKendree college. Game two will be against the Hoosiers in their own pool at 5:00 p.m. (PT) and will be streamed live on BTN2GO.com (link on schedule at UCSBGauchos.com). Tune in and make sure not to miss more Gaucho water polo action.