Gauchos Remain Perfect at Cross Conference Challenge With Two More Wins

Kate Pipkin (Photo by Jeff Liang)
Kate Pipkin (Photo by Jeff Liang)

TEMPE, Ariz. – The No. 10 UC Santa Barbara women's water polo team maintained its undefeated status at the ASU Cross Conference Challenge on Saturday, defeating No. 24 California Baptist 12-6 and No. 12 Princeton 8-7.

The Gauchos improved to an 8-1 record to start the year, the most wins they've ever had through their first nine games.

California Baptist
A pair of four-goal performances highlighted UCSB's second win of the day, as the Gauchos defeated CBU for the second time  this season, 12-6.

Senior Kate Pipkin and freshman Kelly Murphy combined for eight of the Gauchos' 12 goals, scoring a season-high four apiece. Junior Sarah Snyder added two of her own, while senior Sarah Kreiser and sophomore Dara Bleiberg scored once.

Santa Barbara took the early advantage outscoring CBU 3-2 in each of the first two quarters, but the Gauchos would pull away in the third with five unanswered. Four Gauchos drew multiple exclusions on the day, led by junior Kate Coski with three.

Sophomore goalkeeper Becca Buck tallied eight saves to go along with two assists. Kreiser tied her for team-high honors with a pair of helpers.

Princeton
Facing Princeton in the first game of the day, the Gauchos would pull off their closest win of the season, 8-7.

Kreiser, Murphy and Sarah Snyder all put up two goals in the win. Snyder has now scored two or more goals in nine straight games to begin the year, giving her a team-high of 20. Pipkin and freshman Amanda Legaspi also scored once each.

After entering the fourth quarter trailing 7-4, the Tigers would keep things interesting, as two goals from Amy Castellano pulled them within two with more than five minutes remaining. UCSB's defense wouldn't let Princeton score again until 41 seconds remaining, holding on for the 8-7 win. It was Santa Barbara's first win this season of fewer than five goals.

Goalkeeper Kenzi Snyder finished with six saves and a steal defending the cage. Sarah Snyder also led all players with five drawn exclusions, while Kreiser registered three.

Next Up
UCSB closes out its second weekend of competition tomorrow with games against No. 7 Arizona State (7:00 a.m. PST) and Iona (10:45 a.m.).