No. 13 Gauchos Will Begin Spring Break Action with Game Against Iona
March 22, 2009
Monday, Mar. 23, 2009 at Campus Pool
No. 13 UC Santa Barbara vs. Iona, 12 p.m.
This Week In Water Polo
Winner of seven of its last eight contests, the UC Santa Barbara women's water polo team will hit Campus Pool this week for its final three home games of the 2009 season. The Gauchos will host Iona on Monday at noon to open its week of spring break action.
For The Record
UCSB currently holds an 11-6 overall record and is 5-1 in games played at Campus Pool. The Gauchos have played their last six games at home, posting victories over Cal State Monterey Bay, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, Long Beach State, UC San Diego and Bucknell. The lone home loss came to San Diego State during the final game of the two-day Gaucho Spring Invite on Mar. 8. UCSB is currently ranked 13th in the Collegiate Water Polo Association Top-20 Coaches Poll.
UCSB's 16-1 victory over Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on Mar. 7 marked the first time since the 2005 season that the Gauchos have held a team to just one goal. The last time they accomplished the feat was against Cal State Northridge on Mar. 5, 2005.
There's No Stopping Her
Senior Gillian Morgan has stretched her scoring streak to 16 consecutive games with a goal. The utility player posted six goals in the victory over Bucknell on Mar. 9, marking the fourth time this season she has had six or more points in a single game. For the season, she has 55 goals, surpassing her team-leading totals from her sophomore (49 goals) and junior (50 goals) seasons. She needs just six more goals to tie the UCSB single season scoring record, set by Kelley Tiffany in 2001. She is also the team's assist leader with 12.
More On Morgan
In addition to leading the Gauchos, Gillian Morgan also leads the Big West Conference with her 3.24 goals per game average. If she keeps up her blistering pace, Morgan could surpass the UCSB career scoring record, which was set by Kelley Tiffany (1999-2002) at 213 goals. She currently ranks second all-time with 177.
Rouleau Keeps Rolling
Junior Lizzie Rouleau is also currently amidst a scoring streak. She has posted goals in the last seven games and currently ranks second on the team with 22 goals, which is one shy of tying her total from the 2008 season. Rouleau also ranks second on the team for earned penalties or ejections with 26.
Sophomore goalkeeper Kate Murphy tied her career-high of 12 saves on Mar. 8 in the loss against San Diego State and also had 11 saves in the win over Long Beach State the previous day. She currently leads the Gaucho goalies with an average of 8.0 saves per game. Fellow goalie Chelsea Carrillo posted a career-high 10 saves in the win over CMS. She is averaging 6.3 saves per game.
Spreading The Wealth
Six Gauchos have scored double-digit goals already this season. In addition to Morgan and Rouleau, Claire Buchanan (16), Kristin Kulakowski (14), Amanda Tipton (11) and Jillian Waldron (10), have all posted double-digit points. The team is averaging 10.35 goals per game, a vast improvement upon last season's 7.89 average.
Iona College enters this week's game with a 13-4 overall record. The Gaels are currently amidst a seven-game California road swing that will conclude with their game against the Gauchos. Iona has won its last nine contests, but has yet to beat a ranked Division I team this season.
Following Monday's game against Iona, the Gauchos will remain at home for a pair of Big West Conference games. UCSB will host its inaugural Big West game on Saturday against No. 11 UC Davis and that same day will host its annual Alumni Game. On Sunday, the Gauchos will play their final home contest of the season against Pacific. Both conference games are scheduled for noon and admission is free.
In its on-going effort to draw awareness to breast cancer and to promote its research, the UCSB Athletics Department will sponsor "Pink Week" at three of its athletics events on Mar. 28, 2009. Three UCSB intercollegiate events, scheduled for Saturday, Mar. 28, have been designated "Pink Week" games. The women's tennis match, slated for 11 a.m. on the Robertson Gymnasium Courts, a softball doubleheader scheduled to start at 12 p.m. on Campus Diamond, and a 12 p.m. women's water polo match at Campus Pool will all be part of the effort. "Pink Week" is part UCSB Athletics' BE Great initiative.