April 7, 2010
Saturday, April 10, 2010 at Campus Pool
No. 12 UC Santa Barbara (15-8, 2-0) vs. No. 10 Cal State Northridge (21-6, 2-0), 12:00 p.m.
No. 12 UC Santa Barbara vs. No. 19 Cal Baptist (19-14), 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 3, 2010 at Campus Pool
No. 12 UC Santa Barbara vs. Alumni, 11:00 a.m.
The Week Ahead
After going 2-0 to open the Big West last weekend, UCSB will face its largest conference test of the season on Saturday, when the Gauchos square-off against No. 10 Cal State Northridge. The Gauchos will play Northridge at 12:00 p.m. and then face No. 19 Cal Baptist at 6:00 p.m. in a non-conference games at Campus Pool. On Sunday, the Gauchos will play in the annual alumni game.
For The Record
UCSB currently carries a record of 15-8. UCSB has been thoroughly dominant at home this season, holding a 9-1 record when playing at Campus Pool. The Gauchos rank as No. 12 in the Collegiate Water Polo Association Top-20 Poll, maintaining their ranking from the previous two weeks.
The Gauchos will host No. 10 Cal State Northridge on Saturday at 12:00 p.m. Northridge is 21-6 this season and is coming off of an 18-6 loss to No. 1 USC. The Matadors hold a record of 8-6 in games against opponents currently ranked in the Collegiate Water Polo Association Top-20 Poll. Only UCSB and Northridge carry a 2-0 Big West record, so the winner of the contest will be ranked as first in the conference. UCSB has played Northridge twice this season and has come up short in both games. This weekend, the Gauchos look to exact some revenge in a battle for Big West supremacy.
At 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, UCSB will face No. 19 Cal Baptist at Campus Pool. Cal Baptist holds a record of 19-14 and most recently defeated Concordia, 11-7. The Lancers carry a record of 2-8 in games against opponents currently ranked in the Collegiate Water Polo Association Top-20 Poll. The Gauchos are 4-0 in their last four games against the Lancers. The teams' most recent contest resulted in a 15-10 Gaucho victory last season on April 4, 2009.
After registering a hat-trick against UC Irvine this weekend, senior Lizzie Rouleau continues to lead the Gauchos in scoring this season. Rouleau has scored a total of 28 goals this season, including seven games with multiple scores. Christie Clark, who also posted a hat-trick against UC irvine this weekend, is second on the team for scoring with 27 goals, including five two-goal games. Three Gauchos: Shelby Haroldson, Claire Buchanan and Katie Kepner, are tied for third on the team for goals, with18 apiece. Both Buchanan and Haroldson have registered four dual-goal performances, and Haroldson also picked up a hat-trick against CSU San Bernardino (3/14). Kepner has scored in bunches, registering five two-goal games, as well as a hat-trick against Cal (1/29). Kepner also leads the Gauchos for assists with 22.
Junior Kathryn Nelson has continued her role as the Gauchos' key defender. Nelson leads UCSB for steals with 32 and for field blocks with nine. As a highly versatile threat, the junior has also tallied 17 goals and is second on the team for assists with 10. Second for steals is freshman Shelby Haroldson with 26, followed by Christie Clark (20) and Nancy Ruano (16). Lizzie Rouleau and Claire Buchanan rank second on the team in field blocks with seven each.
We're Going Streaking
As UCSB moves into the heart of the Big West season, four Gauchos are currently amidst scoring streaks. Kathryn Nelson is on a four-game streak in which she has put away six total goals. Christie Clark has also caught fire, scoring seven goals in the Gauchos' last three contests. Both Michelle Beaudreau and Lizzie Rouleau have opened up two-game streaks scoring two and four goals, respectively.
Ruth Milne has recorded a total of 188 saves this season, including a 15-save game against UC Davis (2/7), 13 saves against Long Beach State this weekend and nine other games with 10 or more saves. After starting 20 of the Gauchos' 23 games, Milne is averaging 10.7 saves per game and 7.0 goals against per game.
All Good Things Must Come to an End
After an extended home-stay, the Gauchos will hit the road to finish up Big West Conference play, and conclude the 2010 regular season. Next Saturday, the Gauchos will travel north to play UC Davis. Then, on Sunday, they'll head to Stockton, Calif. to finish up the regular season with a match against Pacific.