Fourth-Seeded Gauchos Head to Stockton for Inaugural Big West Tournament

April 22, 2009

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• The Schedule
Friday, Apr. 24, 2009 at Pacific's Chris Kjeldsen Pool
Big West Conference Women's Water Polo Championships
No. 4 UC Santa Barbara (15-11) at No. 5 Pacific (9-23), 4 p.m.
Live on BigWestTV

Saturday, Apr. 25-26, 2009 at Pacific's Chris Kjeldsen Pool
UC Santa Barbara at Big West Conference Women's Water Polo Championships

• This Week In Water Polo
The No. 17 ranked UC Santa Barbara women's water polo team will head to Stockton this weekend for the inaugural Big West Conference Championships being hosted by Pacific this Friday through Sunday at Chris Kjeldsen Pool. The Gauchos carry the fourth seed into the tournament and will face fifth-seeded Pacific in the first round at 4 p.m. on Friday.

• For The Record
UCSB currently holds a 15-11 overall record and finished the Big West regular season with a 1-4 mark, ending the league schedule in a three-way tie for fourth place. UCSB won a coin toss to capture the fourth seed ahead of Pacific and Long Beach State. There was also a three-way tie for first and Cal State Northridge won the top seed in a coin toss. UC Davis and UC Irvine will be the second and third seeds into the tourney, respectively.

• Morgan Tallies #200
Senior utility player Gillian Morgan brought her career goals total to 200 after scoring a total of nine goals across three games last weekend. She becomes only the second Gaucho to reach 200 career goals. The first was Kelley Tiffany (1999-2002) - the school's career goals record holder - who posted 213. Morgan is currently averaging a league-leading 3.00 goals per game and set the school record for goals in a single season with 78 so far. She is amidst a six-game scoring streak heading into this weekend's tournament.

• Goalie Gossip
Sophomore goalkeeper Chelsea Carrillo posted double-digit saves in each of last weekend's three games, including a weekend-high 13 in the overtime win over Long Beach State. She has totaled 111 saves this season and is averaging 7.9 saves per game.

• With A Little Help From My Friend
Sophomore Katie Kepner - the Gauchos' assist leader (19) - is also amidst a six-game scoring streak, having scored in every contest during the month of April. She has had goals in nine of the last 11 contests, including all but one Big West game. She is currently fourth on the team with 16 goals, two more than she tallied in 2008.

• Rouleau On A Roll
Junior Lizzie Rouleau has cracked the UCSB career goals top-20 list and now ranks 19th all-time with 60 goals in the blue and gold, more than half of which have been scored this season (31). The center is second on the team in goals this season and leads the squad with 43 earned penalties or ejections. She has scored in each of the last four games.

• Tipton Makes Her Mark
Senior Amanda Tipton moved to 13th all-time on the Gaucho career scoring list with her two goals in the win over Sonoma State last Saturday. She has tallied 15 goals this season and 84 during her career at UCSB. She is tied second on the team with 17 steals this season and is fourth with 29 earned penalties or ejections - having earned three over the weekend. Tipton leads the team with eight field blocks.

• Claire's Career-High
Sophomore Claire Buchanan posted a career-best three goals in the overtime win against Long Beach State on Saturday. The sophomore ranks third on the team with 24 goals - doubling her total from 2009. She leads the team with 18 steals and is second with 39 earned penalties or ejections.

• Oh What A Difference A Year Makes!
UCSB is currently averaging 10.2 goals per game offensively, over a two goals-per-game improvement from its 7.89 average last season. UCSB is allowing an average 8.3 goals-per-game, which is 1.3 goals fewer than their 2008 average.

• The Gaucho Way
As a championship-caliber program, UCSB Athletics recognizes the responsibility that goes with it. This simply means all student-athletes, staff, and fans will behave with a champion's approach, creating a safe environment at games and events. All of those who attend, compete, or work at Gaucho events are caretakers of the passionate, exciting, and great experience UCSB is known for. This is "The Gaucho Way."

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