No. 4 Gauchos Face No. 7 Long Beach State Away, No. 8 Cal at Campus Pool

Adam Lott (Photo by Jeff Liang)
Adam Lott (Photo by Jeff Liang)

The Schedule
Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019 at 6 p.m.
No. 4 UCSB at No. 7 Long Beach State
All-time record vs. the Beach: 63-63
Last meeting: Sept. 8, 2019, No. 7 UCSB def. No. 5 Long Beach State 12-9 (Triton Invitational final)

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Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019 at 12 p.m.
No. 4 UCSB vs. No. 8 Cal
All-time record vs. the Golden Bears: 9-71
Last meeting: Sept. 8, 2019, No. 7 UCSB def. No. 4 Cal 8-5 (Triton Invitational semifinal)

Live Stats

• Live Stream Available at Long Beach State

A live stream of Saturday night's match at Long Beach State, produced by the Beach, will be available on BigWest.TV.

• Live Stats Available

As always, live stats for the match will be available and can also be found above or on the schedule page.

• The Gaucho Rewind: No. 5 UCSB vs No. 3 Pacific

Fast, attacking water polo was the theme of the day for both then-No. 5 UCSB and No. 3 Pacific on Sunday afternoon at Campus Pool, as the Tigers claimed their second win of the season over the Gauchos 17-16. Despite a big game from sophomore attacker Sam Nangle with four goals, Pacific's Luke Pavillard and Jeremie Cote combined for nine of Pacific's goals to overshadow UCSB's efforts on the day. Late goals from Cote and Luis Araya at the 1:40 and 12-second marks would seal the deal for the visitors as Santa Barbara was dealt its fifth-straight defeat, its fourth by a one-goal margin.

• Keep it 2-0

The Gauchos have already beaten both of this weekend's opponents earlier in the season, taking down both Cal and Long Beach State on the final day of the Triton Invitational on Sept. 8. Then ranked seventh in the country, UCSB defeated then-No. 4 Cal 8-5 for its first win over the Golden Bears since 2004 in the season-opening tournament semifinal. Later that day, the Gauchos took down the Beach, then ranked fifth, 12-9. Redshirt junior center Adam Lott put UCSB on top 10-9 with just over two minutes to go, and Nathan Puentes and Tommy Fellner had the insurance goals for the Gauchos to wrap up their fourth victory of the season.

• A Look at the GCC

Pepperdine, Pacific, and Long Beach State all won their Golden Coast Conference openers last week as they sit atop the standings with 1-0 records. San Jose State has a .500 record to open league play, losing their first match at Long Beach State before nabbing the upset at then-No. 12 UC Irvine. UCSB and UC Irvine are winless, but UC Irvine has had two losses while Santa Barbara has had one.

• Stat Zone
The Gauchos are nearly doubling their opponents' goals on a per-game average basis, with UCSB averaging 14.30 goals per game and opponents averaging 8.45 per match. The Gauchos have been off to hot starts in games, outscoring opponents 82-49 in the first period. The second quarter is Santa Barbara's largest margin of difference with its opponents, resulting in a +41 advantage overall. The third period is the smallest, but UCSB still has a +19 margin. Cole Brosnan leads the team in goals and points with 42 and shares the lead in points with Ivan Gvozdanovic's 52. Gvozdanovic is the leader in steals with 23, while Mason McQuet is second with 12, and Nathan Puentes, Mason McQuet, Danny Roland, and Colton Gregory all tied for third with 11.

• Record Setters

UCSB broke the record for the best start to a season in program history, previously set by the 1988 team that went 9-0 to start the season, with its win over Ottawa University of Arizona on Sept. 19 at Campus Pool. Santa Barbara also set a new record for the longest single-season winning streak after having won all 13 of its games on the season. The streak ended at 15 games, with the final win coming over No. 6 Pepperdine on Sept. 19. The previous mark was 12 in a row, set by the national championship-winning 1979 team.

• A Knack for Knocking Off the Top Dogs

The Gauchos stormed into Avery Aquatic Center on Sept. 20 and defeated then-No. 1 Stanford for UCSB's second win over a top-ranked opponent in just five days. Nathan Puentes scored a fourth-quarter hat trick to secure the 15-10 upset over the Cardinal in a match they controlled from the outset, leading 3-1 at the end of the first quarter and 6-2 at halftime.

At the Inland Empire Classic on Sept. 14-15, UCSB took down then-No. 1 USC for the first time since 1990 with a 13-9 win against the Trojans. After that match, the Gauchos rounded out the tournament with a record-tying 15-4 victory over Claremont-Mudd-Scripps that saw the team equal the best start to a season in program history with a 9-0 mark.

• Opening Their Accounts

Several natural and redshirt freshmen got off the mark on Sept. 14-15 at the Inland Empire Classic, scoring the first goals of their collegiate careers. Redshirt freshman drivers Sean Rosenberg and John Rankin earned their debut goals in the Gauchos' 25-5 drubbing of Fresno Pacific, while freshman attacker Mason Chambliss put away his first in the 22-7 win over Occidental.

• Accumulating the Accolades

Redshirt sophomore attacker Leo Yuno earned the Gauchos' third Golden Coast Conference Player of the Week award on Sept. 26. He was selected for the award after his monster four-goal, two-assist performance helped the Gauchos defeat their second No. 1-ranked opponent, the Stanford Cardinal, within the span of five days. The previous day before the Stanford match, Yuno played a crucial role in securing Santa Barbara's victory over then-No. 6 Pepperdine in their exhilarating 16-15 overtime match. His two goals, including the go-ahead goal with 1:47 left in the fourth quarter, and three assists came up big for the Gauchos as they battled to avoid the upset. In the Gauchos' final match of the weekend at Fresno Pacific, he recorded two goals in the team's 21-7 victory over the Sunbirds. In total, he racked up eight goals and five assists over the Gauchos' four games last week, while totaling 18 shots and tacking on a steal.

The Gauchos have earned three of the six GCC Player of the Week awards so far this season, with sophomore goalkeeper Danny Roland and junior attacker Cole Brosnan taking home the award in weeks one and two, respectively.

• Preseason Poll
UCSB was predicted to finish first in this year's GCC Preseason Coaches' Poll. The Gauchos received two first place votes and 20 points overall, edging out Long Beach State and Pepperdine for the top spot. Long Beach also received two first-place votes, while Pepperdine received one. Pacific finished in a close fourth with 18 points.

• Gauchos in the Media

Remembering UCSB's Championship Teams, Santa Barbara Independent https://www.independent.com/2019/09/24/remembering-ucsbs-two-championship-teams/

UC Santa Barbara Aims to Replicate Gauchos' 1979 NCAA Championship Run, Swimming World Magazine https://www.swimmingworldmagazine.com/news/uc-santa-barbara-aims-to-replicate-gauchos-1979-ncaa-championship-run/

On the Record with Wolf Wigo, UC Santa Barbara Men's Water Polo Coach, Swimming World Magazine https://www.swimmingworldmagazine.com/news/on-the-record-with-wolf-wigo-uc-santa-barbara-mens-water-polo-coach/

Drake alum Danny Roland finding a new home at UCSB, Marin Independent Journal https://www.marinij.com/2019/10/09/drake-alum-danny-roland-finding-a-new-home-at-ucsb/

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