SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – The No. 17 UC Santa Barbara women's water polo team continued its dominant start to the season with a pair of 10-goal wins over Fresno State and No. 13 Indiana on day two of the 2019 Winter Invite.
Junior utility Sarah Snyder led the Gauchos (3-0) with six goals on the day, including four first half scores in the win over the Hoosiers. Senior Kate Pipkin added five goals of her own, putting away four in the first win of the day over the Bulldogs (0-1).
After claiming its third straight 10-goal win to open the year, UCSB has now started 3-0 for the first time since 2013.
Playing in their first game of the new season, the Bulldogs started strong to take leads of 1-0 and 2-1. UCSB would score two unanswered to close the first quarter though, with goals from freshman Caitlyn Snyder and her sister Sarah putting the Gauchos up for good.
A dominant showing in the second would essentially put the game away, as UCSB shutout Fresno State 5-0 to take an 8-2 lead into halftime.
Two more goals from Pipkin and Kreiser would put the home side up 12-2 in the third, the largest lead of the day. Dara Bleiberg, Kate Coski, Amanda Legaspi, Sami Stebbins and Julia Santos all went on to score one goal in the game as the Gauchos claimed a 15-5 win.
UCSB vs. Indiana
The Gauchos would get out to an even faster start in the last game of the day against Indiana, coming out firing to take a 6-1 lead through one. Sarah Snyder had a hat trick by the end of the first, and would score her fourth goal of the game before halftime.
Sophomore attacker Mollie Simmons had her best performance of the early season, securing a hat trick with her third goal in the third quarter. Freshman Amanda Legaspi also scored twice, giving her nine goals through the first three games of her collegiate career.
Tomorrow, the Gauchos will close out their five-game Winter Invite slate with games against No. 14 Wagner at 10:30 a.m. at the Rec Center and at 2:30 p.m. against No. 3 UCLA at Campus Pool.