Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014
No. 3 Stanford vs. No. 8 UCSB, 12 p.m.
at Campus Pool
Last Meeting: L, 11-8 (Nov. 3, 2013)
Searching for the Tenth Win
No. 8 UC Santa Barbara (9-7, 0-2 MPSF) returns home to host yet another tough conference match this Sunday. No. 3 Stanford (15-2, 1-0 MPSF) will visit Campus Pool a day after playing against No. 1 Southern California in Palo Alto, Calif. UCSB will be on a mission to get its first conference win of the season with an upset victory over the visiting Cardinals.
SoCal Tournament Recap
Along with 15 other top-20 ranked programs, UCSB competed in last weekend's SoCal Tournament. The Gauchos raced off to a solid start as the team prevailed with a 11-7 win over then twelfth-ranked Pepperdine. Despite the opening win, UCSB dropped its next three contests with its first loss coming to eventual champions, USC. The Gauchos unfortunately faltered to a 9-4 loss to No. 6 UC San Diego and eventually suffered a 8-7 overtime decision to No. 7 Pacific.
On the flip side, Stanford displayed another solid performance at the tournament as the team solidified a third place finish. Highlighted by a 7-6 win over then top-ranked UCLA, the Cardinals are now riding its best start to a season since 2009 when the program won 19 of its first 20 matches.
With seven players scoring more than 10 goals for the season, UCSB continues to showcase its offensive versatility. Having several offensive options, the Gauchos are a hard matchup for its opponents. Freshman Shane Hauschild has exploded onto the scene with 21 goals and 13 assists. His goal total leads the team while he is also second on the team in assists. The freshman led the offense in last weekend's competition with five goals. Junior Ryan Baliani is consistently proving his value to the Gauchos as the attacker has posted 17 goals thus far. Fellow juniors Kevin Cappon and Bryan Snyder are right there offensively, as the two each have 16 goals apiece.
Despite playing in only nine games thus far due to injuries and a recent concussion, senior Eric Van de Mortel remains one of the goal scoring leaders as the attacker also has 16 goals for the season.
Junior Chris Whitelegge remains as one of the top goalies in the MPSF as the Gauchos ranks sixth in total saves with a total of 145. Whitelegge is also tied for the team lead in steals with a total of 14 thus far in the season. At 2-Meter, juniors Nicholas Jordan and Samer Alkateb are doing a fantastic job of creating power play situations for the Gauchos. The pair have created a total 70 earned ejections to help place the team in key situations in the matches.
MPSF Action Continues
After its weekend face off against the Cardinals, Santa Barbara will remain at home for next week's conference action. After playing in the annual Alumni game next Saturday, Oct. 25 at 4 p.m., the Gauchos are slated to host No. 4 UCLA to another competitive MPSF conference match. The Gauchos will host the Bruins next Sunday, Oct. 26 at noon.
Tickets for home men's water polo games are available by visiting the Ticket Office in the Intercollegiate Athletics Building on campus by calling (805) 893- UCSB or by clicking here.