No. 10 UCSB Heads to ASU Challenge For Second Weekend of Competition

Sarah Kreiser (Photo by Minette Rubin)
Sarah Kreiser (Photo by Minette Rubin)

The Schedule
Friday, Feb. 1, 2019 at 11:15 a.m.
No. 25 Azusa Pacific (2-4) vs. No. 10 UC Santa Barbara (4-1)
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Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019 at 8:00 a.m.
No. 12 Princeton (0-0) vs. No. 10 UC Santa Barbara (4-1)
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Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019 at 11:45 a.m.
No. 24 California Baptist (2-4) vs. No. 10 UC Santa Barbara (4-1)
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Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019 at 7:00 a.m.
No. 7 Arizona State (1-1) vs. No. 10 UC Santa Barbara (4-1)
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Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019 at 10:45 a.m.
Iona (1-1) vs. No. 10 UC Santa Barbara (4-1)
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All times in Pacific Standard Time (PST)
All games to be played at Mona Plummer Aquatic Center in Tempe, Ariz. 

Winter Invite Recap
No. 10 UC Santa Barbara got out to a strong start to its 2019 campaign two weekends ago, going 4-1 hosting the season-opening UCSB Winter Invite. The Gauchos opened the year up with three straight 10-goal wins, downing No. 24 California Baptist 14-4 before knocking off both No. 14 Fresno State and No. 19 Indiana by identical scores of 15-5 on day two of the tournament. The final day would see Santa Barbara hold No. 16 Wagner College to just four goals in a 9-4 win, before keeping things close in a 6-4 defeat to No. 3 UCLA in the final game of the weekend.

Cross Conference Challenge Preview
After one week off, the Gauchos will be back in the pool this Friday through Sunday for five more games at the Arizona State Cross Conference Challenge. The No. 5 Sun Devils (1-1) will be hosting the three-day, 15-game tournament for the second straight year. UCSB opens things with a single game on Friday against No. 25 Azusa Pacific (2-4) at 11:15 a.m. (PST), a team the Gauchos have never lost to in three previous meetings.

Saturday will pit the Gauchos against No. 12 Princeton (0-0) at 8:00 a.m. before facing No. 24 CBU (2-4) for the second time this season. On Sunday, UCSB takes on the tournament host Sun Devils at 7:00 a.m. They will then close out their second weekend of competition against Iona (1-1) later that morning. Sunday's game against ASU will be the only live streamed game the Gauchos play this week. The live stats links for all five games are above. 

Snyder Named Big West Player of the Week
Following a standout opening weekend performance in which she scored at least two goals in all five appearances, junior utility Sarah Snyder was named the first Big West Player of the Week of the 2019 season. The Gauchos' leading scorer from last year, Snyder picked up right where she left off, finishing with team-highs of 14 goals and nine drawn exclusions. She put together back-to-back four-goal, one-assist efforts, helping UCSB to convincing wins over Indiana and Wagner, teams which held higher preseason rankings than the Gauchos. For the second straight year, a Gaucho kicked off the Big West PoW awards with a win following the Winter Invite, following in the footsteps of current teammate and senior captain Sarah Kreiser

Hot Start
The Gauchos' dominant start to the season saw them post a 4-0 mark out of the gates for the first time since 2013. Their only loss of the weekend wasn't one to dwell on, as they hung tight against a UCLA side ranked No. 3 in the country, even erasing a second half deficit to tie the game late in the third quarter. UCSB has started 4-0 just four other times since 1996.

Coach's Take
"I think the future is bright. We talk about the season being a process, so we still have a lot of things to figure out as a team at this point. But, the exciting part is we have a really deep bench and we have a lot of different players stepping up every time we play, filling different roles. It's going to be exciting moving forward to figure out how to use that."
Head Coach Serela Kay following the Winter Invite

National Rankings
Fans of the Gauchos weren't the only ones to take notice of UCSB's hot start – the nation noticed as well. The strong play out of the gates saw Santa Barbara jump from what was a No. 17 preseason ranking in the CWPA national polls to No. 10 through just one week of play, the second-largest jump of any team in the country. After one weekend off from competition, the Gauchos remain at No. 10, the third-highest ranking among Big West teams.

Trust The Process: Shannon Moran
We recently sat down with senior Shannon Moran to talk about her experiences with water polo, community service, and her role as a leader being one of the team's three co-captains in 2019. Read the feature story and watch the interview by clicking here.

UC Santa Barbara 2018 Team Statistics