UCSB’s water polo weekend includes UCLA, UC Irvine


No. 2 UCLA has not lost since falling to the Gauchos on September 30th. The two teams meet again on Saturday.

In its second week of Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play, No. 3 UCSB (14-4, 0-1) will host No. 2 UCLA (17-2, 1-0) on Saturday before traveling to face No. 6 UC Irvine (14-4, 0-1) on Sunday in what will undoubtedly be two thrilling matchups between the squads.

With an upset over the Bruins and a narrow defeat by the Anteaters in nonconference competition, this weekend’s games will aim to reign dominance in one while seeking reprisal in the other.

After a historic UCSB victory in the teams’ previous contest at the Southern California Tournament (Sept. 30), the Gauchos rewrote the record book as they shattered a two decade, 35-game losing skid against the Bruins. Not only did the monumental win advance the Gauchos into a second-place tournament finish, it also catapulted UCSB into a No. 2 national ranking – its highest position since 1979.

On the other hand, the Gauchos hope to settle the score against UCI who handed them their second loss of the season in a nail biting, 12-11 double overtime loss at Stanford’s Northern California Invitational (Sept. 16). Both teams holding identical records, Sunday’s game will prove significant moving forward in MPFS play.

After falling 9-7 to then-ranked No. 5 Stanford (8-3, 2-1) in last weekend’s conference opener, UCSB aims to regain momentum and conclude victorious. This Saturday’s first sprint will take off at noon, hosted at UCSB’s Campus Pool. Sunday’s game will be played at UCI’s Anteater Aquatics Complex, also beginning at noon.