Santa Barbara Athletics News
Sep 15, 2018
DAVIS, Calif. – The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos men’s water polo team (10-3) played in a trio of games on Saturday at the Schaal Aquatics Center in the 2018 Aggie Roundup, dropping their first match to No. 1 USC before defeating No. 5 Pacific and Fresno Pacific.
Senior driver Boris Jovanovic led the Gauchos with nine goals on the day.
UCSB vs USC
The Gauchos found themselves down in a 2-0 hole early, but a pair of Jovanovic goals in the span of three minutes levelled the scoreline with 2:35 to go in the first quarter. With just over a minute to go, the Trojans went ahead on a goal from driver Zach D’sa and didn’t look back, outscoring UCSB 7-1 in the rest of the game to win the match 10-3.
Sophomore goalkeeper Connor Macdonald had eight saves, including five in the first quarter. Freshman goalkeeper Ben Miller added three saves in the second half.
Jovanovic scored the Gauchos’ third goal with 2:08 remaining in the third quarter.
UCSB vs Pacific
The Gauchos rallied back from a 6-5 halftime deficit to upset No. 5 Pacific in an overtime thriller, led by three-goal performances from Jovanovic, sophomore attacker Cole Brosnan, and junior utility Ivan Gvozdanovic.
It took just 30 seconds for Pacific attacker Engin Ege Colak to open the scoring on a penalty. The Gauchos twice tied the game in the first quarter through Jovanovic and Brosnan, but Pacific ultimately pulled away 4-2 in the opening frame.
UCSB scored the first two goals of the second quarter with junior attacker Jacob Halle’s goal at the 6:13 mark and Gvozdanovic’s shot with 4:26 remaining. Pacific scored another pair of goals shortly afterwards to go up 6-4, but Brosnan’s goal with 1:38 to go meant the Gauchos were down by a lone goal entering halftime.
The Gauchos again scored the opening goal of the third quarter, with Gvozdanovic tying the game up …