Sports  Spring 2011

Alumni Athlete McArthur Honored as a Legend

One of the most memorable Gaucho athletes, Eric "The Freeze" McArthur '91, was inducted as a Legend of the Dome during halftime on Feb. 16. McArthur attended UCSB from 1986-90 and is considered one of the university's legendary basketball players with 904 rebounds and 249 blocked shots.

Presently, McArthur holds the school record as the only player to have 300 rebounds in a single season. He is the third basketball player and seventh athlete at UCSB to receive the Legend of the Dome award.

Men's Basketball
No. 5 Gauchos Take Stunning Big West Championship Win

UC Santa Barbara picked a pretty opportune time to put together its first four-game winning streak of the season.

On March 12, the fifth-seeded Gauchos (18-13) beat the No. 1 seed, Long Beach State (22-11), 64-56. It was their fourth consecutive win, the last three of which came at the 2011 ampm Big West Tournament. With its championship game win, UCSB qualifies for the NCAA Tournament for the second straight season.

Tournament MVP Orlando Johnson scored 23 points, including 18 in the second half. He also made two huge three-point baskets midway through the second half to spark the victory. Jaime Serna had14 points and eight rebounds and James Nunnally added 12 points and seven rebounds. Both Serna and Nunnally were selected to the All-Tournament Team.

UC Santa Barbara Menʼs Volleyball Achieves Notable Victories

UC Santa Barbara Men's Volleyball team beat the UCLA Bruins five times this season, making it the first time in Gaucho history to do so. The last win over the Bruins on Feb. 11 was the third victory in Gaucho's winning streak.

These wins were a big confidence booster for the UCSB Gauchos who are ranked seventh in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation; the UCLA Bruins are ranked fifth. The Gauchos beat the UCLA Bruins for the first time in a pre-season game. According to Head Coach Rick McLaughlin, this initial victory set the tone for the rest of the season.

Basketballʼs Kristen Mann Named Legend of the Dome

Former UC Santa Barbara women's basketball star Kristen Mann '06 was named "Legend of the 'Dome" in a halftime ceremony on Feb. 24. Mann, who played at UCSB from 2001-05, ranks third all-time in school history with 1,700 points and is in the program's top-10 in rebounds, scoring average, field goals and field goals attempted.

After a five-year career in the WNBA she is currently playing overseas in France. Mann was drafted No. 11 overall by Minnesota in the 2005 WNBA draft, the highest Gaucho ever drafted in the league.

Men's Soccer
UC Santa Barbara's Men Soccer Loses Close Game Against Major League Soccer Team

After an impressive 81-minute battle with the Major League Soccer team D.C. United, UC Santa Barbara men's soccer team lost 0-1. Head Coach Ben Olsen said the team played well despite the loss.

Alumni Gaucho Chris Pontius, who is now a player for D.C. United, returned to the fields of Harder Stadium to play his former university's team, which included his younger brother Tim Pontius. Chris Pontius received a warm greeting upon his homecoming with the words "Welcome back Chris Pontius" on the stadium video board.

Women's and Men's Swimming
Gaucho Swim Teams Finish up Successful Season

UC Santa Barbara's swimming and dive teams came out victoriously in their final matches of the 2010-11 season. The women's team beat Pacific 219-60 and UC Davis 190-110, and the men's team beat Pacific, 153-102. These wins are attributed to a team of talented athletes who sets not only personal records but also university records. Sophia Yamauchi was one of the many athletes who helped bring in the victory; she swam the 100 breaststroke in 1:01 .33, one of the best times in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federations this year.

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