Nov. 14, 1999
STANFORD, Calif. - The second-ranked Stanford water polo team scored two goals in the final 1:04 (including the game winner with two seconds to play) to avert a major upset and beat eighth-ranked UC Santa Barbara, 5-4, in a non-league game Sunday at deGuerre Pool.
The Gauchos, 9-14 overall, had taken a 4-3 lead on Scott Miller's second goal of the game at 3:23 of the final period. However, with 1:04 to play, Brian Darrow stole the ball from a Gaucho player, passed it on a fastbreak to Onno Koelman who fired it past UCSB's goalie Trevor Spence to tie the game at 4-4.
Then with time remaining out in regulation, Pasi Dutton positioned himself near the front of the goal and fired a shot past the UCSB goalie for the come-from-behind winning goal.
UCSB's last second fullcourt shot fell short and the Cardinal walked away with the win.
Stanford, 19-3 on the season, has not lost to UCSB since October 5, 1985.
Miller opened the scoring for the Gauchos with a goal at 5:07 of the first period. Two goals by Andy Walburger and Peter Osborn gave the Cardinal a 2-1 after one period.
Tom Coughlin tied the game for UCSB at 2-2 with 4:55 in the second period, but Jonathan Skaalen gave Stanford a 3-2 at 3:22.
UCSB's Joey Pacelli tied the game at 3-3 at 2:38 of the third period.
Freshman Nick Ellis recorded five saves for the Cardinal goal, while UCSB's Spence tallied 17.
Stanford hosts California in the Big Splash, Saturday, November 20, at 10 a.m. at deGuerre Pool.
Stanford (19-3) 2 1 0 2 = 5 UCSB (9-14) 1 1 1 1 = 4
Stanford scorers: Dutton 1, Koelman 1, Walburger 1, Osborn 1, Skaalen 1
UCSB scorers: Miller 2, Coughlin 1, Pacelli 1
Goalie saves: Ellis (S), Spence (UCSB) 17