Guard Lauren Pederson, a UCLA transfer, was among the best Gauchos ever. She started in every game, averaging nearly 32 minutes per contest. Leading the team in points, assists and steals, Pederson had no holes in her game. For a team that lost just one conference game and only ten overall, there are bound to be a lot of good players, perhaps none better than Pederson.
As the only senior on the team, Max Taylor might have found himself in a lonely spot this season. But when you are this clutch, you make a lot of friends. This year, Taylor continued his unbeaten streak in the Big West Tournament, going 9-0 in four years. That record can never fall, and can only be tied. Clutch indeed.
Men’s Water Polo
Price earned Mountain Pacific Sports Federation third team honors this season, coming in tied for 16th in the league in goal average, with 1.41. He also came up big when it counted, notching one of his 12 multiple-goal games against then second-ranked Stanford. The senior leaves the team among the best, putting up an impressive 135 career goals.
Svrcek was one of four Gauchos to make first team in Conference, her second selection in a row. The Irvine native, who Head Coach Paul Stumpf called “the heart of the team,” started all but one game for UCSB, and wreaked havoc in the midfield during every one. In the physical battle for possession, no one was better than Svrcek.
Women’s Water Polo
This season, Morgan led the entire Big West conference with 2.86 goals per game. In water polo. Think about that. Over the whole year, she put in 83 goals total, a single season record for the Gauchos. Only Kelly Tiffany had more in her career, putting up 213 goals to Morgan’s 205. For the Big West First Team member, that’s not too shabby.
Men’s Track and Field
In his final appearance in a Gaucho uniform, Anderson did his team proud, pushing his own record even further out of reach. He threw the shot put 59′ 4.25″ in his last throw, easily breaking the Big West record. His throw was almost a full meter ahead of second place, solidifying his spot as a shot put legend.