Strong Second Half Propels Gauchos to 19-7 Road Win
Feb. 12, 2012
Tempe, AZ - UCSB improved to 3-0 with a 19-7 win at 19th ranked Arizona State. The 7th ranked Gauchos were playing the second game of their two game cactus tour of the Grand Canyon State after a 19-11 win at University of Arizona on Saturday. UCSB was up 9-6 at halftime and used a 10-1 second half to distance themselves from the Sun Devils.
Similar to the game at University of Arizona on Saturday the play of UCSB at both ends of the field continued to improve as the game progressed. The offense found itself while scoring 10 times on 15 shots in the second half and 8 of the 10 goals were assisted. The Gauchos outshot the Sun Devils 31-18 and the UCSB defense limited ASU to 7 goals from those 18 shots allowed.
It's impressive to play back to back days like UCSB did and face a fresh ASU team in the second one and the Gauchos be successful. UCSB put their best game so far together at the right time. It didn't look like they would early. The Sun Devils jumped out to a two goal lead in the first two minutes and led 3-1 before UCSB tied it 3-3 at about 10 minutes. However, ASU led only one more time before UCSB tied it and pulled away to lead 9-6 at halftime. The 10-1 second half put the game away for the Gauchos.
UCSB senior Megan Dawe (Martinez, CA) led all scorers with 5 goals and 1 assist followed by three other Gauchos who tallied 5 points. Junior Lindsay Remigio (Syosset, NY) had 2 goals and 3 assists, senior Maegan Cruse (San Diego, CA) talllied 2 goals and 3 assists and freshman Lindsay Alex (Tustin, CA) contributed 1 goal and 4 assists. Sophomore Blair Evans (Santa Catalina, CA) scored 4 goals. Nine Gauchos contributed at least a goal or assist for the most involvement this season.
Senior Jeni Centner (Tustin, CA) kept up her save making pace with 10 saves and only 7 goals allowed for 58.8% with the help of the tight UCSB team defense playing in front of her cage. Ground ball collection was mostly even among Courtney Choi (San Jose, CA), Shawna Falk (Carlsbad, CA) and Emilia Norlin (Mill Valley, CA) with the three low defenders combining to scoop up 7 loose balls down in front of the net and keep ASU attackers from getting second chances.
UCSB improved to 3-0 while Arizona State dropped to 1-1. The Gauchos return home to face 9th ranked University of Michigan on Friday in the opener for both teams of the 24th Annual Santa Barbara Shootout, UCSB and SBCC hosting. ASU will be in town for the Shootout too and faces Michigan State in their first game.
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