Virginia Beach, VA - In the final game of the season for both teams thirty-four goals were scored and UCSB topped the 7th ranked club from Michigan by a score of 19-15 in a most offensive game at the WCLA National Tournament. Seniors Blair Evans (Salinas, CA) and Katie Hubbert (San Jose, CA) combined for fourteen of the twenty UCSB draw controls in the game. The Gauchos controlled 20 of 36 draws and used the possessions to match their season high output of goals scored. UCSB previously reached 19 goals in a game at ASU on February 9th.
Evans and Hubbert scored 5 goals and 4 goals, respectively to provide a nice offensive punch for UCSB. Six Gauchos scored the 19 goals and six goals were scored by reserves who subbed into the game. Sophomores Claudia Hammerschmidt (Armonk, NY) and Alena Riggs (Laguna Niguel, CA) each scored three goals coming off the bench. Every field player suited up participated in the match that was the seventh place game of the WCLA event. The Gauchos dropped a one goal decision to the club from Boston College in the quarterfinals on Thursday and then came up just short in a double overtime game with 6th ranked Santa Clara on Friday. The win over Michigan put UCSB 2-2 on the week with both losses by one goal.
UCSB were down 2-4 ten minutes into the game before reeling off two goals to tie it. One was a free position shot by Evans for her third of the game and then Riggs tied it at 4-4 on an unassisted goal. Michigan score two straight to take a two goal lead but the Gauchos answer to that was two runs of 5 goals and 4 goals sandwiched by a loan Wolverine goal. It was a 9-1 outburst in a little more than nine minutes that showed a dynamic UCSB running & gunning all over the more highly touted Michigan team. Touted for a reason the Wolverines finally got going on offense again and scored two to make it 13-8 in favor of UCSB at halftime.
Both teams took 30 shots apiece but senior goalie Megan Hughes (Santa Ana, CA) had eleven saves to the six saves by Michigan All-American freshman goalie Grace Collins (St. Davids, PA). Collins was replaced at about the 45 minute mark, with UCSB leading 17-13. Sophomore Mimi Norwood (West Bloomfield, MI) took her place. Norwood had 2 saves over the final 15 minutes during a stretch both teams scored two goals apiece. The Gauchos shot 63% in the contest for their best shooting performance of the season against a ranked team. Junior Lindsay Alex (Santa Ana, CA) notched four assists to bring her season total to 55 assists and her three year career total to 191 assists.
The second half was mostly UCSB and the Gauchos led 17-12 with 20 minutes remaining and 19-13 with 12 minutes remaining and every reserve having already been worked into the game. Michigan scored two goals in the last four minutes for the final 19-15 margin. UCSB improved to 13-8 overall with 17 of 21 games played with ranked teams. The Wolverines dropped to 12-9.
UCSB Extends 6th Ranked Santa Clara to Double Overtime - May 9, 2014
Virginia Beach, VA - Santa Clara prevailed 12-11 over UCSB in double overtime in a placement game at the WCLA National Championship Tournament at the Princess Anne Athletic Complex. The Gauchos and the Broncos traded leads all game in mostly even play that kept spectators on the edge of their seats every minute of both halves and two overtimes. The score was 5-5 at halftime. Santa Clara took a slight lead early in the second half and UCSB fought back to tie it and eventually lead 9-8. The Broncos took an 11-10 lead with less than four minutes remaining only to see senior Blair Evans (Salinas, CA) score unassisted to tie it up with just over a minute left in regulation.
Through a full six minute overtime neither team could score thanks to four saves by UCSB senior goalie Megan Hughes (Santa Ana, CA) and one save by Santa Clara freshman goalie Margaret Von Massenhausen (Willow Glen, CA). Santa Clara outshot UCSB 7-3 through both overtimes but Hughes' timely saves got UCSB to the second overtime. The Broncos won the draw to start the second overtime period and scored on a free position shot after 8 minutes and 37 seconds of the extra time.
Virginia Beach, VA - UCSB came back from a four goal halftime deficit and had an 11-9 lead with 5:18 to play but the club from Boston College scored three unanswered goals to win 12-11. The Eagles scored the game winner with 12 seconds remaining to avoid an overtime in a quarterfinal of the WCLA National Championship Tournament. It was 3-3 about eleven minutes into the game when Boston College went on a four goal run to take 7-3 lead with ten minutes until halftime. The two teams then traded goals and the Eagles were up 8-4 at halftime.
UCSB started fast in the second half and scored three straight to pull within one in just six minutes. Then over an 18 minute stretch UCSB outscored Boston College 4-1 and took a 11-9 lead. Senior Katie Hubbbert (San Jose, CA) scored unassisted for the tenth goal and freshman Claire Wilson (Healdsburg, CA) scored the eleventh goal. On the next UCSB possession Wilson dodged in and took an early shot that seemed to be a twelfth goal. The ball pinged the top left corner into a newly strung tight net. The ball popped out and died in the crease where the Boston College goalie clamped it. The officials ruled it no goal because the whole ball did not pass the entirety of the pipe to stay in the goal. The same result on an apparent goal occurred during the first half when a shot by UCSB senior Samm Wilson (San Jose, CA) pinged off the inside ground pipe before rolling back out. It resulted in celebration all around by the Gauchos but was ruled not a goal by the referees.
"It's unfortunate those shots were ruled no goal but we played a fantastic second half after getting down by four goals," comments UCSB head coach Paul Ramsey. "Our good play continues to be something to build on for the future."
UCSB Snares 15-5 Upset Over Colorado State - May 7, 2014
Virginia Beach, VA - UCSB upset seventh seeded Colorado State in the first round of the WCLA National Championship Tournament at the Princess Anne Athletic Complex. The tenth seeded Gauchos were leading 8-3 at halftime before winning 15-5 to advance to a quarterfinal game with the club from Boston College. The Eagles upset the second seeded club from the University of Florida 18-16 for the first #15 over #2 upset in the history of the WCLA Tournament.
CSU won the Rocky Mountain Conference to get the automatic bid into the WCLA Tournament. To get that AQ they upset Brigham Young 16-14 in their conference semifinal and then won 17-13 over Westminster in the final. Westminster had upset the club from the University of Colorado 17-10 in their semifinal. The Gauchos received an at-large spot in the WCLA Tournament largely by winning six of their last seven games before WCLA selections. UCSB was 5-5 midway through the season but rallied and now the Gauchos are winners of seven of their last eight games.
UCSB scored first when junior Lindsay Alex (Tustin, CA) assisted senior Blair Evans (Salinas, CA) about six minutes into the game. The Rams tied it 1-1 a few minutes later but then the Gauchos went on a seven goal run over the next 18 minutes that put them up 8-1 with a few minutes left in the half. CSU converted on two extra player offense goals while the Gauchos were down one defender out for a yellow card. That put halftime 8-3 in favor of UCSB. The Rams scored the first goal of the second half to pull within 8-4 but that was as close as they could get. From that point the Gauchos outscored CSU 7-1, including holding them scoreless over the final 18 minutes of the game, while continuing to attack.
Baltimore, MD - The UCSB women's lacrosse team has received the tenth seed at the upcoming WCLA National Championship Tournament in Virginia Beach May 7th -10th. The Gauchos play seventh seeded Colorado State University in the first round of sixteen teams. UCSB, an at-large berth recipient, recovered from a 5-5 start in their first ten games of the season to finish 6-1 in their last seven games. Colorado State edged the Gauchos 11-10 in a regular season match up in Santa Barbara February 15th. The Rams, 9-7 overall, won the Rocky Mountain conference championship tournament to get an automatic qualifer spot in the WCLA post-season tournament.
The Gauchos will conduct most of their preparation practices in the morning to get prepared for the three hour time change. UCSB heads east on May 5th and will practice at Old Dominion University on May 6th, before the May 7th first round game with Colorado State. It is the twelfth post-season appearance for the Gauchos.
UCSB Rallies To Get Past San Diego in Double Overtime - Apr 20, 2014
Santa Barbara, CA - The Gauchos came back from 0-5 and 1-6 deficits to University of San Diego to win 12-11 in the second overtime period of the WWLL Championship Tournament third place game. Sixty minutes were not enough for an outcome. It took another 8 minutes and 14 seconds before UCSB finished an improbable comeback. The game winner was an unassisted golden goal by senior Blair Evans (Salinas, CA) to cap off a weekend of a lot of lacrosse for everyone. UCSB persevered through 188 minutes and 14 seconds of lacrosse in a 30 hour period. Such is the format of the WWLL Tournament which has quarterfinals and semifinals Saturday before the final round is played on Sunday.
UCLA Tops UCSB In WWLL Semifinal - Apr 19, 2014
Santa Barbara, CA - UCSB fought back from being down by five goals in the first eight minutes of the game and got as close as two goals with about 8 minutes left before UCLA finally prevailed 14-11. The Gauchos had a chance when they pulled to within two goals at 13-11 after junior Lindsay Alex (Tustin, CA) assisted sophomore Amanda Shoemaker (Poway, CA) with 7:26 left in the game. After allowing six UCLA goals in eight minutes UCSB played 52 minutes of tough defense to force turnovers and slow the potent UCLA offense enough to open a window of hope for a comeback.
The Gauchos did come back, outscoring 5th ranked UCLA 6-5 in the second half, but could not come back all the way. Over the last 52 minutes of the game UCSB outscored UCLA 10-8. The Bruins iced it with some possession running around, an unassisted goal by sophomore Sam Fletcher (Vienna, VA) with 3:59 remaining and then some more running around to seal the win.
Senior Blair Evans (Salinas, CA) led UCSB with four goals and tied for high scoring with UCLA freshman midfielder Gretchen Kiep (Haddonfield, NJ). Senior Katie Hubbert (San Jose, CA) scored twice and also had 4 draw controls and 3 ground balls. Senior Megan Hughes (Santa Ana, CA) had 11 saves.
The Gauchos will play University of San Diego at 12:00pm on Sunday in the WWLL third place game at the UCSB Recreation Center Turf. Santa Clara won their semifinal with the Toreros 15-11 and will play UCLA for the WWLL Division One championship at 1:00pm in UCSB Harder Stadium.
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