Gauchos Win 13-12 Nailbiter With University of San Diego - Apr 13, 2014
Santa Barbara, CA - UCSB held on to win 13-12 over visiting University of San Diego in the final regular season game for both teams. The Gauchos were up 9-5 at halftime but the 21st ranked Toreros made a game of it and it took two point blank saves by UCSB senior goalie Megan Hughes (Santa Ana, CA) to preserve the win. Earlier, junior Lori Marchildon (Haddonfield, NJ) scored the game winner for UCSB on an unassisted goal with just under 4 minutes left in the game.
It was the senior game for four UCSB players and emotions were nice and high all around for the Gauchos. Seniors Blair Evans (Salinas, CA), Katie Hubbert (San Jose, CA), Megan Hughes (Santa Ana, CA) and Samantha Wilson (San Jose, CA) played their final regular season home game of their careers. The Gauchos led 9-5 at halftime with a nice dodge to goal by Hubbert that resulted in a goal with 3 seconds to put UCSB up four goals at the intermission. On the way to the halftime lead the Gauchos scored on a nice mix of fastbreaks, early offense and settled offense. Some Gauchos nursing ailments rested in this game but the four goal lead at halftime showed UCSB reserves can play the game. UCSB has had nine different starting line-ups this season and while sometimes they were only off by a player or two other times it's been a markedly different group that takes the field on game day compared to other game days.
The second half illustrated it will be nice if everyone is healthy next weekend for the WWLL Championship Tournament. The good news first is the Gauchos scored four times on six shots and shot 66.7%. The other news is no matter who is in the game for UCSB the group is too athletic to only muster six shots in a half. San Diego eventually tied the game at 12-12 with just under 10 minutes to play and it took 9th leading scorer on the UCSB team Marchildon putting in the game winner and then some great defense to win it for UCSB.
UCSB Upsets 3rd Ranked Santa Clara 10-7 - Apr 12, 2014
Santa Barbara, CA - The Gauchos hosted Santa Clara at the UCSB Recreation Center sports complex turf and won 10-7 against the third ranked Broncos. Seventeenth ranked UCSB was leading 6-2 at halftime and held off a rallying Santa Clara team to win a crucial Western Women's Lacrosse League match-up. The result will monkey wrench the seeding process for the WWLL Championship Tournament next weekend and perhaps raise UCSB stock on the national scene as well.
The Broncos struck first on an unassisted goal by Saralena Barry (Granger, IN) a little over two minutes into the game. UCSB scored four straight over the next 8 minutes to go up 4-1. Senior Blair Evans (Salinas, CA) scored two of her game leading four goals in that run and sophomore Amanda Shoemaker (Poway, CA) scored once. Bronco Claire Smoker (Santa Clara, CA) notched an unassisted goal at 11:20 but the Gauchos answered with two goals and that all added up to them outscoring Santa Clara 5-1 over a 25 minute span. UCSB held the Broncos to two first half goals and went into halftime leading 6-2. Samm Wilson (San Jose, CA), Claire Wilson (Healdsburg, CA) and Evans got in on the scoring. Six of the UCSB first half goals were scored by 4 different Gauchos. By the end of the game ten UCSB goals were scored by six different players.
During their strong first half the Gauchos defense played so clean they did not foul, even once. The UCSB defense were always marking inside the 8 meter, were never in 3 seconds or shooting space and held their checks. As a result Santa Clara did not get one free position shot the entire first half. Four fouls by UCSB in the second half led to shot opportunities for the Broncos and Santa Clara scored three goals that way.
Third ranked teams don't give up, of course, and the Broncos scored twice to start the second half and pulled to within two goals at 6-4 with 20 minutes remaining. Junior Lori Marchildon (Haddonfield, NJ) returned UCSB to a 3 goal cushion with an unassisted goal 5 minutes later. Santa Clara got one from senior Tori Rutherford (Dallas, TX) and it was back to two goals at 7-5 in favor of UCSB with just under ten minutes to go in the game. Then on the next two UCSB possessions Evans ran the show. The midfielder found a teammate open on the back side after dodging and drawing some attention. Evans passed it to a cutting Wilson who scored. Then on the next UCSB possession Evans dodged all the way and scored herself to put the Gauchos up 9-5 with 2:20 in the game.
Gauchos Top Aggies 12-6 - Apr 6, 2014
Santa Barbara, CA - UCSB held the club from UC Davis to a single second half goal enroute to winning 12-6 at the Recreation Center Sports Complex. The score was 6-5 in favor the Gauchos at halftime and then UCSB outscored the Aggies 6-1 in the second half. The Gauchos outshot UC Davis 23-15 but it was the defense clamping down with the best team effort to date this season that is the story of the day. The defense put the Gauchos in position to outscore the Aggies 6-0 over the final 15 minutes. Senior goal keeper Megan Hughes (Tustin, CA) had 7 saves with 5 of them coming in the second half.
Three UCSB players scored three goals apiece. Senior Katie Hubbert (San Jose, CA), sophomore Amanda Shoemkaer (Poway, CA) and freshman Claire Wilson (Healdsburg, CA) each had a hat trick. Hubbert added an assist to tie teammate Lindsay Alex (Santa Ana, CA) with four points in the game. Alex scored a goal and assisted on 3 goals for four points while junior Lori Marchildon (Haddonfield, NJ) had 2 assists.
The Aggies scored the first goal of the second half to tie the game 6-6 but that was it for their offense while UCSB scored four straight assisted goals. When Alex fed senior Blair Evans with 13 minutes left in the game it put UCSB up 10-6. From there Wilson pinged the top right corner on a free position shot with nine minutes remaining and then Hubbert scored unassisted with three minutes remaining to cap off the six goal run that won the game.
The win boosted the 17th ranked Gauchos to 7-5 overall, 2-1 in WWLL Central with two regular season games remaining. UCSB hosts 3rd ranked Santa Clara on Saturday and University of San Diego on Sunday. UC Davis dropped to 5-9 overall, 2-1 in WWLL North and waits to hear about WWLL play-off selections for the April 19th - 20th WWLL Championship Tournament at UCSB. The Aggies finished second in WWLL North.
Second Half Run Separates UCSB From Bears In 15-10 Win - Apr 5, 2014
Santa Barbara, CA - Ten Gauchos scored in a 15-10 win over the club from UC Berkeley in the first game back from final exams and spring break for UCSB. The 17th ranked Gauchos used a five goal run in the second half to lead 14-8 with 6 minutes left in the game. Five different players combined for 5 goals and 3 assists in 7 minutes that put the game away. The Bears scored the first goal of the game but UCSB outscored them 5-3 the rest of the half to lead 5-4 at halftime. The Gauchos scored three straight to open the second half and led 8-4 with 28 minutes remaining. Berkeley scored two of their next four on free position shots and pulled to 9-8 before UCSB outscored them 6-2 to finish the game.
UCSB won 16 of the 26 draw controls and outshot Berkeley 34-22. Sophomore Amanda Shoemaker (San Diego, CA) led UCSB with 4 goals and 1 assist and junior Lindsay Alex (Tustin, CA) had 5 assists. Two Gauchos had two goals each and 7 UCSB players scored a goal apiece. Senior Blair Evans (Salinas, CA) had 5 draw controls, 2 ground balls and 3 caused turnovers. Senior Megan Hughes (Santa Ana, CA) had 6 first half saves and finished the game with 10 saves for 50%. Senior Tracy Paulson (Seal Beach, CA) scored 5 goals for the Bears. Freshman goalie Jalissa Pressley (Chula Vista, CA) had 13 saves for 46.4% for UC Berkeley.
UCSB improved to 6-5 overall while Berkeley dropped to 3-5. The Gauchos play next on Sunday at Noon when they host the club from UC Davis. UC Davis played at Cal Poly SLO today and upset the 11th ranked Mustangs 9-6. UC Berkeley plays Sunday at 11:00am at Cal Poly SLO.
Aztecs Upset UCSB 17-13 - Mar 14, 2014
Santa Barbara, CA - Seventh ranked UCSB outshot the club from San Diego State but couldn't climb all the way out of a six goal hole and lost 17-13 at UCSB Harder Stadium. The Gauchos were scoreless on their first 12 shots at the start of the game while the 15th ranked Aztecs converted on their opportunities to go up 6-0 in the first seven minutes. SDSU freshman goal keeper Danen Kelsey (San Diego, CA) had 14 saves in the first half with the help of the Gauchos shooting only 17.6%. Kelsey followed up with 10 more saves in the second half to finish at 64.9%.
After the Aztecs went up 6-0 sophomore Alena Riggs (Laguna Niguel, CA) started UCSB off on a three goal run with an unassisted goal. Senior Blair Evans (Salinas, CA) and freshman Claire Wilson (Healdsburg, CA) each scored and the Gauchos were partway back with 30 seconds left until halftime. Then, though, the Aztecs won the next draw control and scored to lead 7-3 at halftime. The Gauchos pulled to within 3 goals two separate times in the second half. They were down 5-8 with 28 minutes remaining and it looked like they might get something going with plenty of time. The Aztecs then scored three straight to take a 6 goal lead. The Gauchos came back partway again and were down 7-10 with 20 minutes remaining. Eight minutes later SDSU had their biggest lead of the game, up 16-8. Again the Gauchos rallied to score 5 of the next 6 goals but it was too much of a hole and the Aztecs held on to win by four.
Sixth Ranked UCLA Beats UCSB 16-12 - Mar 8, 2014
Santa Barbara, CA - UCLA jumped out to a 4-0 lead and won by four goals in a WWLL Central Division game at 7th ranked UCSB. It is the first Bruin win in the series since 2004. That year a 12th ranked UCLA squad upset 5th ranked UCSB 10-7 in the semifinals of the WWLL Championship Tournament. In this contest the 6th ranked UCLA team started the game fast with four draw controls and four goals. Throughout the game the Bruins did not hesitate on offense and attacked constantly to get a 16-12 win.
The result creates a possible tie standings scenario for first place in the division. Cal Poly SLO is the other team in the tie scenario, having beaten unranked USC 17-12 today, if UCLA beats USC on April 12th. Cal Poly beat UCLA 14-13 on February 8th, UCSB beat Cal Poly 12-9 on February 28th and now UCLA has beaten UCSB 16-12 on March 8th. Only the USC at UCLA crosstown rivalry game on April 12th remains for central division games.
UCLA had a 9-4 lead at halftime and UCSB outscored them 8-7 in the second half for the final 16-12 score. The Gauchos pulled to within three goals at 7-10 on an unassisted goal by sophomore Claudia Hammerschmidt (Armonk, NY) with 22 minutes left in the game. The Bruins responded with a six goal run that put them up 16-7. UCLA owned the draw controls. Overall they took 19 of the 30 draws in the game but in the first half they owned that ball 11 of 14 times. The momentum they gained from those possessions fueled them throughout the game. UCSB was playing catch-up the entire time as a result. In the second half draw controls were tied at eight apiece for each team.
UCSB Moves Up to Seventh Spot In National Rankings - Mar 5, 2014
Baltimore, MD - The Gauchos moved up to number seven, from being ranked eleventh, after two wins on the road. UCSB upset then 6th ranked Cal Poly SLO 12-9 last Friday night and followed it up with a 15-8 win over then 22nd ranked USC. The U.S. Lacrosse WCLA poll was released today and there was quite a bit of movement. Former number one Pittsburgh dropped to second even though they won three games and lost none. The club from Florida supplanted them at the top after improving to 10-0 with wins over then #8 BYU, then #10 Colorado State and then #12 Texas. The Gators moved up from 4th ranked to Top Ranked with wins over three ranked teams. Pittsburgh played three unranked teams and the pollsters took notice of the Florida accomplishments.
Speaking of ranked teams, UCSB continues to look to have one of the strongest schedules in the country based on the rankings. Wins over two ranked teams moved them up four spots and here come the 6th ranked UCLA Bruins. The other blue & yellow team is 8-1 overall after two wins on the road at unranked University of Arizona and at unranked Arizona State. The Gauchos are 5-3, 2-0 while UCLA is 8-1, 0-1. The game is for first place in WWLL Central for UCSB and a shot at being second or better in the region for the Bruins, who have played only two Top Ten teams so far this year. UCLA lost 13-14 in double overtime on the road at then 6th ranked Cal Poly SLO.
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