UCSB Hosting 2014 WWLL Championships - Dec 3, 2013
San Francisco, CA - Western Women's Lacrosse League commissioner Jen Lee announced today that the 25th WWLL Championship Tournament will be hosted by University of California, Santa Barbara. The three divisions of championships will be contested on the UCSB Recreation Center Sports Complex turf and in UCSB Harder Stadium April 19 - 20, 2014. The first WWLL championship was conducted in 1990 and, coincidentally, was hosted by UCSB. That was the inaugural year of competition for the then 9 team WWLL, the first organized collegiate women's lacrosse league in the Western United States.
This quarter century mark championship event will crown the WWLL Division One, Division Two and B Division champions of a thirty-two team league. Twelve teams compete in Division One, 16 teams compete in Division Two and 4 teams compete in the B Division. WWLL member teams are from Arizona, California and Nevada.
2013 WWLL Winners
The winners of the Division One and Two WWLL championship games receive an automatic qualifier spot in the U.S. Lacrosse WCLA National Championship Tournament in Virginia Beach May 7th - 10th. SBCC women's lacrosse club is a local program competing in WWLL Division Two.
WWLL Website - http://www.wwll.com
UCSB Doubles Up Mustangs 14-7 - Nov 9, 2013
Santa Barbara, CA - The Gauchos hosted defending WWLL Champion Cal Poly SLO in the last fall ball scrimmage for both teams and won 14-7 after leading 6-4 at halftime. Both teams worked reserves in liberally during play on the UCSB Recreation Center Sports Complex turf. UCSB went with a probable starting line-up the first ten minutes of each half but worked substitutes in one or two at a time until all ten reserves were on the field.
The first quarter of the game was low scoring. There were no goals for the first 7 minutes and at about 10 minutes into the game it was tied 2-2 with play even both ways. The two teams traded goals to 3-3 before the Gauchos finished the first half ourscoring Cal Poly 2-1 to lead 6-4.
It seemed anyone's game with the mostly even play but the first 15 minutes of the second half broke it open for UCSB. At one point the Gauchos led 12-6 before finishing the game with 9 freshmen and 2 sophomores on the field. That group outscored an equally young set of Mustangs 2-1 for the final 14-7 margin.
The regular season begins for UCSB when they travel to NCAA DIII Chapman University for a January 25th pre-season scrimmage. The Gauchos open up officially at University of Arizona on February 8th.
UCSB Blue Undefeated At Fall Brawl - Oct 27, 2013
Santa Barbara, CA - The UCSB Blue Team, made up of UCSB 'A' Team candidates, won two and tied one on the second day of play at the Sixth Annual Fall Brawl. UCSB White, made up mostly of beginners, was 0-3 but continued to gain experience with ten beginners on the field every minute of every scrimmage.
Yesterday UCSB Blue outscored the team from Whittier College, calling themselves Lax or Dye, 7-2. Today UCSB Blue won 7-5 over Claremont Colleges (Lady Cougs), 9-4 over Tri-Check (a post-collegiate team) and were tied 8-8 by Chapman University (Transformers). In all four scrimmages UCSB Blue began with a mix of probable starters on the field and worked at least eleven reserves, sometimes more, into the action. All four scrimmages ended with most of the probable starters on the sideline but a deep bench was able to either outscore or match the NCAA DIII teams and the post-collegiate club. UCSB Blue were ahead of Chapman most of the scrimmage but the Panthers came back and tied it at the end on a free position shot with seconds remaining.
UCSB White featured a beginner goalie and 9 other beginners on the field at a time. Their opponents were mostly the first team, read only team, from the schools they faced. Despite this the young Gauchos were able to hang with some of the teams they played and keep some of the scrimmages closer than expected. This achievement is encouraging for the future UCSB B Team, which is the two-time defending champion of the WWLL B Division.
UCSB takes a break next weekend before simultaneously competing at the Irvine Beach Breakaway Tournament and hosting the defending WWLL Division I champion Cal Poly SLO. The UCSB White Team will travel to the Irvine Tournament to get three scrimmages. The UCSB Blue team will host the Mustangs in a 1:00pm game at the UCSB Recreation Center Sports Complex turf field.
Sixth Annual Santa Barbara Fall Brawl Soars - Oct 26, 2013
Santa Barbara, CA - The first day of the Sixth Annual Santa Barbara Fall Brawl started with play at the Santa Barbara Polo Club. It is the first lacrosse tournament in the history of the venue. Eighteen of the forty-two teams in the tournament played on opening day. The remaining twenty-four teams start their schedule on Sunday in two locations. The U-13, U-15 and U-17 divisions will continue play at the Polo Club while the two college divisions play at UCSB.
The UCSB Blue team played a single and won 7-2 over a team of Whittier students calling themselves Lax or Dye for this tournament. UCSB Blue will play three more games on Sunday. UCSB White took on the top teams from Concordia University and UNLV, falling to both teams but getting valuable experience in the first outing for twelve novices. The Gauchos sister program at SBCC won both their contests, bettering Concordia 8-6 and Cal State San Marcos 8-7.
In the Under-17 Division 3D Select and GB Tribe LAX were undefeated. They face each other in their opening game on Sunday at 9:00am at the Polo Club. BearLax went 2-0 in the Under-15 Division with two more games to come on Sunday. In the Under-13 Division El Dorado Hills won three games and will play Jr Trojan Select on Sunday morning.
Play for all divisions continues on Sunday at 9:00am in both locations and continues through 4:00pm games.
UCSB Women's Lacrosse Offering Beginner Lessons - Sep 24, 2013
Santa Barbara, CA - The UCSB women's lacrosse club is offering beginner lessons to the entire campus to kick off their Fall Ball season. Never played? Come around to the UCSB Recreation Center Sports Complex and walk out onto the turf until you see lacrosse.
·Thursday, September 26th, 2 to 4pm, RecCen Field #4
·Friday, September 27th, 2 to 4pm, RecCen Field #4
Extra sticks are available and it will be a fine opportunity for anyone who has never played to try it and see if they like it. No commitment to join the team is required. UCSB students may come just for the fun of it. Additional information is on the Events Calendar here on this website, including a campus map showing the location of the turf fields.
"We aim at having six to twelve beginners join us every year," says B Team Head Coach Anna Rogers. "It's an integral part of what we do here to grow the sport."
More than that, the two-time defending WWLL Division 2 champion UCSB B Team had nine players last year that picked up the game for the first time at UCSB, either in 2012 or 2013. Novices have contributed to the B Team's two championships. An additional two players moved up to the A Team for and during the 2013 season. One who started playing for the first time at UCSB, in 2012, was on the UCSB A Team roster all of 2013 ... and started in the last 19 games of a 24 game season, all the way through a national championship game appearance by the Gauchos. Another moved up to the A Team for the post-season.
UCSB A Team head coach Paul Ramsey believes beginners fresh to the sport and eager to achieve are part of what makes the Gauchos go.
"We would not have a competitive B Team without our aggressive approach toward getting beginners to come out for lacrosse here," said Ramsey. "We actively recruit them from the moment they are accepted to UCSB."
Full squad Fall Ball training begins on Monday, September 30th, and beginner practices continue for all UCSB students who decide they like it enough to join the program. For field space and staffing reasons beginner practices are MTTh, 2 to 4pm, for six weeks of Fall Quarter. Experienced players will train MWF, 2 to 4pm, for six weeks.
UCSB Welcomes Speedy New Class - Sep 15, 2013
Santa Barbara, CA - A twenty-one strong group of Californians and two more players from parts east make up the Class of 2017 for the UCSB women's lacrosse club. Mostly finalized is a class of talented recruits and walk-ons second in size only to the UCSB Class of 2016, which was comprised of twenty-five recruits and walk-ons.
A year ago at just about this time, the Gauchos were really wondering about the 2013 season, having finished the 2012 season graduating seven starting seniors. However, the Class of 2016 stepped right in, filled those spots and UCSB reloaded immediately instead of having to rebuild. The youngest UCSB team to advance to the post-season turned into the only UCSB team to advance to the national championship game and most of the members of that team can come back for the 2014 season.
Seventeen of the twenty Gauchos who made the trip to the WCLA National Championship Tournament are eligible to return for 2014. An additional fourteen players from the UCSB B Team that won the WWLL B Division Championship are eligible to return as well. Now, here comes more strength in numbers with twenty-one high school seniors and two transfers choosing UCSB. It's always a great time to be a Gaucho but now the interest in the University is off the chart.
"I love this group that is coming here," says UCSB head coach Paul Ramsey. "We've added some speed and our midfield is going to be scary next year."
Ramsey declined to comment any more than that about any particular individual players but wanted to be sure it's clear that by having A & B teams every Gaucho coming out has a chance to play. UCSB will even field a third team if numbers dictate it.
"The competition to be one of the players who makes our 'A' Team is about to intensify," added Ramsey. "It's going to make us even better on both teams."
Oshawa, Canada - Former UCSB defender Emilia Norlin (Class of 2013) is playing for Sweden in the FIL Women's Lacrosse World Cup in Oshawa, Canada. Norlin, who has dual citizenship in both Sweden and the United States, earned a spot on the Swedish National Team to become the first UCSB lacrosse player on a national team. Sweden has qualified for the World Cup for the first time and is in Pool C with Austria, Haudenosaunee (Iroquois Nation), Hong Kong and Japan.
"This is a great opportunity for Emilia to continue her lacrosse career," says UCSB Head Coach Paul Ramsey. "I understand from Swedish team administrator, Daniel Svanstrom, Sweden is pleased to have her too."
USA is in Pool A and is the juggernaut of international competition, similarly as successful as the USA women's soccer team. Team USA has won six of the last eight women's lacrosse World Cup titles.
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