UCSB Gets Late Bid To WCLA National Championship Tournament - Apr 21, 2016
Atlanta, GA - The Gauchos post-season has been extended. UCSB received a late night phone call on Wednesday from WCLA National Championship selection committee chair Adam Weinstein, based in Atlanta, Georgia. Weinstein told head coach Paul Ramsey the club from Penn State had withdrawn and the Gauchos were invited. UCSB thought their season were over and Ramsey was about to post wrap up meeting times for players to come meet and turn in their uniforms. Tied for eleventh in the national rankings heading into their conference tournament, UCSB lost in the Western Women's Lacrosse League semifinals to 6th ranked UCLA in the 1 v. 4 semifinal match-up. That's how competitive it is in the WWLL. The top four seeds in the conference were all top 15 teams.
"When I saw my phone light up at almost 10pm our time and it was 1am for Adam I knew it could be good news," said Ramsey the next day.
Santa Clara Nips UCSB 12-11 - Apr 17, 2016
Santa Barbara, CA - UCSB trailed Santa Clara by two goals at halftime in the third place game of the WWLL Championship Tournament and mounted a come-back but fell short to the Broncos in a 12-11 loss. The Gauchos improved their shooting in this contest, burying 11 of the 19 shots they put on goal, and outscored Santa Clara 5-4 in the second half to pull within a goal with 3:29 remaining. After the Gauchos disrupted the Santa Clara possession that almost ran out the clock UCSB transitioned and took the potential game tying shot with 11 seconds remaining. A great save by junior Maggie Von Massenhausen (San Jose, CA) let Santa Clara eke out the win.
Santa Clara scored two quick goals to open the second half of play and led 10-6. Goal keeper Cyrena Malkowski (Lake Forest, CA) entered the game and sparked UCSB. The sophomore had 9 saves and only allowed 2 goals over the final 26:07 of the game.
Fast Start By UCLA Gets Them 10-7 Win - Apr 16, 2016
Santa Barbara, CA - UCLA started fast and went up 3-0 in the first two and a half minutes of the game and used that lead to win 10-7 in a WWLL semifinal with UCSB. The sixth ranked Bruins later led 5-1 with ten minutes left in the first half before UCSB started competing. The Gauchos climbed back to within a goal at 7-8 with more than 14 minutes remaining in the game and had outscored UCLA 6-3 over twenty-three minutes of action to get within one score with 14:09 to go. Unfortunately the Bruins iced it with a mix of possession and two unanswered tallies for the final three goal margin. Overall UCSB fought and outplayed UCLA 7-6 for the final 41 minutes but the four goal hole in the first 19 minutes was too much against the Bruins.
Gauchos Advance To WWLL Semifinals - Apr 16, 2016
Santa Barbara, CA - UCSB came from behind to win in overtime in a WWLL quarterfinal match-up with the club from UC Davis to advance to a semifinal with number one seed UCLA. Eight different Gauchos scored a goal apiece for a UCSB 8-7 extra time win over the Aggies. Senior Madison Sabbag (Mt. View, CA) scored the winning goal for UCSB on an unassisted play dodging from behind the cage.
The Gauchos outshot the Aggies 27 to 11 but only put 20 shots on goal. Couple that with UC Davis goalie Natalie Dowd (Sacramento, CA) going from saving 45.5% all season to 60% in this game and UCSB had to work hard to beat a team in overtime they'd outscored 16-10 while clearing the bench just one week ago. Better placement on shots by UCSB and even the hot Dowd wouldn't have carried the Aggies to the overtime. Meanwhile UC Davis scored seven goals on eleven shots and UCSB never breathed easy.
UCSB Doubles Up San Diego State 18-9 - Apr 10, 2016
Santa Barbara, CA - It was Senior Day for the Gauchos on the UCSB Recreation Center turf and the six UCSB seniors made the most of it. An eight goal run midway through the second half did it for the Gauchos in the regular season finale for both teams as UCSB took down the club from San Diego State 18-9. The score was 11-3 in favor of UCSB at the end of the run of eight straight and that was only twenty-three minutes into the game. Later, at ten minutes into the second half, with 20 minutes left to play the Gauchos were up 17-6 before slowing it down on offense. Everyone dressed played in the game and that added up to twenty-three Gauchos seeing the field.
Gauchos Ground Aggies In 16-10 Win - Apr 9, 2016
Santa Barbara, CA - UCSB scored eight goals in each half while limiting the club from UC Davis to 4 second half goals on the way to a crucial victory at the UCSB Recreation Center sports complex turf. The Aggies took a two goal lead to start the game and also led 4-1 eight minutes into the game. The Gauchos then turned it on and scored seven unanswered goals to take an 8-4 lead with six minutes left in the half and never looked back. UCSB outscored the Aggies 8-2 in the first 28 minutes of the second half and led 16-8 before UC Davis scored two goals late in the game.
UCSB freshman attacker Hollie Pelland (San Diego, CA) scored ten goals to lead all scorers. It was a battle of leading scorers in some ways today. UC Davis junior attacker K.C. Hill (Novata, CA). Hill was the leading goal scorer in the WWLL entering the game and Pelland was second. With Pelland netting ten and Hill her normal four Pelland took over as the leading scorer and now averages 4.54 goals per game. Another leader in the statistical category is senior Madison Sabbag (Mt. View, CA). The attacker averages 3.95 assists per game to lead the WWLL and she had four more assists today along with a goal of her own.
Santa Clara Gets 11-10 Win Over UCSB - Apr 4, 2016
Santa Clara, CA - UCSB had a chance at the end but could not get the equalizing goal in a game at 12th ranked Santa Clara and lost 11-10 on Senior Day for the Broncos. The game was tied four times and both teams enjoyed two goal leads at times but neither team ever led by more than two goals. The Gauchos scored four unanswered goals after falling behind 3-5 late in the first half and led 7-5 ten minutes into the second half. Freshman Rachael Shaw (San Ramon, CA) started the run with a free position goal toward the end of the first half that pulled UCSB to within one goal at halftime. The score at intermission was 4-5 in favor of the Broncos.
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