Gauchos To Face Bruins in WWLL Quarterfinals - Apr 14, 2015
La Jolla, CA - WWLL Championships Tournament headquarters released the seeds and brackets for the 25th Annual WWLL Championship Tournament and UCSB is seeded sixth to face third seeded UCLA. The Gauchos will play the Bruins in a 10:00am game on Saturday, April 18th. Success will mean a 2:00pm semifinal with the winner of the Cal Poly SLO vs. San Diego State game. The Bruins were successful in the regular season game at UCSB on February 7th when they won 12-8.
Success in both the quarterfinal and the semifinal gets UCSB to the championship game at 2:00pm on Sunday. The winner of the championship game receives an automatic qualifier spot for the WCLA National Championship Tournament May 5th - 8th in Virginia Beach. Saturday in La Jolla also features the WWLL All-League Awards Ceremony at 5:30pm. Individual award recipients for All-League teams, Player of The Year and Coach of The Year for each of three divisions are honored at this ceremony.
Four teams are in the 10:00am and 2:00pm bracket while the other four teams play in the 12:00pm and 4:00pm bracket. Additional games are played in the WWLL Division Two bracket and the WWLL B Division bracket, each containing four teams. The sixteen team total for a conference championship event is the highest among all WCLA conferences.
The UCSB 'B' Team is also competing at the championships in the four team WWLL B Division Championship. The 3rd seeded Gauchos face 2nd seeded UC Davis 'B' in a 4:00pm semfinal game on Saturday. Success in that one puts them in the 10:00am B Division championship game on Sunday verus the winner of the Cal Poly SLO 'B' and UCLA 'B' game.
UCSB Scores Five Straight To Put Away ASU - Apr 12, 2015
Santa Barbara, CA - The Gauchos used a five goal run in the second half to put away Arizona State University in UCSB Harder Stadium on Senior Day. The young UCSB squad won 13-6 over the visiting Sun Devils. Lone senior Molly Meek (Los Angeles, CA) scored a goal, had 3 ground balls and 1 caused turnover in the team effort. Six other UCSB players were also in on the scoring and freshman goalie Kaitlyn Pike (Seaholm, MI) got the win with 6 saves on 12 shots against her for 50%.
UCSB Junior Madison Sabbag (Mt. View, CA) led all scorers with 4 goals and 2 assists while also picking up 3 ground balls, causing 2 ASU turnovers and getting a draw control. Sabbag's assist to sophomore Maddy Montague (Aliso Viejo, CA) at the 10:18 mark in the second half was the junior's 50th point on the season. With two goal scored before the game ended Sabbag improved her tally to 52 points coming from 31 goals and 21 assists.
ASU scored the first goal on a free position shot 2:42 into the game. The Gauchos scored four goals over eleven minutes to take a 4-1 lead and then outscored ASU 3-2 the rest of the half to lead 7-3 at halftime. Five different players contributed the seven first half goals. It looked to be more interesting when UCSB came out of halftime sluggish compared to the Sun Devils. ASU scored the first two goals of the second half to close it to 7-5 just five minutes into the second frame. That's when UCSB went on their five goal run to put it away. Over the last 25 minutes of the game the Gauchos outscored ASU 6-1.
UCSB improved to 9-7 overall with the win and 6-4 in conference play. ASU dropped to 3-10, 1-6. Both teams await word from the Western Women's Lacrosse League about invites and seedings for the WWLL Championship Tournament. The annual three division event is April 18th & 19th at UC San Diego. The Gauchos are involved in a three-way tie in the results for WWLL Division One. UCSB beat SDSU who beat Arizona who beat UCSB is the three-way. The WWLL Championships Committee will have to break that tie before seeding.
UCSB Upset Bid Of Santa Clara Falls Just Short - Apr 11, 2015
Santa Barbara, CA - The Gauchos took top ranked Santa Clara University to the wire in a one goal loss to the undefeated Broncos in UCSB Harder Stadium. The eighteenth ranked Gauchos jumped out to a three goal lead and led 4-2 at halftime with stifling defense and six first half saves from freshman Cyrena Malkowski (Lake Forest, CA). In the second half the Broncos caught and passed UCSB with a little less than 15 minutes remaining in the game. The Gauchos rallied late when down by three goals with three and a half minutes remaining by scoring two straight before eventually losing 7-8. Senior Molly Meek (Los Angeles, CA) scored on a free position with 50 seconds left in the game to get UCSB to within one goal.
The Gauchos had life in the closing moments but it came down to which team won the final draw control. The Broncos won it and ran out most of the final 50 seconds of the game. UCSB took the ball away with 8 seconds remaining but it wasn't enough time to transition the full field and get an equalizer. For the first part of the second half Santa Clara helped themselves with a good portion of their eleven draw controls coming right when they needed the ball the most all season. The Broncos won the draw control battle 11-6. The Gauchos kept getting stops throughout with either a save by Malkoswki or a trap and a take-away by the defense but eventually all the Bronco draw controls were enough possessions for Santa Clara to get back into the game. When they scored the Broncos got the next draw and had the ball again. Eventually even the best the UCSB defense has played all season wasn't enough in the face of all those possessions.
Trepa Leads UCSB At UC Berkeley - Apr 6, 2015
Berkeley, CA - Junior Kelsey Trepa (San Marcos, CA) led a strong UCSB offensive performance in the rain with 5 goals and 1 assist in a 15-10 success in Memorial Stadium at UC Berkeley. Seven Gauchos scored goals and four combined for seven assists. The Gauchos led 5-3 at halftime and then had two 3 goal runs in the second half on their way to outscoring the Golden Bears 10-7. UCSB started the game with a three goal run and finished the game with a three goal run. The run to finish the game boosted them from a 12-10 lead with 8:40 remaining to the final five goal margin. The Gauchos were coming off a loss in an inferno at UC Davis on Saturday while the club from Berkeley were fresh so stamina was a concern but UCSB surged three times during the game to put away the Bears.
The Gauchos led 7-3 a little over two minutes into the second half when UC Berkeley scored three goals in their only significant run of the contest. That pulled the Bears to within one goal at 7-6 with 25 minutes left to play. Then three UCSB players scored a goal apiece and the Gauchos went up 10-6. It became close again at 12-10 with just under 9 minutes to go and then three Gauchos scored a goal apiece to put it away as UCSB finished the game strong.
Gauchos Outshoot Aggies 23-19 But Fall To UC Davis - Apr 5, 2015
Davis, CA - UCSB took an undefeated road record north to play the club at UC Davis and outshot the Aggies 23-19 but fell 8-12. UC Davis was led by senior goal keeper Amy Corstorphine (Alamo, CA) and her 13 saves. The Aggies scored first and UCSB responded with two goals to take a 2-1 lead and then a 4-3 lead. That was the last time the Gauchos led although after falling behind 5-4 UCSB tied it 5-5 on a Madison Sabbag (Mt. View, CA) pass to sophomore Meghana Vijayraghavan (Pleasanton, CA) with about six minutes remaining in the first half. UC Davis scored the last goal of the half to lead 6-5 at halftime.
The Gauchos won the first draw of the second half and took the first shot but it was saved by Corstorphine. The Aggies used that possession to score and then scored again to take a 8-5 lead only two minutes into the second half. Play was even after that for the next 27 minutes, with both teams scoring 3 goals apiece, until senior Aggie Chloe Hull (Lafayette, CA) scored with 15 seconds left for the final four goal margin. Three UCSB players scored two goals apiece. Sophomores Maddy Montague (Aliso Viejo, CA), Melissa Hsu (Danville, CA) and Vijayraghavan combined for six goals for the Gauchos. Freshman Kaitlyn Pike (Seaholm, MI) had seven saves for UCSB.
The Gauchos dropped to 7-6 overall while UC Davis improved to 4-6 overall. UCSB continues their road trip with a stop in the Bay Area to play the club frrom UC Berkeley. The Aggies concluded the regular season and await word from the Western Women's Lacrosse League about a spot in the WWLL Championship Tournament at UC San Diego April 18th - 19th.
Arizona Topples UCSB 11-8 - Mar 8, 2015
Santa Barbara, CA - University of Arizona broke open a close game with a four goal run and won 11-8 on the road at UC Santa Barbara. The score was 3-3 about 17 minutes into the game when the Wildcats reeled off three unanswered goals to take a 6-3 halftime lead. Arizona scored the first goal after halftime and had their biggest lead of the game at 7-3 less than two minutes into the second half. Over the last 28 minutes of the game the Gauchos outscored the Wildcats 5-4. However, except for getting to within 2 goals with about ten minutes to play it never really felt like UCSB was catching up. It was too big a hole for the Gauchos when down three goals and then four goals. UCSB had come back from a four goal deficit on the road at San Diego but it didn't happen today. Senior Maya Dillard (Chesapeake City, MD) led all scorers with 6 goals to help the Wildcats to the win.
Eighth Ranked Cal Poly Wins 11-6 At UCSB - Feb 28, 2015
Santa Barbara, CA - The Gauchos hosted 8th ranked Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in a WWLL Central Region Division One game under Friday night lights at the UCSB Recreation Center turf and the Mustangs came out on top 11-6. The score was 4-3 in favor of Cal Poly at half time. Some key statistics show mostly even play with each team taking 19 shots apiece, draw controls 11 of 19 the way of UCSB and turnovers slightly in favor of the Gauchos with 17 for the Mustangs compared to 16 for UCSB. Saves proved to be a difference with Cal Poly 12 saves and UCSB 8. In the middle of all these numbers are two 4 goal runs by the Mustangs, the second one of which is what got them the big win. Without the second run it's a 1 or 2 goal game at the end.
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