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UCSB Women's Lacrosse is a Sport Club competing under the Department of Recreation at University of California, Santa Barbara. The program competes regionally in the Western Women's Lacrosse League (WWLL) and nationally in the Women's Collegiate Lacrosse Association (WCLA), of U.S. Lacrosse, the National Governing Body for the sport. This association governs regular season and national championship tournament play and enforces the use of student-athlete eligibility rules similar to those of the NCAA. UCSB is one of the lead programs in the WCLA and is also one of a select few programs nationwide to carry A & B teams based on interest in participating.



UCSB Stymies USC In Second Half For 16-4 Win - Feb 6, 2016

Senior Morgan Ryan

Morgan Ryan
Zero Goals Allowed

Santa Barbara, CA - The Gauchos blanked the club from USC 5-0 in the second half on their way to a 16-4 win in the home opener for UCSB. The Gauchos led 6-1 and 11-2 before mostly shutting it down on offense and going with some possession work and having more of a defensive focus. Senior Madison Sabbag (Mt. View, CA) made her 2016 season debut after missing both games in Arizona due to illness. The attacker contributed a nine point game to lead all scorers with 2 goals and 7 assists. Close behind her was freshman Hollie Pelland (San Diego, CA) with 5 goals and 1 assist for 6 points. UCSB outshot the Trojans 26-11 and controlled the draw 15 out of 22 times.

Senior Morgan Ryan (Salt Lake City, UT) stepped in for the second half replacing sophomore Cyrena Malkowski (Lake Forest, CA). Malkowski made three saves in the first half. Then in the second half, at the same time the UCSB defense allowed only four second half shots by the Trojans, Ryan saved all four shots she faced. The team defense by UCSB was the story of the second half again for the third game in a row. The Gauchos have allowed only five goals total in the second half of their three games so far this season. Overall UCSB has outscored opponents 16-5 in second halves and 44-21 overall in three games in a mix of up-tempo and settled play. 

UCSB resumes play on a quick turnaround this week as the underdog. Up next for the unranked Gauchos is a match-up with 4th ranked University of Michigan (1-0). The Wolverines are the defending WCLA National Champions. The game is at 7:00pm on Thursday at the UCSB Recreation Center Turf.


Monster First Half For UCSB Gets Win At ASU - Jan 31, 2016


Tempe, AZ - The Gauchos started fast and led 6-1 a little over ten minutes into the game,11-5 at halftime and partway through the second half 15-5 before finishing with everyone getting in during a game at Arizona State. The final score was 15-8 and by the end of the sixty mintues all twenty-four UCSB players dressed were involved in the action, including all three goalies. UCSB was missing senior attacker Madison Sabbag (Palo Alto, CA) for both their games this weekend but should have her back for their home opener with USC on February 6th. 

The Gauchos scored the first goal 46 seconds into the game senior Kelsey Trepa (San Marcos, CA) assisted freshman Hollie Pelland (San Diego, CA). After an ASU goal UCSB went on a five goal run over eight minutes to lead 6-1. Six Gauchos were in on the scoring.Pelland led all goal scorers with 4 goals while Trepa led in points with 2 goals and 3 assists. UCSB had 21 ground balls and won 13 out of 25 draw controls. Freshman Rachael Shaw (San Ramon, CA) and junior Meghana Vijayraghavan (Pleasanton, CA) had 4 draw conrols each.

Sophomore Cyrena Malkowski (Lake Forest, CA) played the first 30 minutes in goal and had 4 saves, senior Morgan Ryan (Salt Lake City, UT) played the first 15 minutes of the second half and had 2 saves and sophomore Kaitlyn Pike (Seahom, MI) finished the game and had 4 saves.

UCSB improved to 2-0 while the Sun Devils dropped to 0-1. The Gauchos next face the club from USC in a 12:00pm game on Saturday, February 6th. The game will be at the UCSB Recreation Center sports complex turf.


Gauchos Win 13-9 At Arizona - Jan 30, 2016


Arizona Post Game

Tucson, AZ - UCSB broke open a 7-7 tie with a defensive effort that held the Wildcats scoreless for the first seventeen minutes of the second half on their way to 13-9 season opening win on the road. The Gauchos outscored Arizona 6- 2 in the second half with a series of runs and possessions and some smart play. Following a back and forth first half that saw the Gauchos down 1-3 six minutes into the game UCSB rallied. From the point they were down by two goals UCSB outscored the Wildcats 12-6 over 54 minutes of play. Eight Gauchos got in on the scoring with freshman Hollie Pelland (San Diego, CA) contributing 3 goals and 2 assists. Senior Cailan Howey (Providence, NC) scored 2 goals and had 2 assists in her offensive debut.

The balanced scoring was good for UCSB but the stifling second half defense and some aggressive go get it style of play by defenders turned the tide. During the 17 minute stretch the Gauchos held Arizona scoreless there was a 4 minute stand with seemingly no Wildcat opportunities. They were stifled and UCSB led 11-7. Ultimately in that one stand UCSB forced the ball to the ground and were off and running onto transition before a midfield turnover and a fastbreak gave Arizona their first goal of the second half. That was the possible life for the Wildcats and they added one more to pull within two goals but UCSB responded with two more of their own and then finished the game with the ball to get the win. Sophomore Cyrena Malkoswki (Lake Forest, CA) had 10 saves while alllowing only 5 goals in a relief effort. Junior Michaela Forte (San Diego, CA) had five ground balls and a draw control for UCSB. Freshman Rachael Shaw (San Ramon, CA) had 7 draw controls, 4 ground balls and scored a goal.

UCSB became 1-0 with the win while Arizona dropped to 0-1. The Gauchos continue their road trip with a game at Arizona State University before returning home to Santa Barbara. 


UCSB To Open Up Season In Grand Canyon State - Jan 28, 2016


Santa Barbara, CA - The Gauchos travel to Arizona to open up Western Women's Lacrosse League play at University of Arizona and Arizona State University. The bus will be packed as both the UCSB A, B and X teams are traveling. The Gauchos A-Side will be playing league games while the B and X teams are scrimmaging. Everyone the A Team is playing is putting together a B-Side just for this trip for the Gauchos. Fifty-seven players will be making the trip.

Recruiting efforts that started three years ago for this freshman class and the continuing practice of encouraging freshmen beginners to learn to play lacrosse have paid off this year for UCSB.  It will be like traveling with a small college football team with the 57 players. Twenty-five players are on the A Team and twenty-four players are on the B Team. Another eight players are red-shirting this season but still travel. 


The games with the Wildcats are at Rincon Vista Fields, the home field for the Arizona NCAA Division I soccer program. The games at ASU are at the ASU Band Field. The first stop in the Grand Canyon state is fittingly at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix in first-time match-ups. The UCSB X Team will scrimmage Grand Canyon University and then the UCSB B Team will scrimmage Grand Canyon B. The UCSB X Team is a new side this year. It is made up of a mix of SBCC and UCSB students. SBCC is not fielding a team this year and the SBCC players on the UCSB X Team are redshirting in the UCSB program. X get a limited number of games this season but it is a chance for everyone to get to play.

UCSB is aiming at April and May this year with a one game at a time philosophy. Last week the Gauchos faced fully funded NCAA Division I Fresno State in an exhibition game without five prospective starters. Rested and sitting out at Fresno to recover were a mix of strained hamstrings & quads plus a player in her last phase of recovery from mononucleosis. It wasn't the ideal way to face a full scholarship program but the Gauchos played hard for a full length NCAA game and stayed focus on getting better throughout it to prepare to be at their best in April and May. UCSB expects to be at full strength in the Grand Canyon state.

Friday, January 29th:

  • 6:00pm - UCSB X at Grand Canyon. (Exhibition)
  • 7:30pm - UCSB B at Grand Canyon B

Saturday, January 30th:

  • 12:00pm - UCSB at Arizona (Rinconv Vista Field)
  • 2:00pm - UCSB B at Arizona B

Sunday, January 31st:

  • 9:00am - UCSB at ASU (ASU Band Field)
  • 11:00am - UCSB B at ASU B


Gauchos Outscored 21-3 In Exhibition At Fresno State - Jan 23, 2016

Fresno, CA - UCSB opened the exhibition season at fully funded Fresno State to test the waters with their young team against an NCAA Division I program. The tempo was up from the get go and the Bulldogs were enjoying an 8-0 lead before the Gauchos scored two straight to get within 6 goals. The two tallies gave UCSB life with 14 minutes remaining in the first half but then Fresno answered with three more scores to take a 11-2 lead at halftime.

During the scrimmage UCSB progressed from learning to react to the faster play by the Bulldogs and having trouble transitioning the ball onto offense to being able to transition and play some offense. Then the Gauchos became better at keeping the ball ahead of the relentless double teams sent by the Fresno State defense. It was rare for a UCSB player to have the ball anywhere on the field and face only one Bulldog. The ball was pressured by Fresno anywhere and everywhere and the Gauchos had no respite on any live ball. Despite learning a lot during the scrimmage UCSB was unable to make the progression in just the one game at this level toward becoming effective at finding the open player in the face of the pressure.  

"Win or lose we needed to be in this situation," said UCSB head coach Paul Ramsey after the game. "Facing a team that plays up tempo all over the field was good experience."

"If we take this lesson and apply it to our own pace of play we can be where we want to be in April and May."

The Bulldog program is on the rise in the western United States. Fresno beat MPSF counterpart UC Berkeley for the first time last year and won 18-6 over St. Mary's. Now that UCSB has experience facing a team that played up tempo and pushed a relentless pace the goal will be to attain that for themselves. The Gauchos are preparing this week for their WWLL opener at University of Arizona on January 30th. UCSB follows up with a Sunday game at Arizona State.


Gauchos Schedule Includes Defending National Champion Michigan - Dec 27, 2015

Santa Barbara, CA - The UCSB women's lacrosse club schedule is released and the Gauchos will face five pre-season ranked teams in 2016. The schedule includes five teams that went to the WCLA National Championship Tournament. The biggest name opponent might be the defending national champion club from University of Michigan. UCSB will host them on February 11th. Earlier than that date the first action of the season comes on the road in an exhibition game at NCAA Division I Fresno State on January 23rd. Following that test UCSB will scrimmage Grand Canyon University in Phoenix on January 29th. The regular season opener for UCSB is at University of Arizona on January 30th. That road trip also has the Gauchos at Arizona State on January 31st.

UCSB WLAX File Photo

Home games are plentiful when UCSB returns from the road. In February USC, Michigan, Colorado State and University of Washington will all test the Gauchos on their home turf. In the middle of that stretch UCSB plays an exhibition game with Rikkyo University of Tokyo. After a BYE weekend a short trip up Highway 101 puts UCSB playing Cal Poly at the start of alternating two away games and two home games. Following facing the Mustangs the Gauchos host the club from UC Berkeley, travel to UCLA and then host University of San Diego over three weeks. 

April starts with a road trip to Northern California to play Chico State and Santa Clara before another home stand. UCSB wraps up the regular season hosting the clubs from UC Davis and San Diego State. Mid-April UCSB is hosting their conference championship tournament this season. Should the Gauchos qualify they will get to play at home in the WWLL Championship Tournament April 16th & 17th. The winner of the WWLL championship game receives an automatic qualifier spot in the WCLA National Championship Tournament and getting there is an aim the Gauchos have this year.

UCSB head coach Paul Ramsey likes the schedule but realizes it's going to be a test for his team. "When I look at it on paper it seems a little scary coming off our 10-9 season but having seen us play in the fall gives me the confidence we can be successful with this schedule, says Ramsey.

"We can decide what to make of our season. It's in our control to do well if we apply our talent."

UCSB Women's Lacrosse Schedule 2016

Day Date Opponent Location Time
Sat Jan 23 Fresno State University (Exhibition, NCAA DI) Fresno, CA 11:00 AM
Fri Jan 29 Grand Canyon University (Exhibition, WCLA D2) Phoenix, CA 6:00 PM
Sat Jan 30 University of Arizona Tucson, AZ 12:00 PM
Sun Jan 31 Arizona State University Tempe, AZ 9:00 AM
Sat Feb 6 USC Santa Barbara, CA 12:00 PM
Thu Feb 11 University of Michigan (4th Ranked Pre-Season) Santa Barbara, CA 7:00 PM
Fri Feb 12 Rikkyo University (Exhibition, International) Santa Barbara, CA 2:00 PM
Sat Feb 13 Colorado State University Santa Barbara, CA 2:00 PM
Sun Feb 14 University of Washington Santa Barbara, CA 2:00 PM
Fri Feb 26 Cal Poly SLO (13th Ranked Pre-Season) San Luis Obispo, CA 5:00 PM
Sun Feb 28 UC Berkeley Santa Barbara, CA 10:00 AM
Sat Mar 5 UCLA (3rd Ranked Pre-Season) Los Angeles, CA 11:00 AM
Fri Mar 11 University of San Diego Santa Barbara, CA 7:00 PM
Sat Apr 2 Chico State University Menlo, CA 12:00 PM
Sun Apr 3 Santa Clara University (6th Ranked Pre-Season) Santa Clara, CA 10:00 PM
Sat Apr 9 UC Davis Santa Barbara, CA 12:00 PM
Sun Apr 10 San Diego State University (19th Ranked Pre-Season) / (Senior Game) Santa Barbara, CA 10:00 AM
Sat Apr 16 WWLL Tournament First Round Santa Barbara, CA TBA
Sat Apr 16 WWLL Tournament Second Round Santa Barbara, CA TBA
Sun Apr 17 WWLL Tournament Third Round Santa Barbara, CA TBA
Wed May 4 WCLA Tournament First Round Winston-Salem, NC TBA
Thu May 5 WCLA Tournament Second Round Winston-Salem, NC TBA
Fri May 6 WCLA Tournament Third Round Winston-Salem, NC TBA
Sat May 7 WCLA Tournament Fourth Round Winston-Salem, NC TBA

The UCSB 'B' Team schedule will be released soon.


UCSB Hosts And Plays In SB Fall Brawl - Nov 15, 2015

Santa Barbara, CA - The Gauchos hosted the 8th Annual Santa Barbara Fall Brawl and played four short scrimmages. UCSB dropped their first game of the day at the hands of the players from NCAA DIII Whittier, calling themselves gaLAXy, 7-9 after being tied 4-4 at halftime. From there the Gauchos won 8-5 over Cal State San Marcos and 10-2 over Tricheck Lacrosse Club. It set up a shot at UCLA in the final game of the day for both teams. UCSB took a 4-3 halftime lead over the Bruins but UCLA stormed away with the second half and won 9-6. UCSB heads into a brief period of fitness and stickwork for the remainder of the non-traditional season but are done playing scrimmages. 

The UCSB White team also played in the Fall Brawl and were 1-2. The Gauchos won their opener 9-2 against the UC Irvine Blue team and then played up against WWLL D2 team UNLV and a mixed UCLA squad. UNLV bettered the Gauchos 11-5 and then the Bruins won 15-2.  The UCSB Blue team is a roster of future A Team candidates and the White Team are B Team candidates. 

The Gauchos open on the road to start the regular season on the road in Arizona playing University of Arizona and Arizona State, January 30th & 31st. 



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