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.
Gauchos Win By Seven at USC - Mar 2, 2014
Los Angeles, CA - The Gauchos led 7-3 at the half and went on a 5 goal run to go up 12-3 about twelve minutes into the second half before downshifting and winning 15-8 on the road against the club at University of Southern California. It was a WWLL Central game and it was the second game in a tough road double. Friday night 11th ranked UCSB upset 6th ranked Cal Poly SLO on the Mustangs turf. This game at USC was with the 22nd ranked Trojans who were winners of five straight contests and 5-2 overall going into the game.
Almost everyone played in both halves for UCSB and the Gauchos worked 22 players into the game overall. As a result names that don't normally show up in the boxscore are there today. Sophomore Alena Riggs (Laguna Niguel, CA) scored 4 goals and had an assist. Sophomore Sydney Boral (Walnut Creek, CA) and freshman Melissa Hsu (Danville, CA) score a goal apiece. Playing in about 35 minutes senior Blair Evans (Salinas, CA) scored 6 times on a mix of dodges for unassisted goals, assisted goals and on a free position shot. Junior Lindsay Alex (Tustin, CA) had 4 assists coming off the bench.
"We started a little slow I thought but by about the twenty minute mark we were up 6-2 and starting to perform," commented UCSB head coach Paul Ramsey after the game.
It was a fast start for UCSB in the second half. Riggs started her team on the 5-0 run with an unassisted goal for her first collegiate hat trick barely over a minute into the half. The attacker then followed up with her fourth goal of the game three minutes later. The Gauchos were up 9-3. About a minute later Evans scored unassisted and then on consecutive plays she was on the end of two nice feeds from Alex. UCSB was up 12-3 with 18 minutes remaining. Numerous substitutions at that point interupted the flow for UCSB more than what the Trojans did to stop it but it's a good lesson learned.
UCSB Upsets 6th Ranked Mustangs - Mar 1, 2014
San Luis Obispo, CA - Cal Poly SLO scored the first two goals of the game to take a 2-0 lead less than 2 minutes into their Friday night home game but 11th ranked UCSB outscored them 12-7 the rest of the way to win 12-9. It was a dark and stormy night until right about game time and then it was just cool, breezy and damp. Forecasted 100% chance of rain and thunder storms proved to be something different than what most would consider 100% to mean. The Gauchos were glad to make the trip despite the forecast. Sophomore Claudia Hammerschmidt (Armonk, NY) was among the most pleased to get to play lacrosse. The UCSB midfielder was back in action for the first time since straining her MCL in November. For the first six games of the season Hammerschmidt stood, watched and helped take stats. Hammerschmidt made the most of some limited time on the field in her first game back getting 3 goals and a draw control while also being instrumental in transition for UCSB.
UCSB senior goalie Megan Hughes (Tustin, CA) had 10 saves behind a defense that limited the Mustangs to just 7 shots in the second half and only 3 goals. Senior Katie Hubbert (San Jose, CA) helped make that happen with 7 ground balls, 3 draw controls and 1 caused turnover. Offset that by only one turnover of her own and Hubbert was +10 on the day for getting UCSB possession of the ball and 7 of the 10 plusses were in the Gauchos strong second half. Sophomore Amanda Shoemaker (Poway, CA) and senior Blair Evans (Salinas, CA) scored 3 goals each and senior Samm Wilson (San Jose, CA) had a pair of goals.
"Plus ten on possessions isn't even a bar for a player in a lacrosse game," says UCSB head coach Paul Ramsey, "plus five, maybe, or plus seven."
"For Katie to be plus ten in a game with the sixth ranked team in the nation sets a pretty high bar."
UCSB Ranked Eleventh In First Poll For 2014 - Feb 26, 2014
Baltimore, MD - The first U.S. Lacrosse WCLA poll was released today and it puts the young UCSB women's lacrosse squad ranked 11th in the nation. The Gauchos are 3-3 overall after going 1-3 in their last four games with the #1, #5, #10 and #12 teams in the country. It was a brutal stretch but the Gauchos played top ranked Pittsburgh close for a lot of the game before falling 10-14.
Then came 5th ranked Georgia and a 7-10 setback after a tied 4-4 score at halftime. Shortly after, UCSB played defending national champion and currently ranked 10th Colorado State but came up just short at 10-11. At the end of the gauntlet was 12th ranked University of Texas and the Gauchos took that one 11-8.
"No excuses for going 1-3 and no bemoaning how we could have easily been 2-2 in that stretch," says UCSB head coach Paul Ramsey.
"It's time to start playing Gaucho lacrosse and that's our primary goal right now."
Strength of schedule for UCSB is at an all-time high. Four of the six opponents played so far are ranked. Seven of the eight regular season games remaining on the UCSB schedule are with teams ranked in the national Top 25. It makes for a whopping 11 of 14 match-ups, or 78.6% of the regular season, pitting Gauchos versus ranked teams.
UCSB Hooks Texas 11-8 - Feb 16, 2014
Santa Barbara, CA - The Gauchos and University of Texas faced each other in the final game of the Santa Barbara Shootout for both teams. UCSB jumped out to a 5-0 lead and won 11-8 against the pre-season 6th ranked Longhorns. After five minutes of scoreless play three different UCSB players scored in a five goal run that put the Gauchos up by five 10 minutes into the contest. Texas then fought back and outscored UCSB 3-2 over the next 20 minutes for the Gauchos to lead 7-3 at halftime.
Mostly even play in the first 20 minutes of the second half saw UCSB outscoring Texas 3-2. An unassisted goal by senior Katie Hubbert (San Jose, CA) was the result of a successful UCSB ride on the Longhorns clear. Hubbert came out of seeminlgy nowhere to win a ground ball and sprinted 35 yards to put one past the Texas goalie with 11 minutes remaining. UCSB was up 10-5. The Longhorns rallied and scored three unanswered goals to make it too interesting before sophomore Kelsey Trepa (San Marcos, CA) scored unassisted or UCSB for the 11-8 final.
Senior Blair Evans (Salinas, CA) and sophomore Amanda Shoemaker (Poway, CA) scored four goals apiece for UCSB and Evans added an assist. Senior Megan Hughes (Tustin, CA) had 8 saves. UCSB improved to 3-3 while Texas dropped to 2-3. The Gauchos have a weekend off before traveling to league rival Cal Poly SLO for a Friday night game at 7pm Febraury 28th. Texas hosts state rival Texas A&M on February 22nd.
Colorado State Nips UCSB - Feb 15, 2014
Santa Barbara, CA - UCSB led 8-7 at halftime but defending national champion Colorado State University came back and won by a goal in the third game of the Santa Barbara Shootout for UCSB. The Rams, pre-season number one and playing their second game of the Shootout, prevailed 11-10. The Gauchos had their chances to tie it at the end. Four straight shooting opportunities in the final moments were turned away by Colorado State goalie Kenzie Baer. The final 7 minutes of the game were scoreless with UCSB on offense most of those 7 minutes but not converting.
Seniors Blair Evans (Salinas, CA) and Katie Hubbert (San Jose, CA) led UCSB with four goals apiece. Junior Lindsay Alex (Tustin, CA) had four assists. Draw Controls were 13-10 in favor of UCSB and freshman Maddy Montague (Aliso, CA) picked up 4 for UCSB as did Evans. Shots were pretty close in the game with CSU having a slight edge 22-20.
The Rams improved to 1-1 with a 7:00pm game coming up against Cal Poly SLO. The Gauchos, bitten by injuries to returning starters the last few weeks, dropped to 2-3 with three losses to Top Ten teams. UCSB finishes Shootout play on Sunday at 1:00pm when they play pre-season 6th ranked University of Texas.
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