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UCSB Women's Lacrosse
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 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. 


Gauchos Top Alumni 10-6 - Nov 7, 2015

UCSB Alumni Game Post-Game Photo 2015

Santa Barbara, CA - The current UCSB players won 10-6 over the UCSB Alumni in the annual UCSB Lacrosse Alumni Weekend game between the two sides. The Gauchos held a slim 4-3 halftime lead but the alumni score two straight to start the second half and take a brief one goal lead. The lead didn't last long as less than 30 seconds later it was 5-5.  From that point UCSB pulled away outscoring the alumni 5-1 over the remaining 17 minutes of the game. The result reversed last year when UCSB lost 11-12 on a late alumni goal in a come from behind win by the alumni. 

Eighteen alumni representing three past WWLL Championship teams returned for the weekend to play in the game. Megan Hughes, former WCLA All-Tournament Goalie in 2014, minded the net for the entire game for the alumni. The current Gauchos started slow against this experienced group but slowly found momentum and it resulted in the 5-1 run that closed out the game. Returning for the game were Ashley Antoon-Algieri ('11), Alexandra Bowers ('15), Kelly Boyle ('13), Megan Dawe ('12), Carly Dudek ('12), Sarah Eadie ('13), Blair Evans ('14), Shawna Falk ('12), Megan Fisher ('12), Katie Hubbert ('15), (Megan Hughes ('14), Lori Marchildon ('15), Juliet Mariniello ('13), Katie Mitchell ('13), Emilia Norlin ('13), Lindsay Remigio ('11), Alana Riggs ('15), Rachel Valdez ('13). 

The UCSB White team mixed up with eight Westmont College players in the first game of the day to get in their own full field action. The result in that game was a 7-5 score in a nice collaborative development effort between UCSB and the club from Westmont. Both UCSB Blue & UCSB White will be back in action when they host the 8th Annual Santa Barbara Fall Brawl. The date for that is Sunday, November 15th, at the UCSB Recreation Center Sports Complex..


UCSB White Falls To Cal Poly Gold But Gained Experience In A Fall Ball Scrimmage - Oct 23, 2015

Santa Barbara, CA – The UCSB White team may have fallen but gained invaluable experience in a scrimmage against Cal Poly Gold on Friday night. The Gauchos played in their first competition of the year with a first half lead of 3-2, and the ultimate score of 3-12 in a 22-minute running halves game. The scrimmage as part of a double header with the UCSB Blue team at the UCSB Recreation Center Sports Complex .  UCSB White used all players including 6 athletes new to the sport.

First year UCSB B Team Coach Anne Hersman, "It was a great opportunity for the team to experience competition and give motivation to continue to improve for the remainder of the fall.  The athletes were able to understand each other’s strengths and begin to brainstorm ways to become a stronger team.  All players showed sportsmanship and heart while out on the field."


UCSB Tops Cal Poly 14-4 In Fall Ball Scrimmage - Oct 23, 2015

Cal Poly at UCSBSanta Barbara, CA - Playing their second exhibition game in two days the Gauchos sprinted out to a 9-1 lead over Cal Poly SLO in the first half of a two 22 minute running clock halves affair at the UCSB Recreation Center Sports Complex. UCSB used thirty-one players in the short contest, working three goalies into the game along with 29 field players. Even with the myriad of players running off and on it looked mostly organized on the part of UCSB and nine of the fourteen Gaucho goals were assisted. An amazing twelve UCSB players scored a goal or had an assist.

"Twelve players involved in fourteen goals is a pretty high ratio," said UCSB Head Coach Paul Ramsey after he saw the score sheet.  "We can get to truly selfless play here with that kind of sharing."

UCSB faced the Mustangs on a short turn-around after falling 13-14 in overtime in a full length game last night to the New Zealand National Team in an international exhibition game. Being able to run the field and play up tempo after a long hard game is promising for UCSB. Still, the Gauchos will need to find strong second halves to match their first halves to be successful over the long haul. 

UCSB takes a weekend off before resuming training on Monday. The next contest for the Gauchos will be their alumni in the annual UCSB Lacrosse Alumni game on Saturday, November 7th. 


New Zealand Nips UCSB 14-13 In Overtime - Oct 22, 2015

New Zealand At UCSBSanta Barbara, CA - The Gauchos led most of the game but visiting New Zealand caught UCSB late in the second half of an international friendly at the UCSB Recreation Center Sports Complex. It were a goal scored by New Zealand with 50 seconds remaining that tied it. The Kiwis then scored the golden goal in sudden victory overtime to win 14-13.  It were the first game out the gate for the Gauchos after eight fall ball practices playing a game versus a New Zealand side that has been training for this tour. The Kiwis were halfway through their California tour on this stop in Santa Barbara. 

New Zealand scored first to open the game but UCSB then scored four straight to lead 4-1 just under 9 minutes into the game. The Gauchos thoroughly outplayed New Zealand in the first half and led 9-6 at halftime. It was a high pressure style all over the field by New Zealand but UCSB stayed ahead of it with good ball movement. Later in the game the ball movement disappeared and everywhere, anywhere a UCSB player had the ball it were two Kiwis trapping them when the ball didn't move again quickly. To say there was contact out there tonight as both sides fought hard is putting it mildly. Each gave the other some of it back, though, so that were all fair.

Scoring was even the first part of the second half and UCSB led 12-9 with 12 minutes left in regulation. The Kiwis scored three unanswered goals to tie it but with 2:35 remaining freshman Hollie Pelland (San Diego, CA) scored unassisted on what might have been the game winner. UCSB won possession on the next draw but shot when they didn't need another goal and the save turned into a New Zealand possession. The Kiwis followed that up with an equalizer with 50 seconds remaining. They then won the game in overtime.

"We performed quite well for about 45 minutes but in the second half we became mostly individual and did not execute on offense," said UCSB Head Coach Paul Ramsey after the game. "We were still open inside but we stopped giving each other the ball and when we did we forced it a bit."

"Shooting when we were winning by a goal with time running out is just something that will have to be a lesson learned."

Sophomore Cyrena Malkoswki (Trabuco Hills, CA) had 16 saves facing 27 shots in 54 minutes of play and sophomore Kaitlyn Pike (Birmingham, MI) had two saves versus 5 shots in 8 minutes of play. Pelland was the leading goal scorer for UCSB with four goals.  Senior Madison Sabbag (Mountain View, CA) had five assists. Nine of the eleven Gaucho goals from the field were assisted, two were unasssisted and two came from free position eight meter opportunities.

The Gauchos played an amazing 26 players in the game using three lines of midfielders and substituting liberally on attack and defense.  It's a good thing since UCSB hosts Cal Poly SLO in a double header tomorrow. UCSB Blue plays Cal Poly Green at 6:30pm and UCSB White plays Cal Poly Gold at 7:30pm in short running clock scrimmages. 


Gauchos Get Taylor Paige For Coaching Staff - Sep 11, 2015

Taylor PaigeSanta Barbara, CA - Taylor Paige is joining the coaching staff for the Gauchos. The UCSB Women's Lacrosse Club will put the University of Mary Washington graduate to work coaching goal keepers for both their A & B teams. Paige will also be a B Team assistant coach underneath first year B Team head coach Anne Hersman, rounding out staffing needs for the program. The Gauchos have 72 women turning out for two teams this fall. 

Paige started her coaching career while she was still in college. The Charlottesville, Virginia native believes it's important to give back to the sport of lacrosse and devoted time to coaching while attending Mary Washington and competing at the NCAA DIII level. Most recently she coached for the Seminole Lacrosse Club in Virginia. Before that she coached field players and goalies in the Stafford Youth Lacrosse League. Simultaneously with that position she was also the goalie coach for the elite teams in the Crash Lacrosse Club. Paige was the lead goalie coach during summer camps run by Mary Washington. Paige earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a minor in Economics in May of this year and will reside in Santa Barbara. Coach Taylor PaigeTaylor is primed to become a Gaucho as her favorite flavor of Gatorade is Cool Blue.

While a player at Mary Washington the 5'5" goal keeper made 187 career saves and recorded a 100% save performance in a game with Frostburg State on March 22, 2014 during her junior year when she was six for six. Just like with recently hired assistant coaches Hersman and Katelyn McAleer, Paige will be devoting significant time promoting girls lacrosse in the local community.

The UCSB assistant coaches have local lacrosse development line-itemed into their job description. They will be out and about in the community an average of 15 hours a week in addition to their UCSB coaching responsibilities. All three coaches will be teaching lacrosse to girls at elementary schools and junior high schools in partnership with the SBGLA, Goleta, Hope and Santa Barbara school districts. The goal is to teach lacrosse to 2,000 of the 3,000 girls at 27 elementary schools in the area during the school year. 


UCSB Will Play New Zealand National Team - Aug 14, 2015

New Zealand WLAX PhotoAuckland, New Zealand - The New Zealand National Team program recently released their women’s lacrosse national team California tour itinerary and the Kiwis will play at UCSB Thursday, October 22nd.  Game time is 7:00PM PST.  New Zealand start their California tour in the San Francisco Bay Area and will be playing in a tournament at UC Berkeley, a three-way at St. Mary's, in a friendly at Fresno State, in a friendly with the Gauchos and then they finish up in a tournament at USC. 

UCSB is the only club included in the whirlwind of fixtures against NCAA Division I programs.  Admission to the game is being sponsored by the UCSB Recreation Department and will be complimentary for all who attend.

Media inquiries about the New Zealand National Team may be addressed to Nicole Goodwin using UCSB attendance and sponsorship inquires may be directed to Paul Ramsey using or by calling (805) 893-2204. Press passes and access to the New Zealand National Team while they're in Santa Barbara will be coordinated by the UCSB Recreation Department. 



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