Gauchos Three Teams Go 6-3 At SB Fall Brawl - Nov 22, 2014
Santa Barbara, CA - The three sides UCSB entered into their SB Fall Brawl Tournament combined for a 6-3 record among all three teams. The UCSB Blue, UCSB Gold and UCSB White teams played across both the Super and Competitive divisions at the Seventh Annual Santa Barbara Fall Brawl. Games were played at the UCSB Recreation Center sports complex turf. UCSB Blue started slow against a quick Lady Cougs (NCAA DIII Claremont Colleges fall pick up team) and were in a 2-7 hole at halftime before playing a more respectable 3-4 second half for a final score of 11-5 in favor of the Cougs. The Gauchos rebounded with a 11-6 win over Tricheck Lacrosse Club and followed up with a 12-6 win over Cal State San Marcos. The Lady Cougs had narrowly defeated San Marcos 8-7 so the 6 goal win by UCSB over San Marcos showed more of what the Gauchos have in them.
The UCSB Gold team was 3-0 on the day after a 10-4 win over University of Northern Colorado, a 7-1 win over UNLV and a 6-2 win over Sonoma State. All three opponents were WCLA Division Two teams. UCSB White was a group of mostly novices and some second year players. The White side was 1-2 but respectable in a 7-2 loss to UC Irvine, an 11-0 win over Cal State Northridge and a 8-4 loss to Concordia. All three are also WCLA Division Two programs.
The Gauchos non-traditional season has concluded and UCSB next plays when the A Team travels to their season opener at USC and the B Team travels to Cal State Northridge for their season opener on January 24th.
UCSB Hosting Seventh Annual Fall Brawl On Saturday - Nov 19, 2014
Santa Barbara, CA - UCSB plays host to twelve teams this Saturday in the Seventh Annual Santa Barbara Fall Brawl and will field three teams in one event for the first time. Twenty games will be played at the UCSB Recreation Center sports complex turf from 9am to 5pm on three fields. The Gauchos have three teams in the event and SBCC has one team in for a total of four local teams. UCSB Blue, UCSB Gold and UCSB White will play games with nine unique opponents. Each UCSB team will play three games.
It is the first time the Gauchos have fielded three teams at one event and it's a sign of the growth of the sport on campus. Seven novices out for the program along with forty-one experienced players are what makes it possible to field the three squads.
"We chose to maximize playing time on Saturday rather than have two large teams and a lot of standing around," commented UCSB Head Coach Paul Ramsey. "It will be good for the overall development of our players."
Another eight Gauchos are in a fall sport or abroad for the Fall and return to the program in January. The anticipated head count of fifty-six athletes puts the program among the largest of women's teams on campus. It has grown significantly every year for the last seven years.
Gauchos Edge Cal Poly On Last Minute Goal - Nov 15, 2014
San Luis Obispo, CA - UCSB made the short trip up Higway 101 for a non-traditional season scrimmage at rival Cal Poly SLO and edged the Mustangs 11-10. Freshman Omari Harmon (Salisbury, MD) scored the final point unassisted in the final minute. UCSB led 6-5 at halftime only to see Cal Poly take a two goal lead midway through the second half. The Mustangs came out of halftime pressuring out on the ball and marking tightly all over the field. The Gauchos were momentarily taken aback by the rush of Mustang effort but kept playing through the pressure. Eventually they rallied to tie the game 10-10 on an assist from Alena Riggs (Laguna Niguel, CA) to Melissa Hsu (Danville, CA). Some up and down the field play each direction eventually led to the ball in Harmon's stick at the Mustangs' defensive end and the game winning goal.
UCSB wraps up Fall Ball when they host the Seventh Annual Santa Barbara Fall Brawl on Saturday, November 22nd. The Gauchos will put three teams into the mix on the UCSB Recreation Center Sports Complex turf. UCSB Blue, UCSB Gold and UCSB White will play with 15 to 16 player rosters each in the Super and Competitive divisions, respectively. Games start on three fields at 9:00am on Saturday and the last game starts at 4:00pm.
Alumni Team Takes 12-11 Game With UCSB - Nov 8, 2014
Santa Barbara, CA - The Gauchos hosted their alumni today and got a spirited game with players ranging from graduation years 2006 to 2014. It was Alumni & Co. for an alumni team as assistant coaches Jacklyn Taylor (UC Davis '11) and Eric Valois (UC Davis '12) joined the alumni on the field. The Alumni jumped out the gate in a fast start and took a 6-1 lead in 15 minutes. UCSB weren't ready for the intensity from the alumni, who all the way up to game time were joking around and mostly frolicking. Then when the first whistle blew they flipped their own switch to the on position and took it to the young Gauchos. It was a full fifteen minutes before UCSB responded and started playing. Then the Gauchos scored four unanswered goals over 10 minutes to get to within a goal at 5-6 at halftime.
There were three lessons taught to UCSB by their alumni. The first was be ready to play and the other, later, was take care of the lead when you have it. The Gauchos took a 11-10 lead over the alumni with less than five minutes remaining and had climbed out of a five goal hole by outscoring the alumni 10-4. This was over 25 minutes of play across the end of the first half and most of the second half. Then on consecutive possessions UCSB forced it on offense when they didn't need a quick goal. The alumni scored each time UCSB gave them the ball to take their 12-11 lead. The final lesson was learned when the alumni executed a nice 14 player stall over the final few minutes, having sneaked two extra players onto the offensive end. The point here isn't they had extra players on the field. The point is they weren't going to throw away their lead and took care of the ball to preserve it, collectively thinking about not shooting and turning it over when they had the game won.
"Aside from coming out flat in the face of a fired up alumni group we had some breakdowns out there on some simple things," commented UCSB head coach Paul Ramsey.
Most of the UCSB issues were in the transition game. Alumni attackers were able to get behind the UCSB defense off the draw and in full field transition. The alumni used their experience on transition to take advantage, get open and score most of their goals in unsettled play. At the same time the Gauchos weren't similarly dangerous in transition themselves.
Fantastic Fifteen Find Way To UCSB - Sep 1, 2014
Santa Barbara, CA - Fifteen first year prospects are joining the UCSB women's lacrosse club for the 2014-15 academic year. It's a fantastic group with every position on the field covered. Two talented goal keepers lead the way and the newcomers include ten freshmen and four junior transfers.
15 Newcomers, 11 Freshmen, 4 Transfers, 5 Attackers, 4 Midfielders, 4 Defenders, 2 Goal Keepers, 13 Californians, 1 Michigander.
The Fantastic Fifteen are almost a team themselves. The group will get their first college action when they take on Humboldt State in a fall ball scrimmage on October 4th as the UCSB FT Team. Expected to join them as new UCSB lacrosse players are another dozen or so novices picking up lacrosse for the first time as Gauchos. UCSB is famous for taking beginners to round out their rosters to ensure consistently having competitive 'A' & 'B' teams ever since 1992.
"We're pretty pleased," commented UCSB head coach Paul Ramsey. "I'm not going to single anyone out but with these newcomers and our returners we have all the individual talent we need."
"How they all team up and whether they choose to over-achieve will make for good or great lacrosse."
Listed below are all the newcomers with previous playing experience from before enrolling at UCSB. Keep an eye on the on-line roster on this website to see who else joins the program once the fall term starts.
UCSB Class of 2018
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