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UCSB WLAX Team Photo 2016
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.



Cal Poly Comes Back To Win 8-5 Over UCSB - May 7, 2016

Winston-Salem, NC - The Gauchos had a 3-2 halftime lead in the third mud bowl game in a row at BB&T Park on the consolation side of the WCLA National Tournament but 11th ranked Cal Poly SLO started the second half with a four goal run over a four minute span to get the win. It looked to be a defensive battle at both ends of the field at the start of the second half but UCSB stops did not transition into successful clearing into the offensive end. Eventually the Mustangs used the momentum of the extra possessions and went on their four goal run. Cal Poly scored the first of those goals at 9:17 into the second half and the fourth one at 13:23. It gave them a 6-3 lead. Both teams traded goals the rest of the way, including an open net goal by the Mustangs with 37 seconds remaining, for the final 8-5 score.  

Senior Morgan Ryan (Salt Lake City, UT) played her final game in goal for UCSB and had eight saves. Five Gauchos scored a goal each and freshman Sarah Griffin (Garden City, NY) had two assists. Senior Kelsey Trepa (San Marcos, CA) contributed an assist as well.  The ground ball leader was senior Cailan Howey (Charlotte, NC) with four and senior Nicole Rockwell (San Jose, CA) snared 3 draw controls. 

UCSB finishes the season 12-9 and improved over their 10-9 finish in 2015. Cal Poly finishes 13-6. 


UCLA Catches UCSB In 9-8 WCLA Consolation Game - May 6, 2016

UCSB WLAX File PhotoWinston-Salem, NC - Both teams played hard but 6th ranked UCLA squeaked out a one goal win at BB&T Park in the WCLA National Tournament consolation side of the bracket. UCSB led 6-4 as the first half was winding down but the Bruins took advantage of a turnover and transitioned to score and pull within one goal, making it 6-5 at the intermission. Just before that the Gauchos had scored two unanswered goals less than two minutes apart that broke open a 4-4 game. The score by UCLA with twenty-three second left in the first half buoyed them for the second half and the Bruins outshot UCSB 14-6 on the way to outscoring the Gauchos 4-2 in the second half to get the 9-8 win.

Both teams traded goals or two goals throughout most of the game while enjoying only a one or two goal advantage for the entire first half and the first 19 minutes of the second half. At that time UCSB was leading 7-6 with 11 minutes to go but the Bruins ride againt the UCSB clear forced some turnovers and UCLA went on a three goal run to lead 9-7 with about four minutes remaining. The Gauchos pulled within striking distance when junior Meghana Vijayraghavan (Pleasanton, CA) scored unassisted with 1:52 left in the game but UCLA held them off down the stretch to get the one goal win. 

Freshman Rachael Shaw (San Ramon, CA) had a break out game taking the draw. The midfielder had six draw controls to herself and sent another six the way of Vijayraghavan. The two combined for 12 of their team's 15 draw controls. Shaw stymied normally dominant UCLA senior Sam Fletcher (Vienna, VA) on the center line. The Bruins rotated WCLA Player Of The Year Gretchen Kiep (Haddonfield, NJ) through center and Shaw took care of her as well. Senior Morgan Ryan (Salt Lake City, UT) had 10 saves against 9 goals allowed for 52.6% and also intercepted a pass from up top to an open cutter inside to deny the UCLA attacker the chance to shoot. 

UCSB, now 12-8 overall, faces local rival Cal Poly SLO in the last consolation game of the WCLA Tournament on Saturday at 8:00am. UCLA improved to 14-5 and faces Santa Clara at 10:30am.


Gauchos Upset 7th Ranked Virginia Tech 12-6 - May 5, 2016

UCSB WLAX File PhotoWinston-Salem, NC - UCSB used a fast start and a 7-2 halftime lead to win a tough mudder game with the 7th ranked club from Virginia Tech on the consolation side of the WCLA National Tournament and won 12-6. The Gauchos won 11 draw controls and 23 ground balls in the wet that was BB&T Park during a rainy week in North Carolina. UCSB took a 3-0 lead in the first five and a half minutes but the Hokies scored two straight to get within one. The Gauchos answered that with a run of six unanswered goals through the rest of the first half and the first six minutes of the second half to take a 9-2 lead. Until Virginia Tech scored with 20 minutes remaining in the game the Gauchos had held them scoreless for more than 27 minutes.

The Gauchos led 10-3 with 13 minutes remaining and at that point every UCSB field player was worked onto the field to get playing time in the game. It were twenty-one UCSB players getting on the field by the end of it. UCSB were able to clear the bench against the seventh ranked team in the WCLA and won 12-6. Virginia Tech outscored the Gauchos 3-2 in the final 13 minutes to get to the final margin but the day belonged to UCSB.

Senior Morgan Ryan (Salt Lake City, UT) had 11 saves and only allowed 6 goals for a 64.7% performance while the UCSB defense also forced seven Hokie shots wide. Eight Gauchos scored at least a goal and another one had an assist for nine UCSB players getting points. Junior Meghan Vijayraghavan (Pleasanton, CA) started in the midfield and responded with 6 draw controls, 2 ground balls, 1 goal and 1 assist. Senior Kelsey Trepa (San Marcos, CA) scored two goals on two shots coming off the bench.

UCSB improved to 12-7 overall while Virginia Tech dropped to 12-4. The reward for UCSB is another crack at UCLA. The 6th ranked Bruins won their game with the club from Boston College on an adjacent field. That results in the two teams located less than two hours apart at home playing each other at 3:30pm on Friday all the way across the country in North Carolina. The two teams have split in their contests this season. Similarly, Santa Clara and Cal Poly SLO are two other Western Women's Lacrosse League teams facing each other. on Friday The two match-ups are repeats of the WWLL semifinals on April 16th.


UCSB Almost Catches Colorado State In 12-10 First Round Loss - May 4, 2016

UCSB WLAX File PhotoWinston-Salem, NC - UCSB climbed back from being down 1-5 to second ranked Colorado State to make it 7-7 early in the second half and then 9-9 with just under ten minutes remaining in the first round of the WCLA National Tournament. The 15th seeded Gauchos had life for an upset when freshman Hollie Pelland (San Diego, CA) scored on an 8 meter free position opportunity after going to goal and drawing a foul. Her tally made it a one goal game with 3:07 remaining. A draw control and then a smart stall by the second seeded Rams was broken once by UCSB but the Gauchos were unable to clear the ball. During the next stall the Rams used an open net from all out pressure by the Gauchos to go up by two with 56 seconds left. UCSB won the draw but were denied a quick score on a save by CSU. UCSB took the ball away from the Rams trying to clear but then did not take another shot and the final was 12-10 in favor of Colorado State.

Sophomore goalie Cyrena Malkowski (Lake Forest, CA) had 14 saves for the Gauchos for 53.8%. Senior Kenzie Baer (Colorado Springs, CO) had 10 saves for 50% for the Rams. Colorado State outshot the Gauchos 30-23 and those extra shots were fueled by 17 draw controls by the Rams out of the 24 draws in the game. CSU also won the ground ball battle 30-26. The 21 extra possessions on draws and ground balls led to only seven more shots for the Rams than UCSB. Queue the accolades for the Gaucho defense. Colorado State had the ball a lot and they needed to be plus twenty-one on loose balls just to win 12-10. UCSB was able to clamp down on defense and was efficient on shooting but needed the ball at least a few more times on midfield play like draws and clears to beat the second ranked team in the WCLA. 

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UCSB Gets Late Bid To WCLA National Championship Tournament - Apr 21, 2016

UCSB WLAX File PhotoAtlanta, GA - The Gauchos post-season has been extended. UCSB received a late night phone call on Wednesday from WCLA National Championship selection committee chair Adam Weinstein, based in Atlanta, Georgia. Weinstein told head coach Paul Ramsey the club from Penn State had withdrawn and the Gauchos were invited. UCSB thought their season were over and Ramsey was about to post wrap up meeting times for players to come meet and turn in their uniforms. Tied for eleventh in the national rankings heading into their conference tournament, UCSB lost in the Western Women's Lacrosse League semifinals to 6th ranked UCLA in the 1 v. 4 semifinal match-up. That's how competitive it is in the WWLL. The top four seeds in the conference were all top 15 teams. 

"When I saw my phone light up at almost 10pm our time and it was 1am for Adam I knew it could be good news," said Ramsey the next day. 

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Santa Clara Nips UCSB 12-11 - Apr 17, 2016

UCSB vs. Santa ClaraSanta Barbara, CA - UCSB trailed Santa Clara by two goals at halftime in the third place game of the WWLL Championship Tournament and mounted a come-back but fell short to the Broncos in a 12-11 loss. The Gauchos improved their shooting in this contest, burying 11 of the 19 shots they put on goal, and outscored Santa Clara 5-4 in the second half to pull within a goal with 3:29 remaining. After the Gauchos disrupted the Santa Clara possession that almost ran out the clock UCSB transitioned and took the potential game tying shot with 11 seconds remaining.  A great save by junior Maggie Von Massenhausen (San Jose, CA) let Santa Clara eke out the win. 

Santa Clara scored two quick goals to open the second half of play and led 10-6. Goal keeper Cyrena Malkowski (Lake Forest, CA) entered the game and sparked UCSB. The sophomore had 9 saves and only allowed 2 goals over the final 26:07 of the game. 

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Fast Start By UCLA Gets Them 10-7 Win - Apr 16, 2016

UCSB WLAX File PhotoSanta Barbara, CA - UCLA started fast and went up 3-0 in the first two and a half minutes of the game and used that lead to win 10-7 in a WWLL semifinal with UCSB. The sixth ranked Bruins later led 5-1 with ten minutes left in the first half before UCSB started competing. The Gauchos climbed back to within a goal at 7-8 with more than 14 minutes remaining in the game and had outscored UCLA 6-3 over twenty-three minutes of action to get within one score with 14:09 to go. Unfortunately the Bruins iced it with a mix of possession and two unanswered tallies for the final three goal margin. Overall UCSB fought and outplayed UCLA 7-6 for the final 41 minutes but the four goal hole in the first 19 minutes was too much against the Bruins.

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