UCSB Tops USC 14-7 In Opener - Jan 24, 2015
Los Angeles, CA - The Gauchos scored 7 goals in each half during their season opener with the club at USC and won 14-7. In a first for everyone the game was moved to another facility at halftime due to a double booking on Cromwell Field. The second half was played across campus at McAlister Field. A film crew won the battle to be on the turf at Cromwell at halftime of the game. The Gauchos were leading 7-2 at the time the decision was made by the Trojan administration to move the game. UCSB held on during second half play on the grass at McAlister to get a WWLL Central Region win and start the season 1-0.
The Gauchos outshot USC 27-18 and 8 UCSB players scored in the contest. UCSB took a 10-3 lead six minutes into the second half when sophomore Echo Meyers (Laguna Niguel, CA) scored unassisted. After USC scored to make it 10-4 the Gauchos scored three unanswered goals to lead 13-4 with 15 minutes remaining. The nine goal lead was their biggest of the game. Junior Sydney Boral (Walnut Creek, CA) capped off the run with an unassisted goal on a dodge from the top in unsettled play. Junior Mari Cajandig (Davis, CA) and junior Madison Sabbag (Palo Alto, CA) were the other two Gauchos to scored in that three goal run. The Trojans won the last 12 minutes, however, outscoring UCSB 3-1 in that timeframe to get back to within seven goals.
Kaitlyn Pike (Seaholm, MI) established a presence in front of the net for the Gauchos. The freshman goal keeper had 6 saves and only 2 goals against for 75%. Junior Cailan Howey (Charlotte, NC) led the defense. The WCLA Defender Of The Year candidate had 8 ground balls, 3 caused turnovers and 2 draw controls. UCSB won 16 of 23 draw controls to get possession 69.6% of the time on the restarts. The Gauchos were successful 11 of 12 times clearing the ball out of the defensive end, getting it all the way into their offensive end, but coughed it up quite a few times more than average. UCSB turned the ball over 28 times, mostly in the offensive end.
UCSB improved to 1-0 and plays next when they host Brigham Young University at 5:30pm on Friday, January 30th. USC dropped to 0-1 and plays next when they host the Cougars on Saturday, January 31st.
UCSB Ninth In Lacrosse Magazine Pre-Season Poll - Jan 1, 2015
Baltimore, MD - The January issue of Lacrosse Magazine hit the streets and it has UCSB ranked 9th in the periodical's pre-season poll. The Gauchos are one of five Western Women's Lacrosse League (WWLL) teams ranked in the pre-season. UCSB finished last season at the WCLA National Tournament with a 19-15 win over then 7th ranked Michigan in the seventh place game. The Wolverines received the seventh position in this pre-season poll anyway but it's local WWLL Central rival UCLA getting the pre-season number one spot that really makes the news. The Bruins are in the number one spot for the first time.
UCSB will play six teams in the poll during the regular season along with a team that was ranked 9th at the end of last season but was either forgotten or snubbed by pollsters. The Gauchos face #1 UCLA, #5 Georgia, #8 Santa Clara, #14 Colorado, #15 Cal Poly SLO and #18 San Diego State, although not in that order. They also play BYU on January 30th. The slighted Cougars will be in Santa Barbara for a 5:00pm Friday game with UCSB. BYU should be in the Top 10 somewhere but isn't.
"I'm glad we're Top 10 to start off," said UCSB head coach Paul Ramsey when he saw the poll, "but one of the two things that stuck out the most was BYU being left out."
"They are a Top Ten team, for sure, and San Diego might be Top Twenty."
2015 Lacrosse Magazine Pre-Season Poll
Teams in bold are on the UCSB regular season schedule.
Thirteen of the twenty teams in the poll will play in the 27th Annual Santa Barbara Shootout at SBCC & UCSB February 13th - 15th. Most Top Ten play another Top Ten at least twice and sometimes three times in a brutal three day stretch of contests that often make or break a post-season appearance in the first time out the gate for the season for most of these teams.
Five of the twenty teams are from the Western Women's Lacrosse League and the Mid Atlantic Women's Lacrosse League also has five teams, putting ten of the Top 20 from two conferences. This narrowly eclipses the next highest conference showing, which are four teams from the Women's Collegiate Lacrosse League of the Midwest.
Eleven of the Top 20 are WCLA programs at campuses with NCAA Division I programs.
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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.
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