UCSB Positioned To Run With Twenty-Eight Newcomers - Jul 6, 2015
Santa Barbara, CA - A record number of newcomers are joining the UCSB women's lacrosse club for 2015-16. The increasing popularity of lacrosse and the exponential rise in the standing of UC Santa Barbara in numerous academic indexes have intersected. Nine of the newcomers were recruited by head coach Paul Ramsey and thirteen were accepted to the university and then invited to join the team.
Eighteen freshmen and three transfers will compete for placement and starting positions on the UCSB A & B teams this fall. Try-outs for A & B team placement start on Monday, September 28th, the first full week of school in the quarter system.
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An additional six players are enrolling at SBCC and will train with UCSB while redshirting and working in the classroom to transfer. This is an operating change from past efforts at having a small SBCC squad train and compete on their own. In this new plan for matriculating two year college transfers the Gauchos are parking prospects at SBCC who intend to transfer to UCSB. The SBCC women's lacrosse club will not compete in 2015-16 and, instead, those players attending SBCC who are on track to transfer to UCSB will train with the Gauchos. They will not play in WWLL or WCLA games until they transfer but will be part of the program.
The UCSB 'A' Team roster was a little thin the past two seasons and the normal run & gun style of Gaucho past suffered. Ramsey likes the new numbers and brought this class in by relaying his firm convictions the program and the university merited choosing UCSB. He states that while some have been recruited starting early in their high school careers and others have recently jumped on board it's all wide open at try-outs.
"While it's easy to get wrapped up in who was recruited and their background before coming here we want everyone to come in and compete their hardest and make us better," says Ramsey. "What matters most now in that regard is how quickly everyone bonds and how competitive everyone is on the field at practice."
UCSB will be tested early. The Gauchos play their first national team in twenty-two years when they host New Zealand on October 23rd at 7:00pm. The Kiwis are ranked seventh in the world. While UCSB have hosted Japanese college teams of late they last played a true national team in 1992. That year the Gauchos took on then second world ranked Australia in UCSB Harder Stadium when they stopped in Calfifornia on their way to the east coast. The Australian team featured a young Jen Adams, age 15, on her way to incredible performances on tour before eventually starring at University of Maryland and for Australia in four World Cups.
Gauchos Wrap Up Year At Post-Season Banquet - May 20, 2015
Santa Barbara, CA - UCSB women's lacrosse players attended their end-of-the-year banquet at Glen Annie Golf Club to enjoy another moment of full program camaraderie. After some early photo opportunities dinner was served and that was followed by more photo opportunities. Individual awards and many thank you speeches were the final part of the evening. Here are the players who received individual awards.
Additional recognition came from UCSB Recreation Department strength & conditioning coach Mark Vanderlinde.
Earlier in the year the following UCSB players were name to the Western Women's Lacrosse League All-League teams during a ceremony at the WWLL Championship tournament in La Jolla, California.
Balanced Scoring Lifts UCSB Over Toreros - Apr 19, 2015
La Jolla, CA - The Gauchos outscored University of San Diego 18-8 in the final game of the season for both teams. A suffocating defense and eleven of sixteen goals from the field being assisted plus two 8 meter free position shots did it for UCSB. The points total on 18 goals and 11 assists was the highest of the season for the Gauchos. Previously UCSB had scored seventeen goals in a 17-5 win over Oregon State on February 12th. Almost immediately, over their next few games, the injury bug caught UCSB. Numerous players playing hurt slowed the Gauchos down considerably most of the season. Rallying to finish the season strong, UCSB led by as many as 12 goals over the Toreros before San Diego put a couple in at the end for the 10 goal Gaucho win in their 31 point melee. It was markedly different than the 15-14 close game between the two teams on February 20th. That game the Gauchos had 3 assisted goals in a come from behind win at San Diego.
Nine UCSB players contributed to the offense with at least a goal or an assist. Lone senior Molly Meek (Los Angeles, CA) had a career game in her final collegiate contest. Meek had 4 goals and 2 assists. Her two assists came back to back as she drew the double team and dished first to sophomore Melissa Hsu (Danville, CA) on an early offense play with a few minutes remaining in the first half. A UCSB draw control and a pass and Meek had the ball again. The attacker found freshman Alexis Cheney (Winnetka, CA) open in front of the goal and UCSB had a 8-3 halftime advantage. Just prior to the two Meek to teammate goals Hsu had scored on a free position shot at 1:58 remaining in the half. UCSB scored three goals in one minute and 27 seconds and it boosted the Gauchos from a 5-3 lead to an 8-3 lead just before halftime.
UCSB scored five more unanswered goals in the first eleven minutes of the second half to make it an 8 goal run over 13 minutes of play. Tying a school record for assists in a single game was Madison Sabbag (Mt. View, CA). The junior had 7 assists and the Gauchos enjoyed their best feeding and cutting game of the season. Freshman goalies Kaitlyn Pike (Seaholm, MI) and Cyrena Malkowski (Lake Forest, CA) played 30 minutes each and had 5 saves each.
The season is over for UCSB and the young Gauchos finished with a 10-9 record. Meek is the only player done with her eligibility so the future looks bright for the UCSB team. Six freshman, seven sophomores and five juniors could all return and be the foundation for a return to perennial national contender.
Gauchos Almost Catch 6th Ranked Cal Poly SLO - Apr 18, 2015
La Jolla, CA - UCSB almost caught the 6th ranked Mustangs in a comeback bid that pulled the Gauchos to within a goal with 14 minutes to play. Cal Poly held on for the win and added two insurance goals as UCSB pressured out trying to get the ball back for a chance at a tying goal. UCSB were down by four goals when they scored two straight to get it to 5-3 in favor of Cal Poly. The Mustangs scored three unanswered of their own to push their lead to 8-3 and were enjoying their largest lead of the game. UCSB started to execute on offense and a feed from junior Madison Sabbag (Mt. View, CA) to sophomore Melissa Hsu (Danville, CA) started a four goal run. Four assisted goals in a row made it 8-7 in favor of Cal Poly with 14:41 remaining in the game.
During the comeback the Gauchos had outscored Cal Poly 4-2 for fifteen minutes and 4-0 for ten minutes. UCSB took three more shots over the next twelve minutes but were turned away. With about two minutes left the Mustangs had the ball and were holding it. The first Gaucho attempt to break the stall resulted in an unassisted goal by Cal Poly and then so did the second, providing the final 10-7 margin.
UCSB will close the season with a 10:00am Sunday consolation game with University of San Diego. The UCSB 'B' Team upset UC Davis 'B' 15-8 in the B Division semifinal and they will take on Cal Poly 'B' in the WWLL B Division championship game at 10:00am on Sunday.
Third Ranked UCLA Wins Quarterfinal With UCSB - Apr 18, 2015
La Jolla, CA - Third ranked UCLA took a 3-0 lead eleven minutes into a WWLL Quarterfinal with UCSB and never looked back. A strong offensive performance by the Bruins fueled by constant looks to the cage gave UCLA a 7-3 halftime lead. They redoubled their efforts for that same mindset in the second half and won going away, 15-3. A pass from defender Cailan Howey (Providence, NC) to a wide open Madison Sabbag (Mt. View, CA) at 20:41 in the first half brought UCSB to within striking distance at 4-2 in favor of UCLA. The Bruins then responded immediately with a draw control by UCLA sophomore Gretchen Kiep (Haddonfield, NJ) that she both drew and then kept herself to take the ball and weave her way down the field to score an unassisted goal just 13 seconds later. UCLA outscored UCSB 10-1 the rest of the way.
The Bruins advance to an afternoon semifinal with San Diego State. The Aztecs upset 6th ranked Cal Poly SLO 12-11 in their quarterfinal. The Gauchos will face the 6th ranked Mustangs in a consolation game at 2:00pm.
Gauchos To Face Bruins in WWLL Quarterfinals - Apr 14, 2015
La Jolla, CA - WWLL Championships Tournament headquarters released the seeds and brackets for the 25th Annual WWLL Championship Tournament and UCSB is seeded sixth to face third seeded UCLA. The Gauchos will play the Bruins in a 10:00am game on Saturday, April 18th. Success will mean a 2:00pm semifinal with the winner of the Cal Poly SLO vs. San Diego State game. The Bruins were successful in the regular season game at UCSB on February 7th when they won 12-8.
Success in both the quarterfinal and the semifinal gets UCSB to the championship game at 2:00pm on Sunday. The winner of the championship game receives an automatic qualifier spot for the WCLA National Championship Tournament May 5th - 8th in Virginia Beach. Saturday in La Jolla also features the WWLL All-League Awards Ceremony at 5:30pm. Individual award recipients for All-League teams, Player of The Year and Coach of The Year for each of three divisions are honored at this ceremony.
Four teams are in the 10:00am and 2:00pm bracket while the other four teams play in the 12:00pm and 4:00pm bracket. Additional games are played in the WWLL Division Two bracket and the WWLL B Division bracket, each containing four teams. The sixteen team total for a conference championship event is the highest among all WCLA conferences.
The UCSB 'B' Team is also competing at the championships in the four team WWLL B Division Championship. The 3rd seeded Gauchos face 2nd seeded UC Davis 'B' in a 4:00pm semfinal game on Saturday. Success in that one puts them in the 10:00am B Division championship game on Sunday verus the winner of the Cal Poly SLO 'B' and UCLA 'B' game.
UCSB Scores Five Straight To Put Away ASU - Apr 12, 2015
Santa Barbara, CA - The Gauchos used a five goal run in the second half to put away Arizona State University in UCSB Harder Stadium on Senior Day. The young UCSB squad won 13-6 over the visiting Sun Devils. Lone senior Molly Meek (Los Angeles, CA) scored a goal, had 3 ground balls and 1 caused turnover in the team effort. Six other UCSB players were also in on the scoring and freshman goalie Kaitlyn Pike (Seaholm, MI) got the win with 6 saves on 12 shots against her for 50%.
UCSB Junior Madison Sabbag (Mt. View, CA) led all scorers with 4 goals and 2 assists while also picking up 3 ground balls, causing 2 ASU turnovers and getting a draw control. Sabbag's assist to sophomore Maddy Montague (Aliso Viejo, CA) at the 10:18 mark in the second half was the junior's 50th point on the season. With two goal scored before the game ended Sabbag improved her tally to 52 points coming from 31 goals and 21 assists.
ASU scored the first goal on a free position shot 2:42 into the game. The Gauchos scored four goals over eleven minutes to take a 4-1 lead and then outscored ASU 3-2 the rest of the half to lead 7-3 at halftime. Five different players contributed the seven first half goals. It looked to be more interesting when UCSB came out of halftime sluggish compared to the Sun Devils. ASU scored the first two goals of the second half to close it to 7-5 just five minutes into the second frame. That's when UCSB went on their five goal run to put it away. Over the last 25 minutes of the game the Gauchos outscored ASU 6-1.
UCSB improved to 9-7 overall with the win and 6-4 in conference play. ASU dropped to 3-10, 1-6. Both teams await word from the Western Women's Lacrosse League about invites and seedings for the WWLL Championship Tournament. The annual three division event is April 18th & 19th at UC San Diego. The Gauchos are involved in a three-way tie in the results for WWLL Division One. UCSB beat SDSU who beat Arizona who beat UCSB is the three-way. The WWLL Championships Committee will have to break that tie before seeding.
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