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UCSB Welcomes Speedy New Class

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UCSB WLAX File PhotoSanta Barbara, CA - A twenty-one strong group of Californians and two more players from parts east make up the Class of 2017 for the UCSB women's lacrosse club. Mostly finalized is a class of talented recruits and walk-ons second in size only to the UCSB Class of 2016, which was comprised of twenty-five recruits and walk-ons.

NameHometownStateLast SchoolPosition
Ambler, Cameran San Ramon CA California ​Diablo Valley
Anderson, Katherine Fair Oaks CA Bella Vista Midfield
Bisson, Kelsey Columbus OH Revere/​Ohio State Club Midfield
Carrico, Emma Clayton CA Carondelet Midfield
Chow, Cady Granite Bay CA Granite Bay Midfield
Claycomb, Noelle Redondo Beach CA Mira Costa Defense
Filbin, Kelli Tustin CA Foothill Attack
Hazlett, Danielle Galt CA Galt Goalie
Hsu, Melissa Danville CA Monte Vista Defense
Kolosieke, Haley Westlake Village CA Chaminade Midfield
Mancini, Cassandra San Jose CA Presentation Defense
Meyers, Echo Laguna Niguel CA Dana Hills Attack
Milnes, Lauren San Diego CA Serra Defense
Montague, Madison Aliso Viejo CA Aliso Niguel Midfield
Polivka, Stefanie El Dorado Hills CA Oak Ridge Defense
Swensen, Julia Piedmont CA Piedmont Midfield
Thelander, Ariel Huntington Beach CA Huntington Beach Goalie
Vandegrift, Sara Dana Point CA Dana Hills Attack
Vigil, Hannah Newport Beach CA Newport Harbor Midfield
Wilson, Claire Healdsburg CA Cardinal Newman Midfield
Wilson, Haley Coronado CA Coronado Midfield

A year ago at just about this time, the Gauchos were really wondering about the 2013 season, having finished the 2012 season graduating seven starting seniors. However, the Class of 2016 stepped right in, filled those spots and UCSB reloaded immediately instead of having to rebuild. The youngest UCSB team to advance to the post-season turned into the only UCSB team to advance to the national championship game and most of the members of that team can come back for the 2014 season.

Seventeen of the twenty Gauchos who made the trip to the WCLA National Championship Tournament are eligible to return for 2014. An additional fourteen players from the UCSB B Team that won the WWLL B Division Championship are eligible to return as well. Now, here comes more strength in numbers with twenty-one high school seniors and two transfers choosing UCSB. It's always a great time to be a Gaucho but now the interest in the University is off the chart.

"I love this group that is coming here," says UCSB head coach Paul Ramsey.  "We've added some speed and our midfield is going to be scary next year."

Ramsey declined to comment any more than that about any particular individual players but wanted to be sure it's clear that by having A & B teams every Gaucho coming out has a chance to play. UCSB will even field a third team if numbers dictate it.

"The competition to be one of the players who makes our 'A' Team is about to intensify," added Ramsey.  "It's going to make us even better on both teams."


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