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UCSB Upsets 6th Ranked Mustangs

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UCSB WLAX File PhotoSan Luis Obispo, CA - Cal Poly SLO scored the first two goals of the game to take a 2-0 lead less than 2 minutes into their Friday night home game but 11th ranked UCSB outscored them 12-7 the rest of the way to win 12-9. It was a dark and stormy night until right about game time and then it was just cool, breezy and damp. Forecasted 100% chance of rain and thunder storms proved to be something different than what most would consider 100% to mean. The Gauchos were glad to make the trip despite the forecast. Sophomore Claudia Hammerschmidt (Armonk, NY) was among the most pleased to get to play lacrosse. The UCSB midfielder was back in action for the first time since straining her MCL in November. For the first six games of the season Hammerschmidt stood, watched and helped take stats. Hammerschmidt made the most of some limited time on the field in her first game back getting 3 goals and a draw control while also being instrumental in transition for UCSB.

UCSB senior goalie Megan Hughes (Tustin, CA) had 10 saves behind a defense that limited the Mustangs to just 7 shots in the second half and only 3 goals. Senior Katie Hubbert (San Jose, CA) helped make that happen with 7 ground balls, 3 draw controls and 1 caused turnover. Offset that by only one turnover of her own and Hubbert was +10 on the day for getting UCSB possession of the ball and 7 of the 10 plusses were in the Gauchos strong second half. Sophomore Amanda Shoemaker (Poway, CA) and senior Blair Evans (Salinas, CA) scored 3 goals each and senior Samm Wilson (San Jose, CA) had a pair of goals.

"Plus ten on possessions isn't even a bar for a player in a lacrosse game," says UCSB head coach Paul Ramsey, "plus five, maybe, or plus seven."

"For Katie to be plus ten in a game with the sixth ranked team in the nation sets a pretty high bar." 

The Gauchos held the two leading Cal Poly SLO scorers to one goal between them but then Senior Amy Franz (Dublin, CA) improved on her 1.33 goal per game average coming into this game by scoring 3 goals to lead the Mustangs. Junior Cory Manring (San Diego, CA) had 9 saves in goal for Cal Poly SLO. The Mustangs had a 13-9 advantage on draw controls but UCSB outshot them 22-21 and shot 54.5%. 

UCSB improved to 4-3 overall and 1-0 in the WWLL Central. The Mustangs dropped to 4-3 and 1-1 in the same region. UCLA and USC, two other Top 25 teams, make up the rest of the WWLL Central Region. UCSB next plays at 22nd ranked USC on Sunday in a 12:00pm game at Cromwell Field. The Trojans are 5-2 overall and winners of their last five games. Cal Poly SLO next plays at 17th ranked University of San Diego on Wednesday, March 5th, at 5:00pm.


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