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Gauchos Wrap Up Season With 19-15 Win Over 7th Ranked Michigan

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UCSB After MichiganVirginia Beach, VA - In the final game of the season for both teams thirty-four goals were scored and UCSB topped the 7th ranked club from Michigan by a score of 19-15 in a most offensive game at the WCLA National Tournament. Seniors Blair Evans (Salinas, CA) and Katie Hubbert (San Jose, CA) combined for fourteen of the twenty UCSB draw controls in the game. The Gauchos controlled 20 of 36 draws and used the possessions to match their season high output of goals scored. UCSB previously reached 19 goals in a game at ASU on February 9th.

Evans and Hubbert scored 5 goals and 4 goals, respectively to provide a nice offensive punch for UCSB. Six Gauchos scored the 19 goals and six goals were scored by reserves who subbed into the game. Sophomores Claudia Hammerschmidt (Armonk, NY) and Alena Riggs (Laguna Niguel, CA) each scored three goals coming off the bench. Every field player suited up participated in the match that was the seventh place game of the WCLA event. The Gauchos dropped a one goal decision to the club from Boston College in the quarterfinals on Thursday and then came up just short in a double overtime game with 6th ranked Santa Clara on Friday. The win over Michigan put UCSB 2-2 on the week with both losses by one goal.

UCSB were down 2-4 ten minutes into the game before reeling off two goals to tie it.  One was a free position shot by Evans for her third of the game and then Riggs tied it at 4-4 on an unassisted goal. Michigan score two straight to take a two goal lead but the Gauchos answer to that was two runs of 5 goals and 4 goals sandwiched by a loan Wolverine goal. It was a 9-1 outburst in a little more than nine minutes that showed a dynamic UCSB running & gunning all over the more highly touted Michigan team. Touted for a reason the Wolverines finally got going on offense again and scored two to make it 13-8 in favor of UCSB at halftime.

Both teams took 30 shots apiece but senior goalie Megan Hughes (Santa Ana, CA) had eleven saves to the six saves by Michigan All-American freshman goalie Grace Collins (St. Davids, PA). Collins was replaced at about the 45 minute mark, with UCSB leading 17-13. Sophomore Mimi Norwood (West Bloomfield, MI) took her place. Norwood had 2 saves over the final 15 minutes during a stretch both teams scored two goals apiece. The Gauchos shot 63% in the contest for their best shooting performance of the season against a ranked team. Junior Lindsay Alex (Santa Ana, CA) notched four assists to bring her season total to 55 assists and her three year career total to 191 assists. 

The second half was mostly UCSB and the Gauchos led 17-12 with 20 minutes remaining and 19-13 with 12 minutes remaining and every reserve having already been worked into the game. Michigan scored two goals in the last four minutes for the final 19-15 margin. UCSB improved to 13-8 overall with 17 of 21 games played with ranked teams. The Wolverines dropped to 12-9.


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