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Gauchos Upset 7th Ranked Virginia Tech 12-6

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UCSB WLAX File PhotoWinston-Salem, NC - UCSB used a fast start and a 7-2 halftime lead to win a tough mudder game with the 7th ranked club from Virginia Tech on the consolation side of the WCLA National Tournament and won 12-6. The Gauchos won 11 draw controls and 23 ground balls in the wet that was BB&T Park during a rainy week in North Carolina. UCSB took a 3-0 lead in the first five and a half minutes but the Hokies scored two straight to get within one. The Gauchos answered that with a run of six unanswered goals through the rest of the first half and the first six minutes of the second half to take a 9-2 lead. Until Virginia Tech scored with 20 minutes remaining in the game the Gauchos had held them scoreless for more than 27 minutes.

The Gauchos led 10-3 with 13 minutes remaining and at that point every UCSB field player was worked onto the field to get playing time in the game. It were twenty-one UCSB players getting on the field by the end of it. UCSB were able to clear the bench against the seventh ranked team in the WCLA and won 12-6. Virginia Tech outscored the Gauchos 3-2 in the final 13 minutes to get to the final margin but the day belonged to UCSB.

Senior Morgan Ryan (Salt Lake City, UT) had 11 saves and only allowed 6 goals for a 64.7% performance while the UCSB defense also forced seven Hokie shots wide. Eight Gauchos scored at least a goal and another one had an assist for nine UCSB players getting points. Junior Meghan Vijayraghavan (Pleasanton, CA) started in the midfield and responded with 6 draw controls, 2 ground balls, 1 goal and 1 assist. Senior Kelsey Trepa (San Marcos, CA) scored two goals on two shots coming off the bench.

UCSB improved to 12-7 overall while Virginia Tech dropped to 12-4. The reward for UCSB is another crack at UCLA. The 6th ranked Bruins won their game with the club from Boston College on an adjacent field. That results in the two teams located less than two hours apart at home playing each other at 3:30pm on Friday all the way across the country in North Carolina. The two teams have split in their contests this season. Similarly, Santa Clara and Cal Poly SLO are two other Western Women's Lacrosse League teams facing each other. on Friday The two match-ups are repeats of the WWLL semifinals on April 16th.


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