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UCSB Resumes Play With 20-13 Win Over University of San Diego

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UCSB WLAX File PhotoSanta Barbara, CA - Playing for the first time in 19 days the top ranked UCSB women's lacrosse team persevered 20-13 over a scrappy University of San Diego team. The Gauchos were idle for final exams and the first part of spring break before returning to action against the Toreros. UCSB played short-handed due to injuries, dental surgery and some players not making it back in time from travel and dressed 13 players for the contest. It slowed them little. The Gauchos put the game away in the the second half and took a 20-9 lead with under 5 minutes remaining. The never say never Toreros put 4 goals in the last two and a half minutes, including 3 goals in the last minute, for the final 7 goal margin.

Junior Katie Mitchell (Lafayette, CA) ignored her bout with the flu to stick in 8 goals and lead all scorers. The UCSB midfielder also contributed an assist to have 9 points in the game. Seven Gauchos scored and one of them was attacker Samm Wilson (San Jose, CA) who had 2 goals and 1 assist filling in for Lindsay Remigio. UCSB outshot San Diego 39-25 but the Toreros managed to surge in the closing moments of each half to get 7 of their 13 goals as time was winding down each stanza. They scored 3 unanswered goals to close out the first half and pull to within 2 at 9-7 instead of being down by a possible 9-4 score. Then with UCSB leading 20-9 San Diego scored 4 unanswered goals to finish within 7 goals instead of 11 goals. 

UCSB played to potential about 40 minutes of the 60 minute game and it was enough to pull out the win over unranked San Diego.  It was good for the team to get back into it after the time off.

"We had to resume play at some point after the break and while there are a few things we could have done better for possession to keep them from making those runs I saw a lot of what got us to our 9-1 record," said UCSB head coach Paul Ramsey. 

"I expect USC will play us tough at their field on Sunday so right now that's a concern."

The Gauchos travel to the Trojans for an 11:00am contest at McAllister Field on Sunday. UCSB improved to 9-1 overall while San Diego dropped to 4-7 overall. USC is 7-6 but fighting for a play-off spot and needs a win in WWLL Central to get it.


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