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UCSB Eases By UC Santa Cruz In 18-2 Win

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UCSB WLAX File PhotoSanta Barbara, CA - The Gauchos hosted the 16th ranked team in WCLA Division Two and scored 15 straight goals on their way to an 18-2 win. UCSB, ranked 9th in WCLA Division One, led 14-0 at the half. The Banana Slugs had an 8-3 record before the game and were winners of the WWLL North Division Two region but were playing their first Division One opponent of the season. Santa Cruz is the likely #1 seed for the WWLL Division Two Championship Tournament April 20th - 21st being hosted by UCSB. The Gauchos are the likely #3 seed for the WWLL Division One Tournament, also April 20th - 21st here in Santa Barbara.

UCSB athletes went into the game with a spoken emphasis on performing at a high level personally, for themselves and for their teammates.

"We want to play at a peak level no matter the opponent or the situation," says UCSB head coach Paul Ramsey.

"Every player on this team has a responsibility to their teammates to do their absolute best every game and now we're speaking to that every day."

The challenge for UCSB against overmatched UC Santa Cruz was to keep their intensity up in different ways when continuing to go to goal would have been poor sportsmanship. The Gauchos did that for the most part and maintained possession without shooting too much after getting up 10-0 inside the first 20 minutes. UCSB scored 4 goals on 4 shots in the second half.

UCSB improved to 12-5 overall while the Banana Slugs dropped to 8-5. The Gauchos now move on to a conference tournament quarterfinal match-up with a team to be determined that they will have already played and beaten this year.  The third seed will play the sixth seed on Saturday, April 20th, in a 10:00am game at the UCSB Recreation Center Sports Complex Stadium. The sixth seed could be Arizona, Arizona State, UC Berkeley or UCLA, depending on how some final weekend WWLL games shake out. These are teams UCSB has played already and won by 7 or more goals in the regular season. These squads, of course, will relish the opportunity to pull the upset and knock off the Gauchos and that will be their fight theme all week

"Our challenge this week more than anything else," says Ramsey, "is to understand that we need to make it happen for ourselves and our teammates."

"Nobody else is going to do it for us and it's quite the contrary since someone else is going to be trying to make it happen for themselves."

Should the Gauchos prevail in the quarterfinal they will advance to a 2:00pm Saturday semifinal in UCSB Harder Stadium as the event hits a bigger stage. The WWLL Championship game is scheduled for 2:00pm on Sunday in Harder Stadium.


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