UCSB Loses Heartbreaker to No. 1 Stanford, 6-5

STANFORD, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara's upset bid ended with four seconds left in the game as Stanford's Jacob Smith scored the game-winning goal to end a wild match at the Avery Aquatic Center. No. 5 UCSB looked poised for an upset, leading 4-2 at halftime, before Stanford (9-2, 2-0 MPSF) showed why it's the No. 1 team in the nation with a big second half for the victory.

Santa Barbara (11-6, 0-1 MPSF) came out strong, fired up for the big match-up and a chance to open up conference play with a huge upset win.
 
Tied 4-4 in the fourth quarter, UCSB's Eric Van de Mortel scored his second goal with 2:03 remaining in the game to give the Gauchos the lead. Stanford's Alex Bowen scored on the next Cardinal possession to tie the game at five.
 
UCSB looked in a position to score with 40 seconds left before Jacob Smith made the key interception that led to the game-winner.
 
Defensively, the Gauchos played well, holding Stanford to only two goals at half. Junior goalkeeper Myles Christian looked strong with seven saves in goal.
 
UCSB plays next Friday, Oct. 14 against UC San Diego in La Jolla, Calif. On Saturday, the Gauchos will host the annual Alumni Game on campus at UCSB.
  

                                     1   2   3   4   Total
UCSB                            3   1   0   1      5                            
Stanford                       2   0   2   2      6

UC Santa Barbara Goals: Van de Mortel 2, Bishop, Gronow, Komadinic
UC Santa Barbara Goalkeeper Saves: Christian 7

Stanford Goals: Bowen 2, Smith 2, Avery, Watkins
Stanford Goalkeeper Saves: Pingree 6