No. 6 Gauchos Continue Strong Start to Season with Three More Wins

REDLANDS, Calif.No. 6 UC Santa Barbara (5-0, 0-0) continued its winning ways as the team tallied three more wins to its 2013 season record. Competing in the Inland Empire Invite this weekend, UCSB faced off against Whittier, University of Redlands and Claremont Mudd Scripps. The Gauchos prevailed over Whittier, 16-7, then pulled off a 17-8 victory over Redlands. To conclude the day, Santa Barbara defeated Claremont Mudd Scripps by the score of 19-9.

In its contest against Whittier (2-3), UCSB jumped out to an early lead with a 7:51 goal by senior captain Matt Gronow. With constant offensive pressure, the Gauchos cruised to a comfortable 8-4 lead at the half. The third period was highlighted by junior Bryce Miller as he netted two goals. UCSB proved to be too much to handle for Whittier as the Gauchos won its first game of the invitational by the score of 16-7.

Shortly after its impressive win over Whittier, Santa Barbara was set to face off against the University of Redlands (1-5). Much like the first match of the day, the Gauchos jumped to an early lead with an early goal by Derek Shoemaker followed by two goals from Eric Van de Mortel and one score from Tyler Martin. At halftime, UCSB held an impressive 10-3 lead. The Gauchos had no trouble finishing off the match as the team won comfortably, 17-8.

Facing off against Claremont Mudd Scripps (0-5), the Gauchos looked to wrap up its day with another win. The Gauchos did just that with a commanding victory over the Stags. Santa Barbara got off to another fast start as the team jumped out to a 4-0 lead within the opening minutes. Junior transfer Kevin Cappon looked stellar, netting a hat trick within the first four minutes of the match. Kappon was not the only player with a hat trick as Matt Gronow and freshman attacker Nick Wiley also posted hat tricks of their own. With the offensive firepower, the Gauchos concluded its winning day with a 19-9 victory over Claremont Mudd Scripps.

Next up on the schedule for UCSB is the competitive Nor Cal Tournament. The team will head up to Berkeley, Calif. to participate in the two day tournament that takes place on Saturday and Sunday, Sep. 21-22. The Gauchos will open up the tournament with a 9:25 a.m. match against No. 10 UC San Diego.

UCSB 16
Whittier 7

 

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Final

UCSB

3

5

3

5

16

Whittier

1

3

2

1

7

UCSB Goals: Matt Gronow (4) Derek Shoemaker (3) Bryce Miller (2) Eric Van de Mortel (2) Kevin Cappon, Samer Alkateb, Matthew Hamilton, Thomas Martinho, Tor Jensen
UCSB Saves: Chris Whitelegge (10) Jay Lovero (6)

Whittier
Goals: Nicolas Beavers (2) Justin Pratt (2) Filip Delic, Goran Mataic, Wedge Molthen

UCSB 17
Redlands 8

 

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Final

UCSB

5

5

6

1

17

Redlands

2

1

4

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8

UCSB Goals: Matt Gronow (6) Derek Shoemaker (3) Bryce Miller (2) Eric Van de Mortel (2) Nicholas Johnson, Tyler Martin, Anthony Buljan, Thomas Martinho
UCSB Saves: Chris Whitelegge (6) Kyle Garwick (3)

Whittier
Goals: Clint Freeman (3) David Sekula (2) Alex Keith, Michael Robinson, John Koning

UCSB 19 CMS 9

 

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Final

UCSB

7

3

6

3

19

CMS

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4

3

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9

UCSB Goals: Kevin Cappon (3) Matt Gronow (3) Nick Wiley (3) Derek Shoemaker (2) Jake Miller, Bryce Miller, Steven Tedsen, Nicholas Jordan, Eric Van de Mortel, Samer Alkateb, Anthony Buljan, Thomas Martinho
UCSB Saves: Chris Whitelegge (8) Kyle Garwick (4) Liam Lenhian (4) Jay Lovero (1)

Claremont
Mudd Scripps Goals: Mark Nietzel (4) Huston Middlesworth (2) Ellison Taylor, John Holland, Alex Waggoner