No. 9 Gauchos Outlast No. 8 Pacific; Fall to No. 1 UCLA in MPSF Quarterfinals

No. 9 Gauchos Outlast No. 8 Pacific; Fall to No. 1 UCLA in MPSF Quarterfinals

LONG BEACH, Calif.-- Finishing last in the MPSF this season, No. 12 UC Santa Barbara (10-14) needed to compete in this year's Play-In-Game in order to participate in the season's MPSF Championships. Santa Barbara prevailed in the wild card match over No. 7 Pacific (14-12), setting up a contest against top ranked UCLA (26-2). Santa Barbara split its opening day of action as the team ultimately fell to the Bruins, 14-8.

The Gauchos started off slow in the opening moments of the match against the Tigers. Less than two minutes in, UCSB fell into an early 2-0 hole. UCSB answered right back as junior Nicholas Jordan struck a 6:00 score. Freshman Shane Hauschild converted on a 6-on-5 opportunity at the 4:11 mark to tie things up for the Gauchos.

The second frame proved to be more of a defensive showdown. Pacific got on the board first as Devin Thumwood gave his squad a 3-2 lead. With a little more than two minutes remaining, junior Bryan Snyder struck the back of the cage to tie the score, 3-3.

Both teams were up for the fight as neither squad could pull away from the other. After the Tigers went up 4-3 in the third quarter, the Gauchos answered right back with the next possession as senior Brendan McElroy tallied his first goal of the match. Tied at 4-4, Pacific netted two in a row, leading UCSB 6-4 with 2:32 remaining in the third period. Awarded a power play in the closing minute of the quarter, Snyder once again seized his opportunity to capture his second goal and make the Tiger lead to a single score.

The final period was all Gauchos as the team executed offensively and defensively. Junior Liam Gaughan got the scoring underway at the 6:11 mark to tie the match, 6-6. A single minute later, McElroy captured his second score of the match to give the Gauchos its first lead. Playing astounding defense, UCSB completely shut down the Tigers offense to zero goals in the period. Nicholas Jordan sealed the deal for the Gauchos as the 6-7 two-meter starter scored with :40 seconds left to secure the 8-6 victory.

Keeping its season alive with its early morning win, UCSB faced off against No. 1 UCLA in the quarterfinals. The match was a dominant display by the Bruins as the top ranked program jumped out to a 6-0 lead after the first period.

With much of the second half a defensive showing, the Gauchos finally got on the board with a 3:52 score from Snyder. The Bruins regained a six goal advantage as Cristiano Mirachi scored at the 2:05 mark.

Falling behind 13-3 by the start of the final period, the Gauchos displayed a quick offense to produce five goals in the period. Jordan once again got on the board for UCSB as the Sacramento, Calif. native scored a 6-on-5 goal with six minutes left on the clock. Junior Kevin Cappon struck the back of the Bruins cage to make the score, 13-5. The Gauchos completed its four goal stretch with goals from juniors, Samer Alkateb and Cameron Yates. Despite a late :32 second score from freshman Kenny Constantinides, the offensive surge was too late as the Bruins secured its ticket to the semifinals with a 14-8 victory.

The Gauchos will continue its season on Day 2 of the tournament, facing off against No. 5 Cal at Ken Lindgren Aquatics Complex at 10 a.m.

UCSB 8, Pacific 6

 

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Final

UCSB

2

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8

Pacific

2

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6

UCSB Goals: Bryan Snyder (2) Nicholas Jordan (2) Brendan McElroy (2) Shane Hauschild, Liam Gaughan
UCSB Saves: Chris Whitelegge (12)

Pacific Goals: Krisztlan Lackovics (2) JT Sarmento (2) Matt McKaig, Devon Thumwood
Pacific Saves: Chris Hughes (7)

UCLA 14, UCSB 8

 

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UCLA

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14

UCSB

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8

UCLA Goals: Daniel Lenhart (3) Danny McClintick (2) Anthony Daboub (2) Jack Fellner (2) Paul Reynolds, Ryder Roberts, Cristiano Mirachi, David Culpan, Chris Fahlsing
UCLA Saves: Garrett Danner (6)

UCSB Goals: Kevin Cappon, Kenny Constantinides, Nicholas Jordan, Bryan Snyder, Samer Alkateb, Chase Racich, Tor Jensen, Cameron Yates
UCSB Saves: Chris Whitelegge (6)