Gauchos Take Fifth Place at NorCal Invitational
Sept. 19, 2010
BERKELEY, Calif. - After splitting its first two games of the Northern California Invitational on Saturday - including a heartbreaking one-goal loss to No. 4 Stanford - sixth-ranked UC Santa Barbara (5-1) defeated No. 7 Pacific (6-2) and fifth-ranked UC Irvine (5-2) on Sunday to take fifth-place in the tournament, which was being played at Cal's Spieker Aquatics Complex.
UCSB took Sunday's first game over Pacific by a score of 9-5 and then took game two versus Irvine, 10-9.
In the fifth-place game against UC Irvine, the game was tight early with each team scoring four goals in the first quarter. The second period was dominated by UCSB as the Gauchos shut out the Anteaters while scoring two goals to take a 6-4 lead at halftime.
UCSB stretched its lead to 10-7 in the third quarter. The Anteaters came within one goal of tying the Gauchos in the fourth as they out-shot UCSB, 2-0 in the final quarter, but the Gauchos never relinquished their lead and held on for the 10-9 victory and fifth place finish.
Before facing the Anteaters, UCSB took on Pacific in Sunday's first game. In the first quarter, the Gauchos jumped out to a 3-2 lead and each team exchanged a goal in the second quarter.
UCSB's offense surged in the second half, as the Gauchos outscored the Tigers, 5-2 to take the 9-5 victory.
Matt Gronow had a hat trick in the win and Vincze and Golic had two goals each for the Gauchos. Shoemaker and Lazar Komadinic also posted a goal each for UCSB. Bunn and Christian each had four saves for the Gauchos.
The Gauchos will return home next week to host UC Irvine in a non-conference home game at Campus Pool on Sunday, Sept. 28 at noon.
UCSB 9, Pacific 5
Pacific Goals: Goran Tomasevic 2, Balazs Erdelyl 2, Tom Konig
Pacific Saves: Alex Malkis 9
UCSB 10, UC Irvine 9
UCI Goals: Mitch Wise 2, Trent Baxter 2, Brandon Johnson 2, Sam Figueroa, Tom Kruip, Nick Pfeil
UCI Goalie Saves: Matt Johsnon 5