Strong Fourth Quarter Propels UCSB to Win Over Pacific
Nov. 27, 2010
STANFORD, Calif. - Seventh-seeded UC Santa Barbara (12-11) used a four-goal fourth quarter to blow open a 4-4 deadlock and advance to Sunday's fifth-place game with an 8-5 win over No. 6 seeded Pacific (16-11) at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championship at Stanford's Avery Aquatic Center.
The teams traded goals over the first half, playing to a 2-2 tie. UCSB scored the first two goals of the second half to go up 4-2 in the third quarter before Pacific struck with two of its own to tie the game at four-all heading into the fourth quarter.
The Gauchos opened the fourth frame with three straight goals, two of which came from Matt Gronow, to stretch their lead to 7-4. Pacific was unable to overcome the deficit, falling 8-5 to UCSB.
With the win, UCSB advances to Sunday's fifth-place game against fifth-seeded UC Irvine. The Gauchos and Anteaters have met four times already this season. UCSB won the first pairing, 10-9, on Sept. 19, but UCI has won the three match-ups.
UCSB 8, Pacific 5
Pacific Goals: Balazs Szabo 2, Joey Gullikson, Tom Koning, Goran Tomasevic
Pacific Saves: Alex Malkis 10