Gauchos Clinch a Win and Big West Third Seed

STOCKTON, Calif.- No. 15 UCSB (19-13, 3-2) defeated Pacific (10-16, 2-3) earlier this morning, 8-7. The Gauchos opened up the game with two back-to-back goals. Pacific scored only one in the first quarter, and the Gauchos took an early lead, 2-1.

The Gauchos scored the first goal of the second quarter, and the Tigers responded a minute after with a goal. UCSB scored two more goals before the end of the half, and the Gauchos gained a three-goal lead, 5-2.

The Tigers scored three goals in the beginning of the second half. It was not enough to overcome UCSB, who scored two more goals, and they remained in the lead, 7-5.

Pacific scored one minute into the fourth quarter to cut UCSB's lead to one, 7-6. The two teams played even for the next two minutes before the Gauchos scored with four minutes left, going up by two. UCSB clinched the lead, 8-7, with a notable 11 saves by junior Ruth Milne, and a hat-trick by junior Bryce Winton.

The Gauchos claimed the third seed in the Big West Conference. They will play next weekend in the Big West Tournament, April 27-29, 2012.

No. 15 UC Santa Barbara 8, Pacific 7
UCSB  2 – 3 – 2 – 1 –– 8
Pacific 1 – 1 – 3 – 2 –– 7 

Goals
Pacific – Kay 4, Pye 3
UCSB – Winton 3, Creek 2, Bevins, Haroldson, Zakula

Goalkeeper Saves
UCSB – Milne 11
Pacific – Relton 9