IRVINE, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara junior Lauren Martin (Fresno, Calif./Clovis West HS) scored a pair of important goals to give her team momentum heading into the conference tournament, and she earned Big West Women's Water Polo Player of the Week honors.
The utility player scored twice to help lead the Gauchos to an 8-7 victory over No. 9 Cal State Northridge in last Friday's regular season finale for both teams. Both goals were tallied in the third quarter out of set pieces, giving the Gauchos a 6-4 lead at one point.
The victory lifted No. 15 UCSB to 11-14 overall and 2-3 in the Big West. The Gauchos are the No. 5 seed in the conference tournament and face host No. 4 seed Long Beach State in the tourney opener on Friday, Apr. 25.