No. 11 Gauchos Split Final Day of Michigan Invitational

Samantha Murphy (Photo by Tony Mastres)
Samantha Murphy (Photo by Tony Mastres)

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – No. 11 UCSB (6-3) split the final day of the Michigan Invitational with a 14-8 loss to No. 7 Michigan and a contentious 9-8 victory over No. 15 San Diego State.

Senior Samantha Murphy provided the bulk of the Gauchos' scores with five total, including a hat trick in the opening quarter against the Aztecs. Bryn Hudson, Taylor Shore, and Brenna Thomas also scored two goals apiece through the two games.


UCSB opened the day with a 14-8 loss to No.7 Michigan, the top ranked team in the tournament. The Gauchos kept the score close through the first half, but the Wolverines later used a 5-1 run to take control and pick up the win.

Samantha Murphy and Taylor Shore both finished with two goals, while Kristen Denney paced the team with two assists.

Elizabeth Hendrix recorded a season-high three earned ejections and Shore added another three-steal game to her season. In goal, Mackenzie Brokaw finished with five saves and a steal.

Michigan scored the first goal of the game, but Brenna Thomas got the Gauchos on the board soon after with a goal at the 5:36 mark. Shore later scored in the period on even strength, but UCSB allowed two more goals and trailed 4-2 heading into the second quarter.

In keeping up with the Wolverines, Murphy scored two of UCSB's three second quarter goals. She first scored on even strength and later cut the lead down to two goals after a power play.

Bryn Hudson later kept the Gauchos within two after scoring on a power play with six seconds left in the half.

UCSB was able to build off that final score of the half, though, as Michigan tallied four unanswered goals to open the third. Now trailing 11-5 entering the fourth, the Gauchos mustered two more goals from Camila Schafer and Sarah Kreiser, while Michigan solidified its lead with three goals of their own.


Behind Murphy's first quarter hat trick, the Gauchos carried a hot start into a 9-8 victory over No. 15 San Diego State in their Michigan Invitational finale.

Murphy led the Gauchos in scoring again, while six of her teammates added one goal apiece. Hudson helped guide the offense with two assists, while Martin drew four ejections. On the defensive side, Brokaw paced the team four steals with Martin and Thomas also picking up two swipes of their own. Brokaw also recorded six saves.

SDSU first got on the board, but Murphy came up with UCSB's first goal 12 seconds later, triggering a 3-0 run in which she scored two of the goals. Murphy later scored the quarter's final goal to give the Gauchos a 4-3 lead.

From there, UCSB's teetered between one and two goals, but they never let the Aztecs tie it up. Entering the fourth quarter, the Gauchos were up 8-6, but SDSU put themselves within one by the 6:11 mark. 

Coming through in the clutch, Brenna Thomas delivered what proved to be the game-winner with 4:40 left in the game. The Aztecs, though, were quick to respond with Tayla Walsh scoring on the ensuing possession.  

From there, the Gauchos stepped up on defense and shut them out the rest of the way, forcing two SDSU shots to miss wide and Brokaw recording a late-game save with less than a minute to go.