January 28, 2011

Gauchos Lose Heartbreaker to Wolverines in Overtime, But Get a Win Over Concordia

Jan. 28, 2011

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - On a beautiful, sunny day at Campus Pool, No. 12 UC Santa Barbara (4-1) defeated Concordia (0-1), 10-7, but lost in sudden victory overtime to No. 7 Michigan (4-2), 11-10, in two non-conference games.

In the first game of the day, senior Kathryn Nelson recorded three momentum-shifting goals in just over six minutes. Her first goal came in the fourth quarter with only eight seconds left, tying the game at eight and sending it into overtime.

Although senior, Claire Buchanan did not record a goal during the game, she did earn a Michigan ejection to set up Nelson for a goal on the man-up situation. Nelson's second goal on the day tied the game once again, 9-9, early in the second overtime period.

The Gauchos took the lead in the second overtime period off Nelson's hat trick goal, but it was Buchanan who recorded a field block on the defensive side of the ball to set up the go-ahead-goal. With time winding down in the second overtime period, the Gauchos had a 10-9 lead, but Michigan's Lauren Colton recorded a goal, just out of UCSB goalkeeper Ruth Milne's reach, as time expired. The game was tied at 10 and went to sudden victory overtime.

The Gauchos had multiple opportunities to put the game away but couldn't connect with the back of the net. Several shots ricocheted off the post and the defense allowed the Wolverines to race down the pool and earn a penalty shot on the counter attack. Lauren Orth connected with the back of the net to win the game for the Wolverines, 11-10.

The Gauchos received solid performances from senior Christie Clark, who went two-for-three on penalty shots and recorded two more goals during the game. Milne was also impressive and recorded 15 saves in the game.

Sophomore Shelby Haroldson also stepped-up for the Gauchos recording two goals, including the first goal of the game.

The loss in sudden-victory overtime marks the first loss for the Gauchos this season. UCSB, however, had a chance to redeem itself.

In game two of the doubleheader, the Gauchos proved they have a short memory for losses and came out firing on all cylinders. Just over one minute into the game, Nelson recorded the first goal of the game.

Buchanan jumped into the action four minutes later and put UCSB up, 2-0. The Eagles received a goal from Catalina Barraza 13 seconds later, but UCSB took a 4-1 lead into the second period with goals from Nancy Ruano and Kilee Dreyer.

Concordia recorded the first goal of the second quarter, but it was all UCSB after that. The Gauchos led at halftime, 8-2, with goals from Emily Malin, Justine Ramos, Katie Zakula and Silena Rivera.

The Eagles made a valiant effort to the end, outscoring the Gauchos in the second half, 5-2 but it wasn't enough and UCSB captured the victory, 10-7.

After the win, the Gauchos stand at 4-1. They will play in the UCSB Winter Invite tomorrow, Jan. 29 and Sunday, Jan. 30. The Gauchos first game is against Cal State Bakersfield (0-2) at 1:15 p.m. at the Recreation Center Pool. For the complete tournament schedule, click here.

Michigan 11, UCSB 10 (SV)

1 2 3 4 OT1 OT2 SV Final
Michigan 1 2 1 4 1 1 1 11
UCSB 2 2 1 3 0 2 0 10

Michigan Goals: Kelsey Nolan 2, Sarah Roberts 2, Alison Mantel, Kiki Golden, Lauren Colton, Audrey Pratt, Meagan Cobb, Keller Felt, Lauren Orth.
Michigan Saves: Morgan Turner 4, Alex Adamson 7.

UCSB Goals: Christie Clark 4, Kathryn Nelson 3, Shelby Haroldson 2, Kristin Kulakowski.
UCSB Saves: Ruth Milne 15.

UCSB 10, Concordia 7

1 2 3 4 Final
Concordia 1 1 2 3 7
UCSB 4 4 1 1 10

Concordia Goals: Katherine Manderino 2, Catalina Barraza 2, Alex Barnes 2, Lybov Tchougounova.
Concordia Saves: Lauren Biberston 3, Chante Lundskog 5.

UCSB Goals: Nancy Ruano 2, Kilee Dreyer, Justine Ramos, Katie Zakula, Selina Rivera, Claire Buchanan, Kathryn Nelson, Emily Malin, Danielle Peeler.
UCSB Saves: Ruth Milne 4, Chelsea Carrillo 3, Sarah Zuziak 1.