March 3, 2007

Kovach Sets Single-Game Record in 13-6 Victory Over Pacific

March 3, 2007

STOCKTON, Calif. - Senior center Sarah Kovach set a new UCSB single-game scoring record with seven goals to help the Gauchos to a 13-6 victory over Pacific on Saturday afternoon. No. 12 UC Santa Barbara improved to 7-7 overall and 1-1 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation with the win while the Tigers fell to 3-8 and 0-4 in the MPSF.

The Gauchos came out of the gates firing with Kovach scoring the game's first three goals within the first four minutes of play. Sophomore defender Katlin Kubas tacked on another to give UCSB a 4-0 lead with 2.38 in the first period. Pacific got on the scoreboard with 1:12 left in the first period with junior Kellie Fletcher scoring from eight meters out to pull the Tigers to within three after the first period.

After the high-scoring first period, defense was the name of the game in the second quarter. Senior attacker Allie Carkin scored the lone goal of the quarter to give the Gauchos a 5-1 advantage heading into the half.

The Tigers struck first in the third period with a goal from Virginia McConnell to pull Pacific to within three goals at 5-2 with 6:08 left in the third period. The Gauchos responded with a 3-0 scoring run with two from Kovach and one from senior utility ZiZi Clark to build a six goal lead. The Tigers answered back with two straight goals with freshman Sarah Harris executing a five-meter penalty shot following a five-meter ejection and freshman Alex Kutac followed with a goal 34 seconds later to pull the Tigers to within four at 8-4.

UCSB fought back with two goals of their own, including the sixth of the day by Kovach to extend the game back to a five goal differential at 9-4. Harris then scored for Pacific with 50 seconds left in the third to close the Tigers disadvantage to four at 9-5 heading into the fourth period.

The Gauchos closed the door on the game with four straight goals to start the fourth period with two goals from freshman utility Christie Clark and one each from sophomore defender Amanda Tipton and Kovach. Fletcher scored the final goal of the game for the Tigers with :53 seconds left to make the final 13-6.

With the seven goals, Kovach broke her own record last season when she scored six goals versus UC San Diego and now sits atop the single-season scoring list. The Roseville, Calif. also notched two assists, two steals and two drawn ejections. Kovach was not the only one making school history for Pacific junior Jocelyn Gray tied her career high with 13 blocks in goal for Pacific.

The Gauchos travel to Berkeley to take on the No. 4 Bears tomorrow at the Spieker Aquatics Center in Berkeley, Calif. at 1 p.m.

1 2 3 4 F
Pacific 1 0 4 1 6
UC Santa Barbara 4 1 4 4 13

Pacific goals: Fletcher 2, Harris 2, McConnell 1, Kutac 1
UC Santa Barbara: Sarah Kovach 7, Christie Clark 2, Allie Carkin 1, ZiZi Clark 1, Katlin Kubas 1, Amanda Tipton 1

Pacific saves: Gray 13, Hauck 4 UC Santa Barbara saves: Jenny Gonzales 4