April 6, 2008

No. 17 UCSB Hangs Tough In 8-6 Defeat to Sixth-Ranked Cal

April 6, 2008

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - No. 17 UC Santa Barbara battled Cal even through three quarters, but the sixth-ranked Golden Bears outscored the Gauchos 3-1 in the final period to record an 8-6 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation victory Sunday afternoon at the Recreation Center pool.

With the win Cal improves to 15-8 overall and 6-5 in the MPSF, bouncing back from a 10-4 defeat Saturday at top-ranked UCLA. Despite a gritty performance, the Gauchos fell to a second Top-10 opponent in as many days and their record drops to 4-16 (0-10 MPSF).

The visitors raced out to a 3-0 advantage in the first quarter after goals from Meghan Corso, Paige Lorenz, and Katya Eadington. Eadington's score came with just five seconds remaining in the opening period.

UCSB came roaring back in the second quarter, outscoring Cal 4-2 to pull within one at the half. Freshman Kathryn Nelson put Santa Barbara on the board at the 7:36 mark when she slipped a ball past Golden Bear goalkeeper Heather Stuart. Senior Lindsay Knott followed with a goal of her own to bring the Gauchos to within one at 3-2 with 4:59 remaining in the half.

After Cal stopped the bleeding with a score from Grace Reynolds, sophomore Christie Clark scored two of her team-high three goals in a span of 24 seconds to knot the score at 4-4 with 3:28 left. The Golden Bears reclaimed the lead with under a minute remaining on a Stephanie Schnugg goal and took a 5-4 lead into intermission.

Both teams locked down defensively in a physical third quarter that featured five ejections. UCSB scored the only goal of the period when Knott blew the ball past Stuart to the far corner of the net with 1:25 left. The score was deadlocked at 5-5 entering the fourth.

Cal recaptured the lead once again just over a minute into the quarter on a nice play from Darby Anderson. Santa Barbara answered with another goal from Clark at the 6:28 mark that tied the game at 6-6, but it would be all Golden Bears from there. Molly Hayes gave the visitors a 7-6 advantage with a goal with 3:49 remaining and Corso put the finishing touches on the Cal victory with her second goal of the afternoon for the final margin with 1:33 left on the clock.

Stuart finished with nine saves for the Golden Bears, including two huge stops on offerings from Clark in the final three minutes. Senior Jenny Gonzales was equally impressive for the Gauchos in the net, also tallying nine saves to keep UCSB in the game.

The Gauchos have six days off before entertaining Pacific next Sunday, April 13 at the Rec Cen pool. The match is scheduled to start at noon.

	                1   2   3   4   Total
Cal		        3   2   0   3   8
UC Santa Barbara        0   4   1   1   6
Cal Goals: Meghan Corso-2, Paige Lorenz; Katya Eadington;
Grace Reynolds; Stephanie Schnugg; Darby Anderson; Molly Hayes UCSB Goals: Christie Clark-3, Lindsay Knott-2, Kathryn Nelson Goalie Saves: Cal 9 (Heather Stuart-9); UCSB 9 (Jenny Gonzales-9)
  

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