No. 4 Hawaii Narrowly Defeats No. 12 UC Santa Barbara, 7-6

April 10, 2007

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - It was a defensive contest at Campus Pool on Tuesday afternoon with No. 4 Hawaii emerging the victor over No. 12 UC Santa Barbara, 7-6. The Rainbow Wahine outscored the Gauchos in the first two periods to build an early lead that UCSB's three-goal fourth period could not overcome. The Gauchos drop 13-15 overall and 2-6 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation while Hawaii improves to 12-8 overall and 8-3 in the MPSF.

The teams kicked off the first three minutes of play with no goals but four saves the goalies -- UCSB junior goalie Jenny Gonzales and Hawaii keeper Meike De Nooy. The Rainbow Wahine were the first on the board with a lob shot from Kelly Mason three minutes into the first quarter.

Great defense kept the score at 1-0 in favor of Hawaii for the following five minutes. With 18.5 seconds remaining in the first period, Mason scored her score goal of the game from seven meters out to give Hawaii the 2-0 advantage.

Solid defense was the name of the game at the beginning of the second stanza for neither team score until two minutes had passed. The Gauchos scored their first goal when freshman attacker Taylor Byrne scored after defenders senior Aimee Stachowski and sophomore Katlin Kubas worked together to steal the ball away from the Hawaii offense.

Hawaii player Mason scored her third consecutive goal with 3:22 remaining in the first half with a shot that went over the head of Gonzales. Hawaii's Brittany Dames followed suit with a goal after drawing Gonzales out of the café to bring the score to 4-1 at the end of two periods.

Santa Barbara won the sprint following intermission and scored the first goal of the second half with a shot from senior center Sarah Kovach, which cut Hawaii's lead to two, 4-2. Kovach came through again for the Gauchos 40 seconds later with a skip shot to bring the score to 4-3.

Hawaii player Angela Turnbull took a straight shot on Gonzales and scored to return her team's lead to two, 5-3. Hawaii's Amy Logan scored with four minutes to go in the third period with a floater to bring the score to 6-3 in her team's favor. Close shots and defense controlled the remainder of the quarter with neither team being able to put together a successful offensive attack in the final four minutes of play.

Two minutes into the fourth quarter, Hawaii had a fast break, which allowed it Wahine player Lisa Van Raalte to take her time and score to give Hawaii a 7-3 advantage. Two minutes later, the Gauchos had their third second-chance shot go in to cut Hawaii's lead to three, 7-4, with four minutes left in the game.

Stachowski scored her first goal of the game with 1:48 left in regulation with a skip shot on a fast break to bring the score to 7-5. Sophomore utility Gillian Morgan quickly caught and shot a pass with 1:03 left in the game to bring the Gauchos within one, 7-6. Kovach took the last shot of the game for UCSB, a sweep shot that missed by inches to give Hawaii the 7-6 victory.

The goalies controlled much of the game with De Nooy grabbing 15 saves and Gonzales notching 11 between the posts. The Gauchos travel north for three games this weekend against San Jose State, Santa Clara and Stanford before returning home next Friday against USC.

Scores by period 1 2 3 4 F
Hawaii 2 2 2 1 7
UC Santa Barbara 0 1 2 3 6

Hawaii goals: Kelly Mason 3, Brittany Dames 1, Amy Logan 1, Angela Turnball 1, Lisa Van Raalte 1
UC Santa Barbara goals: Sarah Kovach 2, Gillian Morgan 2, Taylor Byrne 1, Aimee Stachowski 1

Hawaii saves: Meike De Nooy 15
UC Santa Barbara saves: Jenny Gonzales 11