No. 8 San Jose State Uses Power Plays to Defeat No. 12 UCSB, 12-9

April 14, 2007

SAN JOSE, Calif. - No. 8 San Jose State University capitalized on man advantages to extend its winning streak to seven games with a 12-9 victory over No. 13 UC Santa Barbara on Saturday morning, April 14. SJSU used a four-goal first period to build a lead over the Gauchos early in the game and despite a fourth-quarter comeback, UCSB dropped the game. Santa Barbara falls to13-16 overall and 2-7 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation while the Spartans move to 13-9 on the season and 6-4 in the MPSF.

Neither team got on the board until 1.5 minutes had passed when Geraldine Hazlett tallied the Spartans' first goal at the 6:26 mark. Senior Alexis Higlett extended San Jose State's lead to 2-0 on a goal at 5:16. The Gauchos were able to responded shortly with a goal from sophomore utility Gillian Morgan at the five-minute mark. UCSB sophomore attacker Chrissy Elles tied the game with 4:26 left to play in the first period.

The Spartans regained the lead at 2:47 with a goal by Tanya Torres, her first of two in the game. The Gauchos tied the game again at 1:25 before the Spartans took the lead they would not relinquish for the remainder of the game at 0:56 on a goal by Deanna Lowry. Lowry's goal also gave San Jose State a 4-3 advantage heading into the second stanza.

In the second quarter, San Jose State notched three more goals to pull ahead of the Gauchos, 7-4. Torres picked up her second goal of the game at 7:37 and Higlett followed with the second of her hat trick at 2:42. Freshman Bridgett McKee scored her first goal of the game at 1:37. Santa Barbara did not go scoreless in the second period and added a goal of its own at the 5:18 mark.

Deanna Lowry opened the second half with a six-on-five goal at 6:25. The Spartans added three more goals in the third quarter while Aimee Stachowski notched Santa Barbara's fifth goal on a penalty shot scored on Spartan goalie, Kendra Adama. The Gauchos' sixth goal came at the 0:05 mark of the quarter to bring UCSB within five, 11-6, at the end of three complete periods.

In the final quarter, the Gauchos rallied with three goals to cut the Spartans lead down to three. UCSB sophomore defender Amanda Tipton led off the stanza with a man-advantage goal at 7:10. Morgan followed with her second goal of the game at 6:13 to bring the score to 11-8. McKee helped to keep the Spartans' lead with her second goal of the game at 2:34. Gaucho senior center Sarah Kovach scored the last goal of the game for both teams at 1:33 to bring the final score to 12-9.

In the cage, Adama led the Spartans' to victory with 14 saves. The Gauchos' Jenny Gonzales tallied 10 saves in the game.

The will take on No. 18 Santa Clara University at 3 p.m. on Saturday before traveling to Stanford to play the top-ranked Cardinal on Sunday.

Scores by period 1 2 3 4 F
UC Santa Barbara 3 1 2 3 9
San Jose State 4 3 4 1 12