April 15, 2007
STANFORD, Calif. -
No. 1 Stanford defeated the No. 12 Gauchos by the score of 12-5 at the Avery Aquatics Center. The loss brought the Gauchos to 14-17 overall and 2-8 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation while Stanford's home win improved its record to 21-1 overall, and 10-0 in conference play.
In the first quarter the game was very evenly contested. Christina Hewko scored the games first two goals of the game for the Cardinal within the first three minutes of action. Just when it looked like Stanford was going to pull away early, UCSB sophomore utility Gillian Morgan scored a goal on a Stanford defensive breakdown off a missed a shot and cut the Stanford lead to 2-1. Stanford's Lauren Silver answered back with a goal of her own at the 3:00 minute mark, but UCSB kept it close when freshman attacker Alisha Khan scored shortly before the end of the period to end the quarter with the score at 4-2.
The Cardinal started to open it up in the second quarter when they outscored the Gauchos 4-1. Stanford opened the period with two consecutive goals. After a Gaucho goal by junior attacker Lindsay Knott, two players scored for Stanford to give the Cardinal a 7-3 halftime lead.
Stanford continued the tight defense in the third quarter and only gave up one goal to the Gauchos in the period. Christina Hewko scored her fourth goal of the match and Lauren Silver and Jacquelyn Gauthier added their second goals of the afternoon. McColl had four saves in the quarter and Stanford led 10-4 going into the final eight minutes of play.
The fourth quarter had two more Stanford players get in the scoring action. Kelsey Holshouser scored three minutes into the quarter and Heather West scored on a penalty shot with two minutes remaining to get on the board. Kate Heddleston came in for the final four minutes of action to preserve the 12-5 victory.
Meridith McColl ended up with nine saves on the afternoon and Gaucho goalie Jenny Gonzales had six saves. It's Santa Barbara's turn to play host Friday at Campus Pool against USC with the first sprint slated for 5 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara goals: Christie Clark 1, Amanda Tipton 1, Alisha Khan 1, Lindsay Knott 1, Gillian Morgan 1 UC Santa Barbara saves: Jenny Gonzales 6
UC Santa Barbara 2 1 1 1 5
Stanford 3 4 3 2 12
Stanford goals: Christina Hewko 4, Jacquelyn Gauthier 2, Lauren Silver 2, Jessica Steffens 1, Kira Hillman 1, Heather West 1, Kelsey Holshouser 1
Stanford saves: Meridith McColl 9
UC Santa Barbara goals: Christie Clark 1, Amanda Tipton 1, Alisha Khan 1, Lindsay Knott 1, Gillian Morgan 1
UC Santa Barbara saves: Jenny Gonzales 6