April 17, 2011
IRVINE, Calif. - No. 16 UC Santa Barbara (16-11, 3-2) managed a second quarter comeback after falling behind early, but it wasn't enough as No. 10 UC Irvine (18-8, 4-0) defeated the Gauchos, 11-5, in a Big West Conference game at Anteater Pool.
UCI started the game strong with two goals from senior Cortney Collyer, a Santa Barbara native. The Gauchos tied it up at two with a man-up goal from Nancy Ruano and a penalty shot from Kathryn Nelson.
The Anteaters closed out the first period by scoring three more goals and held the Gauchos scoreless. Two of the three goals for UCI came with 30 seconds or less left in the quarter. These goals helped push the UCI lead to three, 5-2.
The second quarter featured play that the UCSB fans were more accustomed to. The Gauchos held the Anteaters scoreless and nailed two goals of their own in the process. The first came on a 6-on-5 goal from Rachel Nelson and the second came from Shelby Haroldson with just under two minutes to play in the second period.
At halftime, the Gauchos were only down by one, 5-4, and were within reach of winning their share of the Big West title but that was as close as they would get.
UCI dominated the rest of the game. In the third period, the Anteaters were up 10-4 as the Gauchos were outscored, 5-0. UCI would then turn to its defense to close out the game.
This proved harmful for the Gauchos as UCSB would record only one goal in the fourth period. The goal came from Claire Buchanan, her first goal of the game, but it did not change the game as UCI sealed the 11-5 victory and went on to claim the Big West regular season title.
The Gauchos will be back in action in two weeks as they host the Big West Conference Championships on April 29 through May 1.
UCI Scores: Michaela Pierandozzi 4, Cortney Collyer 3 Jessy Cardey 2, Caitlin Haskell 1, Danielle Warde 1.
UCSB Saves: Ruth Milne 8.
UCI Saves: Lauren Davis 12.