December 8, 2010

Three Gauchos Garner All-Region Distinction

Dec. 8, 2010

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - For just the second time in program history and the first time since the 2004 season, the UC Santa Barbara men's soccer team had three players named to the NSCAA Men's NCAA Division I Far West Region First Team it was announced on Wednesday. Senior defender Michael Boxall was honored along with junior midfielder Danny Barrera and sophomore forward Sam Garza.

Michael Boxall, a senior from Auckland, New Zealand, has earned his first career All-Region honor. The defender was also named the Big West's 2010 Defensive Player of the Year. He was a key figure in the Gaucho backline, part of a defense that allowed just 17 goals in 22 matches for a 0.73 per game average. Boxall was dominant in marking opposing teams' top players, helping UCSB allow one goal or less in 18 of its 22 matches and 8.5 shots per game.

Danny Barrera is a two-time Far West Region selection, he garnered Second Team distinction in 2009. The two-time Big West Midfielder of the Year was key to the Gauchos' attack, scoring four goals and dishing out eight assists for 16 points. Barrera also tallied a pair of game-winning goals, both coming in back-to-back games against Duke (Oct. 15) and UC Riverside two days later.

Sam Garza had an immediate impact on the Gaucho offense during his first season in the blue and gold. The transfer from Denver scored nine goals and added six assists for 24 points. He became the first underclassman to lead UCSB in goals in a season since Jaime Ambriz tied for the team-lead (8) as a sophomore in 1999 and is the first underclassman to lead the team in points since Danny Mann did in 1995 with 22. The forward, who was selected as the Big West Co-Offensive Player of the Year and named to the TopDrawerSoccer.com Third Team, found his way into the UCSB record book, becoming the 24th Gaucho to tally a hat trick and ranking seventh all-time for shots in a season (77).

The last Gaucho trio to all earn Far West Region First Team honors in the same season was Dan Kennedy, Drew McAthy and Tony Lochhead in 2004.

UCSB ended its 2010 season with its ninth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. The Gauchos advanced to the tournament's second round before falling, 2-1, in overtime to Cal. UCSB finished the year with a 14-5-3 overall record and won the Big West Championship title for the first time.

UCSB is proud to host the 2010 NCAA Men's College Cup , which will kick-off on Friday with two semifinal games. No. 1 seeded Louisville will face No. 4 seeded North Carolina at 5:30 p.m. before No. 2 seeded Akron faces No. 10 seeded Michigan at 8 p.m. The championship game will be played at Sunday at 1 p.m.

Tickets are still available for purchase for the College Cup. All Session Passes - which include admission to both semifinal games and Sunday's 1 pm final - are still available for purchase. The All Session Pass is $40 for adults (ninth grade and above), $30 for youth (age four through eighth grade) and $20 for college students (with valid ID). All Session Passes for the Gold Zone section are sold out. Single Day Passes are also available for purchase. Single Day Adult Passes are $25 and Single Day Youth Passes are $18.

Tickets are available by calling (805) 893-UCSB, visiting the Ticket Office in the Intercollegiate Athletics Building on campus, or by clicking here. Tickets ordered online or over the phone will be available for pickup beginning on Friday at 4 pm at Harder Stadium.