UCSB Claims Fifth Place In Nor Cal Tournament with Two Thrilling Wins

UCSB Claims Fifth Place In Nor Cal Tournament with Two Thrilling Wins

STOCKTON, Calif.-- Entering the final day of the KAP7 Nor Cal Tournament, seventh-ranked UC Santa Barbara (8-2) was slated to face off against tournament hosts, No. 6 University of Pacific (6-3). Falling behind early, Santa Barbara surged back with an impressive 9-7 win over the Tigers. Santa Barbara's action packed day was not done as the team battled No. 5 Long Beach State (8-2). Going the distance, UCSB came through with a 14-13 sudden death victory over the 49ers.

Facing an early 3-0 deficit to Pacific, Santa Barbara needed to show its resiliency in the opening moments of the match. Senior, Eric Van de Mortel finally got the Gauchos on the scoreboard with an early strike in the second period. After the Tigers boosted its lead to 4-1, UCSB found its rhythm; scoring three unanswered goals from juniors, Kevin Cappon, Bryan Snyder, and Samer Alkateb to tie the game, 4-4.

The Gauchos continued to strike in the third quarter. After a score from Pacific's Sean Grady, UCSB went on another three goal run to secure its first lead of the match. Van de Mortel once again got the Gaucho run going with his 3:12 score. With goals from Mark Garner and Ryan Baliani, UCSB netted two goals in the last minute and forty seconds to claim a 7-5 lead.

The home team showed resistance, scoring a much needed 7:38 goal to pull within one of the Gaucho lead. A 5:28 goal from junior, Chase Racich stretched the lead to 8-6, but the Tigers once again answered back in the late moments of the match. Holding onto a single goal lead with three minutes remaining, Santa Barbara got a game clinching goal from Van de Mortel to record the 9-7 victory over the Tigers.

Santa Barbara got off to a much faster start in its fifth-place match against No. 5 Long Beach St. With a 6-on-4 goal from freshman, Shane Hauschild and a score from Nicholas Jordan, the Gauchos claimed a 2-1 lead after the opening quarter.

After a game tying goal from the 49ers, the Gauchos reclaimed the slim lead off a 3:18 goal from Liam Gaughan. The game flow continued to be back and forth as both teams were locked in a tight match. With a 3-3 tie and another man up situation, the Gauchos took advantage with a goal from Racich; giving UCSB the 4-3 lead at the half.

Long Beach got off to a solid start in the second half with two straight scores to tie the game, 5-5. Hauschild once again scored two straight to recapture the Gaucho lead in the third quarter.

Leading by a single goal in the fourth frame, the 49ers played hard on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball. Scoring two straight to lead the game, 8-7, the Gauchos fought back to tie the game from a score by Gaughan. Both teams displayed masterful offense in the fourth period as the two teams combined for a total of nine goals in the period. With an offensive outburst, neither team could break through as the game went to overtime on a 11-11 score.

Hauschild got the Gauchos going in the overtime period with a 2:34 score. With its own man up situation, the 49ers capitalized to once again tie the match. Another goal from junior, Nicholas Jordan gave the Gauchos the road to victory until a costly five meter exclusion penalty was called against the Blue and Gold. With :20 seconds remaining, Long Beach St. successfully scored its five meter shot to force the match into sudden death.

UCSB was returned the favor in the sudden death period after the 49ers committed a five meter penalty to give the Gauchos the five meter penalty shot. Bryan Snyder blasted his shot through; giving UCSB the lead and ultimately the 14-13 victory.

Hauschild and Van de Mortel led Santa Barbara's offense today, as the duo scored eight out of the 23 goals today. Goalie, Chris Whitelegge performed at a high level once again; recording a total of 22 saves in today's two matches.

UCSB 9, Pacific 7

 

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UCSB

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9

Pacific

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7

UCSB Goals: Eric Van de Mortel (3) Kevin Cappon, Bryan Snyder, Mark Garner, Ryan Baliani, Samer Alkateb, Chase Racich
UCSB Saves: Chris Whitelegge (5)

Pacific Goals: Krisztlan Laczkovics (2) Tim Reeves, Sean Grady, Ben Stevenson, Simon Vogel, Kale Ai
Pacific Saves: Brady Moore (10)

UCSB 14, LBSU 13

 

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UCSB

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14

LBSU

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5

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13

UCSB Goals: Shane Hauschild (4) Liam Gaughan (2) Chase Racich (2) Bryan Snyder (2) Nicholas Jordan (2) Eric Van de Mortel, Kevin Cappon
UCSB Saves: Chris Whitelegge (17)

LBSU Goals: Dimitrios Lappas (3) Ricardo Guimares (3) Zacchary Kappos (3) Nolan McConnell (2) Nick Rascon, Patrick Goodenough,
LBSU Saves: Pavo Ljepoplo (9)