No. 8 UCSB Falls 13-6 to No. 3 Stanford

No. 8 UCSB Falls 13-6 to No. 3 Stanford

SANTA BARBARA, Calif.-- No. 8 UC Santa Barbara (9-8, 0-3 MPSF) hosted another top tier program as No. 3 Stanford (17-2, 3-0 MPSF) was in town for a conference showdown. Santa Barbara battled hard, but ultimately dropped a 13-6 decision to the visitors.

A day after defeating No. 1 Southern California in a tight 11-10 win, Stanford carried over its momentum into today's match. The Cardinal team started off fast and aggressive, scoring three goals within the first two minutes of the opening period. Trailing 3-0 in the early moments of the contest, junior Chase Racich got Santa Barbara on the board with a tap in goal from a perfect lob pass from freshman Shane Hauschild. The Gauchos pulled within one off a five meter penalty goal from Hauschild. Stanford scored its fourth goal with 11 seconds remaining as senior Alex Bowen netted his second score of the period.

Stanford scored two straight goals to open the second period. Junior Bret Bonanni broke away for a 7:32 goal while also netting a 6:25 score to build a 6-2 lead. UCSB capitalized on a 6-on-5 opportunity as junior Samer Alkateb scored a two meter shot. Finishing off with two late goals, Stanford increased its lead to 8-3 by halftime.

With another goal from Bonanni, the Cardinal recorded his fourth goal while also giving his team a 9-3 lead. After allowing another goal, the Gauchos answered back with its fourth goal off a back-handed two meter shot by Alkateb.

Trailing11-4 into the final period, UCSB needed an offensive outburst to pull close to the visitors. Stanford set the tone of starting fast as senior Nick Hoversten gave his team a 12-4 cushion. Senior Brendan McElroy answered right back with a shot to the bottom right corner. The Gauchos got its sixth and final goal off a converted penalty shot by junior Bryan Snyder. Unable to stop Stanford's quick starts, the Gauchos suffered a 13-6 loss to the Cardinal team.

Alkateb led the Gauchos offense with two 2-meter goals on the day. McElroy, Hauschild, Racich and Snyder all scored one goal in today's match.

Santa Barbara will look for its first conference win of the season in next weekend's home matchup against No. 4 UCLA. The contest against the Bruins is slated for Sunday, Oct. 26 at noon.

Stanford 13, UCSB 6

 

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Stanford

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13

UCSB

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6

Stanford Goals: Bret Bonanni (4) Nick Hoversten (2) Jackson Kimbrell (2) Alex Bowen (2) Reid Chase (2) Connor Stapleton

UCSB Goals: Samer Alkateb (2) Chase Racich, Shane Hauschild, Bryan Snyder, Brendan McElroy
UCSB Saves: Chris Whitelegge (8)