UCSB Loses Narrow 11-9 Decision to No. 5 Cal

UCSB Loses Narrow 11-9 Decision to No. 5 Cal

LONG BEACH, Calif.-- Eighth seeded UC Santa Barbara (10-15) faced off in a 10 a.m. match against No. 5 Cal (21-7) earlier today. Competing for a spot in tomorrow's fifth-place match, both teams competed hard in an exclusion filled contest. Santa Barbara hung tight for the entirety of the game, but eventually fell to the Golden Bears.

UCSB got off to a fast start as junior Nicholas Jordan banged in his first of four goals at the 7:35 mark. Cal answered right back with three straight goals in a span of a minute and a half. Falling behind 3-1 to the Golden Bears, the Gauchos swung the momentum with two goals in the closing moments of the first period. Jordan scored another two meter shot while fellow junior Liam Gaughan converted on a 6-on-5 opportunity to tie the match, 3-3.

The officials had a busy second frame as both teams were called on countless exclusions. Tallying five exclusions within the first three minutes of the second quarter, the first goal did not come until the 5:58 mark as the Golden Bears capitalized on its own power play opportunity. Freshman Shane Hauschild answered right back :16 seconds later with a perimeter shot that got past Cal goalkeeper Lazar Andric. The Golden Bears found its offensive groove as the squad recorded three unanswered goals to go ahead, 7-4. Hauschild recorded his second score with :43 seconds remaining to pull the Gauchos within two of the lead.

The third quarter was filled with back and forth action as both teams were pressing. The Gauchos got on the board first with Jordan's third goal of the match. With a little over five minutes left, Cal answered with its own goal to make the score, 8-6. After the Gauchos failed to convert on another man up situation, the Golden Bears executed on its next offensive possession. Trailing 9-6, the Gauchos once again found its momentum with a late :40 second goal from Hauschild.

Trailing 9-7 into the final period, the Gauchos needed offensive production and stout defense. Junior goalkeeper Chris Whitelegge kept his squad alive as the captain made an amazing save on a Golden Bear penalty shot. Junior Kevin Cappon had the goal of the day as the attacker blasted a back handed shot into the bottom right corner to trim the Golden Bear lead to 9-8. The Gauchos made costly penalties down the stretch as the team conceded two Golden Bear penalty shots in the last two minutes of the match. Despite Jordan's fourth goal at the 1:09 mark, Cal narrowly edged the Gauchos by the final score of 11-9.

Jordan and Hauschild highlighted the Gauchos offense as the two players combined for seven of the nine goals for UCSB. Juniors Cappon and Gaughan each contributed with a goal each.

Goalkeeper and captain, Chris Whitelegge carried the defense for much of the final quarter as the junior recorded six saves. For the match, Whitelegge tallied an impressive total of 13 saves.

On the final day of the MPSF Championships, the Gauchos will compete for a sixth place finish as the squad will face off against sixth seed UC Irvine. That match will take place tomorrow at 10 a.m. at Long Beach State's Ken Lindgren Aquatics Complex.

CAL 11, UCSB 9

 

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California

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11

UCSB

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9

California Goals: Farrel South (4) Aleksa Saponjic (2) Blake Kelly, Chandler Jarrels-Stickney, Pedro Stellet, Colin Mulcahy, JD Rachford
California Saves: Lazar Andric (14)

UCSB Goals: Nicholas Jordan (4) Shane Hauschild (3) Kevin Cappon, Liam Gaughan
UCSB Saves: Chris Whitelegge (13)