No. 10 UCSB Tops Navy for Ninth-Place at Prestigious Nor Cal Tournament

No. 10 UCSB Tops Navy for Ninth-Place at Prestigious Nor Cal Tournament

Sept. 17, 2006

PALO ALTO, Calif. - Tenth-ranked UC Santa Barbara used a pair of third-quarter offensive explosions on Sunday to post a pair of wins in the Nor Cal Tournament at Stanford, Calif. The Gauchos went 3-1 in the tourney and finished ninth outß of 16 teams.

In its first match of the day, UCSB trailed Pepperdine 5-4 entering the third stanza. The Gauchos, however, outscored the Waves 6-0 in the third to take a commanding 10-5 edge into the final quarter. Santa Barbara used a 3-1 advantage in the fourth quarter to post a 13-6 win. Freshman Tamas Donauer and junior Matt Dale each had three goals to lead the way. Sophomore Matt Knudtsen and freshman Sean Castillo each added a pair of scores for the Gauchos. Junior goalkeeper Rich Wright had six saves in his three quarters of work while freshman Michael Robinson had two in his foruth-quarter stint.

In the ninth-place match against Navy, the script was similar. UCSB led 7-6 at halftime and then notched six third-quarter goals to carry a 13-9 into the final frame. Navy outscored the Gauchos 2-1 in the fourth quarter, but it was too late and Santa Barbara coasted to a 14-11 win. Sophomore Travis Watts scored a career-high five goals in the win over Navy. Junior Ross Sinclair, the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Player of the Week last week, had a pair of goals, as did Dale, who had five on the day. In goal, Wright had a complete game with nine saves.

UCSB head coach Wolf Wigo's team had a successful 3-1 showing at Stanford. Wigo was a four-time All-American in Palo Alto.

With the two wins on Sunday, UCSB is now 10-3 on the season. The Gauchos, who have yet to play a home match, will play their annual Alumni match on Saturday, Sept. 23. UCSB will play its next official match on Friday, Sept. 29, when it hosts UC San Diego in a 4:00 contest at Campus Pool.

Team                      1  2  3  4     Total
UC Santa Barbara          2  2  6  3     13
Pepperdine                3  2  0  1     6
UCSB Scorers: Tamas Donauer 3, Matt Dale 3,
Mark Knudtsen 2, Sean Castillo 2, Ross Sinclair 1, Matt Tilburg 1, Kendell Olds 1
Pepperdine Scorers: MacDonnell 2, Mann 1, Wright 1,
Beaney 1, Wolf 1
Goalie Saves: Rick Wright (UCSB) 6; Michael Robinson (UCSB) 2;
Sandord (Pepperdine) 4

Team 1 2 3 4 Total UC Santa Barbara 4 3 6 1 14 Navy 2 4 3 2 11 UCSB Scorers: Travis Watts 5, Ross Sinclair 2, Matt Dale 2, Kendell Olds 1, Michael Machado 1, Coulson Lantz 1, Dane Lindstrom 1, Sean Castillo 1 Navy Scorers: Arnold 3, Hill 3, MacKenzie 2, Mulvey 1, Herron 1, Recko 1 Goalie Saves: Rick Wright (UCSB) 9; Naughton (N) 8