UCSB Comeback Falls Short Against Pacific, 7-6

Nov. 5, 2005

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - In front of the biggest home crowd this season, No. 14 UC Santa Barbara (12-13, 0-4) scored five of the six fourth-quarter goals before falling 7-6 to No. 9 Pacific (15-9, 1-3) in a heartbreaker on Saturday at Campus Pool.

The Gaucho offense started slow on Saturday when UCSB failed to score in the first half of play. In addition, Pacific was able to post three scores in the first quarter while netting a fourth in the second. Matt Turnbull got the ball rolling for the Tigers when he netted his first of two goals on the match. Teammate Adam Zobler took the next Pacific possession and put the Tigers up by two. Headed into the third quarter, Pacific held a 4-0 advantage after Dragan Bakic put the first of his three goals in the cage to close the first quarter, while Turnbull notched his second in the third--the only score posted in the period.

The second half did not start much better for the Gauchos, giving up an early goal to put them in a 5-0 hole. With 1:29 left in the third quarter, UCSB started showing signs of life. Freshman driver Miles Price got the crowd involved when he netted the first Gaucho goal on the match. Unfortunately for the Gauchos, Bakic managed to tally his third and final goal with thirty seconds left to play in the period.

Trailing by five headed into the final seven minutes, UCSB picked up its game. Sensing a loss, the crowd attempted to fire up the Gaucho squad. Sophomore Matt Tilburg answered the call when he netted the first of his two goals in the period. One minute later, freshman Travis Watts followed Tilburg's lead and netted his only goal of the match to cut the Tiger lead to 6-3. With 2:30 left to play in the match, and the crowd noise level rising, left-hander Dane Lindstrom found the back of the net to continue the comeback. Tiger Kenny Yamamoto scored what proved to be the game winner with two minutes left to play in the match. Yamamoto took advantage of a six-on-five situation and gave Pacific a three-goal advantage once again. Following the score, the Gauchos once again stepped up the offense. For the second time in the fourth quarter, it was Tilburg who jump-started UCSB when he cut the lead to two with less than a minute remaining. With eight seconds remaining, the excitement was escalated out of proportion when UCSB took its next possession and posted yet another goal, this time by senior driver Ramiro Saldain. Down by one goal with eight seconds left in the match, UCSB was unable to earn another offensive possession and fell to the Tigers 7-6.

Senior goalkeeper Jon Bonafede tallied 13 saves in goal for the Gauchos.

UCSB will continue action on Sunday when they play host to second-ranked Cal at 1 pm at Campus Pool.

Team                        1      2      3      4      Total
UC Santa Barbara            0      0      1      5        6
Pacific                     3      1      2      1        7
UC Santa Barbara goals: Matt Tilburg-2, Travis Watts-1,
Miles Price-1, Dane Lindstrom-1, Ramiro Saldain-1
Pacific goals: Dragan Bakic-3, Matt Turnbull-2, Adam Zobler-1,
Kenny Yamamoto-1
Goalie Saves
UC Santa Barbara: Jon Bonafede-13
Pacific: Marko Popovic-14