November 27, 2010

Strong Fourth Quarter Propels UCSB to Win Over Pacific

Nov. 27, 2010

STANFORD, Calif. - Seventh-seeded UC Santa Barbara (12-11) used a four-goal fourth quarter to blow open a 4-4 deadlock and advance to Sunday's fifth-place game with an 8-5 win over No. 6 seeded Pacific (16-11) at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championship at Stanford's Avery Aquatic Center.

The teams traded goals over the first half, playing to a 2-2 tie. UCSB scored the first two goals of the second half to go up 4-2 in the third quarter before Pacific struck with two of its own to tie the game at four-all heading into the fourth quarter.

The Gauchos opened the fourth frame with three straight goals, two of which came from Matt Gronow, to stretch their lead to 7-4. Pacific was unable to overcome the deficit, falling 8-5 to UCSB.

Gronow, Lazar Komadinic and Brian Shoemaker each scored two goals to lead the Gauchos to the win. In goal, Fraser Bunn posted 12 saves.

With the win, UCSB advances to Sunday's fifth-place game against fifth-seeded UC Irvine. The Gauchos and Anteaters have met four times already this season. UCSB won the first pairing, 10-9, on Sept. 19, but UCI has won the three match-ups.

UCSB 8, Pacific 5

1 2 3 4 Final
UCSB 1 1 2 4 8
UOP 1 1 2 1 5

UCSB Goals: Matt Gronow 2, Lazar Komadinic 2, Brian Shoemaker 2, Scott Bishop, Milos Golic
UCSB Saves: Fraser Bunn 12

Pacific Goals: Balazs Szabo 2, Joey Gullikson, Tom Koning, Goran Tomasevic
Pacific Saves: Alex Malkis 10