ANN ARBOR, Mich. – In an exciting first day of action at the Michigan Invitational, No. 11 UCSB (5-2) won a pair of overtime games over No. 17 Hartwick and No. 12 Pacific.
In a tight battle with No. 17 Hartwick, Lauren Martin's golden goal in sudden death overtime lifted the Gauchos to a 15-14 victory over the Hawks. While the team played Cal to an overtime finish in their season opener, this was UCSB's first game of the season that was decided in sudden death.
Both Martin and Bryn Hudson led the Gauchos with hat tricks, as both delivered two of the biggest goals of the game. While Martin netted the game-winner, Hudson scored a crucial goal in the first overtime period that gave UCSB a lead of 13-12. Overall, Hudson had a hand in six of the Gauchos' goals with her three assists complimenting her goal total.
Mackenzie Brokaw recorded eight saves in UCSB's third straight victory, while she tied a team-high with three steals along with Murphy and Trabucco.
The Gauchos kept close with the Hawks, but were trailing 7-5 by halftime. Trabucco netted the first score of the game at the 7:00 mark, but Hartwick responded with three consecutive goals.
The Hawks put together another strong run in the second quarter – this time outscoring the Gauchos 3-1 – to garner a 6-3 lead with 3:03 left in the half. The Gauchos' though found the back of the cage on consecutive possessions, putting themselves within one goal. However, the Hawks had the last say with a buzzer beater to pick up a two-goal lead at the break.
After tying the score two times in the third quarter, the Gauchos cut into the lead by one goal entering the final quarter of regulation. Sparking UCSB to a hot start, Murphy scored both of UCSB's first two goals in a 1:12 span.
The Hawks reclaimed a two-goal advantage with 4:19 remaining in the game. With time running out, the Gauchos looked to Martin who scored just 21 seconds later and Brenna Thomas delivered the equalizer on a power play. Overall, UCSB picked up 10 power play opportunities, scoring on five of them.
While Hudson scored first in overtime, the Hawks answered back in the second extra period. With the scored knotted up at 13-13 and under a minute to go, Taylor Shore scored on a power play to give the Gauchos the lead at the 00:37 mark. However, Hartwick had one more goal left in them as they scored with even strength on the following possession, forcing sudden death.
Murphy won the critical opening sprint to give UCSB the first possession of the golden goal period, as Martin did the rest in scoring the game-winner.
Another standout game from Lauren Martin helped the Gauchos come out on top of another overtime game in UCSB's 13-11 victory over Pacific.
Martin scored a team-high four goals, making it the second game for her this season with as many goals. Miranda Schrader connected on both of her shots for two goals, while Taylor Shore and Brenna Thomas also finished with a pair of scores. Shore and Thomas also had a Gaucho-best two assists on the day, tying with Camila Schafer.
On defense, Shore picked up three steals, while Mackenzie Brokaw and Lauren Martin each had two. In the cage, Brokaw completed the game with eight saves.
Martin got the game started with back-to-back goals, including on UCSB's first possession with an assist from Bryn Hudson. The Tigers were able to tie the score at 3-3 by the end of the period, but Shore quickly got the lead back for the Gauchos at the start of the second quarter. Her first shot missed off the post, but Shore was able to get her own rebound and find the back of the net.
Pacific took its first lead of the game at the 6:23 mark in the second at 6-5 following a penalty shot. And by the halftime break, they held a two-goal lead.
Not playing catch-up for long, the Gauchos tied the game by the end of the first minute of play in the third quarter. On both goals, Thomas was the playmaker is setting up Samantha Murphy and Martin on back-to-back possessions.
However, Pacific answered right back with two goals of its own to carry a 9-7 lead into the fourth. UCSB again able to put up two unanswered goals, but the Tigers scored what looked like the game-winner with 38 seconds left.
On their final possession of regulation, the Gauchos drew an exclusion foul and took advantage of the ensuing power play with Shore netting the equalizer with 13 seconds remaining.
In overtime, UCSB were the first to get on the board with Martin being assisted by Shore at the 1:38 mark with Kristen Denney adding another tally just before the end of the first period. The two-goal lead proved to be too much for Pacific to overcome, as their goal from Ellen Tiedmann was immediately answered by a score from Schrader to move the game to its final 13-11 score.