UCSB Splits First Day at Triton Invitational

Taylor Shore (Photo by Tony Mastres)
Taylor Shore (Photo by Tony Mastres)

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – UCSB (7-5) split its opening day at the Triton Invitational with a 12-3 win over No. 21 Marist followed by a narrow 7-6 loss to No. 5 Arizona State.

Including a hat trick against the Red Foxes, Lauren Martin led the Gauchos with four total goals, while Bryn Hudson registered three between the two games.

Playing strong defense, Taylor Shore picked up seven steals, including three against a tough Sun Devils team. Right behind her was goalkeeper Mackenzie Brokaw who recorded three steals in each game. Samantha Murphy also added four total steals to go along with her three goals.

MARIST

With two Gauchos scoring hat tricks, UCSB blew away No. 21 Marist 12-3 in their first game of the Triton Invitational on Saturday.

Lauren Martin and Samantha Murphy each scored a team-high three goals in the blowout, while Bryn Hudson finished with a brace. Taylor Shore, Jenna Solberg, and Brenna Thomas also supplied one goal apiece.

Martin – who entered the game with a .581 season shooting percentage – stayed true to form with a 3-4 shooting performance, while Murphy went 3-6 on the day. As a team, made half of their shots in going 12-24.

Camila Schafer added a team-high two assists to help guide the offense. The sophomore also drew a UCSB-leading three earned ejections.

In the cage, Mackenzie Brokaw recorded nine saves and three steals, while Shore finished with a team-best four swipes. Altogether, the Gauchos had 16 steals in the game.

UCSB looked dominant from the start, as Thomas delivered the first goal of the game within the first 29 seconds. She later scored the third goal of the period at the 2:08 mark, while Murphy netted her first score of the game with 3:25 on the clock.

The Gauchos refused to let up in the second quarter, as they tacked on three more goals in securing a commanding 6-0 lead. Martin shouldered the load in the quarter in scoring the first two goals to continue UCSB's run.

With 54 seconds left in the half, Hudson notched her first goal of the game to put UCSB up 6-0. While Marist was able to avoid the first half shutout with a goal at the 34 second mark, it was Thomas who had the final say by completing her hat trick just 16 seconds later, giving Santa Barbara a 7-1 halftime lead.

While the third quarter saw the scoring action slow down with just two goals made between the two teams, UCSB ended the contest on a high-note by finding the back of the net five times in the fourth quarter.

Martin registered the period's first score at the 6:22 mark, while Solberg and Shore each scored in the span of 62 seconds to lift the Gauchos to an 11-3 lead. With the game already in the bag, Murphy put the finishing touches on her second hat trick of the season with her final goal at the 00:27 mark.

ARIZONA STATE

UCSB ended the day with a 7-6 loss to No. 5 Arizona State. Both teams kept battling for the lead the whole game until a three-goal run in the third quarter by the Sun Devils led them to victory.

Miranda Schrader led UCSB's scoring with two goals, and Brenna Thomas, Sarah Kreiser, Lauren Martin, and Bryn Hudson each had one goal. Samantha Murphy also had a powerful presence during the game with three assists and three steals. 

Thomas added three earned ejections. Murphy also had two earned ejections, and in goal, Mackenzie Brokaw finished with four saves and three steals.

ASU scored the first goal of the game, but the Gauchos came back when Thomas scored a goal at the 6:45 mark to get them on the board. It was back and forth by then when ASU scored two goals in a row. Then Schrader came back and scored her first goal of the game. Seconds later, the Sun Devils scored again and had a two point lead. Heading into the end of the first period at the 00:32 second mark, Hudson scored one more goal and the Gauchos trailed 3-4 heading into the second period.

Coming back with a vengeance, UCSB dominated the second period with two goals scored by Schrader again and Kreiser. The defense held solid by not letting the Sun Devils score once throughout the whole period. The Gauchos grabbed the lead 5-4 by the end of the second quarter.

Going into the third quarter, the ASU prevailed by scoring three goals and keeping the scoring of the Gauchos down to a zero by the end of the period.

In a late game push, Lauren Martin scored at the 1:50 mark in the last period making the score a close 6-7. However, the Sun Devils held them back from scoring anymore and won the game by the end of the fourth period.

UCSB will play two more games in the tournament tomorrow. The Gauchos will first face No. 19 UC San Diego at 9:50 a.m., while their second contest will be determined by the results of the other games.