SAN DIEGO, Calif. – No. 11 UCSB (7-6) came up short in the final day of the Triton Invitational, losing in a 12-11 heartbreaker to No. 19 UC San Diego and later falling 15-11 to No. 16 Loyola Marymount.
Bryn Hudson was a standout on Sunday with seven combined goals, including a game-high four against the Tritons. Taylor Shore netted a hat trick in the team's match up with LMU and also added a goal against UCSD.
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The Gauchos dropped their rematch with No. 19 UC San Diego 12-11 in a thrilling sudden death overtime contest.
UCSB held a three-goal lead heading into the fourth quarter, but a Triton rally would force overtime where they eventually prevailed 1:49 into the sudden death period.
Bryn Hudson carried the load with four goals for the Gauchos, while Miranda Schrader recorded two scores and also co-led the team with a pair of steals.
Mackenzie Brokaw was kept busy in the cage where she made 12 saves and two steals.
The game opened with a 1-1 quarter when Hudson scored the opening goal at the 5:56 mark, but both offenses caught fire in the second period.
The Tritons would outscore the Gauchos 4-3 in the period, as they registered the final score 1:30 before the halftime break. UCSB registered the first two goals with Shore and Hudson scoring in a span of 53 seconds. But San Diego would respond a run of its own, netting three unanswered goals to take a 4-3 lead with 2:53 to go.
With the deficit still at one goal, the Gauchos had a furious third quarter where they shutout UCSD and scored four goals. Brenna Thomas got the run started with her goal 50 seconds into the half, while Hudson followed her up with a goal just over a minute later.
Shore and Sophie Trabucco finished off the stretch with their goals in the final five minutes of the third, giving the Gauchos an 8-5 edge.
UC San Diego seemingly held their scoring efforts for the fourth quarter when they rallied with four goals to force overtime. Amidst the Tritons' offensive push, Lauren Martin wound up with what would prove to be a crucial goal with 2:10 left in regulation. At that point in the game, it put UCSB ahead 9-8, but as San Diego scored twice following that goal, it gave UCSB a chance to play in overtime.
The teams scored once in each of the two regular overtime periods. However, Schrader came up with a clutch goal to force sudden death overtime when the Gauchos were behind 11-10 with 53 seconds left.
The Tritons would survive with Lauren Boyer's golden goal, evening the season series with UCSB at 1-1. Santa Barbara is now 1-1 in sudden death overtime contests, as they previously beat No. 17 Hartwick 15-14 at the Michigan Invitational.
UCSB ended the last game of the day with a 15-11 loss to Loyola Marymount. Both teams were neck-and-neck during the first half, but the Lions took over in the second half to take control of the lead and take the victory.
Both Bryn Hudson and Taylor Shore scored hat tricks to lead the offense during the game. Brenna Thomas also scored two goals of her own with extra goals scored by Lauren Martin, Miranda Schrader, and Sophie Trabucco.
Hudson also paced the game with a whopping five assists. In goal, Mackenzie Brokaw finished with six saves and a steal.
LMU took the first goal of the game, but the Gauchos came back with a three goal run with two goals scored back to back by Schrader, where they took the lead 1-3. However, during the last two minutes of the game, LMU came back and scored two goals to tie it up going into the second period.
The second period was constantly changing with goals being scored back and forth between both teams. Both LMU and the Gauchos scored four more goals, which held them at a 7-7 tie at the end of the first half.
Coming out of the half time break, both teams were fighting for a better position, Hudson scored a goal at the 6:51 mark which brought the Gauchos into the lead, until LMU came up with a four goal scoring run which brought the lions ahead with a score of 12-8. The Gauchos, trying to push back, scored one more goal at the 1:54 mark by Hudson. However, the Lions answered back with a goal of their own, which brought them to a score of 13-9 by the end of the third period.
At the start of the fourth period, the Gauchos tried to mount a comeback but LMU tallied two unanswered goals in a row, which brought them up 15-9. Although UCSB scored two more goals from Schrader and Shore near the end of the period to shorten the lead, LMU had already secured the win.
UCSB will be return to game action in two weeks at the UC Irvine Invitational from Feb. 27-28.