CLAREMONT, Calif. – No. 14 UCSB (11-8) had their best offensive day of the season in dropping a combined 40 goals in their two wins over La Verne (5-2) and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (2-8). The Gauchos first dealt the Leopards a 21-6 loss in scoring their highest scoring total of the season, while they downed the host Athenas 19-1 in their final game of the Claremont Convergence.
Continuing her strong performances at the UC Irvine Invitational from last weekend, Taylor Shore led the Gauchos in the scoring column with eight goals between the two games. She was trailed by Lauren Martin with five goals and Samantha Murphy who netted all four of her goals versus La Verne.
The Gauchos blew away the La Verne Leo's today in an overwhelming victory with a score of 21-6 in their first game of the day. Many of our Gauchos had a part in taking the W. Taylor shore had a dominant showing scoring a double hat trick in the blowout. Lauren Martin and Sam Murphy also recorded four goals of their own, with Sarah Krieser and Miranda Schrader scoring two goals, and Brenna Thomas, Bryn Hudson, and Betsy Hendrix each scoring a goal apiece.
Miranda Schrader and Bryn Hudson kept the team active with three assists each, and Sam Murphy also helping the team out with two assists of her own. The Gauchos also played some lockdown defense with Taylor Shore snatching six steals with Sarah Krieser and Sam Murphy also snagging two steals each. At the goal, Mackenzie Brokaw and Devon Gasparini each had three saves.
UCSB was dominating from the start scoring seven unanswered goals in the first period. Lauren Martin scored the first goal of the game at the 7:29 mark, and from then on Brenna Thomas and Sarah Krieser each had one goal, and Taylor Shore and Samantha Murphy also had two goals each.
The Gauchos did not let up in the second period, scoring five more goals to add on to their lead with La Verne only scoring two. Taylor Shore had a showing in this quarter scoring a hat trick in this quarter alone. Also, Miranda Schrader scored her first two goals in this quarter making the score 12-2 going into halftime.
After the halftime break the Gauchos came back for more picking up four more goals while La Verne only scored one. Lauren Martin scored the first two goals of the quarter at the 6:40 and 4:49 time mark. Taylor Shore and Samantha Murphy also scored one goal each to make the score 16-3 at the end of the period.
The Gauchos did not let up for one second in the fourth quarter outscoring La Verne and picking up five more goals. Lauren Martin scored the first goal at the 5:57 mark with Sarah Krieser, Taylor Shore, Elizabeth Hendrix, and Samantha Murphy each picking up one goal each to add on to the already insurmountable lead and locking down the victory for the Gauchos.
UCSB finished the Claremont Convergence just as they started it with another blowout, as they romped Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 19-1 on Saturday afternoon.
Brenna Thomas led the Gaucho scoring onslaught with four goals, while Elizabeth Hendrix and Bryn Hudson each scored a hat trick. In total, 10 Gauchos scored in the game.
Samantha Murphy took on the role of playmaker with a team high three assists, while Kristen Denney and Hendrix recorded a pair of assists apiece.
Defensively, Sophie Trabucco stayed active with a trio of steals with Denney right behind her in the category with two.
Goalkeepers Mackenzie Brokaw and Devon Gasparini split time in the cage, as they both finished with six saves and a steal each. For Gasparini, the saves total was her season high.
The Gauchos set the tone early by outscoring the Athenas 7-1 in the first quarter, as Thomas paced the team with a hat trick. Trabucco started the game with a goal just 1:04 into the action; while Thomas netted her first score just 43 seconds later. From there, UCSB scored six unanswered goals before CMS registered their lone score of the game at the 2:20 mark.
UCSB closed out the first half strong by shutting out CMS 4-0 in the second quarter, including a late goal dealt at the :06 mark by Hendrix.
The Gauchos would go on to cruise to victory with eight unanswered second half goals, stretching their scoring run over the Athenas 13-0.