SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – UCSB (12-9) dominated from start to finish in its 13-3 victory of Santa Clara (6-10). The final score was the team's largest win margin over a Division One opponent this season.
Samantha Murphy led the team with a hat trick, as she and three other Gauchos had multi-goal performances. Bryn Hudson finished with three assists and a goal, while Taylor Shore came up with two goals and two assists.
Defensively, the team combined for nine steals, as Kristen Denney recorded the team-high of two. In the cage, Mackenzie Brokaw had a strong game with eight saves, while holding the Broncos to just one goal through the first three quarters.
The Gauchos opened the game with three unanswered goals through the first 15 minutes. Hudson had a hand in producing UCSB's first two goals, as she netted the first goal following an outlet pass from Brokaw, while she recorded the assist on a Martin backhanded goal at the 4:30 mark.
Before the first was over, the Gauchos looked to Martin again who delivered another goal off a backhanded shot, giving UCSB a 3-0 lead heading into the second quarter.
The closest Santa Clara would get to threatening UCSB's lead was late in the second quarter when they cut the deficit to two. However, the Gauchos took the goal right back in the ensuing possession with Miranda Schrader scoring the first of her two goals before the halftime break, moving the score to 4-1 UCSB.
The Gauchos put away the game in the third quarter, as they outscored the Broncos 4-0. The first score came from a turnaround shot from Murphy, but the offense really got going starting at the 3:39 mark. At that point, Schrader found a driving Jenna Solberg for a quick inside shot. Just 23 seconds later, Shore started a counter play and found Elizabeth Hendrix who finished the effort with a lob shot that squeezed by goalkeeper Francesca Puccinelli. Shore took the role of scorer for the Gauchos' next goal, as she helped her team take advantage of a 6-on-5 scenario.
With the game in hand, UCSB padded their lead with five more goals in the fourth, while Santa Clara mustered two more scores before the final buzzer. The Gauchos didn't wait long to continue its scoring, as Murphy collected her own rebound from a penalty shot and skipped it to the back of the net. The senior would later score the game's final goal when she tipped in the ball after receiving a bullet pass from Hudson on the right wing.
The Gauchos will be back at Campus Pool on Tuesday to play No. 3 Stanford at 12 p.m. Tickets for the game are available now at the Ticketing Office in the Intercollegiate Athletics Building, over the phone at 805.893.UCSB (8272), and online.