Martin's Sudden Death Goal Lifts No. 14 UCSB Over No. 9 UC Davis 7-6

Lauren Martin
Lauren Martin

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – With Lauren Martin scoring the game-winning goal in sudden death overtime, the No. 14 Gauchos (13-11, 1-1) came out on top of a nearly eight quarter brawl against No. 9 UC Davis (14-11, 0-3) at Campus Pool.

Martin and Samantha Murphy led the Gauchos in scoring with two goals each.  Brenna Thomas, Bryn Hudson, and Sophie Trabucco also added one goal apiece.

In the cage, Mackenzie Brokaw stepped up in clutch situations and racked up with 13 saves and a team-high three steals.

The game opened with both teams making defensive stops, until competition for the first goal ended at the 4:56 mark when Brokaw threw a long outlet pass to Brenna Thomas, who had plenty of time to fire UCSB's first score into the back of the net. However, Davis answered back with its first goal at the 2:40 mark on a power play, tying the game at 1-1. The score stayed the same until the final minute of the quarter when Trabucco scored her first goal with 51 seconds left. But just twenty seconds later, the Aggies came back with the equalizer, moving the score to 2-2 heading into the second quarter.      

The Aggies gained their first advantage of the game at 3-2 after scoring the first goal of the period on a 6-on-5 with 5:58 on the clock.  Looking for a response, the Gauchos came up empty two power play attempts down the stretch, as Davis held on to its one-goal lead heading into halftime.

The Gauchos didn't wait long to get back on the board, as Murphy took advantage of a power play starting at the 7:35 mark and scored 11 seconds later to tie the game 3-3. To maintain the tie, UCSB fortified its defense and nabbed three steals in consecutive possessions, but the Aggies eventually broke through and scored again at the 5:22 mark, giving them the lead again at 4-3.  But the Gauchos were not done, as twenty seconds later they scored the final goal of the period, tying the game at 4-4.

With 6:34 left in regulation, Hudson finished a fast break opportunity and scored to give the Gauchos the lead again with the score at 5-4.  UCSB fought to keep their lead safe, but the Aggies came responded a couple minutes later, tying the game once again at 5-5.  After a contentious final 3:33 of regulation time, the teams remained tied and pushed the game to overtime.

In the first period of overtime, the Gauchos scored first with Murphy throwing a rocket into the top right corner of the goal, giving the Gauchos the lead 6-5 at the 1:54 mark. Their lead was almost lost when the Aggies were rewarded a power play with 33 seconds to go, but Camila Schafer killed the power play with a field block, stopping a close range shot from the Aggies and maintaining her team's lead going into the second period of overtime.  

UC Davis tied the game at 6-6 just a minute into the second overtime period and pushed the game into sudden death.

Now the seventh period of the game, the Gauchos almost lost it at the 1:39 mark, but Brokaw made an amazing save on a lob shot, keeping the Gauchos alive in what proved to be a scoreless three minutes of action.

The final attack by the Gauchos started at the 1:51 mark when Hudson stole the ball giving the Gauchos a chance to mount a counter attack. UCSB passed around the perimeter until Hudson saw an open passing lane to Martin inside. After hauling in the entry pass, Martin picked it up and fired a quick backhanded throw into the goal, ending the game and clinching the Gauchos their first conference win.

UCSB will be back at Campus Pool tomorrow at noon when they will host No. 4 Hawai'i. Tickets will be available at the main entrance or can be purchased online.