SANTA BARBARA, Calif.-
UCSB vs. Michigan
To start off their second day of the Winter Invitational the Gauchos took on the Wolverines who are ranked No.8 during this tournament. The first quarter started off slow with both team playing excellent defense not letting either side score. It wasn't until 4:46 that Michigan broke the gridlock with a tip in goal.
UCSB answered back with a goal of their own at the 2:55 mark contributed by Sophie Trabucco. For the rest of the quarter neither team could score ending 1-1.
At the 4:51 mark UCSB received an exclusion which gave the Wolverines an opportunity to make a power play but the Gauchos held strong not letting them score during that play.
At 1:59 Michigan found their way in front of the goal post letting them nail a shot in.
In the last 14 seconds of the quarter Santa Barbara made a power play with Shore finding Sarah Synder on the inside setting her up for a goal. The score was now 3-2 going into the second half
In the beginning of the third quarter the Wolverines found an open spot fast letting them score at the 7:21 mark. UCSB's Brenna Thomas took back the lead with a skip shot from mid-range at 5:56.
The rest of the quarter Michigan sent a lob pass to an open attacker and a lob shot over the goalie to give them another 2 goals. This would put the Wolverines in the lead 4-5 going into the last quarter.
Michigan did another quick attack at the beginning of the fourth quarter scoring at 7:34. They would make one last goal later on in that quarter. Towards the end the Gaucho stopped the Wolverines offense in their tracks. However Michigan was able to stall the clock down not giving the Gauchos any room to catch up eventually ending the game 4-7.
UCSB vs. Pomona-Pitzer
The Gauchos dominated in their second game of the day with a 15-5 victory against the Pomona-Pitzer Sagehens. The Gauchos outscored the Sagehens in every quarter which led them into their first win of the day.
UCSB had a great showing in their second game with Natalie Selin and Taylor Shore each scoring hat tricks. Sarah Kreiser and Kate Pipkin also had great games, scoring two goals apiece. On the defensive end, Shore was on top of the ball with three steals, and in the cage Devon Gasparini had it locked down with seven saves.
The game started with four unanswered goals by the gauchos. Shore scored the first point with a rocket into the bottom corner at the 5:53 mark. But, this quarter was highlighted by Selin who had an amazing performance scoring the next three goals and finished off her hat trick at the 1:49 mark. Pomona finally answered back at the 1:31 mark ending the drought. The gauchos ended the quarter leading 5-1.
UCSB kept the pressure on Pomona going into the second quarter scoring three more goals and earning four power play attempts. Brenna Thomas scored the first goal of this quarter during a power play at the 5:53 mark. Pomona made an effort scoring twice more, but the gauchos ended it with a nice inside pass by Abbey Grosse to Kate Coski who then skipped the ball into the goal. The Gauchos went into the halftime break with an 8-3 lead over the Sagehens.
The gauchos come out after halftime with Shore completing her hat trick; UCSB's second of the game, at the 6:31 mark. UCSB continued to dominate in this quarter scoring four more goals while Pomona only scored once. UCSB ended it on top with a very comfortable lead of 13-4.
The outcome of the game seemed to be decided by the start of the fourth quarter, but UCSB kept up the pressure. Pomona scored one more time at the 4:45 mark, but Kreiser answered back with two goals in a row that brought UCSB to a ten-point lead by the end of the game.
The Gauchos will play their last games of the tournament tomorrow against Marist at the Rec. Center and the number-one ranked USC Trojans at the campus pool.