Shore and Pipkin Earn All-Big West Selections

Taylor Shore & Kate Pipkin
Taylor Shore & Kate Pipkin

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Utilities senior Taylor Shore (Second Team) and sophomore Kate Pipkin (Honorable Mention) were named to the 2017 Big West All-Conference Team, it was announced on Wednesday.

Shore earns her second career All-Big West selection after leading the team in a handful of statistical categories, including goals (46), points (69), steals (73) and earned ejections (31). This is the second straight year that the senior has been named All-Big West, having previously received an Honorable Mention following the 2016 season.

After being named the team's captain following the conclusion of her junior year, Shore entered her senior season bearing more responsibility than in years past. From the first competition of 2017, it was clear that that pressure wouldn't be too much for her to handle, as she led her team to a 4-1 start with 11 goals through the Gauchos' first five matches.

Shore would go on to have 16 multi-score games in 29 appearances on her way to a team-high 46 goals. She also led the way with eight hat tricks – nearly half of which came during a dominant three-game run from Mar. 4-5 – and three four-goal outings. UCSB had a perfect 8-0 record this season in games where Shore scored three or more goals.

The Corona, California native ends her Gaucho career with 141 goals, good for No. 6 all-time in program history. Her mark of 46 goals this season ties the career-high she set last year.

Pipkin garners her first career all-conference selection following a standout year in which she finishes as UCSB's second-leading scorer with 34 goals. The first-year Gaucho and former Indiana Hoosier also ranked first on the team in assists (26), second in points (60), and third in steals (36) and drawn ejections (23).

Similar to Shore, Pipkin demonstrated from very early on that she would be a force to be reckoned with, as she also helped lead UCSB to a 4-1 start out of the gates, scoring two goals in each of the Gauchos' first four wins.

The Costa Mesa, California native was also one of just five Gauchos with multiple hat tricks this season. Her first of the season came in an 8-5 win over No. 15 UCSD back on Feb. 26. She would record her second hat trick in UCSB's final regular season game, a close 9-8 loss to No. 19-T CSUN. Pipkin was also UCSB's leading scorer in the postseason, tallying three scores in two games at the Big West Tournament.

For the complete 2017 All-Big West results, please click here.