CLAREMONT, Calif. – Saturday, UC Santa Barbara women's water polo squared off against University of Redlands and Pomona-Pitzer College in the Claremont Convergence.
The first contest against Redlands was a breeze for UCSB. The Gauchos would have seven different players with multiple goals, including four players with three. Kate Pipkin lead all of the scoring for UCSB in the blitz against Redlands with five total points (three goals, two assists). Mollie Simmons and Emily Martin would do it on both sides of the pool for UC Santa Barbara, both having multi-steal and multi-goal games. When all said and done, the final score against Redlands would be 19-2 final.
The second contest would be a completely different story for the Gauchos that would include a battle for the ages. After three early goals in the first quarter by Kate Koski, Sarah Snyder, and Natalie Selin, UCSB would take a sizeable 5-2 lead by half. However, the second half would be a dog fight between the two teams that would lead to overtime play. The Gauchos would only score one goal to Pomona-Pitzer's four goals, ending in a 6-6 tie come the fourth quarter.
In the fifth overtime quarter, P-P attacker Nohea Kahulelio would score within the first minute of extra play. With Ponoma-Pitzer up by a goal, Kate Pipkin would send one to Sarah Kreiser who would find the back of the net for a huge Gaucho goal that would even the match at 7-7. The game would go to triple OT.
In the final quarter with two seconds left in play, Kate Pipkin, with ice in her veins, would come up clutch for UCSB scoring the game winning goal. In an absolute thriller, the Gauchos would come up on top in triple OT by the score of 8-7.
With the two wins Saturday, UCSB improve their overall record to 12-8. The Gauchos next contest will be an important conference matchup at Long Beach St. against the 49ers on March 10th.