SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – UC Santa Barbara senior forward Shaelan Murison has been named Big West Conference Offensive Player of the Week for the second time in her career after she scored four goals and assisted on two others in the Gauchos' wins over Fresno State and Loyola Marymount over the weekend, the league announced Monday.
"It was a great weekend for Shae," said head coach Paul Stumpf. "Four goals and a couple of assists stand out, but she also put big shifts in defensively and was very important in our possession game as well."
In Friday night's 3-0 win over Fresno State at Harder Stadium, Murison scored an unassisted goal early in the second half to give UCSB a 2-0 lead over the Bulldogs. She then assisted on Isabella Viana's first career goal in the 61st minute to complete the scoring.
On Sunday, in a 4-2 win at Loyola Marymount, Murison scored the team's first three goals, including two in the first 25 minutes of the match and one in the second half. She also assisted on Viana's second career goal at the very end of the match. It was her second career hat trick.
In all, Murison, a native of Santa Clara, Calif., either scored or assisted on six of the team's seven goals over the weekend. She now has seven goals and two assists for 16 points on the year. She has scored a goal in every game in which UCSB has scored.
Murison now has 24 goals and 11 assists for 59 points. Her goal total ranks her 11th in school history and she needs just one to move into a tie for 10th all-time. The 59 points ranks Murison 14th all-time.
Murison is the first Gaucho player to be named Offensive Player of the Week this season. Last week, goalkeeper Hanna DeWeese was selected as the league's Defensive Player of the Week.
UCSB, which has won two consecutive matches and is 3-1-1 in its last five, returns to action on Thursday, Sept. 26 when it travels to Santa Clara. The Gauchos will also play at Cal State Bakersfield on Sunday, Sept. 29 before returning home to open Big West Conference play against Long Beach State on Sunday, Oct. 6 at 1:00 p.m. in Harder Stadium.