Washington continued that momentum and came out of the gates firing, jumping to a 5–2 lead in the first quarter. The Gaucho defense did not panic, made adjustments and shut the Huskies out in the second quarter. Santa Barbara’s offense also found its rhythm with the help of three strikes from senior captain Brendan Sindell and one from junior captain Ryan Sanders, leaving the Gauchos with a 6–5 lead at the half.
The teams traded goals in the third quarter going into the fourth with the score in favor of UCSB 9–8. In the final quarter, the Huskies scored quickly off of a man-up opportunity to even the score, then added another goal two minutes later to take the lead. The Gauchos then went on a 5–1 scoring run sparked by a strike from sophomore Nate Wellin at 8:30 to finish the game with a victory 14-11.
In the second quarter, the Cardinal dominated the face-off X winning all of the draws and employed a deliberate, possession offense that limited the Gauchos opportunities with the ball. They notched three goals to take a 6–5 lead into the half.
The UCSB defense stepped up in the second half forcing turnovers, making saves and holding the Stanford to one goal while the offense notched two from Granelli and Wellin to level the score at 7–7 going into the fourth quarter. The Cardinal scored first in the fourth quarter to take a brief lead before the Gauchos rattled off three unanswered goals with two from Sindell to put the game away. Scoring was led by Sindell (4G, 0A), Sanders (0G, 3A) and Granelli (2G, 1A), and the defense was anchored by strong performances from senior midfielder Austin Davies and junior net minder Zach Carson (12S).