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UC Santa Barbara Men’s Lacrosse Defeats University Of Washington 14-11 And Stanford 10-9 Over Weekend


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The Gauchos traveled to a rain soaked Stanford this past weekend to participate in the PAC-10 Tournament and play the University of Washington and Stanford University. In UCSB’s second test of the season, they faced a tough transition team in Washington, fresh off a 33 goal weekend with victories over Chico State and Boise State.

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.

Scoring was led by Sindell (6G, 1A), Sanders (3G, 2A), senior George Granelli (3G, 1A) and freshman Kyle Johnson (1G, 3A).

 

 

stanford-mens-lacrosseThe second game was played in what was billed as the “worst storm of the year” in the Bay area. With rain sheeting down and standing water on the field, the teams set out to play. Stanford got on the board early with two quick strikes. The Gauchos quickly responded with a 5–1 run on tallies from Sindell, Granelli, Patrick Sullivan and Jack Miller to take a 5–3 lead into the second quarter.

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).

 

 

UC Santa Barbara Men’s Lacrosse Opens 2009 Season Against USC


UCSantaBarbaraMensLacrosseThe Gauchos, who won the Western Collegiate Lacrosse League Championship in four of the last six years en route to a pair of Division I National Championships in 2004-05, are playing their first game in the newly formed Southwestern Lacrosse Conference after finishing 11-5 last year.

“Our midfield is the best I’ve ever seen it this year,” Sindell said. “We have seven really good midfielders this year who can all put the ball in the back of the net.

 

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This Saturday UCSB men’s lacrosse opens up its season against the University of Southern California. The Gauchos, who won the Western Collegiate Lacrosse League Championship in four of the last six years en route to a pair of Division I National Championships in 2004-05, are playing their first game in the newly formed Southwestern Lacrosse Conference after finishing 11-5 last year. The visiting Trojans, on the other hand, went 4-11 in 2008. Santa Barbara won 9-7 in the sole meeting between the squads last year.

“They’re going to be coming out with everything because when we played them last year at USC we underestimated their ability,” senior attack Brendan Sindell said. “We came out flat and let them stay in the game. We eventually did win, but they are going to take that and come out hard against us.”

Sindell said that with the Gauchos’ history of quality play, most teams will be bringing their best efforts in an attempt to knock them off. Because of this, Santa Barbara can’t relax against lower-tier teams.

“We’ve talked about [underestimating teams] and made it clear that people are going to be coming out gunning for us because we have had one of the best programs in the country for the last eight years,” Sindell said.

Santa Barbara lost few players to graduation last year, which leaves 13 upperclassmen on the roster. This, combined with a lot of young talent, bodes well for the team’s competitive prospects. Still, with only five attacking players listed on the team, the Gauchos will have to rely on their midfield to produce goals.

“Our midfield is the best I’ve ever seen it this year,” Sindell said. “We have seven really good midfielders this year who can all put the ball in the back of the net. Up top, I’m the only attack who has been in that position before, we have one converted midfielder who is going to be good, but that’s definitely an area we need to work on.”

One huge loss for the Gauchos has been senior defender and captain Chris Schaible, who broke his leg in practice a few weeks ago, with a return slated for mid-season. Schaible, a tree of a man, matched fellow senior captain and defender James Guzik in holding down the Santa Barbara back. Guzik said that the loss definitely hurts, but the team is rebounding nicely.

“Since we lost Schaible, a few things have changed, but we’re getting used to it,” Guzik said. “We had to fit in some younger guys into some spots that they had to step up to, but they are all doing well and will be ready for this weekend. You have to lead them a little bit more because they’re not as experienced with the system, but they are learning quickly.”

A large bonus for Santa Barbara is opening at home. UCSB consistently has a rowdy crowd, which should help the home team settle down in their opening match while hopefully throwing off USC.

“It is a huge bonus to play at home, we have one of the best home field advantages in the country,” Sindell said. “Whenever we are on the road, other teams talk about how loud our fans are and how tough it is to play us at home.”

Game time is slated for Saturday at 2 p.m. in The Pit.

Surfside Lacrosse Cup A Great Success For Women’s Lacrosse Season As Northwestern, University Of Denver, UC Santa Barbara, San Diego State, Arizona State And Canadian National Team Play In Showcase Event


surfside lacrosseNearly 1,200 lacrosse enthusiasts witnessed college lacrosse at its finest as defending National Champion, Northwestern, battled the Denver Pioneers and prevailed, 24-6.

Saturday evening’s Showcase doubleheader began with the 2009 WWLL season opener, as UCSB topped San Diego State, 18-5.

An exhibition between Northwestern and the Canadian National Team followed, with the Wildcats coming out on top, 21-5, in front of over 1,000 fans.

Following the clinics, the Canadian National Team battled the Denver Pioneers and ultimately prevailed, 12-8.

UCSB notched their second win of the weekend, with a 20-4 victory over the Sun Devils.

 

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The inaugural WomensLax.com ‘Surfside Lacrosse Cup’ kicked off on Friday evening with a headlined start to the 2009 NCAA Division I Women’s Lacrosse season. Nearly 1,200 lacrosse enthusiasts witnessed college lacrosse at its finest as defending National Champion, Northwestern, battled the Denver Pioneers and prevailed, 24-6.

Saturday morning began with a high school club tournament which featured teams from across California: Bay Area, Orange County, Los Angeles, San Diego, and also from Colorado and Illinois. Valley Center and Triple Threat both went undefeated, winning all four games on the day. Valley Center is a high school team located just north of San Diego and Triple Threat is a well-established club program from the Bay Area. Congratulations to both teams on a successful run!

Saturday afternoon’s open division tournament featured seven WWLL teams: UCLA “A”, UCLA “B”, UCSD “A”, UCSD “B”, UCSB, ASU, and Nevada. Also featured was Tricheck Lacrosse, a post-collegiate Club based out of Los Angeles.

Saturday evening’s Showcase doubleheader began with the 2009 WWLL season opener, as UCSB topped San Diego State, 18-5. An exhibition between Northwestern and the Canadian National Team followed, with the Wildcats coming out on top, 21-5, in front of over 1,000 fans.

Sunday morning offered nearly 200 local lacrosse players & coaches the opportunity to learn from the best at four WomensLax.com clinics: high school, collegiate club, youth & a coaches’ clinic. Following the clinics, the Canadian National Team battled the Denver Pioneers and ultimately prevailed, 12-8. UCSB and ASU brought the weekend to a close with the fifth and final Showcase game. UCSB notched their second win of the weekend, with a 20-4 victory over the Sun Devils.

“We are thrilled with the enthusiasm demonstrated by the San Diego Lacrosse community this past weekend. Lacrosse players, coaches and fans of all levels, embraced the Surfside Cup in its inaugural year and we look forward to returning in 2009”, said WomensLax.com president Ashley Gersuk.

WomensLax.com would like to thank all of the 2009 Event sponsors: Brine Lacrosse, South Swell Sports, Harrow Sports, Palomar Pomerado Health, Powerade, North County Internists, and the Courtyard Marriott Rancho Bernardo, official hotel of the 2009 WomensLax.com Surfside Cup. A special thank you to Surfside Cup host: Rancho Bernardo High School. Many thanks to all of the parents, players and volunteers whose efforts made the event possible.

We look forward to seeing you all next year at the 2010 WomensLax.com Surfside Lacrosse Cup!

US Lacrosse–Women’s Division Intercollegiate Associates 2009 Pre-Season Poll Ranks Colorado State Lacrosse 1st, Followed By Cal Poly SLO, Colorado And UC Santa Barbara


Colorado State was picked first in the U.S. Lacrosse Intercollegiate Associates Pre-Season Poll released by Lacrosse Magazine and UCSB was picked fourth. In-between them were Cal Poly SLO and Colorado, ranked 2nd and 3rd, respectively.

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The order is the same as the results among the four teams at the WDIA National Championship Tournament in Denver last May. UCSB lost 12-11 in double overtime to Cal Poly SLO in a national championship semifinal on May 9th in Denver

Colorado State won it all in an 8-5 overtime victory over Cal Poly SLO at Invesco Field / Mile High Stadium on May 10th. The Rams did it with some great goaltending from graduated senior Brooke Lewis and the strong midfield play of graduated senior Lindsay Brown, who was the WDIA Player-of-the-Year last season. Lewis was a three-time USL WDIA All-American in the cage. The Western Women’s Lacrosse League (WWLL) had four teams ranked for the pre-season. Santa Clara was voted 7th and UCLA 11th.

UCSB senior midfielder Katie Moran was selected by reporters as the WDIA Pre-Season Player-of-the-Year. Moran, a two-time captain for the Gauchos and a First Team All-American as a junior, contributed 50 points to her team’s offensive efforts last year with 32 goals and 18 assists. It was her midfield and defensive presence, though, that really boosted the Gauchos. Moran collected 60 draw controls, 58 ground balls and 58 caused turnovers while roaming the field.

“Free Safety is the best way I can describe Katie in simple terms,” commented UCSB head coach Paul Ramsey. “She takes care of her responsibilities and then picks up everything else.” 

The Gauchos return 5 starters and 8 players overall from their 2008 ‘A’ team. The program also carries a ‘B’ Team. UCSB added 13 players to their ‘A’ Team roster for the 2009 season to increase the team size from the 17 players carried in 2008 to 21 players for 2009. Eight of the 13 new players are freshmen while 5 players were moved up from the 2008 ‘B’ Team.

Ramsey, who is also the commissioner for the WWLL, doesn’t believe the order the voters selected for the teams for the pre-season poll is going to be where all the teams shake out the first few weeks of the season. “CSU lost a lot of players while Cal Poly SLO returns a lot of players,” said Ramsey after seeing the Lacrosse Magazine On-Line article.  “I suppose it’s standard to pick the defending champs first until they lose but CSU has some big holes to fill while Cal Poly does not.”

“We’re young but I like our chances to be right in there by the end of the season,” added Ramsey. “The WWLL is among the strongest conferences in the country. Just getting through our regular season schedule prepares us for the post-season.”

The 2009 USL WDIA National Championship Tournament is May 6 – 9 in Scottsdale, Arizona. Click here for the complete Lacrosse Magazine On-Line article with a list of all eleven national pre-season rankings for NCAA, IA and Junior College teams.