UCSB Stunned by No. 10 Pepperdine on Senior Day

UCSB Stunned by No. 10 Pepperdine on Senior Day

SANTA BARBARA, Calif.-- With today's match being the home finale for No. 8 UC Santa Barbara (9-12, 0-7 MPSF), the team along with all of its supporters at Campus Pool honored four seniors for their contributions to the school. The special day for Santa Barbara was unfortunately cut short as the team was upset by No. 10 Pepperdine (10-11, 2-5 MPSF), 9-7.

Already defeating Pepperdine twice this season, today's result was certainly a shocker. Santa Barbara started off strong with a quick power play goal from freshman attacker, Shane Hauschild. Pepperdine's Wesley Sherburne quickly tied things up for the Waves, as his goal jump started an offensive run. The remaining opening quarter belonged to the Waves as the visitors outscored UCSB, 3-1, in the first eight minutes of the match.

The second period was all about exclusions, fouls, and moments of excellent defense from both squads. For the quarter, the Gauchos missed on two separate man up situations. Missing on a 6-on-5 opportunity early in the period along with a 5-on-4 power play are two instances the Gauchos could not quite capitalize on. Despite the missed opportunities, UCSB thumped Pepperdine's offense with constant pressure. Mixed with great saves from goalie Chris Whitelegge, and the collective effort of closing the passing lanes proved to be quite the strategy for the Gauchos defense.

The third period started much like the first period as the Gauchos scored its second goal of the match with a two meter strike from Nicholas Jordan. Trailing 3-2, the Gauchos faced a tough break as the team provided Pepperdine with a five meter penalty shot to go up, 4-2. Senior Ryan Baliani took control for the Gauchos as the 6-0 attacker scored a 1:55 strike to make the score, 4-3. Pepperdine's Luke Hewko tallied his second score of the match at the 1:10 mark to increase the lead back to two for the Waves. Baliani once again answered back for UCSB with his second goal of the period to make Pepperdine's lead trim down to 5-4.

The final frame did not bode well for UCSB as the team conceded three straight goals to fall behind, 8-4. Facing a four goal deficit, the Gauchos needed to replicate its defensive pressure and execute offensively. Junior Bryan Snyder had the hot hand in the period as the Walnut Creek, Calif. native captured his first goal with 2:33 left to play. Trailing 8-5, Snyder once again scored on a man up situation. Snyder was not finished as the junior scored a beautiful skip shot into the bottom left corner with :14 seconds left. Trailing 8-7, UCSB had all players pressuring the ball in hopes of one last chance to force the match into overtime. With the entire squad pressing the Pepperdine players, the Waves simply lobbed up a shot into the vacant goal to end the game with a 9-7 upset victory.

Snyder led the Gauchos offense in today's match as the junior captured a trio of goals in the final period. Baliani played his final home match of his Gaucho career with an intensity that led to him scoring two goals for UCSB. Junior Nicholas Jordan and freshman Shane Hauschild each contributed with one goal apiece.

Whitelegge once again led the Gauchos in the cage as the junior recorded 12 saves and one steal in today's match.

With one more week of conference action, UCSB will travel to take on No. 11 UC Irvine at the Anteaters Aquatic Complex. The match is slated for next Saturday, Nov. 15th at noon.

Pepperdine 9, UCSB 7

 

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Final

Pepperdine

3

0

2

4

9

UCSB

1

0

3

3

7

Pepperdine Goals: Wesley Sherburne (4) Luke Hewko (2) Jacob Schrimpf (2) Thomas Patten

UCSB Goals: Bryan Snyder (3) Ryan Baliani (2) Shane Hauschild, Nicholas Jordan
UCSB Saves: Chris Whitelegge (12)