No. 11 UCSB Splits Pair of Matches on Day Two of Winter Invite

Caitlyn Snyder and the Gauchos defeated Iona 12-4 on the second day of the 2020 UCSB Winter Invitational. (Photo by Jeff Liang)
Caitlyn Snyder and the Gauchos defeated Iona 12-4 on the second day of the 2020 UCSB Winter Invitational. (Photo by Jeff Liang)

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – On the second day of the 2020 UCSB Winter Invitational, the UC Santa Barbara women's water polo team split its pair of matches, defeating Iona 12-4 before falling to Cal 8-5.

No. 11 UCSB 12, Iona 4

Caitlyn Snyder recorded a hat trick within the first nine minutes of the match as the Gauchos scored 12 goals on 31 shots to earn their second win of the season.

Both Sarah Snyder and Sarah Owens had a pair of goals and Becca Buck made seven saves in a match UCSB dominated from the outset.

After going ahead 4-0 in the first quarter, the hosts led 8-1 at the half.

Dani Kauahi scored the first UCSB goal in the second half and Sarah Snyder would add a successful penalty shot to extend the lead to 10-1 with 1:10 left in the quarter.

Iona pulled three goals back in the fourth, but it did little to cut into the Gauchos' hefty lead.

Alex Mora found the final goal of the game as the Gauchos finished the game as 12-4 victors.

No. 4 Cal 8, No. 11 UCSB 5

Despite leading after each of the first two quarters, the Gauchos were held scoreless in the second half as Cal came back to deal them their first loss of the season.

UCSB completed the trifecta of scoring on a penalty shot, at even strength, and on the powerplay to lead 3-1 after the first quarter.

Goals from Cal's Grace Raisin and Sophie Leggett tied the game up at 3-3, but a penalty called on Carson Broad led to a conversion by UCSB's Claire Kelly to put the Gauchos back up with 1:14 left until the half.

Sophie Leggett's powerplay goal with 38 seconds left again put the Golden Bears and Gauchos on level terms, but UCSB drew yet another penalty shot, this time put away by Sarah Owens as Santa Barbara took the lead into the break.

The tide turned in favor of the Golden Bears in the second half, but it took until there was just 20 seconds left in the third quarter for either team to score a goal, with Sophie Leggett evening up the match at five-all.

It was through Leggett again that Cal scored first in the fourth quarter, with Hannah DeRose following up within a minute to give the visitors a two-goal cushion.

Santa Barbara was unable to find an answer throughout the rest of the quarter, and a buzzer-beating shot from Jackie Sanders saw the game end 8-5.

The Gauchos wrap up the season-opening tournament with two matches on Sunday, facing off against Michigan at 12:15 p.m. before playing in the final game of the weekend at 3:15 p.m. against Ottawa.

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