No. 9 Gauchos Pick Up Pair of Victories at Michigan Invite

Sarah Snyder (Photo by Jeff Liang)
Sarah Snyder (Photo by Jeff Liang)

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The UC Santa Barbara women's water polo team won each of its first two games at the Michigan Invitational on Saturday morning at Canham Natatorium, and in doing so pushed its winning streak to three games in a row.

No. 9 UCSB 10, No. 23 Indiana 9

UCSB warded off a comeback attempt by the Hoosiers throughout the second half as Sarah Snyder fired the Gauchos to an exhilarating 10-9 win in the tournament's opening match.

The Gauchos' offense exploded for five goals in the first quarter, with Sarah Snyder, Courtney Heydorff, Kate Coski, Amelia Meckelborg, and Dani Kauahi each finding the back of the cage as UCSB led 5-3 after the first eight minutes of play.

Santa Barbara's Amanda Legaspi added two goals in the second quarter before Indiana's Megan Abarta got the Hoosiers back within three, but Legaspi scored with 17 seconds left before the half to complete her five and a half-minute hat trick and put the Gauchos up 8-4.

The Hoosiers picked things up in the third quarter, pulling two goals back inside the first three minutes of the new half to cut the Gauchos' lead to two goals.

Legaspi assisted Kauahi for Santa Barbara's ninth goal of the game shortly afterward, but Indiana rattled off three unanswered as the game transitioned from the third period into the middle of the fourth.

With the game deadlocked at nine-all, senior captain Sarah Snyder turned a pass from Caitlyn Snyder into the cage for what would be the game-winner with 1:38 left.

No. 9 UCSB 11, No. 24 Marist 6

After Marist scored the first two goals of the match, the Gauchos put away seven unanswered goals in the first half and they cruised to their fifth victory of the season and third in a row.

Sarah Snyder had four goals, including two in UCSB's first half response, Mollie Simmons and Legaspi had a pair, while Caitlyn Snyder, Drew Halvorson, and Jordan Castillo all scored as well.

Caitlyn Snyder had two assists in the game, and Kauahi, and Meckelborg added one apiece.

The Gauchos continue their stay in Ann Arbor with two more matches tomorrow, taking on 21st-ranked Wagner at 5 a.m. Pacific Time, and tournament hosts no. 7 Michigan at 10:45 a.m. Live stats for both games are available on the women's water polo schedule page.

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