The UCSB Gauchos lost both games on an early season trip to Northern California, 8-5 to Stanford and 10-8 to Cal the following day. The losses drop the Gauchos 2015 record to 1 win and 3 losses.
UCSB fell behind 2-0 in the first quarter to Stanford before Senior Frank Olsson (Davis, CA) fed Junior Blake Samuel (Bellevue, WA) for an extra-man goal. A goal from Grad student Carl Tilbury (Reading, UK) tied the score briefly at 2-2, but Stanford scored to hold a 3-2 advantage after the first quarter. Stanford managed two goals in the second while holding the Gauchos scoreless to lead 5-2 at the half. Stanford scored early in the third quarter, but Freshman Jack Houseworth (Fair Oaks, CA) responded with a Gaucho goal and bring the score to 6-3 going into the final quarter. Samuel and Houseworth scored two straight goals to cut the Stanford lead to one goal early in the fourth, but the Gauchos were unable to keep that momentum and fell by a score of 8-5.
The next day, UCSB faced a Cal squad that was ranked 23rd in the MCLA Preseason Poll. The Gauchos started slowly again, trailing 3-0 in the first quarter before Houseworth scored his first of four goals on the day. Freshman middie Jack Mariani (Lafayette, CA) scored the first goal of the second quarter to reduce Calís advantage to one goal, but the Bears scored 4 goals to UCSBís 3 throughout the rest of the quarter and the halftime score was 7-5. The Gauchos got two goals from Tilbury and another from Mariani in the third quarter. Cal managed two goals in the quarter and held a one goal lead with fifteen minutes to play. Both teams failed to score throughout the final quarter until Cal scored with just over a minute to play to seal the 10-8 win.
Houseworth led the Gauchos in scoring over the weekend with 6 goals in the two games. Tilbury scored 3 goals, and Sophomore Andrew Ferguson (San Diego, CA) had 3 assists. Freshman netminder David Swerdlow (Newport Coast, CA) had 22 saves with 18 goals against for the weekend.
The Gauchos have now lost 3 games in a row on the road, but can bounce back with two home games this weekend. On Saturday, the Gauchos face Arizona State, the #2 ranked team in the MLCA, and on Sunday, they play an important SLC North Division game against UCLA.