#13 UCSB Beats LMU in Emotional OT Slugfest

LOS ANGLELES, CA (April 2, 2011) -- The Gauchos of UC Santa Barbara looked to bounce back from a tough Spring Break trip when they took on the Lions of Loyola Marymount in an important SLC North division game. UCSB got the win, but it was a high-tension, high-energy slugfest from start to finish.

The Gauchos jumped to a quick 2-0 lead, but LMU came right back to tie, and the back-and-forth carried on from there. The score was tied 5-5 at halftime, and neither team built more than a two-goal lead until SB pulled out to 10-7 early in the fourth quarter, although even that came with the help of a freak own-goal, when LMU goalie Connor DeVane -- who played a tremendous game nonetheless -- had the ball roll across the line while scooping it after a save.

The Lions battled back and scored three straight goals to tie the game at 10-10 shortly before the end of regulation, and the teams girded for a dramatic overtime period.

UCSB won the faceoff and coach Lane Jaffe immediately called time out to organize the attack. His plan was probably not for a long, frantic possession, with hard checks and viscious scrums right in front of the LMU goal, but that's what transpired.

When LMU finally got possession and cleared successfully, momentum threatend to turn. But the Gauchos got the stop, came back, and quickly punched in the game winner, when attackmen Kevin Bowles and Jamie Bridgman combined on a picture-perfect play. From just left of the crease, Bowles fed a cutting Bridgman a dead-on-target pass, and Bridgman snapped in the high-to-low shot for the win.


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