Sports  Winter 2011

Women’s Basketball
Gauchos Open Big West Play by Throttling Long Beach

Not even a week off for a holiday break could cool off the UC Santa Barbara women's basketball team. The Gauchos won for the seventh time in their past nine games, using a 23-7 run to open the second half and cruised to a 70-43 victory over Long Beach State in the Big West opener for both teams at the Walter Pyramid in January.

The victory pushed the Gauchos over .500 for the first time this season at 7-6. Emilie Johnson had 14 points to lead four Gauchos in double figures as Mekia Valentine had 13 points, Kelsey Adrian had 11 and Sweets Underwood added 10. The Gauchos hit 6 of 11 three pointers and outrebounded Long Beach 43-30 while also forcing 25 LBSU turnovers.

Men’s Soccer
Short-Handed Gauchos Fall to No. 6 Seeded Cal, 2-1, in Double Overtime

Cal scored with just one second remaining in the first overtime period to defeat UC Santa Barbara, 2-1, in the NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championship Second Round at the Golden Bears' Edwards Stadium, ending the Gauchos' postseason run.

With the clock winding down on the first overtime period, Anthony Avalos drew Hayden out of the goal on the left side before passing the ball to Davis Paul, who scored on a wide-open net with one second remaining.

The Gauchos played all but 25 minutes of the match a man-down after Luis Silva was red carded in the first half when he collided with Carrasco going for a 50-50 ball.

UC Santa Barbara ended the season with a 14-5-3 record, marking its 10th consecutive winning season. UC Santa Barbara won the Big West Championship for the first time in program history this year and had a total of nine players named to All-Big West teams.

NCAA College Cup
Akron Wins Top Prize at Renovated Harder Stadium

The Akron men's soccer team defeated Louisville 1-0 in the NCAA College Cup final, capturing the school's first championship in any sport in its second consecutive finals appearance.

The 9,672 fans at Harder Stadium on the campus of UC Santa Barbara - many backing the Mid-American Conference team from northeast Ohio- constituted the largest crowd since 2004 to witness a championship match.

The historic stadium now features the brand new Curtice Gate -which features a new concessions area -a state of the art scoreboard and video board, a resurfaced Meredith Field, and a renovated press box. The Curtice Gate is a new ticket-holder entrance that is situated on the corner of Harder South and Stadium Road and opens up to the expanse of Meredith Field at Harder Stadium with the Santa Ynez Mountains as a backdrop. The gate is named for the legendary former UCSB football coach and Athletics Director "Cactus" Jack Curtice.

Men's Baseball
Two Former Gauchos Baseball Players Honored

Infielder Ryan Cavan, part of the World Series champion San Francisco Giants, and pitcher Joe Gardner, who is in the Cleveland Indians organization, were both ranked among the best in minor league baseball.

Infielder Ryan Cavan, part of the World Series champion San Francisco Giants, and pitcher Joe Gardner, who is in the Cleveland Indians organization, were both ranked among the best in minor league baseball.

Gardner went 13-6 with a 2.75 ERA and 142 strikeouts in 147.1 innings between two minor league teams within the Cleveland organization. Last season he was ranked as the No. 54 prospect amongst the Indians and this season Baseball America rated him the Tribe's No. 9 prospect.

Women's and Men's Cross Country
Paredes, Herrera Lead UCSB to Solid 3rd-Place Finish at Big West Championship

Sophomore Juan Paredes and junior Isadore Herrera each finished in the top-10 to help the UC Santa Barbara men's cross country team to a solid third-place finish at the 2010 Big West Championship meet at the Ag/Ops Course in Riverside, Calif., in October.

In an upset, UC Davis won the meet, edging UC Riverside 64-66. UC Santa Barbara was third with 70 points while Long Beach State finished fourth with 76. The UC Santa Barbara women's cross country team placed three runners in the top-20 at the NCAA West Regional Championship in Eugene, Ore., and tied with Cal for fifth-place out of 31 teams with 159 points in November. The Gaucho men's team finished 11th out of 25 teams.

Women's and Men's Swimming
Alum Katy Freeman places second in 200 breaststroke

UC Santa Barbara alum Katy Freeman took second in the 200 breaststroke on the third and final day of the 2010 AT&T Short Course National Championships, which was held at the Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatics Pavilion on the campus of Ohio State in December.

Katy Freeman took second in the event after being seeded first following her preliminary time of 2:08.93. She finished in 2:0.97 during the evening's final. On the men's side, junior Kevin Ferguson won the consolation final in the 100 freestyle with his time of 43.92, which is the sixth fastest time in school history.

Gaucho freshman Sophia Yamauchi took 22nd in the event, touching the wall in 2:15.20, which was .52 seconds faster than her previous personal best. Sophomore Paige Bradley also competed in the 200 breast and finished 36th with a time of 2:17.82.

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