Georgia Women's Club Lacrosse Team Outlasts UCSB in Santa Barbara Shootout ------<#)

Fresh from their early afternoon takedown of defending national champion Colorado State, the Georgia women’s club lacrosse team returned to action on Friday evening against hometown UC-Santa Barbara to close out the initial day of the 26th annual Santa Barbara Shootout. Due perhaps to a letdown from their previous triumph, the Red and Black struggled in the early going before concluding Valentine’s Day with a 10-7 win.

The Gauchos came out of the opening draw with control of the ball and went up, 1-0, on a free position shot. Junior defender Sarah Biondich came up with a ground ball, but the UCSB goalie stopped senior attack Murphy Ferguson’s ensuing shot. Likewise, a pickup by senior midfielder Callie Wheatley failed to produce a score when the Bulldogs committed a turnover.

It therefore fell to senior attack Emma Goodnow to tie the contest on a free position shot, then give Georgia the lead with a score on a roll from the left crease. The Gauchos wouldn’t go away, though, knotting the score and going out in front on a pair of free position shots while notching a save by the goalie to prevent a Georgia score. Junior midfielder Morgan Shumate’s recovery of a ground ball was squandered on another turnover, which led to a third straight free position goal to give UCSB a 4-2 lead.

Junior midfielder Katie Ezell pulled the Bulldogs even by controlling the next two draws and turning them into goals to snarl the contest, 4-4, at halftime. After the break, the Athenians went back out in front on a save by freshman goalie Caroline Youngs, a steal by Biondich, and a score by sophomore midfielder Mady Katz. Junior attack Parisa Ayers extended the Georgia edge to two scores, and a combination of Youngs saves and Red and Black takeaways kept the score unchanged until Goodnow found the back of the net to make the margin 7-4.

A UCSB goal was answered when junior attack Jenna Dreyer scored on a roll from the crease. The Athenians’ 8-5 advantage swiftly was shaved to 8-7 on consecutive goals by the Gauchos, but Dreyer scored twice more to increase the Bulldogs’ edge to three with a little fewer than eight minutes remaining in the game. Youngs recorded stops on a pair of UCSB free position shots to preserve the 10-7 margin, after which the Athenians were able to run out the clock.

The Red and Black ladies will return to action tomorrow afternoon against Brigham Young before closing out the Santa Barbara Shootout by facing Santa Clara on Sunday. The Georgia men’s club lacrosse team squares off with their UC-Santa Barbara counterparts in the Golden State this evening.

Go ‘Dawgs!

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