UCLA heads into a two-week break riding a strong performance in the Pac-12 Shootout, and it’s a good thing, because coming out of the break the Bruins travel to Santa Barbara to take on the Gauchos in an important Southwestern Lacrosse Conference matchup.
This weekend, UCLA improved to 3-2 with wins over Stanford, 11-8 on Saturday, and Oregon, 8-6 on Sunday.
Saturday, transfer graduate student Carleton Knisely, an attackman from Pennsylvania who played one season at NCAA D-I Bucknell, scored four times to lead an offense that also got two goals each from freshman attack Ben Keen (Carlsbad, Calif./La Costa Canyon), freshman attack Jeff McGill (Danville, Calif./San Ramon Valley) and junior middie Sam Moran (Lake Forest, Ill.).
The Bruins never trailed against Stanford, though the Cardinal did come alive in the third quarter to make things interesting. UCLA led 6-2 at halftime, but Stanford scored three quick goals to open the third quarter and pull within one at 6-5. Goals by McGill and Moran helped UCLA maintain the lead at 8-6 heading to the fourth quarter, and Moran and Knisely scored to make it 10-6 midway through the fourth.
Junior goalie Nathaniel Liebes (Livingston, N.J.) made 12 saves against Stanford.
Sunday, the Bruins didn’t trail, but they didn’t lead by more than a goal until late in the fourth quarter. Senior attack Kevin Rowen (Irvine/Northwood) scored three goals for UCLA, and senior middie Raman Garg (Portland, Ore./Oregon Episcopal) scored two.