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    Gyenis’ Career Day Leads Gauchos to Two Ranked Wins

    UC Santa Barbara junior Adam Gyenis had himself a day in Los Angeles on Saturday, scoring 11 goals across two games and helping the No. 13 Gauchos defeat both No. 9(T) San Jose State and No. 15(T) Loyola Marymount. The Hungarian scored a hat-trick in the first game to help UC Santa Barbara upset the Spartans, 13-9, then erupted for eight goals against the hosting Lions and the Gauchos won again, 13-10.

    FROM HEAD COACH WOLF WIGO
    “Was a great day for us we had very strong defense,” Wigo said. “It was a great team effort, but Adam Gyenis played the best games of his career and he is really starting to feel comfortable out there. This will give us a lot of confidence heading into next weekend.”

    NO. 13 UC SANTA BARBARA 13, NO. 9(T) SAN JOSE STATE 9
    The Gauchos raced out to an early lead in their first game of the day and never gave it back. Goals from Will Coons, Dash McFarland, Brock Zamanian, Colton Gregory and Sam McKenzie gave Santa Barbara a 5-2 lead after just one quarter, and it was 7-3 at halftime, with Gyenis scoring his first of the day 45 seconds before the buzzer.

    Finn Genc and Gyenis each scored in the third quarter to balloon the Gauchos’ lead to 9-3 before the Spartans rattled off four straight goals to at least make things interesting. McFarland converted a five-meter penalty shot to end the run, then Gyenis finished his hat-trick to put Santa Barbara back up by three in the fourth quarter. Mason Chambliss added another insurance goal with just under two and a half minutes left, then Sean O’Brien put the icing on the cake, scoring with one second on the clock.

    Levi Lentin played the majority of the game in goal, making seven saves.

    NO. 13 UC SANTA BARBARA 13, NO. 15(T) LOYOLA MARYMOUNT 10
    It was the Gauchos who had to play from behind in their second match of the day, falling into a three-goal deficit before even putting one in the net. It was Gyenis (who else) who put Santa Barbara on the board first, scoring their lone goal of the first quarter. The Lions were back up three with two and a half minutes left in the first half, but then Zamanian scored to cut the lead to two, and Logan Sutter dented the twine with 90 seconds left in the half to cut the lead down to one. With five seconds until the buzzer, Gyenis struck again to tie the game at four.

    The teams traded goals, two each, to start the third quarter, but then Gyenis kick-started a 5-0 Gaucho run with two more goals, his fourth and fifth of the game. When Zamanian scored with 7:17 left to play, it put Santa Barbara up 11-6. The Lions got two back in just over 60 seconds to cut the lead down to three, then Gyenis scored his seventh goal of the game to stretch the lead back to four. Again the Lions scored a pair to cut into the lead, and again Gyenis answered, scoring his eighth and final goal of the game with 59 seconds left to put away LMU for good. The eight goals are a single-game career high for the junior from Budapest.

    In goal for the Gauchos, Lentin made nine saves in the game.

    UP NEXT
    UC Santa Barbara will see San Jose State again next weekend, as the Gauchos and Spartans will be participating in The Big West-WCC Clash, hosted by UC Irvine. UC Santa Barbara is set to face No. 9(T) UC San Diego at 10:30 a.m. and No. 8 UC Davis at 5:45 p.m. on Saturday at Irvine’s Anteater Aquatics Complex, then take on San Jose State at 9:15 a.m. at Tustin High School on Sunday, as well as another opponent. That opponent as well as the time and venue will be determined by the results of the prior three games.

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