4-3-11The Gaels picked up another conference win Saturday as they handed the U.C. Santa Cruz Banana Slugs their first conference defeat in nearly 5 years. St. Mary’s would only score 6 total goals on the day, but a stingy defense held Santa Cruz to only 2 goals on 19 shots. Leading the way for the Gaels was Logan Magness with 3 goals, while teammate Daniel Podesta recorded 2 assists.
You would have to go back to the 2006 season against U.C. Davis to find the last time the Slugs lost a conference regular season game. That same season Santa Cruz handed the Gaels an embarrassing 23-3 home loss, and continued to terrorize the division for nearly 5 straight years. Yet the shift of power has seemingly swayed toward the Gaels as of recently as St. Mary’s has beaten the Slugs the last two matches including last season’s WCLL championship game in which St. Mary’s won 9-5. The win brings the Gaels record to 8-3, while they remain perfect in conference play at 4-0. U.C. Santa Cruz dropped to 3-8 overall and 2-1 in conference.
The Gaels will play a non-conference game this week at home against Pacific Lutheran from the PNCLL conference. The Lutes bring in a 2-3 record overall with an impressive 8-7 win over Gonzaga earlier in the season. The game is set to take place