Baird's Hat Trick Leads Slugs to Victory
SANTA CRUZ, CA -- In their only game this week the Slugs unleashed on visiting Chapman University with a 9-0 victory Saturday afternoon. UCSC took a total of 31 shots, 16 of which were on goal, while the Slug defense held Chapman to just 1 shot and 2 corner kicks.
Senior Bryan Baird would lead the way for the Slugs recording his third hat trick this season. Baird netted the first goal of the game at the 8-minute mark, off an assist from Alex Tocco. On a breakaway in the 23rd minute, Baird would score his second goal of the game past a diving goalkeeper. Bryan would then score the last goal of the game for the Slugs when he netted a perfect shot in the 81st minute.
A total of 6 Slugs would get in on the scoring action against the Panthers today.
Stephen Wondolowski scored the second goal of the game off a penalty kick in the 12th minute and freshman Julian Alvarez drilled another one past the keeper just minutes later.
Adding a spark off the bench in the second half was senior Grant Lyon, who came in and recorded 3 points in just 8 minutes of playing time. In the 54th minute Lyon would be credited with the assist on a Matt Skenazy goal. Four minutes later Grant would score one of his own off an assist from Alex Mandel.
Last but not least was senior Adam Smarte, who froze the keeper twice to score back-to-back goals in the second half. The first came off a penalty kick in the 61st minute, while the second was just minutes later on a breakaway where Smarte beat the keeper one on one to score into an open net.
UCSC's record improves to 10-0-1, while Chapman falls to 3-9.
The Slugs travel to Minnesota next weekend to face Gustavus Adolphus (Fri. 4pm) and St. Olaf (Sun. 1pm).