October 24, 2010

Santa Clara Picks Up Two More Wins At Rodeo Tournament

The No. 13 Santa Clara men's water polo team wrapped up the 2010 Rodeo Tournament by winning its final two games of the competition; defeating No. 20 Brown, 16-9, and Air Force, 8-6.

In the morning game, the Broncos topped the Bears, led by senior captain Stephen Hobbs' four goals.  Senior Nick Poggetti also had an outstanding game, scoring three goals.  Freshman Tucker Carlson and sophomore Patrick Weiss added two goals each, while junior goalie Michael Wishart had eight saves.

Santa Clara went up 3-0 quickly in the first quarter on a goal by Poggetti and two by Hobbs.  The two teams went to the second quarter tied up at three.

Santa Clara poured it on in the second quarter, outscoring Brown 6-1.  Hobbs started the scoring off, while Joshua Luebke and Weiss added goals before Brown scored one.  Weiss scored again, as well as junior Brett Zylstra and freshman Theo Nasser as SCU went to halftime with a 9-4 lead.

Brown came back strong in the third quarter, scoring three goals to Santa Clara's one.  Carlson scored his first of two second-half goals in the third quarter. Santa Clara led 10-7 after the third quarter.

The two teams traded goals twice in the fourth quarter before Poggetti scored two straight; and Andrew Dugoni and Carlson hit the back of the net as well to give Santa Clara a 16-9 victory.

In the afternoon game against the Falcons, the Broncos went unscored upon in the first while netting two goals.  Air Force finally got on the board in the second quarter, but SCU took a 4-1 lead into half.

The third quarter was action-packed with seven goals. The Broncos scored four times to increase their lead by four as the Falcons scored three.

In the final quarter, Air Force scored twice and held SCU scoreless to make things interesting, but in the end the Broncos prevailed, 8-6.

Junior James Case had a huge game, scoring five goals.  Poggetti struck twice, while senior John Radvanyi added a goal.  Wishart made 10 saves in yet another double-digit block effort.

Santa Clara improves to 17-9 with this weekend's four wins. The Broncos will host No. 4 Stanford next Friday at 6 p.m. in a single-match weekend.