SANTA CLARA, Calif. – In the opener of the Rodeo Tournament, Santa Clara men's water polo was unable to overcome a strong start and balanced offensive attack from Brown, which knocked off the Broncos, 13-7, Friday evening in the last of four games at Sullivan Aquatic Center.
Warren Smith, Tyler Kirchberg, Jake Wyatt and Hudson Rawlings each scored two goals for the 10th-ranked Bears (13-6) who won their seventh-straight contest.
Graham McClone and Mac Carey each tallied a pair of goals for the 20th-ranked Broncos (6-10) who are playing host to the four-day, 15-team tournament.
Goals at the end of both the first and second quarters proved to be the difference for Brown.
An exclusion tally from McClone with 1:44 left in the first quarter cut the Bears' lead to 4-2, but goals from Rico Burke, Yahel Murvitz-Lahav and Smith in just more than a one-minute span made it a five-score cushion.
After Shane Hughes scored early in the second quarter, Brown scored three straight exclusion goals in a two-minute period to increase the lead to 10-3.
The Bears were 4-for-10 with the man advantage, while the Broncos were only 1 of 12, though did connect on a pair of 5-meter penalty shots in the fourth quarter.
McClone and Carey each connected on penalty shots as Santa Clara scored three late goals.
In other action Friday, Loyola Marymount defeated Harvard, 14-13, Cal Baptist downed St. Francis (N.Y.) 15-7 and George Washington knocked off Fresno Pacific, 14-7
The Broncos have five more games scheduled in the tournament:
|Saturday, Oct. 22|
|Santa Clara vs. Wagner||11:40 a.m.||Live Stream|
|Santa Clara vs. Johns Hopkins||5 p.m.||Live Stream|
|Sunday, Oct. 23|
|Santa Clara vs. Harvard||9:20 a.m.||Live Stream|
|Santa Clara vs. Navy||4 p.m.||Live Stream|
|Monday, Oct. 24|
|Santa Clara vs. George Washington||6 p.m.||Live Stream|
San Jose State is aiding in hosting the tournament. The Spartans are also holding seven games Saturday at West Valley College.
Santa Clara has seven games set for Sunday, while the San Jose State will have five.
Tickets: Tickets for the Friday and Monday games at Sullivan Aquatic Center are $5 each. Entry on Saturday and Sunday is $10 for an all-day pass, which will allow patrons exit and entry for all games (not including games at West Valley College). Tickets for Santa Clara's Friday and Monday games may be purchased online or at the gate (cash only). The Saturday and Sunday all-day passes are available online or at the gate (cash only). There are no single-game tickets available on Saturday and Sunday. Sullivan Aquatic Center opens one hour prior to the first game each day. For questions, contact the Santa Clara ticket office weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. at (408) 554-4660 or BroncoTickets@scu.edu.
Parking: For weekday games, the Leavey Center lot, located on Accolti Way off El Camino Real, is free beginning one hour prior to the start. Any other parking facility on campus will be subject to normal daily rates or restrictions, including the main structure, located on Palm Drive. During the weekend, campus parking facilities are free (except for permit required locations). Click here for a campus map and parking restrictions.
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