Women's Water Polo Captures Fifth Place in Division III National Championships

May 8, 2000

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. - The Santa Clara University women's water polo team received three goals each from Becky Hong and Kelley Mays to defeat MIT 12-6 and capture fifth place in the Division III National Championships. In only its second season as a varsity sport, Santa Clara improves from an unranked campaign in 1999 to the No. 5 national ranking in 2000. The Broncos won seven of their last nine matches to finish at 18-23 overall.

The three-day, eight-team Division III National Championships were held at UC Santa Cruz. Occidental captured the championship with a 7-6, overtime victory over Claremont. Redlands, the five-time defending champion, finished third, followed by UC Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, MIT, Washington & Jefferson and Macalester.

In Sunday's fifth-place match, Santa Clara took a 4-2 lead after one quarter and never looked back en route to a 12-6 victory over MIT. The Broncos led 7-4 at halftime and 9-5 after three quarters. In addition to the hat tricks by Hong and Mays, Lara Williams had two goals while Sara Schmitt, Kristy Kunisaki, Kim Yost and Liz Schurict all added one apiece. With the victory, Santa Clara finished the tournament with three consecutive wins.

Junior Kim Yost, who had 12 goals in the five matches, earned first team All-Tournament honors. Freshman Becky Hong was given Honorable Mention accolades following her six-goal performance.

2000 Division III National Championships
UC Santa Cruz
Fifth place match
Santa Clara 12, MIT 6

2000 Division III National Championships
Final Standings
1. Occidental (4-1)
2. Claremont-M-S (4-1)
3. Redlands (3-2)
4. UC Santa Cruz (3-2)
5. Santa Clara (3-2)
6. MIT (2-3)
7. Washington & Jefferson (1-4)
8. Macalester (0-5)

2000 Division III National Championships
All-Tournament Team
First Team
Cheryl Burkett - Redlands
Kelly Freeman - Claremont
Jane Mi - Claremont
Jackie Provost - Occidental
Katie Reichert - Redlands
Kate Whitchurch - Occidental
Kim Yost - Santa Clara
Maria Zavala - UC Santa Cruz

Second Team
Dana Blankinship - UC Santa Cruz
Maureen Collin - Redlands
Jen Malverson - Redlands
Maureen Reilly - UC Santa Cruz
Stephanie Stephens - Occidental
Laura Vartain - Claremont
Lauren Williams - Claremont

Honorable Mention
Nelly Almasy - Occidental
Akie Baba - Macalester
Jen Eppig - MIT
Andrea Harsanyi - MIT
Becky Hong - Santa Clara
Sarah Rosenberger - Redlands
Audrey Taylor - Washington & Jefferson

Most Valuable Player: Jackie Provost (Occidental)

2000 Division III National Championships Santa Clara Results

Friday, May 5 - Day 1
Redlands 7, Santa Clara 3

1 2 3 4 F Redlands 1 2 3 1 - 7 Santa Clara 1 1 0 1 - 3

Redlands goals: Jen Halverson (3), Cheryl Burkett, Katie Reichert, Noe Brooks, Sarah Rosenberger

SCU goals: Becky Hong, Kim Yost, Kelley Mays

Friday, May 5 - Day 1 UC Santa Cruz 9, Santa Clara 6

1 2 3 4 F UCSC 2 3 2 2 - 9 Santa Clara 1 2 2 1 - 6

UCSC goals: Maria Zavala (2), Wendy Johnson (2), Maureen Reilly (2), Andrea Durbiano, Jiny Kim, Dana Blankinship

SCU goals: Kim Yost (2), Becky Hong, Carly Carpenter, Sarah Schmidt, Katrina Osland

Saturday, May 6 - Day 2 Santa Clara 25, Washington & Jefferson 6

1 2 3 4 F SCU 4 6 7 8 - 25 W&J 2 2 1 1 - 6

SCU goals: Kim Yost (5), Katrina Osland (3), Elizabeth Glotzbach (3), Kelley Mays (2), Carly Carpenter (2), Kristy Kunisaki (2), Emily Abbot (2), Becky Hong, Lara Williams, Regina Dinneen, Amanda Casserly, Shannon Von Lehr, Liz Schuricht

W&J goals: Audrey Taylor (5), Lauren Hurley

Saturday, May 6 - Day 2 Santa Clara 14, Macalester 0

1 2 3 4 F Santa Clara 4 6 2 2 - 14 Macalester 0 0 0 0 - 0

SCU goals: Kim Yost (3), Meghan Stometta (2), Shannon Von Lehr (2), Kelley Mays (2), Regina Dinnen, Carly Carpenter, Liz Schuricht, Kristy Kunisaki, Elizabeth Glotzbach

Sunday, May 7 - Day 3 Fifth place match

1 2 3 4 F Santa Clara 4 3 2 3 - 12 MIT 2 2 1 1 - 6

SCU goals: Becky Hong (3), Kelley Mays (3), Lara Williams (2), Sara Schmitt, Kristy Kunisaki, Kim Yost, Liz Schuricht

MIT goals: Jen Eppig (3), Andrea Harasanyi (2), Yihvan Vuong