Women's Water Polo Falls to No. 7 Hawaii

April 11, 2003

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Santa Clara University women's water polo team closed the home season with a 13-5 loss to seventh-ranked Hawaii at the Leavey Pool this afternoon.

The Broncos' record moves to 14-16 on the season. Ten different players scored for the Rainbow Wahine as they improve to 9-11. Beth Novick led Hawaii with three goals, all scored in the second quarter.

Santa Clara played an impressive first quarter and held a 3-2 lead after the first seven minutes. With the shot clock winding down, sophomore Katy Shumm got the Broncos on the board first, with an off-speed lob from the right side that took Wahine goalkeeper Amber Lumb by surprise. She mistimed her jump to the Broncos' advantage. Senior Kelley Mays took Shumm's cue and fired her own off-speed attempt from the left side to give SCU a 2-1 edge. After Hawaii missed its first three shots, Audrey Harrer scored on a long cross to put the Wahine on the board.

Each team scored again, as Karin van Hoff tallied one for UH with less than a minute in the quarter. Santa Clara responded with another goal from Shumm, with 25 second remaining the clock.

Shumm added two steals in that period, while her teammates solidified their defense in forcing Hawaii to turn over the ball twice due to shot clock violations.

Hawaii tied the game 15 seconds into the second period, with Novick's score from the hole set. On the team's next possession, she put the Wahine ahead with a shot that caromed off the crossbar. Kristy Bagnall and Harrer added tallies before Novick scored again, this time from close range with eight second remaining before halftime, giving UH a 7-4 advantage.

Santa Clara scored once in the period, when Becky Hong found Bryn Asher after a foul for a quick goal. The Broncos had two man-up opportunities, but could not convert.

The Broncos were held scoreless in the third, as Hawaii extended its lead by three, with goals from Margaret Gnadt, Darcy Scott-Hosaka and Traci Trochinski. Trochinski's goal came with 20 seconds remaining in the quarter, as she stole the ball at mid-pool and scored on the one-on-one attempt.

Hawaii added three scores in the final period, while Hong took a one-skip shot to the back of the cage for the Broncos' final tally.

Lumb finished with 11 saves for the Wahine, while Anne Ginotti had some spectacular saves, finishing with six. Alexandra Dalmau took over for the Broncos in the fourth quarter and tallied one block from close range.

Santa Clara returns to the pool tomorrow afternoon, visiting San Jose State for a 1:15 p.m. match. The Spartans are ranked 11th nationally.