March 20, 2004

Water Polo Opens Spring Break with Tourney Split

March 20, 2004

CLAREMONT, Calif. - The Santa Clara University women's water polo team won its opening match at the Claremont Colleges Tournament at the CMC Aquatics Center. The Broncos topped Division III sixth-ranked Chapman 13-5, but then fell later in the afternoon 9-7 to Division III second-ranked Redlands. SCU's record remains even at 12-12.

Catherine Flynn and Katie Radvanyi netted five goals apiece to lead the Broncos against Chapman. Kathleen Hamm, Andrea Evans and Erin Scollin each added one goal to round out SCU's scoring. Kristen Barnes recorded 13 blocks in goal.

"We got into town late last night and had to turn around and play an early game this morning," SCU head coach Keith Wilbur explained. "I was impressed to see us get back into our flow so easily. We built a lead early and displayed a very strong counterattack."

Wilbur described the Redlands game as back-and-forth, with multiple lead changes between two very evenly-matched squads. "The biggest difference from the last time we faced them is that they hit some good outside shots today."

Radvanyi and Flynn had two goals each, and Danielle Mansfield, Hamm and Bryn Asher posted one tally apiece. Flynn also drew two kick outs and two four meters. Anne Ginotti was in goal and registered five blocks and two steals.

The Broncos remain at the tournament and have two games on Sunday, against No. 8 Michigan at 10:30 a.m. and Cal State San Bernardino at 2:15 p.m. The Broncos will remain in Southern California for Spring Break and visit Cal State Northridge on Monday at 4 p.m. and Division III top-ranked Pomona-Pitzer, on Tuesday at 5 p.m.