March 22, 2004

Water Polo Comeback Falls Short

March 22, 2004

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The Santa Clara University women's water polo team overcame a 6-1 deficit to tie the match at 7-7, but Cal State Northridge secured a 9-7victory with two late scores this evening at Matador Pool. The Broncos' overall record falls to 13-14 while CSUN improves to 12-7.

"They jumped out on us quickly, but we battled back and dominated the next two quarters to tie it up," SCU head coach Keith Wilbur said. "They're a good team and it was a great experience for us. We didn't come out strong or finish the way we needed to, but it's a learning experience and we now know we can play with a team like this; we just need to finish strong."

Bronco Katy Shumm tied the match with 4:19 left in regulation, but Kendra Klein put the Matadors ahead for good on a touch pass by Pam Barba with 1:52 left. Erica Bonetti recorded the final margin with her score in the final minute.

The game seemed decided after the first quarter, as the Matadors jumped out to a 4-0 lead. CSUN made it 5-0 when Barba scored a man-advantage goal with 5:15 remaining until intermission. Santa Clara got on the board when Katie Radvanyi scored 22 seconds later, however CSUN countered just 11 seconds after that to move ahead 6-1.

The Broncos then began their comeback. Kathleen Hamm made it 6-2 at 3:28 and Shumm cut the lead by one more 58 seconds later. Just before the half, with 47 seconds remaining, Catherine Flynn scored a penalty shot from four meters out and the Broncos' trailed 6-4 at the break.

Midway through the third period, the Matadors went up 7-4 with a man-up goal by Barba. The Broncos responded, scoring the next three to knot the match: Flynn put one into the back of the net at 4:16, Radvanyi scored with 2:26 left in the third and Shumm made it 7-7 on a goal with 4:19 remaining in the fourth.

Bronco goalkeeper Anne Ginotti finished with five blocks.

The Broncos remain in Southern California for Spring Break and visit Division III top-ranked Pomona-Pitzer tomorrow at 5 p.m.