February 5, 2005

20th-Ranked Broncos Sweep Tripleheader in Santa Cruz

Feb. 5, 2005

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. - After earning its first national ranking in program history, the Santa Clara women's water polo team swept a tripleheader in Santa Cruz on Saturday. The Broncos defeated Sonoma State, Cal State Monterey Bay and UC Santa Cruz all on the same day.

In the morning match, Santa Clara edged Sonoma State, 8-7. Playing without captain Catherine Flynn, who received a red card last weekend, the Broncos scored the winning goal with only 20 seconds left to claim the win.

"It was tough playing without our captain," said head coach Keith Wilbur. "However, we found our offense in the second half and were able to pull out a close victory."

Alanna Simpkins scored the game winner for SCU to go along with three steals. Katie Radvanyi led the Broncos with three goals, while drawing two kick outs. Danielle Mansfield and Lindsey Bacolini each scored two goals, as Kathleen Hamm drew four kick outs. Freshman Christie Miller also had a strong match, recording three steals and drawing three ejections.

In the goal for the Broncos, Kristin Barnes posted five blocks.

After a close first match, Santa Clara tallied a 16-3 victory over first year program Cal State Monterey Bay. 13 different Broncos scored in the match as Erin Scollin led all scorers with three goals. Miller and Simpkins each recorded two goals in the contest.

Three different goalkeepers saw playing time in the match as Barnes started the game and posted two saves. Randahl Capurro recorded three saves, while Christina Malley added two more.

In the final match of the day, SCU notched a 12-2 victory over UC Santa Cruz. With another display of balanced scoring, eight Broncos found the back of the net against the Banana Slugs.

"After leading only 1-0 after the first quarter, our offense really came together through out the rest of the match," said Wilbur. "Our counterattack and half court offense really started clicking after the first quarter."

Flynn led SCU with three goals in the contest, while Bacolini and Radvanyi each scored two goals. Bacolini added four steals in the game and Radvanyi recorded three assists. Kaylie Pezzuto, Emily Bonk, Simpkins, Mansfield and Miller each tallied a score for the Bronco attack.

Barnes continued to keep the opposition off the scoreboard and posted eight blocks. Capurro also tallied four saves.

Santa Clara will be back in action next weekend with four matches over the course of two days. On Saturday, the Broncos will take on Cal State East Bay (formerly known as Cal State Hayward) at 11 a.m. in Hayward, before playing Sonoma State at 3 p.m. in Rohnert Park. On Sunday, SCU will open its home schedule with a pair of contests at Leavey Pool. At 11 a.m., the Broncos will host UC Santa Cruz before a 2 p.m. meeting with Cal State Monterey Bay.