No. 20 Santa Clara Drops Opener to No. 12 San Jose State

Jan. 28, 2006

San Jose, Calif. - The Santa Clara women's water polo team opened up the 2006 season with a hard-fought battle with Bay Area rival San Jose State and despite two goals apiece from junior Andrea Evans and freshman Claire Linney, the Broncos fell to the Spartans 10-6 this afternoon at the Aquatics Center.  The contest is also the eighth match-up this year between the two local universities in various sports as part of the Rivalry Series and with the win, San Jose State earns two points, though Santa Clara still leads the overall competition 16-4.

"We came out strong and it was a tight one-goal game for most the match. We had a couple of mental letdowns in the fourth quarter that San Jose capitalized on," said Wilbur. "We played well enough to win for threee quarters, but we just have to do a better job of finishing."

Along with Evans and Linney, the Broncos got goals from seniors Lindsey Bacolini and Alanna Simpkins. In defeat, Simpkins had a great all-around game to the tune of one assist, one steal, and drawing two kickouts. Santa Clara's backline was anchored by goalies Kristin Barnes and Randahl Capurro, as both traded time in the cage. Barnes accumulated three blocks and two steals, while Capurro had five blocks and one steal.

Santa Clara drops its record to 0-1 on the year and returns to action tomorrow against Cal State Monterey Bay down at Seaside, Calif. Game time is scheduled for 1 p.m.