Feb. 11, 2006
La Jolla, Calif. - On the first day of the prestigious Triton Tournament, featuring 11 of the Top 20 water polo teams in the nation, No. 20 Santa Clara performed extremely well, taking No. 8 San Diego State to the wire before losing 5-4 and then returning to the pool to dominate Redlands 12-3. Santa Clara had a variety of players contribute on the offensive end, led by Katie Radvanyi's four goals in both matches.
"I thought we played really well both games. We had a tough first-round match up and lost by one goal, but we came back really strong in the next game," said head coach Keith Wilbur. "I hope we'll be able to continue our good play the rest of the weekend."
In the tournament opener, Santa Clara played a brilliant defensive match with San Diego State, only to lose by one with a goal scored with just 13 seconds left in the contest. Four different players scored a goal, with Emily Bonk, Andrea Evans, Claire Linney and Katie Radvanyi each found the back of the net. Kristin Barnes played goalie in the first half, nothcing two blocks, while Randahl Capurro took over in the cage in the second half, blocking six attacks. In addition to her goal, Bonk drew three kickouts, while Evans also added three steals.
"We played a good game all-around. We battled back from a 3-1 deficit at the end of the first half to tie it 4-4 at the end of the third quarter," noted Wilbur. "The fourth quarter was a defensive battle and they got a goal with 13 seconds left. We probably could have done better on the offensive end, but it was a good showing by us."
Against Redlands, Radvanyi led the way with three goals, followed closely by Evans who notched two goals to go along with her three steals and one assist. Bonk also scored twice, as did Lindsey Bacolini. Rounding up the scorers for the Broncos were Allie Lamb, Elizabeth Perry and Linney, each with one goal apiece. In addition, Perry chipped in three assists and one steal, while Evans had three steals and one assist. On the defensive end, Barnes and Capurro split time once again at goalie, as each had four blocks in the rout.
"Our depth and our speed really helped with our counterattack and it helped us win the game."
Santa Clara improves its record to 3-2 on the year and returns to the pool tomorrow on the second day of the Triton Tournament.