March 8, 2008
Los Angeles, Calif. - On the second day of the LMU Invitational, the Santa Clara women's water polo team split their games by a combined difference of two goals. The Broncos fell to Cal State Bakersfield 7-6 in the morning, but defeated No. 15 UC San Diego 5-4.
Against Bakersfield, Santa Clara kept the game close thoughout with the game tied going into the fourth quarter. The team took the lead after Jenny Knutson scored one of her two goals early in the quarter, but Bakersfield scored twice in the final three minutes and held on for the win.
Amy Lamb had a hat trick along with two assists and Christie Miller had a goal, an assist, a steal, and two kickouts drawn. Elizabeth Perry chipped in defensively with four steals. Randahl Capurro blocked nine shots in goal in a solid defensive effort.
"It was definitely a tough game," said head coach Keith Wilbur. "We had to do a better job offensively and create more opportunites."
In the second game against UC San Diego, the Broncos took a 4-1 lead into the half. San Diego closed the lead to one with a two-goal third quarter, but Santa Clara held them off in the fourth to come away with the win.
Amy Lamb had two goals with an assist and a kickout, Allie Lamb had a goal with two steals and a kickout drawn, and Emily Bonk and Taylor Harkins supplied the rest of the scoring with one goal each. Capurro had 14 blocks in a great defensive effort holding San Diego to just four goals.
"We played a good game defensively and offensively we did a good job of creating 6-on-5 opportunities," said Wilbur. "San Diego is a good team, it's a good win to finish the tournament and bounce back from this morning."
Santa Clara went 2-2 on the weekend against four "very good teams" according to Wilbur. They pick things up next weekend with a sinlge game at Sonoma State next Friday, March 15 at 1:00 p.m.