Broncos Fall 5-3 to Pacific

Feb. 21, 2009

STOCKTON, Calif. - One day after the Santa Clara women's water polo team's thrilling win at home, the Broncos could not carry that momentum into their game at University of Pacific Saturday afternoon, as they fell, 5-3. Taylor Harkins led the SCU offense with two goals and an assist. The sophomore driver also tallied two steals and drew a kick out.

Senior Claire Linney started in the cage for the second straight game, in place of injured goalie Wren White. The Bronco captain posted three blocks in the first half. In the field she had two steals and two kick outs drawn. Junior Meg Zimmerman took over goalie duties in the second half and tallied three blocks. The San Mateo, Calif. native drew three kick outs and a 5-meter penalty in the field.

The Broncos had a strong defensive game under the prowess of redshirt sophomore Rochelle Stowe, who led the Bronco defense with two steals.

"Rochelle played a lot of minutes today at 2-meter defender," said head coach Keith Wilbur. "She maintained the hard press for us and broke down Pacific's offensive attack really well."

Kendal Hildebrand, and Allie and Amy Lamb each had a steal apiece in the game, and freshman Laura Espinosa scored a goal.

Santa Clara looks to bounce back at the Slugfest Tournament hosted at UC Santa Cruz. On Saturday, February 28, they will take on California State Monterey Bay at 8 a.m. SCU will then face off with Pacific in a rematch at 11:30 a.m. in their second game at the Slugfest. They will close out the first day of play versus tournament host's UCSC. Game time is set for 3 p.m.

Santa Clara 3, University of Pacific 5

Goals:
Espinosa - 1, Harkins - 2

Assists:
Amy Lamb - 1, Harkins - 1

Steals:
Allie Lamb - 1, Stowe - 2, Amy Lamb - 1, Hildebrand - 1, Linney - 1, Harkins - 2

Kick Outs Drawn:
Allie Lamb - 1, Zimmerman 3, Linney - 2, Harkins - 1

5-Meter Penalties:
Zimmerman - 1

Blocks:
Linney - 3, Zimmerman - 3