PRINCETON, N.J. - The Santa Clara men's water polo team kicked off the weekend at the Princeton Invitational on a winning note by defeating Iona, 9-6, on Friday afternoon.
John Raineri scored three goals within the first two minutes of the opening quarter, leading to a game-high four tallies for the Broncos (1-1).
Reilley May tacked on a marker from two meters at the conclusion of the first period.
The Gaels (2-3) closed to within 5-4 late in the first half, but the Broncos responded in the third quarter.
DeMarco Orella scored his two goals in the opening two minutes of the second half, and Raineri added another score.
Scott Zurnacian tallied a final goal for the Broncos on a man down attack early in the final quarter.
- Carey, Raineri, May, Orella, Sam Toriggino and Shane Hughes were positional starters.
- Carey had game-high four kickouts.
- Emil Huebner started went the distance in net, recording a career-high 10 saves.
- Ryan Werner and Dane Estrella had game-high six and five attempts on goal.
"Our team came out with good energy, played strong defense and pushed the counter for the whole game," said head coach Keith Wilbur. "We're a little hot and cold on offense, but our consistency on offense is something we are focusing on and working to improve every game. It's very early in season and building chemistry on offense is normal this time of year."
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Santa Clara plays a pair of games on Saturday, facing host Princeton at 8:15 a.m. Pacific and Fordham at 2:30 p.m.
The Broncos will finish the weekend with an 11:45 a.m. Sunday contest against Navy.
The tournament concludes Sunday with the Broncos facing Navy. The games will be played at Princeton's DeNunzio Pool and streamed on the Ivy League Digital Network, which is subscription based ($9.95 per day/$10.95 per month). For fans planning on watching more than one of the four games, it's best to purchase a monthly pass.