PRINCETON, N.J. - The Santa Clara men's water polo team ended the Princeton Invitational on a winning note by defeating Navy, 12-7, Sunday behind a career-high four goals for Reilley May.
The Broncos (3-2) who scored six goals with an extra attacker and won three of their four games in the three-day tournament.
Santa Clara maintained a steady lead against Navy (5-5) through much of the game. The Broncos held at least a three-goal edge beginning late in the second quarter.
Dane Estrella helped the Broncos with two goals and game-high three steals.
May scored twice in the final four minutes of the second period to give the Broncos a 6-2 lead.
Santa Clara also scored late in the third with goals by Estrella and John Raineri, extending the lead to 11-3.
Emil Huebner went the distance in net, tallying seven blocks and three steals, helping the Broncos hold the Midshipmen to 1of 12 on the power play.
The Broncos split a pair of games Saturday, falling to host and nationally-ranked Princeton, 16-9, before outlasting Fordham, 11-8.
- Sam Toriggino, DeMarco Orella, John Raineri, Shane Hughes, Mac Carey and May were positional starters.
- Raineri, May, Estrella and Judge Washer scored with the man advantage.
- Carey and Patrick Kirk each tallied one goal.
- May had a game-high four kickouts drawn.
- Scott Zurnacian and Orella both had two assists.
"Overall the guys played well," said head coach Keith Wilbur. "We're still developing chemistry on offense, but I think the best thing was that they put a lot of energy in this four-game tournament. In the third and fourth game of the weekend, they were playing good defense and making good counterattacks. I like where they are condition wise. We want to continue to have good offense and keep getting better."
The Broncos travel to UC Davis next weekend to compete in the Aggie Roundup, playing their first game at 10:30 am Saturday against Whittier. Santa Clara faces Redlands later in the day before matching up with San Jose Sttae and USC on Sunday.