Men’s Water Polo Comes Back on the Road to Down Fresno Pacific

Men’s Water Polo Comes Back on the Road to Down Fresno Pacific

Mountain Pacific Invitational Tournament Central

FRESNO, Calif.Sam Toriggino matched his career-high with three goals, including the game-winner, Mac Carey scored twice and posted three assists, and Dane Estrella dished out a career-best four assists to lead Santa Clara men's water polo to an 11-9 victory over Fresno Pacific in a back-and-forth Western Water Polo Association contest on Wednesday.

Lazar Raca registered three goals for the Sunbirds (4-12, 0-4) who scored just once in nine chances with the man advantage and had their four-game winning streak snapped.

Patrick Kirk had two goals and one assist and Estrella recorded five steals for the Broncos (4-6, 1-2).

Carey's second goal gave the Broncos a 5-2 lead late in the second quarter, but the Sunbirds scored the next five.

Fresno Pacific led 8-6 after Uros Pelemis scored just 26 seconds into the fourth, but Toriggino started the final rally. He scored on the power play 27 seconds later and the eventual game-winner on a feed from Carey with 2:08 on the clock. Kirk's goal on the team's next possession increased the lead to 11-8.

Sean Tehaney posted seven blocks to record his first win in net.

Josh Ramage suffered the loss for the Sunbirds, but was credited with 13 saves.

Sam Toriggino, Patrick Kirk, Reilley May, Dane Estrella, Shane Hughes and Mac Carey have started all 10 games. Sean Tehaney made his second-career start in net.
• Carey has a team-best 24 goals and has scored at least twice in seven games this season.
• Estrella leads the team with 18 steals, with 17 occurring in the last five games.
• Hughes scored twice and had one assist. He has at least one assist in nine games this season.

The Broncos begin play in the Mountain Pacific Invitational on Friday with a matchup against second-ranked UCLA. Santa Clara will play four games in the three-day event that is being held at Stanford.


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