Late Surge From California Baptist Snaps Men’s Water Polo Winning Streak

Late Surge From California Baptist Snaps Men’s Water Polo Winning Streak

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – A late rally from California Baptist snapped the season-long winning streak of Santa Clara men's water polo.

Dominick Nevarez and Kyle Johnson each recorded three goals, and Tanner Shore had the game-winner for the 12th-ranked Lancers in their 13-12 overtime win over the Broncos on Saturday in a Western Water Polo Association contest.

Mac Carey scored three times and Sam Toriggino, Reilley May and Jack Rottman each had two goals for No. 15 Santa Clara (10-10, 2-3), which had won its last five games.

California Baptist (18-10, 3-2) rallied from a pair of three-goal, fourth-quarter deficits.

Shane Hughes scored midway through the fourth quarter to increase the lead to 11-8, but Johnson started the final push with a goal with 2:25 left. After Zach Lowery made it a one-goal affair less than one minute later, the Broncos were unable to run out the clock.

The Lancers had one final possession with 6 seconds left and Nevarez delivered the game-tying goal with 1 second on the clock.

The teams traded goals in the first 3-minute overtime and Nevarez set up Shore for the eventual game-winner with 2:15 remaining in the second extra session.

Goaltender Sean Tehaney came up with a pair of steals for the Broncos, but they were unable to convert. Carey had one final chance, but hit the post on the last shot of the game.

Sam Toriggino, Patrick Kirk, Reilley May, Dane Estrella, Shane Hughes and Mac Carey have started all 20 games. Sean Tehaney made his 11th-straight start in net and registered 10 blocks. He has double-digit saves in his last four outings.
• Carey now has 48 goals on the season, including 17 in the last four games. He had one assists and has 19 in the last seven contests.

Santa Clara had its final three regular season games at home, including two in WWPA play. The Broncos face UC San Diego on Thursday at 3 p.m. and LMU on Saturday at noon. Santa Clara will recognize its seniors prior to the nonconference matchup against Pepperdine (noon) on Sunday, Nov. 4.

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