BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Santa Clara women's water had a strong finish to the Indiana Classic winning its final two games.
The Broncos (9-9) defeated Mercyhurst, 8-2, and rolled past Washington & Jefferson, 14-3, on Sunday, to close out play in the two-day tournament.
On Saturday, Santa Clara was knocked by Marist, 11-7, and then fell to host and 10th-ranked Indiana, 10-3.
The Broncos played all four games without injured starters Lauren Paxton and Mara Dominguez.
Game One: Santa Clara 8, Mercyhurst 2
Hailey Eberle posted two goals and two assists to help the Broncos to an 8-2 win over Mercyhurst.
After a low scoring first half, the Broncos had an offensive explosion in the third quarter, scoring six goals.
Gabi Sicat and Hannah Buck scored in the opening two minutes of the third to give Santa Clara a 4-1 lead. Later in the period, the Broncos then took control with three goals in less than 2 minutes, capped by Eberle's strike which increased the edge to 7-2.
Lydia Dadd played the first three quarters in net, posting six saves.
Game Two: Santa Clara 14, Washington & Jefferson 3
The Broncos had their best offensive output in the tournament finale.
Hannah Buck and Annie Eldredge posted two goals apiece in a 14-3 win over Washington & Jefferson.
Santa Clara built a 8-0 lead by early in the second quarter and never looked back as 12 players got into the scoring column.
Hailey Eberle had one goal and a career-high four assists, and Nicole Blaney scored once and posted a career-best three assists.
Freshman Alexa Grau had her most extensive time in net, playing the final three quarters and recording six blocks.
• Lydia Dadd (goalie), Hannah Buck, Maddy Gomes, Annie Eldredge, Lauren Paxton, Maggie Oys and Hailey Eberle started for the Broncos in both games.
The Broncos are off until March 17, when they play Concordia and Cal State East Bay at home.
July 2, 2018 Women's Water Polo Has 11 Named All-Academic
May 10, 2018 Women's Water Polo Player Named to NCAA Committee
April 29, 2018 Women’s Water Polo Falls to Concordia at GCC Championship
April 24, 2018 Women’s Water Polo Player Earns All-Conference Honor
April 21, 2018 Women’s Water Polo Falls to Pacific on Senior Day
April 17, 2018 Women's Water Polo Faces Pacific on Senior Day
April 14, 2018 Late Goal Sends San Diego State Past Women’s Water Polo
April 6, 2018 Women’s Water Polo Falls on the Road to LMU, 10-4
March 27, 2018 Women’s Water Polo Plays Two in Fresno This Week
March 22, 2018 Women’s Water Polo Faces San Jose State Saturday
March 17, 2018 Women's Water Polo Splits Saturday in Two Exciting Games
March 13, 2018 Women’s Water Polo Dives Back Into Competition
March 8, 2018 Women’s Water Polo Has Break From Competition
March 4, 2018 Strong Finish to Indiana Classic for Women's Water Polo
February 27, 2018 Women’s Water Polo Travels to Indiana for Two-Day Tournament
February 25, 2018 Women's Water Polo Has Solid Showing at Santa Clara Invitational
February 24, 2018 Women's Water Polo Wins Two on Opening Day of Santa Clara Invitational
February 21, 2018 Annual Day of Giving Set for March 7
February 17, 2018 Women's Water Polo Earns Split at Aggie Shootout
February 13, 2018 Women’s Water Polo Travels to UC Davis for Aggie Shoutout
February 10, 2018 Women's Water Polo Drops Two on Opening Day of Triton Invitational
February 6, 2018 Women’s Water Polo Heads to San Diego for Triton Invitational
February 5, 2018 2018 Santa Clara Invitational
February 1, 2018 Women's Water Polo Falls to Sixth-Ranked Hawai'i
January 30, 2018 Women’s Water Polo Prepares for Home Opener
January 27, 2018 Women's Water Polo Rolls in Saturday's Season-Opener
January 26, 2018 New-Look Women's Water Polo Opens Season Saturday
January 4, 2018 Women’s Water Polo 2018 Schedule Announced