Fresno State Starts Fast in Second Half, Rally Falls Short for Women’s Water Polo

Fresno State Starts Fast in Second Half, Rally Falls Short for Women’s Water Polo

FRESNO, Calif. – For the second-straight game, Santa Clara women's water polo played well enough in the opening half to earn a road victory, but a flurry to start the third quarter helped Fresno State claim its first Golden Coast Conference win.

Emily Nicholson scored three times and Sydney Coachman tallied the game-winner early in the fourth quarter for the Bulldogs (4-13, 1-2) in Wednesday's 7-6 triumph over the Broncos.

Hannah Buck also had three goals, including two in the final period, and Annie Eldredge scored twice and dished out two assists for Santa Clara (10-12, 1-2).

The Broncos trailed by three goals on three occasions and battled back.

Coachman scored with 6 minutes left in the fourth to increase the lead to 7-4 before Buck struck twice for goals in less than 60 seconds.

But the Broncos were unable to get a good scoring opportunity in the final 4 minutes.

Goaltender Madelynn Garcia picked up the win, turning aside 10 shots and she got plenty of help as the Fresno State defense clamped down forcing a number of turnovers.

Santa Clara led twice in the opening half, including 2-1 when Eldredge drove home a 5-meter attempt with 5 minutes left in the second quarter, but the Bulldogs, in their first season of existence, scored the next four.

Fresno State's Callie Woodruff, who also had two assists, erased a 2-all tie 70 seconds into the second half and Nicholson followed with two goals in less than 2 minutes of action.

Lydia Dadd was credited with nine saves for the Broncos who were also tied 2-all with San Jose State at halftime on Saturday before the Spartans went on a roll and pulled away in the second half.

Lydia Dadd (goalie), Hannah Buck, Annie Eldredge, Maddy Gomes, Mara Dominguez, Maggie Oys and Hailey Eberle started for the Broncos.

Santa Clara play at Fresno Pacific on Thursday at noon.


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