Women’s Water Polo Jumps Out to Early Lead, Rolls Past Fresno Pacific

Women’s Water Polo Jumps Out to Early Lead, Rolls Past Fresno Pacific

FRESNO, Calif. – Santa Clara women's water polo got off a quick start and never looked back in posting a convincing 12-3 road win over Fresno Pacific on Thursday.

Lydia Dadd backboned the defense and Hannah Buck led a balanced offensive attack with three goals for the Broncos who snapped a three-game skid.

Annie Eldredge, Maddy Gomes, Maggie Ireland and Hailey Eberle scored twice each and Maggie Oys registered a career-high five assists for Santa Clara (11-12), which scored four goals in the opening 5 minutes of the game.

The Broncos pulled away late in the second quarter when Buck, Kelly Frumkin and Eberle scored in a 2-minute span to build an 8-1 lead in a game played at Sunnyside High School.

Emily Knowles had two goals for the Sunbirds (8-14) who lost their fifth-straight contest.

Buck scored on all three of her shots and drew three kickouts.

The Broncos, who rebounded from Wednesday's 7-6 Golden Coast Conference loss at Fresno State, were 2-for-7 with the man advantage while the Sunbirds were 1 of 7.

Dadd turned aside the lone 5-meter attempt in the game. She flashed her right hand to save Julia Ponce's shot with less than 2 minutes remaining in the opening half.

Lydia Dadd (goalie), Hannah Buck, Annie Eldredge, Maddy Gomes, Mara Dominguez, Maggie Oys and Hailey Eberle started for the Broncos.
• Dadd needed only three quarters of action to produce her eighth double-digit save total of the season. Alexa Grau played the fourth period and was credited with two blocks.

Santa Clara concludes its stretch of five straight on the road next week, playing a pair of Golden Coast Conference games. The Broncos face Loyola Marymount on Friday, April 6, and Azusa Pacific the following day.

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