Women’s Water Holds Off Cal State Monterey Bay on the Road

Women’s Water Holds Off Cal State Monterey Bay on the Road

SEASIDE, Calif.Lauren Paxton posted a career-best four goals, Hannah Buck scored three times and Annie Eldredge produced two goals and a career-high four assists to help Santa Clara women's water polo hold off Cal State Monterey Bay, 14-11, on Saturday.

Morgan Tucker recorded four goals and Kaitlin Rooney scored three for the Otters (0-1) who tied the game twice in the final quarter after trailing by five in the opening half.

Rooney's goal with 5 minutes left in the game knotted the score at 10-all, but Maggie Oys, Eldredge and Hailey Eberle tallied markers in a 1:26 span for the Broncos (2-1) and Cal State Monterey Bay connected on only one its last six shots.

Paxton and Buck helped Santa Clara get off to a strong start. Paxton scored three times in the first 12 minutes and Buck's second goal gave the Broncos an 8-3 lead with less than 3 minutes left in the opening half.

Rooney's exclusion goal 35 seconds into the fourth quarter tied the game at 9-all, but Paxton scored 18 seconds later.

Lydia Dadd earned the win in net for the Broncos after posting seven saves.

Hannah Buck, Emma Allegrucci, Annie Eldredge, Lauren Paxton, Maggie Oys, Hailey Eberle and Lydia Dadd started the game. The Broncos started the same unit all three games this year.

The Broncos will play at Cal State East Bay on Saturday at noon.