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