LA JOLLA, Calif. – Santa Clara women's water polo was upended by No. 3 UCLA, 17-2, and Marist, 10-8, on Saturday, the opening day of action at the Triton Invitational.
The Broncos (2-4) will close out action in the two-day, 16-team event on Sunday. They will face Cal State East Bay at 9:20 a.m. and play either Pomona-Pitzer or San Diego State in the afternoon.
Game One: UCLA 17, Santa Clara 2
Ava Johnson posted four goals to lead third-ranked UCLA to a convincing 17-2 win over the Broncos.
Johnson scored twice in the opening period and once more in the second when the Bruins (12-0) tallied five goals to build a 9-1 lead by halftime.
Grace Reego, Maddie Musselman and Bella Baia each registered two goals for the Bruins who remained perfect on the season.
UCLA went 5-for-7 with the man advantage.
Alexa Grau suffered the loss for the Broncos, registering three saves in the opening half of her first-career start. Grace Kavanaugh played the second half, seeing her first-career action.
Game Two: Marist 10, Santa Clara 8
Katherine Tijerina tallied a game-high four goals, including three in the fourth quarter, to help Marist rally past Santa Clara for a 10-8 win.
Justine Castro and Susan Cantoni each scored twice for the Red Foxes who notched four of the final five goals of the game.
Buck scored to snapped a 6-all tie early in the fourth period.
But Tijerina answered with two goals in 1:05 span and then Castro and Cantoni added insurance markers.
Lydia Dadd started in goal for the Broncos and had seven blocks.
The Broncos were 0-for-3 with the extra attacked the Red Foxes were 3-for-6.
Santa Clara led 3-1 in the opening period and 6-4 in the third quarter.