SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Santa Clara women's water polo was able to fend off a second-half challenge from Cal State East Bay to secure a 9-6 victory in Thursday's nonconference matchup.
Auriel Bill and Maci Taylor each had two goals for the Pioneers (11-12) who were held scoreless on their seven power play chances.
Annie Eldredge, who tallied three assists, and Buck had third-quarter goals, giving the Broncos a 6-3 lead, but the Pioneers pulled even on Taylor's strike with 2:13 left in the period.
However, less than one minute later Maddy Gomes set up Sicat on the right side for an even-strength goal.
Buck had one of the team's three power play goals early in the fourth quarter to make it a two-goal cushion. She another insurance marker in the closing minutes.
Cal State East Bay led for just two minutes in the game.
Bill's goal early in the second quarter gave the Pioneers a 2-1 lead, but Maggie Oys, who posted two assists, evened the score and Lauren Paxton's tally just before halftime regained the lead for the Broncos.
Lydia Dadd picked up the win in net with six saves.
• Hannah Buck, Emma Allegrucci, Annie Eldredge Lauren Paxton Maggie Oys, Hailey Eberle and Lydia Dadd started the game.
• Buck, the team's leading scorer with 35 goals, had her 12th multi-goal game.
• Eldredge now has 37 assists. She entered the week second in the Golden Coast Conference in assists. She has at least one assist in all but three games.
The Broncos face Loyola Marymount on Friday at 3 p.m. in Sullivan Aquatic Center. Santa Clara closes out the homestand with GCC games against Azusa Pacific (Friday) and Fresno State (Sunday, April 14).
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