ROHNERT PARK, Calif. – The Santa Clara University women's water polo team picked up a conference victory on the road Thursday afternoon, beating Sonoma State 12-8. Marina Allen scored four goals to lead the Broncos, who improve to 6-3 in Western Water Polo Association play.
Trailing 4-2 after the opening period, the Broncos rallied for five goals in the second to take a 7-6 lead at halftime. Senior captain Taylor Harkins had three goals on the afternoon and freshman Claire Eadington had two.
Santa Clara (9-12; 6-3 WWPA) is among the WWPA leaders, and its game with Sonoma State (6-23; 1-8 WWPA) was the first of five-straight conference games, a pivotal stretch that will influence the team's seeding in the WWPA Championship tournament at the end of April.
Next up is trip to Los Angeles the weekend of April 2-3 to play No. 6 LMU and Cal State San Bernardino.
Santa Clara 12, Sonoma State 8
Mar. 24, 2011 at Dr. G. Edward Rudloff Pool
Rohnert Park, Calif.
SCU — 2 5 2 3 — 12 (9-12, 6-3 WWPA)
SSU — 4 2 2 0 — 8 (6-23, 1-8 WWPA)
SCU Goals: Marina Allen (4), Taylor Harkins (3), Claire Eadington (2), Laura Espinosa, Whitney Allen, Sarah Safir
SSU Goals: Jessica Stansfield (3), Bridgette Souza (2), Kyleigh Shea (2), Natalie Del Carlo
SCU Saves: Wren White (7)
SSU Saves: Kelsey Goode (6)