DAVIS, Calif. – Santa Clara men's water polo extended its winning streak to three games before falling to a top-10 team on the final day of the Aggie Roundup at UC Davis.
The Broncos (4-4) held off Whittier College, 11-9, then were edged by No. 8-ranked Cal, 12-9, on Sunday at Schaal Aquatic Center.
Santa Clara won three of its four contests at the tournament. The Broncos defeated Ottawa University – Arizona and Austin College on Saturday.
Santa Clara 11, Whittier College 9
Werner snapped a 7-all on a goal just 1:11 into the final period. Hughes and Bahia followed with markers in the next two minutes.
Sean Tehaney went the distance in net for the Broncos, registering 15 saves.
Bahia also drew three kickouts. Santa Clara was 3-for-11 with the man advantage.
No. 8 Cal 12, Santa Clara 9
Nikolaos Papanikolaou posted three goals for California, which held off Santa Clara for an 12-9 win in the finale of the Aggie Roundup.
Patrick Kirk had three goals for the Broncos who led four times against the Bears (7-3).
Kirk's second goal, which came with less than 1 minute left in the second quarter, gave Santa Clara a 6-5 halftime lead. His final strike pulled the Broncos within 10-9 with 4:55 left in the game, but the Bears scored twice in the final 3 minutes.
Chase Zamborelli had nine saves for Santa Clara.
Jack Deely and Jordan Hoover each scored twice for Cal, which was 2-for-3 with the extra attacker. The Broncos went 3 of 5.
The Broncos will play four games in the Gary Troyer Tournament. They face Cal Lutheran and Wagner on Friday, and host La Verne and Occidental on Sunday