SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Santa Clara men's water polo split a pair of games during its first day of action in the Julian Fraser Memorial Tournament.
The Broncos (9-10) downed Iona, 16-7, after falling to undefeated Harvard, 19-17, on Saturday in the 13-team event that kicked off Friday with three games in Santa Clara's Sullivan Aquatic Center.
San Jose State is serving as host to nine of the tournament's 25 games, including seven on Saturday. The event concludes Sunday with seven contests at Santa Clara and a pair at SJSU.
Harvard 19, Santa Clara 17
Dennis Blyashov scored a game-high seven goals and Harvard held on to defeat Santa Clara, 19-17.
Charlie Owens and Gabe Putnam each scored three times for the ninth-ranked Crimson (21-0) who connected on 48 percent of their attempts, but prevailed by having had 11 more (40 to 29) than Santa Clara.
The Broncos never led, but tied the game six times, including at 13-all on Hughes' goal with 4:41 left in the third quarter. However, Blyashov scored twice within the next 1 minute, 16 seconds.
Hughes again drew Santa Clara within a goal by scoring with 1 second left in the third. But Putnam and Alex Bucur scored within a 17-second span midway through the fourth period for Harvard, which never allowed the Broncos within two the remainder of the game.
Nathan Wu had five saves, including two on penalty shot attempts in the fourth quarter, and picked up the win in net for Harvard.
Chase Zamborelli came off the bench and recorded 13 saves over the last three quarters, but was tagged with the loss.
Each team connected on 50 percent of its power plays. The Broncos were 3-for-6 and the Crimson were 4 of 8. Santa Clara went 3-for-5 on penalty shots.
Hughes also had four assists and Carey added three, along with drawing four kickouts.
Santa Clara 16, Iona 7
Lester Machado and Patrick Hudak had two goals apiece for the Gaels (5-14).
Santa Clara scored the first four goals of the game before Iona rallied.
A goal by Hudak pulled the Gaels within 6-4 with 3 minutes left in the second quarter, but the Broncos scored nine of the next 10.
Kirk and Werner scored within a 1-minute span early in the third quarter to expand the advantage to 10-5. When Eldredge scored late in the third quarter the lead had expanded to 13-5.
Iona had nine opportunities with the man advantage, but Santa Clara allowed just one goal.
• Ryan Werner, Patrick Kirk, Adam Low, Jack Rottman, Shane Hughes and Mac Carey started both games.
• Carey totaled seven assists in the two games to continue his streak of posting at least one in each game this season.
• Adam Low had 10 of his 17 goals this season in the last four games.
The Broncos close out play in the three-day Julian Fraser Memorial Tournament on Sunday. They face Brown at 10:40 a.m. and Princeton at 4 p.m. in the tourney finale.
Santa Clara games will be streamed and live stats will be available. Results and box scores for all remaining games will be posted on the tournament page.
|Sunday, Oct. 27|
|Santa Clara vs. Brown||10:40 a.m.||Live Stream||FOSH|
|Santa Clara vs. Princeton||4 p.m.||Live Stream||FOSH|
ABOUT THE JULIAN FRASER MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT
The Santa Clara water polo community lost one its own in the spring of 2017 with the passing of men's player Julian Fraser. The two-year member of the program touched many around him in his short life. In recognition, the water polo program renamed the annual Rodeo Tournament as the Julian Fraser Memorial Tournament, a three-day event which features teams from both sides of the country. Fraser was beloved by coaches, teammates and the Santa Clara University community. He had a true joy for the sport, he was a fierce competitor and enjoyed the camaraderie with his teammates. This annual tournament is a fitting way to honor and remember him.
All-day passes are available for $13 each day. There are NO single-game tickets available. Passes allow patrons exit and entry for all contests each day at Sullivan Aquatic Center (not including games at San Jose State). They may be purchased online or at Sullivan Aquatic Center, which opens one hour prior to the first game each day. For questions, contact the Santa Clara ticket office weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. at (408) 554-4660 or BroncoTickets@scu.edu.
For weekday games, the Leavey Center lot (see below for access), located on Accolti Way off El Camino Real, is free beginning one hour prior to the start time. Any other parking facility on campus will be subject to normal daily rates or restrictions, including the main structure, located on Palm Drive. During the weekend, campus parking facilities are free (except for permit required locations). Click here for a campus map and parking restrictions.
The construction of the Stephen C. and Patricia A. Schott Athletic Excellence Center has necessitated the closure of the main entrance (off Accolti Way) to the Leavey Center parking lot. Access is now ONLY directly from El Camino Real (Route 82). If you are traveling east on El Camino Real, the Leavey lot entrance will be approximately 150 yards on the right (enter through the black iron gate) after you pass the main campus entrance. If you are traveling west on El Camino, make a u-turn at the main campus entrance at Palm Drive/Railroad Ave and follow the same directions.