AZUSA, Calif.-- Santa Clara used a seven-goal second quarter to post a 15-9 victory over the Azusa Pacific women’s water polo team. The Cougars had eight players score in the loss, and outscored the Broncos in the first frame of each half before falling to 2-12 this season.
Azusa Pacific led 2-1 after eight minutes of action, but saw Santa Clara (6-8) go on a 7-1 scoring run in the second quarter to take a commanding 8-3 lead into the break. The Cougars cut into the deficit when they outscored the Broncos 4-3 in the third quarter, but the home team closed the match on a 4-1 spree to hand the Cougars a 15-9 defeat.
Brittany Garrigan finished with a team-high two goals, while seven other Cougars found the back of the net in the loss. Taylor Whitney tabbed her 15th goal of the season, and Alyssa Hess logged her 18th score of the year. Maryann Slama tallied two assists and a goal, while junior keeper Jessica Armagost recorded 10 saves and a steal.
Earlier in the day Azusa Pacific lost 12-10 in an exhibition with the Olympic Club, which consists of current and former Olympians. Hess and Garrigan each scored twice in the match, and senior Jennifer Horchler registered a team-high five steals against the Olympic Club. Three Cougars registered two assists in the loss, with Slama, Lora Donladson, and Megan Minekime assisting on two goals apiece. Minekime also drew seven ejections and found the back of the net in the match.
Angelina Castaneda, Allison Gonzales and Horchler also tabbed goals in the exhibition. Azusa Pacific will compete in the Posada Royale Invitational next week, taking on Pomona-Pitzer and Claremont Mudd Scripps on Friday, before facing Long Beach State, Cal Tech, and Cal State East Bay on Saturday in Thousand Oaks.