#10-Spartans Take Care Of Santa Clara, 16-6

            Timi Molnar and Rae Lekness combined for 10 goals as #10-ranked San Jose State University defeated Snata Clara University, 16-6, in a non-conference women’s water polo match.

            Molnar matched her single-game career best with six goals and Lekness pitched in four as the Spartans (10-7) won by 10 goals for the second time in three days. San Jose State knocked off Harvard, 18-8, on March 21.

            For the second match in a row, the Spartans started quickly scoring on their first four shots. Molnar and Lekness each scored twice in the Spartans’ five-goal first quarter barrage.

            “We came into this game really prepared – mentally prepared and physically prepared and got after it,” said San Jose State goalkeeper Maddie Reardon, who yielded just two scores in the three quarters she played. “(Defensively) We communicated well. Everybody knew where their teammates were.  We came in strong working as a team.”

            With many of the San Jose State reserves playing in the second quarter, Santa Clara (11-12) closed the deficit to 6-4 at halftime. A pair of goals by Anna Natalizio and Lekness’ third score of match in the third quarter gave San Jose State a 9-4 lead and the Spartans were never threatened after that.

            “I thought the team played well overall. There was a mental lapse (in the second quarter) that we had to overcome, but we were able to do that and the final result was great,” said San Jose State head coach Lou Tully, who made liberal use of his reserve players.

            “It helps your psyche to put some teams away and play well. That part makes it (winning) very important. It’s for our own confidence that our players feel good about what they are doing,” the San Jose State coach said about the week’s two convincing wins.

            Reardon was credited with eight saves in the Spartans’ victory. Santa Clara starting goalkeeper Stephanie Clements made four saves in 3.5 quarters of play.

            San Jose State returns to Mountain Pacific Sports Federation action, Friday, March 29, hosting #3-UCLA in a 1:00 p.m. match at The Aquatic Center.


San Jose State University Women’s Water Polo
The Aquatic Center, San Jose, Calif.
March 23, 2013


Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 Total
Santa Clara (11-12) 0 4 1 1 6
#10-San Jose State (10-7) 5 1 4 6 16

Goal Scoring

Santa Clara – Julia Powers, Alison Norris, 2, each; Kaitlin Murphy, Makena Pezzuto, 1, each.

San Jose State – Timi Molnar, 6; Rae Lekness, 4; Victoria Smith, Anna Natalizio, 2, each; Bianca Seyfert, Orla Brazell, 1, each.

Goalkeeper Saves

Santa Clara – Stephanie Clements, 4; June Afshar, 1.

San Jose State – Maddie Reardon, 8; Melanie Merritt, 0.


Santa Clara – 7

San Jose State - 8