Santa Clara, Calif.-----San Jose State University established and extended a school-record winning streak and set a new single-season team scoring record with a pair of victories in first-day action at the Bronco Invitational women’s water polo tournament.
The Spartans (17-11), ranked sixth nationally at the start of the week, disposed of #18-UC San Diego (7-15), 17-11, and dominated unranked Cal State San Bernardino (9-19), 20-5, in a pair of non-conference matches to increase their school record winning streak to nine. San Jose State entered the tournament with a seven-match winning streak that equaled one of similar length in 2007.
With its seventh match in a row scoring 14 or more goals, San Jose State broke its previous single-season scoring record of 300 set in 2007 and has 314 tallies heading into its final two matches of the Bronco Invitational on April 5. At least six more matches remain for the 2009 Spartans to increase their record total.
Kelly Kennison was in goal for the Spartans in the wins against UC San Diego and Cal State San Bernardino. Kennison made eight saves against UC San Diego and a personal single-game best of 12 against Cal State San Bernardino.
A balanced scoring attack, speed by the field players and successful long passing to initiate transition offense characterized each win. Eleven different Spartans scored in the two April 4 victories.
Juliet Moss scored six times including four against UC San Diego. With 63 goals on the season, the senior from San Jose is the first San Jose State player to score 60 or more goals in two different seasons.
Allie Stewart was the Spartans’ top scorer in the Cal State San Bernardino win with her personal single-match best of five. Kelly Stewart matched her best of the season with three against UC San Diego.
Dani Curran and Bridget McKee each scored five times on the day. Curran joined Moss as a 60-goal scorer in 2009 with her last of the day and second of the match against Cal State San Bernardino. Adriana Vogt matched Moss’ four scores in the UC San Diego triumph.
The Spartans never trailed in either match. San Jose State built a 10-4 second-quarter lead over UC San Diego. The Tritons staged a brief rally going into the third-quarter and trailed, 10-8, but a Kennison save around the 5:00 mark set the stage for four consecutive Spartan goals and San Jose State was never threatened after that.
In the Cal State San Bernardino win, the Spartans converted on six of their first seven shots in the match and led 8-0 before the Coyotes got on the scoreboard. Every Spartan field player saw action in the team’s most one-sided victory of the season.
The Spartans take on #16-ranked Cal State Bakersfield and #10-ranked Loyola Marymount on April 5 in a pair of non-conference matches to conclude their play in the 2009 Bronco Invitational.