Water Polo Beats #10-LMU; 3-Of-4 At Bronco Invite

Santa Clara, Calif.-----San Jose State University won three out of four matches at the Bronco Invitational women’s water polo tournament and concluded play with a 7-4 victory over #10-ranked Loyola Marymount, 7-4.

    The sixth-ranked Spartans (18-12) came back from a 4-3 deficit at the end of the third quarter with four unanswered goals in the final period for San Jose State’s second win in two non-conference contests against the Lions (20-7). At the UC Irvine tournament in February, the Spartans emerged with a 9-8 decision.

    “This was one of our top three defensive games of the season,” said San Jose State associate head coach Johnny Bega.  “(In the third quarter) Meagan Minson made three good saves and there was a field block. We stopped them and contained them. That was the turning point. We stressed playing defense for the LMU game and we shut them down in the fourth quarter.”

    The Spartans won with their lowest scoring output in nearly a month when they lost 10-6 to UCLA.

    “We missed two penalty shots and just weren’t hitting our shots. We were able to put four away in the fourth quarter (for the win),” Bega said about the Loyola Marymount win.

    Juliet Moss. Adriana Vogt and Tanya Torres accounted for all of the San Jose State scoring in its Bronco Invitational finale. Torres tied the match with her second score at 5:52 of the fourth quarter. Then, Adriana Vogt put the Spartans ahead with her first of two fourth-quarter tallies on a power play.

    Moss scored the remaining three goals against LMU to give her 70 on the season and become just the second Spartan to reach the 70-goal plateau. Only Liz Garcia’s 71 tallies in 1998 are more than Moss’ 2009 total.

    San Jose State shooting was off the mark in its earlier match with #16 Cal State Bakersfield. The Spartans led 11-9 after three quarters despite foul trouble, but the Roadrunners (15-11) scored three times in the fourth quarter including a power play goal by Shannon McKenzie with 1:25 remaining for a 12-11 upset. The loss ended San Jose State’s school-record setting nine-match winning streak.

    Moss and Bridget McKee each scored four goals against Cal State Bakersfield. Dani Curran, Kathryn Hannum and Vogt rounded out the Spartans’ scoring.

    Kelly Kennison was credited with eight saves and made three stops covering the end of the third and start of the fourth quarters to keep San Jose State ahead by two until the Roadrunners starting finding the back of the goal in the final 4:09 of the match.