Curran Reaches Milestone At Santa Clara Invite

Santa Clara, Calif. - Senior Dani Curran notched her 50th goal of the season on Sunday, becoming the first Spartan to score 50 or more goals in each of her four seasons and the #8 San Jose State women's water polo team swept their final two matches of the 2012 Santa Clara Invitational.

"Dani is an outstanding shooter," head coach Lou Tully said.  "That was obvious from the first day she arrived on campus.  She is like a sniper out there because she knows when to take the shot.  But what's sometimes missed is that she is a great passer and one of the best minds that we have out there.  She sees what's happening and makes the right decision.  Reaching this milestone is a great testament to her abilities and her ability to play through pain."

On Sunday, the Spartans won matches against Colorado State and host Santa Clara, both by scores of 13-5.  Over the weekend the won all four matches they played at the Sullivan Aquatic Center on the Santa Clara University campus.

San Jose State scored four goals in each of the first three quarters in their morning match against Colorado State.  Four players scored multiple goals;  Ally Waasted, Katie Buzzetta, Christina Kouvousis and Anna Natalizio each found the back of the net twice.  Kimber Methvin, Victoria Smith, Rachel Henry, Dani Styles, Orla Brazell and Curran each scored once.

The Spartans played the duo of Maddie Reardon and Katie Lind in goal.  Reardon stopped seven shots in three quarters of play and Lind stopped four in the final period.

In the final match of the weekend, against Santa Clara, the Spartans built an 8-1 lead into the third quarter, but allowed the Broncos to cut that advantage in half with three unanswered goals. 

"I told the team that I was pleased with how we played the entire weekend," Tully said.  "My only issue was that third period against Santa Clara.  We let them back into it with those three goals.  We can't allow a team that we were dominating back into a game. One or two goals I can understand, but when they got the third we had to shut them down right there."

San Jose State righted the ship in the fourth quarter finding the back of the net five times and walked away with a 13-5 win.

Natalizio led the Spartans attack with four goals.  Curran, Buzzetta, Allie Stewart and Waasted each had two tallies and Sydney Witt added one.

San Jose State again went with Reardon in goal for the first three periods.  She stopped seven shots and Lind made two saves in the fourth quarter.

The Spartans scored in double digits in each of their four matches over the weekend and gave up no more than six goals in any match.

"I'm happy we scored in double figures in each of our matches," Tully said, "but what's more important to us is that defensively we held our opponents to single digits in each game.  Good defense will lead to offense and against top-ranked opponents you have to play good defense."

The Spartans wrap up regular season, taking on the UC Davis Aggies, next Saturday, April 21 in Davis, Calif.  The match is scheduled to start at 12:00 p.m.

2012 Santa Clara Invitational

April 14 & 15

Santa Clara, Calif.

San Jose State 13, Colorado State 5

                                  1      2      3      4          F

Colorado State    1      2      2      0          5

San Jose State     4      4      4      1       13

CSU Goals: Schaeffer (2), Berry (2), Young
SJSU Goals: Waasted (2), Buzzetta (2), Kouvousis (2), Natalizio (2), Methvin, Smith, Henry, Styles, Brazell, Curran.
Saves: Fisher (CSU) 11; Reardon (SJSU) 7, Lind (SJSU) 4.

Records: San Jose State (17-10); Colorado State (5-19)

San Jose State 13, Santa Clara 5

                                  1      2      3      4          F

San Jose State     2      4      2      5       13

Santa Clara           0      1      3      1          5

SJSU Goals: Natalizio (4), Curran (2), Buzzetta (2), Stewart (2), Waasted (2), Witt
SCU Goals: Pezzuto, Bandimere, Murphy, Eadington, Allen, Safir
Saves: Reardon (SJSU) 7, Lind (SJSU) 2; Clements (SCU) 4, Afshar (SCU) 5

Records: San Jose State (18-10); Santa Clara (8-24).