SANTA CLARA, Calif. – A balanced scoring attack and solid defense sent Santa Clara men's water polo to its first conference victory of the season.
Ryan Werner, Patrick Guinn, Dominick Kirk, Ford Eldredge and Shane Hughes each scored twice for the Broncos (12-11, 1-5) who defeated Fresno Pacific, 16-8, in Saturday's Western Water Polo Association matchup.
Santa Clara rallied from an early deficit by holding the Sunbirds (6-21, 0-7) scoreless for more than two quarters of action and tallying nine straight goals.
Adam Low, Werner and Eldredge scored three consecutive times in the second period to snap a 4-all tie.
Fresno Pacific went scoreless in the third quarter when the Broncos received goals from Mac Carey and Werner to build an 11-4 advantage.
The Sunbirds went without a goal for more than 17 minutes. James Tombough scored with 5:25 left in the fourth quarter to trim the deficit to 13-5, but that was as close as Fresno Pacific got in it its fourth-straight loss.
Jacob Fairchild had a game-high three goals and Cody Wickman added a pair for the Sunbirds.
Chase Zamborelli picked up the win in net for the Broncos with nine saves.
In all, 11 players scored for the Broncos who play their final home game on Sunday. Prior to the Air Force contest, the team will recognize its senior class which includes Mac Carey, Keaton Fox, Shane Hughes, Patrick Kirk, Nate Miller, Luca Pagano and Ryan Werner.
• Ryan Werner, Patrick Kirk, Jack Rottman, Adam Low, Shane Hughes and Mac Carey made the start. The same unit has started the last 15 contests. Chase Zamborelli made his 10th start of the season in goal.
• Keaton Fox made his first appearance of the season in net. He posted one block in his 4-plus minutes of action. He has been out of action with a shoulder injury.
The Broncos play their final home game on Sunday against Air Force. Start time is noon.
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