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Men's Water Polo Wins Twice on Final Day of Gary Troyer Tourney

Men's Water Polo Wins Twice on Final Day of Gary Troyer Tourney

Gary Troyer Tournament Central

Santa Clara men's water polo capped off play in the Gary Troyer Tournament on Saturday with a pair of wins.

The Broncos (9-5) knocked off Navy, 7-5, at and then McKendree by a 15-10 score.

Santa Clara went 3-1 in the two-day, 27-team tournament that was held at Pomona-Pitzer, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, University of La Verne, and Occidental College.

GAME ONE: Santa Clara 7, Navy 5

Dominick Kirk had three goals, including two late in the third quarter, and Zach Fales tallied the game-winner in a 7-5 comeback win for Santa Clara over Navy, a contest played at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.

Travis Berzins and Isaac Salinas each had two goals for the Midshipmen (6-8) who led nearly the entire way until early in the fourth quarter.

Trailing 4-2, Kirk scored twice in the final 1:14 of the third quarter and Blake D'Souza had the go-ahead goal 39 seconds into the fourth.

Salinas tied the score at 5-all on the ensuing possession, but Zales' strike on the power play with 5:25 left turned out to be the game-winner.

D'Souza added an insurance goal with the extra attacker with less than 2 minutes remaining.

GAME TWO: Santa Clara 15, McKendree 10

Jake Taylor had three goals and a career-high tying four assists, and Bennett Stafford scored twice and added a pair of assists for Santa Clara which led from start to finish in a 15-10 victory over McKendree in a game played at La Verne.

Chase Raisin and Zach Fales each had two goals for the Broncos who scored five of the first six goals of the game.

A goal by Taylor early in the third quarter increased the lead to 10-3, but McKendree (4-6) closed within 11-7 on a goal from Josh Carlson with 1 second left in the third.

However, Santa Clara answered with three goals in the opening two minutes of the fourth.

Uros Pelemis and Nico Rodriguez each had a pair of goals for the Bearcats.



The Broncos played at Fresno Pacific on Wednesday in a matchup of Western Water Polo Association teams. Start time is 6 p.m.

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