March 29, 2013
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - No. 4 UCLA women's water polo defeated Santa Clara, 16-6, on Friday evening in a non-conference game in Santa Clara, Calif. The Bruins improved to 21-3 on the year. Sophomore Danielle Ferraro scored four goals to lead the Bruins.
It was UCLA's fifth straight victory as the Bruins had nine players score goals, including four Bruins with multiple scores against the Broncos.
The Bruins dominated right from the start, blanking the Broncos in the first period while picking up four goals at full strength. Sophomore Emily Donohoe struck first for the Bruins (5:46). Junior Kelly Ronimus scored back-to-back goals (3:02 and 1:48) to make it 3-0. Then Ferraro scored the first of her four goals with seven seconds left in the opening period to give the Bruins a 4-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Freshman Alexa Tielmann (7:40) and junior Victoria Kent (6:10) opened the second quarter scoring to put UCLA up 6-0. Santa Clara ended the scoring in the second period with a power play goal by Elle Surber with 14 second remaining to cut the Bruins' lead to 6-1 at the break.
Elizabeth Anderson opened the scoring in the third period to cut the lead to 6-2 at the 7:11 mark. Ferraro then scored her second goal of the game (5:22) and sophomore Erica Beebe netted her first (4:53), to push UCLA's lead to 8-2. Then after another goal by SCU's Anderson (4:04), the Bruins scored six unanswered goals to extend the lead to 14-3 two minutes into the fourth. In the scoring run, the Bruins got third-quarter goals from Donohoe (2:59), freshman Alys Williams (1:18), Ferraro (hat trick - :56) and Kent (:01) to end the period with a 12-3 lead.
UCLA stretched the lead to 14-3 by opening the fourth period with goals from Beebe (7:27) and Ferraro (her fourth, 6:16). Santa Clara's Claire Eadington ended the six-straight goals by UCLA, scoring on a penalty shot at 5:50. Each team scored two more times in the fourth to end the scoring at 16-6. Freshman Maddy McLaren (2:59) and Donohoe (hat trick - :38) scored the final two goals for UCLA.
In goal, Bruin freshman Alex Musselman played the entire game, registering four saves. June Afshar was credited with five stops in the cage for the Broncos, which dropped to 12-13 overall.
The Bruins, now 21-3 overall (3-1 MPSF), return to action next week when they travel to No. 2 Stanford (19-1, 3-0) for a key MPSF contest at 1 p.m. on April 6.
No. 4 UCLA at Santa Clara
SCU Goals: Elle Surber 2, Elizabeth Anderson 2, Claire Eadington, Kaitlin Murphy
SCU Saves: June Afshar 5