Adair Nets Seven Goals To Lead Pacific To A Pair Of Wins In Women's Water Polo
Seeing two games of action at the Aggie Shootout, the No. 20 Pacific women's water polo team came out of Davis with two wins as the Tigers took down Concordia, 12-3, before defeating Santa Clara, 9-4, on Sunday, March 3. With the wins the Tigers pushed their record to 10-6 on the year.
Opening play at the tournament, the Tigers made short work of Concordia as Pacific used a big first quarter to bury the Eagles. In the opening frame, the Tigers netted five goals to the Eagles one as sophomore Taylor Adair took control of the match with three goals. In addition to the Tigers offense going to work, junior Michelle Renton continued to prove to be one of the best in goal as the netminder fended off an Eagle penalty shot to keep Concordia at bay. She would stop a second penatly shot in the third as she posted 10 saves in the game.
After the big first, the Tigers cruised over the next two quarters, notching three goals in the second and four more in the first to complete their scoring. With Adair doing the heavy lifting in the first quarter, it was her classmate Brydie Pye who finished off the Eagles as the second-year utility notched three goals in the middle two periods to put the game away. In total, the two sophomores each scored four goals a piece to lead Pacific's attacking efforts.
With one win under their caps in the morning, the Tigers went back to work in the afternoon to grab their second victory of the day. Taking on a pesky Bronco squad, the Tigers used a staunch defense and a steady offense to swim away with the victory.
Holding the Broncos to just one first half goal, the Tigers picked up another stellar effort in the net by Renton as the junior posted five saves in the half and eight total for the game. With Renton shutting down the Bronco attack, Pacific again looked towards Adair for their scoring efforts as the sophomore notched a match-high three goals, nearly outscoring the Broncos on her own. For Adair, the big pull came in the third quarter when she notched two of the Tigers' three goals as Pacific pulled away from Santa Clara.
Pacific continues its nonconference schedule Saturday, March 9, when it begins play at the Roadrunner Invitational. The Tigers first game of the tournament will be against Wagner as the two teams meet in the pool at 10:15 a.m.
No. 20 Pacific 12, Concordia 3
Concordia 1 - 0 - 0 - 2 -- 3
Pacific 5 - 3 - 4 - 0 -- 12
Concordia - Harrod 2, Manderino 1
Pacific - Adair 4, Pye 4, Weir, Wright, Smith, Martin
Concordia - Lundskog 5
Pacific - Relton 10
No. 20 Pacific 9, Santa Clara 4
Pacific 2 - 2 - 3 - 2 -- 9
Santa Clara 1 - 0 - 1 - 2 -- 4
Pacific - Adair 3, Smith 2, Weir, Wright, Pye, Martin
Santa Clara - Peters, Norris, Eadington, Bandimere
Pacific - Relton 8
Santa Clara - Clements 7