Water Polo Locks Down #14 Santa Clara
Lions use defense to run away from the Broncos, 11-2.
Nov. 5, 2011
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Using its best defense of the season, 10th-ranked LMU shutdown No. 14 Santa Clara to earn an 11-2 win in the final Western Water Polo Association game of the regular season for the Lions at the Burns Aquatics Center on Saturday afternoon.
Goalie Kyle Testman and the Lions defense posted a shutout in the first half, coasted to a 5-0 halftime lead and never looked back to improve to 15-6 overall and 10-1 in the WWPA. With the win, the Lions all but locked up the No. 1 seed in the upcoming WWPA Championships to be held at UC San Diego on Nov. 17-20.
Testman finished with seven first half saves while Gavyn Wild had four saves and allowed just two second half 6-on-5 goals to limit the Broncos (16-15, 6-5 in WWPA) to just two goals. It was the lowest goal total on the season by an opponent.
Senior Edgaras Asajavicius and freshman Joe Ferretti, the Lions' one-two goal punch on the season, each had three goals. Jon Colton added a pair while Oliver Feune de Colombi had his first career goal in the contest.
The Lions led 1-0 after a first quarter that was dominated by the goalies. Testman and Santa Clara goalie Michael Wishart each had five saves.
LMU then broke the game open on goals from Asajavicius, Mark Menis, Ferretti and Colton for a 5-0 halftime lead. The Lions would stretch the lead to 7-0 on goals from Colton and Ferretti before Santa Clara would answer.
The Lions will conclude the regular season with Senior Day on Saturday, Nov. 12 when they face No. 7 Long Beach State at 12 noon at the Burns Center.