SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- In an attempt to pull out a clutch goal for a sputtering offense, California Baptist University pulled its goalie in the final few seconds of overtime Thursday night, but it wasn't enough.
The move did not pan out for the No. 17 Lancers, as it led to a goal for No. 16 Santa Clara University, capping a 10-8 CBU loss to open the Santa Clara Rodeo.
“We tried to run a play and it didn't work,” said head coach Rick Rowland. “We gambled a little bit to see if we could get another goal by bringing the goalie out of the cage, but they got a goal with a couple seconds left."
Prior to the strategic move, Moorman was dominant in the cage for the Lancers and finished with 18 saves. Keith Jizmejian and Matt Puig led CBU with two goals each. Cody Wetherbee, Cameron Custance, David Rodriguez and David Ring each added a score for CBU, and Trevor Rowland picked up two assists.
CBU falls to 13-9 overall, 0-3 in the Western Water Polo Association, and to 5-7 in games against ranked opponents. Santa Clara is now 10-9 on the season, 1-0 in conference.
The Lancers fell into a quick 3-1 hole in the first quarter but rebounded and took a lead at halftime, 6-5, increasing it to 7-5 with a dominant defense in the third quarter.
It was a defensive showcase the rest of the way, as the Lancers struggled on the offensive end after Puig was taken out of the game after being hit with a major exclusion.
“We lost our top scorer and two-meter man for the fourth quarter,” Rowland said. “We had to regroup and try to do without him. It just wasn't enough.”
Santa Clara went on to force overtime after tying the game at 7-7 in the fourth. Both sides scratched out a goal in the first overtime session to keep things level, but the Broncos pulled away with a 2-0 run in the final frame.
“Both teams were playing good defense, we just missed a lot of point-blank shots,” Rowland said. “We didn't finish on a lot of shots right in front of the goalie today, unfortunately. We have to do a better job of finishing.”
The Lancers continue the Rodeo tournament against Brown Friday at 6:20 p.m. and conclude with two games Saturday against conference-foe UC Davis and Harvard at 9:20 a.m. and 1:20 p.m., respectively.
“It's a tough, tightly-matched conference,” Rowland said. “We've had a rough run in WWPA but it comes down to winning at the final tournament. We still have two conference games left, so we need to regroup when we get UC Davis on Saturday.”