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Women's Water Polo - Sun, Apr. 30, 2017

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Fifth-seeded Santa Clara used a 10-save performance from Francesca Puccinelli (SR/San Francisco, CA) to left them to a 5-3 win over seventh-seeded Fresno Pacific in the fifth-place game of the 2017 Golden Coast Conference Women's Championships on Sunday morning.

Cathy Cantoni (SR/San Jose, CA) posted three goals and assisted on another, and Annie Eldredge (SO/La Jolla, CA) scored twice and dished out two assists to lead the fifth-seeded Broncos (9-20). Three different players scored for the Sunbirds (15-16).

Cantoni scored twice early in the third quarter to snap a 2-all tie then the Broncos killed off a pair of exclusions.

Eldredge added an even strength goal with 2:25 left in the third period to increase the lead to 5-2, but Amber Penney (FR/Cape Town, South Africa) of the Sunbirds cut into the deficit when she rifled a shot from eight meters out past goalie Francesca Puccinelli.

But Puccinelli, who had 10 saves, and the Santa Clara defense took over from there, turning aside Fresno Pacific's remaining 10 shots.

"It was a really good team defensive effort," Wilbur said. "We had a good game plan defensively and Fran played great in the cage, actually both our senior captains (Puccinelli and Cantoni) player well."

Courtney Hall (SR/Poterville, CA) (seven saves) suffered the loss for the Sunbirds after surrendering all five goals in her three quarters of action. Kaylin Drum (SR/Fresno, CA) replaced her in the fourth quarter and posted three blocks.

All links from the 2017 GCC Women's Championships can be found at TOURNAMENT CENTRAL on GCCWaterPolo.com.