IRVINE/LONG BEACH, Calif. – The Bucknell women’s water polo team had its first multi-game day of its spring break trip to California on Thursday and posted a 1-1 record. The Bison opened the day with a 9-6 victory over Concordia in a contest where the bench was used liberally and completed the day with an 11-0 loss at No. 11 Long Beach State, the first of four straight contests opposite ranked foes for Bucknell.
Julianne Valdes netted a team-high four goals in the afternoon outing against Concordia (1-18), while Martine McCarthy chipped in a season-high two goals as the Bison (6-6) opened up a 7-3 halftime lead and cruised to the three-goal victory.
One day after scoring a season-high four goals, Mackenzie Ferry posted another four-point outing with one goal and three assists in the opener.
Bucknell third-year head coach John McBride used his entire roster as 15 different players received playing time and eight different players registered at least one point.
The Bison were unable to get on the scoreboard in the nightcap against Long Beach State. The 49ers led 8-0 at halftime. Long Beach State has now won nine games in a row.
Bucknell will continue its California trip this weekend when it participates in the Aztec Invitational in San Diego, Calif. The Bison will play four games, including three against ranked foes, over the two-day event March 15-16.
BUCKNELL 4 3 2 0 -9
CONCORDIA 1 2 1 2 -6
Goals: Valdes (4), McCarthy (2), Sunday, Ferry, Ovalle.
Assists: Ferry (3), Marrs (3), Stanbach, DeRuff, Sunday.
Field Blocks: Ovalle, Marrs.
Ejections Drawn: Valdes (3), Sunday (3), Marrs (2), McCarthy.
Saves: Heim (6 svs., 3 ga., 16:00 min.), Derrod (5 svs., 3 ga., 16:00 min.).
Steals: Ovalle, Marrs.
Sprints: Marrs (1-2), DeRuff (0-2).
Bucknell Record: 6-5.
BUCKNELL 0 0 0 0 -0
LONG BEACH STATE 3 5 2 1 -11
Field Blocks: none.
Ejections Drawn: Sunday (5), Marrs (2), Valdes, Stanbach.
Saves: Heim (5 svs., 11 ga., 32:00 min.).
Steals: Ovalle (2), Sunday, Peterson, Marrs.
Sprints: Marrs (0-2), Valdes (0-1), Deana (0-1).
Bucknell Record: 6-6.