Varsity Girls Water Polo

Gunn 6, Palo Alto 4

Date of competition: Tuesday, October 2, 2012

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The Gunn girls' water polo team got its most balanced scoring effort of the season while remaining atop the SCVAL De Anza Division race with a 6-4 victory over host Palo Alto on a hot Tuesday afternoon. The Titans improved to 6-0 at the halfway point in the season (10-3 overall) while the Vikings (4-2, 8-7) fell to third place.

Palo Alto won a battle, holding Gunn scoring leader Caroline Anderson to just one goal. The Titans, however, got solo goals from Lauren Lesyna, Maggie Sockness, Nia Gardner and Erica Watkins -- plus a goal from Paly -- in pulling out the important victory.

The own goal came in the fourth quarter with Gunn holding a 4-2 lead. Anderson had the ball in front of the Paly cage, before it got knocked loose and then inadvertently swept into the cage by the Paly goalie. The Vikings made it 5-3 on Martine LeClerc's second goal, but Watkins provided some insurance with a goal from outside with 2:45 left.

SCVAL De Anza Division
Gunn 2 0 2 2 -- 6
Palo Alto 1 1 0 2 -- 4
Gunn -- Lesyna, Anderson, Sockness, Fitzgerald, Watkins, own goal
Paly -- LeClerc 2, Wolfe, Lawrence
Records: Gunn 6-0 (10-3); Palo Alto 4-2 (8-7)

posted by Keith Peters on Oct 2, 2012 at 5:31 pm

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posted by Keith Peters on Oct 3, 2012 at 11:30 am

Gunn junior Caroline Anderson scored a goal in the Titans' 6-4 victory over host Paly on Tuesday. Photo by Bob Drebin.

Gunn's Maggie Sockness had a goal in a 6-4 victory over rival Palo Alto on Tuesday to keep the Titans in first place. Photo by Keith Peters/Palo Alto Online Sports.
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