Sept. 4, 2005
STANFORD, Calif. - The Santa Clara men's water polo team dropped a 19-4 decision in their 2005 season opener to fourth-ranked Stanford at the Avery Aquatic Center on Sunday afternoon.
"This is a good experience. It's tough to play a team that good in your first game of the year," said head coach Keith Wilbur. "I think it's good for the guys and there are things we can definitely learn from that game."
Junior Kevin Starry scored one of the Bronco goals and added a kickout while sophomore Charlie Moore netted a goal and assisted on another. Solid performances were also turned in by redshirt freshman Mike Detoy, who had three kickouts for Santa Clara, and true freshmen Jack Wall and Tom Hendrickson, who each added a goal in the game.
"Both of those guys are good players and I'm honestly not surprised that they scored a couple of our goals," Wilbur added about Wall and Hendrickson's performances, before commenting on a few things the Broncos accomplished in their opener. "The good things we did this game, when we played the way we are supposed to we were able to draw kickouts and get man-up opportunities, unfortunately we just did not convert enough of those opportunities."
Santa Clara will return to action this Friday as they travel to Los Angeles to take on Loyola Marymount. The opening sprint is set for 3 p.m. at the Burns Aquatics Center.