Bronco Water Polo Wins Four Games At Claremont Convergence

The No. 12 Santa Clara water polo team won each of its four games this weekend at the Claremont Convergence. The Broncos defeated hosts Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 9-6, and Pomona-Pitzer, 7-4.  Santa Clara also defeated Whittier, 11-5, and Occidental, 15-3.

Against CMS, senior Stephen Hobbs and junior Brett Zylstra each scored two goals.  Also scoring was juniors Daley Meistrell, Marcus Akerland, and James Case, and seniors Mitch Klipa and Nick Poggetti.  Meistrell added four steals and hobbs drew three exclusions.  Junior goalie Michael Wishart had nine saves and an assist.

In the Whittier game, Hobbs and Case each scored three goals.  Also scoring was Zylstra, Meistrell (2), sophomore Patrick Weiss, and freshman David Guibord.  Klipa had three steals.

Case had an outstanding game against tournament co-hosts Pomona-Pitzer, scoring three goals on the Sagehens.  Akerland, Klipa, Weiss, and Poggetti all had one goal in support.  Wishart was outstanding in the cage, recording 14 saves and an assist.  Hobbs drew three kickouts and Meistrell drew two.  Zylstra had two assists, two steals, and three field blocks.

The Broncos finished strong with an offensive outpouring against the Tigers.  Poggetti, Case, and Zylstra all scored twice.  Meistrell, Akerland, senior Josh Luebke, freshmen Theo Nasser, Kyle Nadel, and Tucker Carlson, senior John Radvanyi, Weiss, and Guibord all scored once.  Wishart saved two shots, while sophomore goalie John Nash had one save in the fourth quarter.

Santa Clara will host its first home game of the season next weekend, playing UC San Diego on Saturday at 1 p.m.