2011-12 Men's Water Polo Headlines

June 4, 2012
First Annual Bronco Polo Golf Tournament Brings in Over $36,000
With an eye towards raising money for the program, Santa Clara men's water polo hosted its first-ever Bronco Polo Golf Tournament at Silver Creek Valley Country Club in San Jose, Calif. on May 21. The event was put together by Scott Pritchett, father of red-shirt freshman goalie Matt Pritchett and chair of the tournament, Bronco head coach Keith Wilbur and Associate Athletic Director Fred Smith.

May 1, 2012
Come Support Men's Water Polo at the First Annual Bronco Polo Invitational Golf Tournament
What's better than playing golf in beautiful Northern California weather? Playing golf to support Santa Clara Bronco Athletics! The Santa Clara men's water polo team will be hosting its first annual Bronco Polo Golf Invitational on Mon., May 21, 2012 at Silver Creek Valley Country Club in San Jose, Calif.

March 23, 2012
Water Polo's Nash Making the Most of Working in Santa Clara Athletic Media Relations Office
Santa Clara is once again proving to be a place where those with the surname Nash can grow by leaps and bounds. Making the most of a great opportunity seems to be John Nash's middle name, even though he is no relation to the former Bronco All-American and two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash '96.

March 12, 2012
Seven Men's Water Polo Player's Honored For Academic Success
Continuing a tradition of academic excellence, seven Santa Clara men's water polo players were named to the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC) 2011 Academic All-American teams.

February 20, 2012
Men's Water Polo Player James Case Named All-ACWPC Honorable Mention
Santa Clara men's water polo received another post season award on Monday when senior Driver James Case was named to the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches' All-American Honorable Mention list. This is the second year in a row that Case has received this honor. He was also a First-Team All-WWPA performer in 2011.

November 20, 2011
Broncos Finish Fourth At WWPA's
Playing in the consolation game of the Western Water Polo Association Championships, No. 14 Santa Clara (17-17; 8-7 WWPA) fell to No. 10 LMU to finish in fourth place in 2011. The Broncos had a halftime lead of 5-3 after a goal with 16 seconds remaining in the half but LMU outscored Santa Clara 7-2 in the second half for the win.

November 19, 2011
Santa Clara Falls To No. 11 UC San Diego; Will Play Consolation Game Sunday
Fourteenth ranked Santa Clara men's water polo (17-16; 8-5 WWPA) fell to No. 11 UC San Diego in the semifinals of the Western Water Polo Association Championships on Sat. by a score of 10-2. Santa Clara was only down 2-1 but UC San Diego scored eight unanswered goals to put the game away.

November 18, 2011
Broncos Advance To WWPA Semi-Finals With 10-6 Win
After a first-round bye in the Western Water Polo Association Championships, No. 14 Santa Clara men's water polo (17-16; 8-5 WWPA) topped Pomona-Pitzer by a score of 10-6. The win advances the Broncos to the semi-finals where they will play second-seeded UC San Diego at 3 p.m. on Sat., Nov. 19. The two teams played previously in 2011 on Nov. 4 in San Diego. The Tritons came away with a 14-7 victory.

November 17, 2011
Four Men's Water Polo Players Honored By WWPA
Getting ready to enter its conference tournament as the No. 3 seed, Santa Clara men's water polo (16-16; 7-5 WWPA) had four players honored by the Western Water Polo Association. The Broncos will play in the WWPA Championships from Nov. 17 through Nov. 20. Santa Clara's first game will be at 3 p.m. on Fri., Nov. 18 against the winner of Thursday's game between seventh-seeded Claremont and 10th-seeded Whittier.

November 15, 2011
No. 14 Broncos Set For WWPA's
Looking to improve on 2010's program-best third place finish in conference, the No. 14 Santa Clara men's water polo team (16-16; 7-5 WWPA) play in the Western Water Polo Association Championships this week. The tournament will take place in San Diego, Calif. on the campus of UC San Diego from Thu., Nov. 17 through Sun., Nov. 20.

November 12, 2011
No. 14 Water Polo Falls at No. 4 Stanford
Santa Clara, ranked No. 14 nationally, was defeated 17-3 at No. 4 Stanford on Saturday at Avery Aquatic Center Saturday. The Cardinal (17-4, 5-2 MPSF) have won eight of their last nine games. Santa Clara moves to 17-16 and 4-5 in WWPA.

November 6, 2011
Santa Clara Wraps-Up WWPA Play With 11-9 Win Over Chapman
Wrapping-up it's three-game weekend and Western Water Polo Association regular season play, No. 14 Santa Clara men's water polo (17-15; 4-5 WWPA) topped Chapman by a score of 11-9.

November 5, 2011
Santa Clara Men's Water Polo Loses to LMU
Santa Clara men's water polo (16-15; 3-5 WWPA) fell on Saturday at Loyola Marymount by a score of 11-2. It was a tough day for the Broncos' who were unable to get on the board until the second half.

November 4, 2011
No. 14 Broncos Fall To No. 11 UC San Diego
Fourteenth ranked Santa Clara men's water polo (16-14; 3-4 WWPA) lost to No. 11 UC San Diego by a score of 14-7 on Friday. It was the first of three weekend WWPA games for the Broncos.

November 3, 2011
No. 14 Santa Clara Men's Water Polo Set For Busy Week Of Conference Play
Santa Clara University men's water polo (15-13; 3-3 WWPA) enters the week ranked No. 14 in the country and will play three road games over the weekend. The Broncos will play on Fri., Nov. 4 at No. 11 UC San Diego at 6 p.m., Sat., Nov. 5 at No. 10 LMU at 1 p.m. and Sun., Nov. 6 at Chapman at Noon. All three games are Western Water Polo Association match-ups.

October 30, 2011
No. 15 Broncos Fall To No. 7 Pacific On Senior Day
On Seniors Day, the No. 15 Santa Clara men's water polo (15-13; 3-3 WWPA) fell to No. 7 Pacific by a score of 11-5. Seniors Marcus Akerland, Brett Zylstra and James Case all had a goal each and senior goalkeeper Michael Wishart continued is impressive season in goal.

October 28, 2011
No. 15 Broncos Set To Face No. 7 Pacific For Senior Day
The 15th ranked Santa Clara men's water polo team will host No. 7 University of the Pacific on Sun., Oct. 30 at Noon. The game will be at the Sullivan Aquatic Center on the campus of Santa Clara University and will be Senior Day. The graduating seniors are Michael Wishart, Daley Meistrell, Marcus Akerland, Brett Zylstra and James Case.

October 25, 2011
Michael Wishart Breaks Santa Clara Blocks Record
Santa Clara University senior goalkeeper Michael Wishart now stands alone atop the Santa Clara all-time goalkeeper blocks list. In the Broncos' fifth and final game of the annual Rodeo Tournament on Sun., Oct. 23, a 13-4 win over Harvard, Wishart passed Peter Moore's career total of 1,063 blocks in the first half. Wishart currently sits at 1,066 with six regular season games and the WWPA Championships still to come.

October 23, 2011
Santa Clara Wraps-Up Rodeo Tournament With Two More Wins; Wishart Sets A Record
Fifteenth ranked Santa Clara men's water polo (15-12; 6-3 WWPA) wrapped up the Rodeo Tournament with a pair of wins against Bucknell and Harvard. The Broncos finished the tournament with a 4-1 record. Michael Wishart set the all-time Santa Clara record for goalkeeper blocks in the second game of the day.

October 22, 2011
No. 15 Santa Clara Men's Water Polo Wins Two On Second Day Of The Rodeo Tournament
On the second day of the Rodeo Tournament, the No. 15 Santa Clara men's water polo team (13-12; 5-4 WWPA) defeated Western Water Polo Association-rival Air Force 11-6 and Cal Baptist 11-10.

October 21, 2011
Santa Clara Drops Opener of Rodeo Tournament 10-4 To Brown
Santa Clara men's water polo (11-12; 4-4 WWPA), ranked No. 15 in the nation, fell to Brown on Friday in the first game of the Rodeo Tournament by a score of 10-4.

October 20, 2011
Broncos Set for Five Games This Weekend
The No. 15 Santa Clara men’s water polo team will host the third annual Rodeo tournament this weekend.

October 16, 2011
No. 14 Santa Clara Battles No. 3 UCLA to 12-9 Loss
Santa Clara men's water polo (11-10; 4-4 WWPA), ranked No. 14 in the country, fell to No. 3 UCLA on Sunday by a score of 12-9 at the Sullivan Aquatic Center.

October 13, 2011
No. 14 Broncos Host No. 3 UCLA Sunday
The Santa Clara men's water polo team will return to action this weekend by hosting No. 3 UCLA on Sunday, October 16 at 12 p.m. It will be the first meeting between the two teams since 2009, when the Bruins bested the Broncos 11-5.

October 12, 2011
Daley Meistrell Breaks Santa Clara Men's Water Polo Career Assists Record
This past weekend, Santa Clara Men’s Water Polo senior Daley Meistrell broke the Santa Clara Broncos career assists record of 139 set by former standout Jack Wall. With five assists last weekend, Meistrell now has recorded 141 assists in his career. To add to the sweetness, his record-breaking assist came in the Broncos 9-6 upset over No. UC Davis.

October 9, 2011
No. 18 Santa Clara Upsets No. 10 UC Davis 9-6
Santa Clara men's water polo (11-10; 5-3 WWPA) topped to No. 10 UC Davis on Sunday by a score of 9-6. This was second meeting between the WWPA rivals this season. On Sept. 18 at the NorCal Tournament the Aggies topped Santa Clara 10-7.

October 8, 2011
No. 18 Broncos Drop Home-Opener 12-6 To No. 8 Pepperdine
Eighteenth ranked Santa Clara University men's water polo (10-10; 4-3 WWPA) fell to No. 8 Pepperdine (8-7) in the Broncos home-opener on Sat., Oct. 8 by a score of 12-6. Senior goalkeeper Michael Wishart made two big saves on breakaways for Pepperdine.

October 7, 2011
Broncos Set For Home Opener
The No. 18 Santa Clara Men’s water polo team (10-9 overall, 4-3 WWPA) will host their home-opener against No. 8 Pepperdine (7-5) on Saturday, October 8th at noon. The Broncos will then travel to UC Davis (16-5, 10-1 WWPA) for a pivotal WWPA conference game on Sunday. The ball is set to drop at Noon as well.

October 5, 2011
Tournament Central: Santa Clara Invitational, The Rodeo
Santa Clara Invitational, The Rodeo Dates: Fri., Oct., 21, Sat., Oct. 22 and Sun., Oct. 23, 2011 Host: Santa Clara University Field (9 teams): Santa Clara, Brown, Harvard, Cal Baptist, Air Force, Bucknell, Stanford, UC Davis, Pepperdine

October 2, 2011
Santa Clara Splits With Air Force And Pomona-Pitzer
Santa Clara University men's water polo (10-7; 4-2 WWPA) split two games at the SoCal Invitational on Sunday. The Broncos lost to Air Force by a score of 12-10 and beat Pomona-Pitzer 14-5.

October 1, 2011
Bronco Men's Water Polo Drops Two On First Day Of SoCal Invitational
Santa Clara University men's water polo (9-6; 3-1 WWPA) fell to No. 3 Cal on Saturday on the first day of the annual SoCal Invitational. Despite putting up eight goals for the game the Broncos lost by a score of 16-8. This was the second consecutive game the Broncos played against the Golden Bears.

September 29, 2011
Broncos Head to Annual So Cal Tournament
The No. 15 Santa Clara Men’s water polo team will travel to Long Beach, Calif. for the annual So Cal Tournament. The Broncos will open up with No. 3 California at 11:10 a.m. on Saturday, October 1st and then will play the winner or loser of the Pacific vs. Loyola Marymount matchup later that afternoon.

September 25, 2011
Broncos Win Three Of Four Games at Aggie Shootout
Santa Clara University men's water polo (9-6) wrapped up play at the Aggie Shootout in Davis, Calif. today with a win against La Verne and a loss against No. 3 Cal. The split put the Broncos at 3-1 for the tournament.

September 24, 2011
Santa Clara Takes Two On First Day of Aggie Shootout
Fifteenth ranked Santa Clara University men's water polo (8-5) won both of its games on Sat., Sept. 24 at the first day of the Aggie Shootout hosted by UC Davis. The Broncos defeated Redlands 11-5 and Occidental 14-8.

September 22, 2011
Broncos Set for Important Conference Games
The No. 15 Santa Clara University men's water polo team will be back in action this weekend in UC Davis. The Broncos will play three Western Water Polo Association opponents while also taking on No. 3 California. Santa Clara will play Redlands at 8 a.m. and Occidental at 1:50 p.m. on Sat., Sept. 24 and return to the pool on Sun., Sept. 25 against La Verne at 9:10 a.m. and Cal at 3 p.m.

September 21, 2011
Men's Water Polo Michael Wishart Named WWPA Co-Player of the Week
Santa Clara University senior goalkeeper Michael Wishart was named the Western Water Polo Association Co-Player of the Week for Sept. 21.

September 21, 2011
Carlson Dives into Second Season
Only weeks into his freshman year in 2010, Tucker Carlson (TC) stood out as a key member of the Santa Clara men’s water polo team. In his debut season as a Bronco, Carlson netted 26 goals to accompany his eight steals. Now in his sophomore season, Carlson is prepared to pick up where he left off. Carlson caught up with SantaClaraBroncos.com (SCB) to discuss his impact as a freshman, his love for music, and his goals for the 2011 season.

September 18, 2011
Santa Clara Wraps Up Nor Cal Tournament
Santa Clara split its last two games on the final day of the Nor Cal Tournament. The split put Santa Clara in 10th place for the weekend tournament.

September 17, 2011
Bronco Men's Water Polo Splits On Day One Of Nor Cals; Plays Two More Tomorrow
Santa Clara University men's water polo split two games on the first day of the Nor Cal Tournament hosted by University of the Pacific. The No. 16 Broncos (5-4) dropped the first game to the host No. 5 Pacific Tigers by a score of 16-9 but bounced back in their second game to beat No. 19 St. Francis (N.Y.) 9-6.

September 14, 2011
Broncos Prepare for Annual Norcal Tournament
The No. 16 Santa Clara Men’s water polo team will head east this weekend to Stockton, Calif. for the annual Norcal Tournament. The Broncos will open up with host No. 5 Pacific on Saturday at noon and then will play the winner or loser of the matchup between No. 4 Stanford and No. 19 St. Francis.

September 13, 2011
All-American James Case Sets Sight on Final Four
The Bronco's most consistent offensive force in 2010 was junior All-American James Case, who led the team with 59 goals on the year while shooting a blazing 49.1% from the field. The speedy driver also collected 22 assists and 26 steals while being named a second team All-WWPA selection. www.santaclarabroncos.com talked with the rising senior about his emergence into an offensive force, the keys for a successful follow-up season and his favorite memories from home.

September 11, 2011
Santa Clara Wins Two To Wrap-Up Princeton Tournament
Santa Clara (4-3) topped MIT by a score of 8-6 and Fordham 13-8 to finish the Princeton Tournament on Sun., Sept. 11. After losing the opener against the host team Princeton, the Broncos won four straight games to end their weekend on a high note.

September 10, 2011
Santa Clara Wins Two On Second Day of Princeton Invitational
Santa Clara men's water polo (2-3) took two games at the Princeton Invitational on Sat., Sept. 10 for their first wins of the 2011 season. The Broncos beat St. Francis (N.Y.) by a score of 11-10 in the morning and topped Brown 6-5 in the evening. In both games Santa Clara was down halfway through the third quarter only to comeback and win.

September 9, 2011
Santa Clara Falls To Princeton 9-6 In First Game Of Princeton Invitational
No. 14 Santa Clara (0-3) fell to No. 17 Princeton (1-0) Fri., Sept. 9 by a score of 9-6. The match was Santa Clara's first of the Princeton Invitational.

September 6, 2011
Broncos Set for National Television Appearance, Princeton Invite
The Santa Clara Broncos men’s water polo team will travel to Princeton University this upcoming weekend to participate in the Princeton Invitational. No. 14 Santa Clara (0-2) will open the weekend on Friday, September 9th at 3:00 PST against Princeton on ESPNU.

September 5, 2011
Men's Water Polo Weekend Wrap-Up
No. 14 Santa Clara men's water polo played two games in the Cal Bear Invitational on Sat., Sept. 3 at the University of California, Berkeley. The Broncos dropped their season opener by a score of 11-2 to No. 5 Pacific. The second game of the day was against the hometown No. 2 Cal Bears and the Broncos fell by a score of 21-3.

August 18, 2011
No. 14 Santa Clara Men's Water Polo Opens Practice
Santa Clara men's water polo, ranked No. 14 nationally, held its first practice of the 2011 season today. The Broncos are coming off of a third-place finish in the Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) after posting an overall record of 19-15 a year ago.

July 20, 2011
Santa Clara Men’s Water Polo on National TV
For the second consecutive year, the Santa Clara men’s water polo team will kick off the Princeton Tournament with an ESPNU nationally televised contest against the Princeton Tigers on Fri., Sept. 9th. The ball will drop at 3 p.m. Pacific.

July 7, 2011
Brett Zylstra Enters Water Polo Season with High Hopes
Bronco rising senior Brett Zylstra is prepared to make his final season on the Santa Clara water polo team a memorable one. Although the team has fallen short in previous years, Zylstra believes it is possible to win the WWPA and earn a birth of the NCAA tournament.

June 29, 2011
Catching up with Marcus Akerland
During his time at the Mission Campus, Marcus Akerland has developed into a key contributor for the Bronco men's water polo team. Last season, the speedy driver out of Freemont, Calif. helped lead the Broncos to a 19-15 record and a third place finish at WWPA's.

June 29, 2011
Catching up with Marcus Akerland
During his time at the Mission Campus, Marcus Akerland has developed into a key contributor for the Bronco men’s water polo team. Last season, the speedy driver out of Freemont, Calif. helped lead the Broncos to a 19-15 record and a third place finish at WWPA’s.

June 27, 2011
Seventeen SCU Student-Athletes Earn WWPA All-Academic Honors
SCU water polo saw nearly half of its eligible student-athletes post a cumulative GPA above 3.0 and earn recognition on the 2010-11 WWPA All-Academic Teams.