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.
"Playing a water polo game that is televised is rare," said Bronco head coach Keith Wilbur. "Usually it is the Olympics and NCAA championships, so it is very exciting for the team to get the opportunity to be on ESPNU when we play at Princeton on Sept. 9. We are really looking forward to that game."
The Broncos will be looking for revenge this year after last year's 11-9 loss to then-No. 18 Princeton in the Broncos first-ever nationally televised game. This will be the third time ESPNU has broadcasted a men's water polo game. Princeton has been involved in all three contests.
The rest of the 2011 Princeton Invitational should provide the Broncos with a solid early season test. The following morning, Sept. 10, Santa Clara will take on St. Francis (N.Y.). The Terriers received a bid to last year's NCAA tournament and return a solid core of talented players. The Broncos will finish off that Saturday with Brown, before playing MIT and Fordham on Sunday.
"The last few years our schedule has gotten stronger and stronger," said Wilbur. "Last year, we played more top 20 teams than ever before, and this year I think that number will increase. The top teams on the East coast provide great competition for us, and seeing a lot of those teams at the Princeton tournament is a great way to start the season. We will gain valuable experience playing good competition on the road in a tough environment."