The No. 15 Santa Clara men's water polo team will host the third annual Rodeo Tournament this weekend. The Broncos will host Brown on Fri., Oct. 20th at 5:00 pm along with No. 16 Air Force and Cal Baptist on Sat., Oct. 21st. Santa Clara will close out the weeked on Sunday with Bucknell and Harvard. For the complete schedule, be sure to visit the tournament central page on SantaClaraBroncos.com.
The Broncos have already seen two of this weekend's opponents. The Broncos defeated Brown 6-5 on Sept. 10th in Princeton, New Jersey and dropped a 12-10 decision to Air Force on Oct. 2nd. While all five games this weekend are tough opponents, the matchup with Air Force has the biggest implications on the Broncos' season.
"The biggest game of the weekend is Air Force because it is a conference game, and they beat us earlier in the year," said Bronco head coach Keith Wilbur. "We are ranked right there with Air Force in our conference and in the national rankings."
Santa Clara continues to be led by redshirt sophomore Theo Nasser who already doubled his scoring total from last season. Nasser has tallied 31 goals while earning 33 ejections drawn. Seniors Marcus Akerland and James Case have provided the Broncos with 25 goals of their own. Fifth year senior Daley Meistrell leads the team with 31 assists and 24 steals. Michael Wishart has had an outstanding senior year registering 207 blocks with 14 assists and 13 steals.
Daley Meistrell's three assists against UC Davis on Oct. 9 broke Jack Wall's mark of 139 as the all-time leader in assists. After this past weekend, Case now sits at 130 goals in his career, good for eighth all-time in goals scored.
Five players have scored their first career goals this season. Jimmy Moore collected his first against California on Sept. 3, while Mark Davis, Kyle Surber and Matt Kochalko all registered their first goals at the Princeton Invtational. C.J. D'Arienzo found the back of the net vs. La Verne at the Aggie Shootout for his first career goal.
Home Sweet Home
The Broncos will play all eight home games this season in the month of October. The Broncos will host Senior Day on Oct. 30th against the University of the Pacific.
Player of the Week
Michael Wishart was named the Sep. 21 WWPA Co-Player of the Week for his outstanding weekend at the annual Nor Cal Tournament. Wishart tallied 49 saves in four games, including a career-high 18 against No. 19 St. Francis. Wishart was also named WWPA player of the week for the week of Oct. 27, 2010.
In the Broncos 9-6 upset over No. 10 Davis, Wishart recorded his 1,000th career save. Wishart now has registered 1,023 saves after making 11 blocks this past weekend. Wishart sits 40 blocks away from tying the Broncos all-time career blocks leader Peter Moore.