Men's Water Polo Prepares for NorCal Invitational

SANTA CLARA, Calif.- Returning from their first major tournament of the season, the No. 16 Broncos men's water polo team will travel up to Berkeley this weekend for the NorCal tournament. The NorCal Invitational features top-notch teams and will be a challenge weekend for all the teams.

All games will be played at either the Diablo Valley College Pool or Spieker Pool on the Cal campus.

"We are excited to play in the NorCal Invitational this weekend," said Bronco head coach Keith Wilbur. "With 15 of the 16 teams ranked in the top-20, we are guaranteed to have four games against high level competition.  This is a great opportunity for us to play against some of the best teams in the country."

In their first game at Cal, the Broncos will play for the second time this season vs. the No. 3 team in the nation, Pacific. After falling 19-7 to the Tigers in their season opener, the Broncos are hoping to improve and beat their Bay Area rival this time around.

"Our first game is against No. 3 University of Pacific, and we would like to see improvement from when we played them the first game of the year," said Wilbur.

Pacific's senior attack Balazs Erdelyi is the biggest threat to the Broncos. Erdelyi scored seven of the Tiger 19 goals, three of which came in the first quarter.

Depending upon the outcome of their first game, the Broncos could have a 4:50 pm or 6:15 pm on Saturday, where they would see either No. 5 Stanford or No.13 UC Davis. 

The Broncos enter the weekend at 4-2. They went 4-1 last weekend in Princeton, N.J. After falling to No. 14 Princeton, 9-7 on Friday, the Broncos battled back to win their next four games, including a big win over No. 17 Navy. The four wins included a 12-7 win over George Washington and 12-10 win over John Hopkins on Saturday. On Sunday the Broncos defeated Iona 18-3 and Navy 16-12.

Freshman Graham McClone came out strong over the weekend, scoring six goals. Senior Theo Nasser also had a big weekend, scoring seven goals, earning five ejections, five assists and two steals.

Goalie Matt Pritchett tallied 36 blocks in the five games, had two assists and two steals from the cage. Larry Andrews also made his season debut in the game against Iona.

The NorCal tournament features 16 teams, including the returning NCAA champions, No. 1 USC. All the teams are from California, with the exception of No. 20 Air Force Academy of Colorado.

Be sure to keep updated with the Broncos this weekend and check for schedule updates throughout the weekend!