SANTA CLARA, Calif. – After opening the season Saturday against San Jose State, the Santa Clara men's water polo team is off to the Princeton Invitational.
The Broncos play Iona at 12:40 p.m. Pacific in their first of four games during the three-day event, which begins Friday in Princeton, New Jersey.
Santa Clara, which had a tough 11-7 loss to San Jose, plays a pair of contests on Saturday, facing host Princeton at 8:15 a.m. and Fordham at 2:30 p.m.
Santa Clara will finish the weekend with an 11:45 a.m. Sunday game against Navy.
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The Broncos focus on mental toughness as they prepare for this weekend.
"The biggest thing in the game against San Jose State wasn't so much X's and O's, but more our mental, not so much our approach because we came out the right way, it was how we finished the game," said head coach Keith Wilbur. "That's something that we're focusing on as a team-- how to play in close games down the stretch and how to finish games right away. I think if we can improve that, then we can do well. Not too much will change except how we execute our stuff, and I think that's more mental than anything."
Wilbur advises his players to take it one play at a time.
"Rather than thinking about the results of the game, focus on defensive series, offensive series, and what they're doing in the pool," Wilbur said. "If they focus on that and do that, the results should take care of themselves."
Last year at the Princeton Invitational, the Broncos defeated the returning Iona, 16-9, and Fordham, 10-8.
Games will be held in Princeton's DeNunzio Pool and streamed on the Ivy League Digital Network, which is subscription based ($9.95 per day/$10.95 per month). For fans planning on watching more than one of the four games, it's best to purchase a monthly pass.