May 11, 2004
The Santa Clara University women's water polo team recently completed its season, posting a 21-16 record in only its fourth campaign at the Division I level. Under second-year head coach Keith Wilbur, the Broncos capped the year by placing fifth at the Western Water Polo Association Championships. A few season highlights:
Junior Catherine Flynn was named to the All-Tournament second team at the WWWPA Championships while freshman teammate Katie Radvanyi earned honorable mention recognition. Flynn scored 16 goals at the tournament and finished the season with 86, starting all 37 contests. She posted at least four goals in 11 games, and netted three five-goal performances, including the final game of the season, an overtime win against CS San Bernardino. Radvanyi netted 54 goals, second on the team, and led the squad in four categories: 31 assists, 55 steals, 64 kick outs drawn and seven penalty shots drawn. She posted 16 multi-goal contests while also starting all 37 matches.
Junior Katy Shumm also started every match this year, playing solid defense as the team's primary two-meter defender and consistently shutting down the opposition's best player. Second on the team with 52 steals, Shumm was a team captain, and her intelligent play in all phases of the game was instrumental to the Broncos' success.
Sophomores Alanna Simpkins and Kathleen Hamm also started every contest in 2004. Simpkins, a well-rounded a heady player, was fourth on the team in goals, assists, steals and kick outs drawn, while Hamm was a force at the two meter position on both offense and defense. She was second on the team in kick outs drawn, and third in goals and steals.
The Broncos say goodbye to two senior goalkeepers. Captain Anne Ginotti finishes her career with a 7.57 goals-against average. She amassed 563 saves over 99 matches, earning 46 career wins. Alexandra Dalmau did not play this past season, but served as an undergraduate assistant coach.
The Broncos went 3-1 at its home facility, the Leavey Pool, besting CS Hayward, Sonoma State and UC Santa Cruz. The program's loss was to 19th-ranked Brown. Fans and community members took advantage of the free admission to pack the stands and support the program at all four contests.
Across all divisions, Santa Clara faced a demanding schedule, with 23 of its 37 matches against ranked opposition. The Broncos bested 11 of those nationally-ranked opponents.
The program hosted its second alumni game on April 18. Although Catherine Flynn scored three times to lead the current Broncos to a 16-7 victory, this game wasn't really about the score. Ten alumni returned to the mission campus and head coach Keith Wilbur barbecued for the group post-match. "We have a lot of young alumni and we'd like to keep them involved with the program," Wilbur added. "We hope to grow this event a little bit more every year."