June 7, 2006
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Santa Clara University women's water polo team's historic 2006 season added another achievement to its ledger Wednesday as Lindsey Bacolini became the first-ever Bronco to be named an All-American. The senior utility was named an All-America honorable mention performer by the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches.
In the pool, Bacolini, a co-captain and SCU's 2006 team MVP, paced the squad with 50 goals and 25 steals during the 2006 season in helping lead the Broncos to a program-best 25-8 record and No. 15 ranking in the national poll. She also notched 21 assists and drew 18 kickouts, both second on the team. Santa Clara's season concluded with a third-place finish in the Western Water Polo Association Championships where Bacolini was named a first-team All-WWPA performer.
"Lindsey's contributions to the team were great, she's our leading goal-scorer, so it is definitely a well-deserved recognition," said head coach Keith Wilbur. "To me, being named All-American is not just about how you do individually but how you do as a team, and Lindsey did a great job not only in the water but also as co-captain of the team. She's a leader and that's why the team performed well. I think that both of those things combined led to her being named an honorable mention All-American."
One of Bacolini's sterling performances for the Broncos came on April 9 against UC San Diego at the Davis Shootout. The Atherton native netted a pair of goals, made two steals, had an assist and drew three kickouts in a thrilling 12-11 overtime victory over 14th-ranked UC San Diego.