Feb. 19, 2010
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Santa Clara women's water polo team (6-5 overall, 2-2 WWPA) will travel to Stockton, Calif. on Sunday to take on the No. 16 Pacific Tigers at noon.
It is the Broncos' only game this weekend and the first of two scheduled clashes with Pacific this season.
Santa Clara is coming off a 3-1 weekend at the Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunner Invite, having defeated Concordia, California Baptist, and Occidental College. Season-leading goal scorer junior Taylor Harkins has 21 tallies on the season, 11 of which came at the Roadrunner Invite. Senior Jenny Knutson also scored 11 at the CSUB tournament, and has 20 goals on the year. Junior goalie Wren White has started all 11 games this season has made 73 blocks on 140 attempts thus far.
The Tigers, who are nationally ranked for the first time since 2005, are 5-4 on this season and are 4-0 against common opponents with the Broncos (defeating Cal State East Bay, Cal State Monterey Bay, Occidental, and California Baptist). Santa Clara head coach Keith Wilbur has had a chance to see Pacific play this season, as the Tigers attended both the Nor-Cal Invite and the Roadrunner Invite. Last season, the teams met thrice, with the Broncos taking two of the matches and outscoring the Tigers 19-13 overall. Pacific's only win over Santa Clara was in Stockton.