SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Coming off a 12-goal performance en route to a conference victory last Thursday on the road, the Santa Clara University women's water polo team brings momentum into this weekend's two-game trip to Los Angeles.
The Broncos will play a Western Water Polo Association doubleheader Saturday at the Burns Recreation and Aquatics Center on the Loyola Marymount University campus, beginning with Cal State San Bernardino (8-16; 0-4 WWPA) at 12 noon, then league leaders and sixth-ranked LMU (17-5; 12-4 WWPA) at 3 p.m.
"We are used to playing four games in two days, so I am confident that we can play all-out for two games on Saturday," said Santa Clara head coach Keith Wilbur. " The team is in great shape, and we have a deep bench, so we'll be able to play both games with everything we got."
Santa Clara (9-12; 6-3 WWPA) received four goals from junior driver Marina Allen (Pleasanton, Calif./Amador Valley HS) in the Broncos 12-8 victory over Sonoma State last week – the third win over SSU in as many tries this season for SCU. Allen ranks third on the team with 18 goals in 21 games this season. She also is among the Bronco leaders in assists.
"We don't have a size advantage on most teams we play, but I do think we have a lot of team speed," says Wilbur about the Broncos offense. "In order to use that speed though, we have to have a mentality of working all the time, and that means moving. It always starts with the counter, and when we get into our half-court, everybody needs to be active. We also have been working a lot on our power-play situations. Executing our six-on-five is key to our offense doing well."
The win over Sonoma State improved Santa Clara's conference record to 6-3. SCU is in the midst of a critical stretch of games, which has the team playing five-straight within conference and preparing to host The Bronco – its marquee home event, which features nine teams and 18 games the weekend of April 8-10.
"There will be nine very good teams in The Bronco tournament, so there's a ton of good matchups every day," said Wilbur. "There's also a lot of conference games which will be important for seeding at WWPA's. The two teams from outside of our conference, San Jose State and Hawaii, are teams ranked in the top ten, so games with them will be high-caliber water polo as well."
Visit SantaClaraBroncos.com for complete results from the team's trip to Los Angeles. For more information on The Bronco tournament click here.
August 22, 2011 SCU Women’s Water Polo Honored for Academic Achievement
May 19, 2011 Eadington Freshman Standout for the Broncos
May 17, 2011 SCU Women’s Water Polo: 2011 Season in Review
April 30, 2011 Bronco Water Polo Drops Close Game in WWPA Semis
April 29, 2011 SCU Water Polo Beats Sonoma State at WWPA Championships
April 27, 2011 SCU Freshman Claire Eadington Named WWPA's Top Young Player
April 26, 2011 Bronco Water Polo Preps For WWPA Championships
April 23, 2011 Broncos Drop Regular Season Finale
April 13, 2011 SCU Women's Water Polo Travels to Bakersfield This Weekend
April 11, 2011 SCU Wraps Up The Bronco, 18-Game Water Polo Tournament
April 9, 2011 Broncos Split Day One of Bronco Tournament
April 6, 2011 Tournament Central: Santa Clara Invitational, The Bronco
March 25, 2011 Broncos Hard at Work, Bond Over Spring Break
March 24, 2011 Bronco Water Polo Tops Seawolves, Now 6-3 in WWPA
March 22, 2011 Thursday Marks First of Five-Straight WWPA Games for SCU
March 18, 2011 Sophomore Clements Enjoying her Second Season
March 13, 2011 Broncos Lose Close One to Harvard
March 9, 2011 SCU Water Polo Just Outside of Top 20, Prep for Harvard
March 5, 2011 Santa Clara Water Polo Drops No. 19 Pacific Again, 5-1
February 25, 2011 Broncos Collect Conference Win
February 23, 2011 SCU Water Polo Looks to Remain Among Conference Leaders
February 19, 2011 Broncos Drops Two Tough Games Saturday
February 17, 2011 Santa Clara Water Polo's Home-Opener is Saturday at 4 p.m.
February 13, 2011 SCU Women's Water Polo Improves to 3-1 in League Play
February 12, 2011 Santa Clara Women's Water Polo in Action at UC San Diego
February 9, 2011 Toughest Tournament Field of Year Awaits Broncos in San Diego
February 5, 2011 Broncos Open WWPA Season with Victory in Monterey
February 3, 2011 Women’s Water Polo’s Whitney Allen
February 1, 2011 Conference Opener Awaits SCU Water Polo in Monterey
January 30, 2011 Broncos Finish Spartan Invite vs. No. 3 Cal and No. 13 UC Davis
January 26, 2011 SCU Water Polo Opens Season This Weekend, Face Four Ranked Teams
January 18, 2011 Santa Clara Women’s Water Polo Listed Among Nation's Best
January 7, 2011 SCU Women’s Water Polo Initiates Preseason Training
January 6, 2011 Taylor Harkins Shares Some Fun Moments About SCU Water Polo
December 15, 2010 Wren White Plays Major Role as Keeper for SCU Water Polo
December 15, 2010 Women’s Water Polo to Face Some of the Nation’s Top Teams
December 6, 2010 SCU Women’s Water Polo Inks Two Outstanding Recruits
November 18, 2010 Senior Look Prepares for 2011 Season
November 11, 2010 Caitlin Espe Prepares for Senior Season
August 27, 2010 No. 13 SCU Water Polo on ESPNU Friday, September 10th
July 26, 2010 Womens Water Polo Finds a Leader in Marina Allen