LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) announced its 2012 preseason coaches poll, and Santa Clara University was picked to finish third in the nine-team league. The Broncos, led by tenth-year head coach Keith Wilbur, have averaged nearly 20 wins per season since 2002.
The Broncos capped off the 2011 season with a 10-6 league record in WWPA play and placed third at the championship tournament. The 2012 season is underway, with SCU having played four ranked opponents through five games thus far.
Returning for 2012 are seniors Laura Espinosa (Mountain View, Calif./Mountain View HS), Marina Allen (Pleasanton, Calif./Amador Valley HS) and Sarah Safir (Los Gatos, Calif./Los Gatos HS). Additionally, sophomore Claire Eadington (Corona Del Mar, Calif./Corona Del Mar HS) was named the 2011 WWPA Freshman of the Year last spring – the first-ever Bronco player to earn that honor. Eadington scored 46 goals and had 40 assists in 34 games.
Santa Clara will be in action four times at UCSB's Winter Invitational this weekend - including opening up conference play with a pair of WWPA games. No. 7 Arizona State will be the first opponent for the Broncos Saturday, Jan. 28 at 9:05 a.m. Games with WWPA rivals SCU Bakersfield (Saturday at 2:30 p.m.) and Sonoma State (Sunday at 1:35 p.m.) will follow. For SCU's complete 2012 schedule click here.
2012 WWPA Women's Preseason Coaches' Poll
1. Loyola Marymount – 62 points (6 first place votes)
2. UC San Diego – 59 points (3)
3. Santa Clara – 47 points
4. Colorado State – 40 points
5. Cal State East Bay – 38 points
6. Cal State Bakersfield – 31 points
7. Sonoma State – 23 points
8. Cal State Monterey Bay – 14 points
9. Cal State San Bernardino – 10 points
June 6, 2012 Making a Splash as a Freshman
April 29, 2012 Broncos Win Thriller to Close Out Season
April 21, 2012 Pacific Edges Santa Clara Water Polo 7-4
April 14, 2012 Bronco Water Polo Adds Big Conference Wins
April 3, 2012 2012 Santa Clara Invitational, The Bronco
March 27, 2012 Key WWPA Games On Tap for Santa Clara Women's Water Polo
March 14, 2012 Inside the Game: Goalkeeping with Stephanie Clements
February 25, 2012 Broncos Earn Another WWPA Victory, Topping Cal St. Monterey Bay
February 11, 2012 Broncos Battling Tough Competition at UCSD Triton Inviational
February 9, 2012 Next for SCU Water Polo: 16-Team Triton Invitational in San Diego
February 3, 2012 SCU Falls to Michigan; Play in Monterey Saturday
January 29, 2012 Water Polo Picks up WWPA Victory at UC Santa Barbara’s Invite
January 23, 2012 Broncos Picked Third in WWPA Preseason Coaches Poll
January 22, 2012 Claire Eadington Stars for Santa Clara in Close Loss to Pacific
January 9, 2012 Espinosa, Broncos Enter Season Just Outside National Top 20
November 30, 2011 Palo Alto’s Elizabeth Anderson Signs NLI with Santa Clara University
November 14, 2011 SCU Women’s Water Polo 2012 Schedule Announced
May 19, 2011 Eadington Freshman Standout for the Broncos