SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Santa Clara heads to Southern California this week to compete in Golden Coast Conference games against Loyola Marymount and Azusa Pacific.
The Broncos face the Lions (12-14, 2-1) on Friday at 4 p.m. and the Cougars (13-13, 1-3) at noon on Saturday.
"We are in the part of the season where every weekend there are conference games. The stakes are higher, the rivalries are more intense, and it is a time for our team to embrace the fun of good competition," said head coach Keith Wilbur. "Both LMU and Azusa Pacific are strong opponents this weekend, and we are looking forward to these two big conference games."
The Broncos (11-12, 1-2) return from spring break this week, kicking of the third academic quarter of the 2017-18 school year. Last week, Santa Clara split their two-game road trip to Fresno, California. The Broncos fell to Fresno State, 7-6, on Wednesday in a GCC matchup, but rebounded the following day to down Fresno Pacific, 12-3. The team was off through the weekend.
"During spring break it can be mentally challenging when the campus is empty and everybody else is off on trips, but it gives our team a chance to recover from finals, focus on water polo, train hard, and bond. In our game against Fresno Pacific, I saw our team get back to the level they were playing earlier in the season, and that is a good sign going into the final month of the season."
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• Lydia Dadd, Hailey Eberle, Maggie Oys, Hannah Buck and Annie Eldredge have started all 23 games this season. In addition, Maddy Gomes, Kelly Frumkin and Gabi Sicat have seen action in every contest.
• Buck leads the team in both goals (35) and kickouts drawn (47). She has two or more goals in eight outings, including a career-high six against Cal State Monterey Bay (Jan. 27). She has six goals in the last two games.
• Eldredge is tied for first on the team in assists with 27 and is second in goals (27). She has scored in all but four games this year, including a career-high tying three vs. Cal State East Bay (March 17). Eldredge has scored at least two goals in the last six games and has 13 goals and eight assists in that stretch.
• Eberle is first on the team in steals (26), and third in both goals (26) and assists (25).
• Oys is tied first on the team in assists (27), including a career-high five against Fresno Pacific (March 29), and is second in kickouts drawn with 17.
• Frumkin is fourth on the team with 18 goals, tied for fourth in assists (13) and third in steals (14).
• Dadd has double-digit blocks in eight games, including a career-high 20 against Sonoma State (Feb. 11).