Women’s Water Polo Goalie Earns Weekly Conference Award

Women’s Water Polo Goalie Earns Weekly Conference Award

LOS ANGELESFrancesca Puccinelli of Santa Clara women's water polo was rewarded for leading the team to a pair of wins last week.

Puccinelli, the starting goaltender, was named Golden Coast Conference Player of the Week after a strong performance in all three games last week, including a Saturday sweep of Cal State East Bay and Sonoma State. She capped off day by making a career-high 16 saves, including two keys ones on the last possession by the Seawolves, who were attempting to score the tying goal in Santa Clara's 8-7 come-from-behind win.

Earlier Saturday, Puccinelli led a strong defensive effort by holding Cal State East Bay off the scoreboard for nearly 12 minutes while the Broncos (3-1) snapped a 3-all tie with three straight goals to secure a 6-4 victory.

The senior also made 10 blocks in three quarters of action in Thursday's 16-6 loss to No. 8 Hawaii.

The team heads to San Diego Friday for its first GCC game, as well as four contests in the Triton Invitational. The Broncos play San Diego State at 3 p.m. Friday, then begin tournament play at UC San Diego on Saturday.

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