Final Home Stretch for Women's Water Polo

Final Home Stretch for Women's Water Polo

VIDEO: Women's Water Polo Seniors on What They'll Miss Most

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Santa Clara women's water polo finishes off its regular season home slate with a pair of Golden Coast Conference games in a three-day stretch.

The Broncos play Azusa Pacific (15-13, 2-3) on Friday at 3:30 p.m. and Fresno State (10-14, 2-3) on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. when the team's three seniors will make their final home appearance.


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Santa Clara (8-13, 1-3) has won two of its last three, including a split in last week's home games. The Broncos knocked off Cal State East Bay, 9-6, on Thursday and lost to LMU, 8-4, the following day.

Seeding for this month's GCC Championship will be on the line at Sullivan Aquatic Center with one game separating the three teams in the league standings.

"They are both good teams," head coach Keith Wilbur said. "We want to play well and win games against strong competition especially going into final the stretch of our season."

Azusa Pacific snapped a four-game losing streak with Friday's win over Concordia and Fresno State had dropped its previous two before downing California Baptist on Saturday.

Last season, the Broncos lost by one goal on the road to both Azusa Pacific and Fresno State.

Prior to Sunday's meeting against the Bulldogs, Hannah Buck, Annie Eldredge and Lauren Paxton will be recognized for their four years with the program.

"All three seniors are captains, and they have very different personalities and leadership styles," head coach Keith Wilbur said. "They have added to our team in their own unique ways both in and out of the water over the course of their careers."

Buck has started all four years, drawing the second-most kickouts (229) in school history, and Eldredge is a three-year starter with 102 career assists, which is tied for fourth in the Santa Clara record book. Paxton has started in 40 of her last 42 appearances and a career-high 17 goals this season.

"What they have in common is that they work hard, they care deeply about their teammates and they always compete to win," Wilbur said. "I have truly enjoyed coaching this class and I really appreciate everything that they have done for our program. We look forward to celebrating their careers on Sunday."

Hannah Buck, Emma Allegrucci, Annie Eldredge and Hailey Eberle have started all 21 games. Lauren Paxton, Maggie Oys and Lydia Dadd have each started all but one.
• Eldredge is tied for first in the GCC with a career-high 39 assists.

Single-game tickets are available for $10. Click here to purchase online or contact the ticket office weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. at (408) 554-4660 or Sullivan Aquatic Center, as well as its ticket office, is open one hour prior to the start of each game.

For weekday games, the Leavey Center lot, located on Accolti Way off El Camino Real, is free beginning ONE hour prior to the start of the game. Any other parking facility on campus will be subject to normal daily rates or restrictions, including the main structure, located on Palm Drive. During the weekend, campus parking facilities are FREE (except for permit required locations). Click here for a campus map and parking restrictions.

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