SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Looking to improve on 2010's program-best third place finish in conference, the No. 14 Santa Clara men's water polo team (16-16; 7-5 WWPA) play in the Western Water Polo Association Championships this week. The tournament will take place in San Diego, Calif. on the campus of UC San Diego from Thu., Nov. 17 through Sun., Nov. 20.
The Broncos are the No. 3 seed, beating out UC Davis thanks to a 9-6 win on Oct. 9. The top four seeds in the tournament are rewarded with a bye until the quarterfinals on Fri., Nov. 18.
Santa Clara's first game will be at 3 p.m. on Fri., Nov. 18 against the winner of Thursday's game between seventh-seeded Claremont and 10th-seeded Whittier. The Broncos have not played either team this season.
Daley Meistrell's three assists against UC Davis on Oct. 9 broke Jack Wall's mark of 139 as the all-time leader in assists. Case is also eighth all-time in goals scored for the Broncos.
In Santa Clara's 13-4 win on Oct. 23 against Harvard at the Rodeo Tournament Michael Wishart recorded his 1,064th career block to pass Peter Moore for the all-time Santa Clara record. Wishart ended the game with 1,066 blocks and looks to add to his record during the remainder of the season.
Five players have scored their first career goals this season. Jimmy Moore collected his first against California on Sept. 3, while Mark Davis, Kyle Surber and Matt Kochalko all registered their first goals at the Princeton Invtational. C.J. D'Arienzo found the back of the net vs. La Verne at the Aggie Shootout for his first career goal.
Player of the Week
Michael Wishart was named the Sept. 21 WWPA Co-Player of the Week for his outstanding weekend at the annual Nor Cal Tournament. Wishart tallied 49 saves in four games, including a career-high 18 against No. 19 St. Francis. Wishart was also named WWPA player of the week for the week of Oct. 27, 2010.