SANTA CLARA, Calif. - After igniting his team's offense over the weekend, No. 15 Santa Clara men's water polo Tucker Carlson was named the Western Water Polo Association Co- Player of the Week on Wednesday along with Air Force's Josh Stedman. It is the first Player of the Week award for the Bronco junior.
"I am really honored to be named Co-WWPA Player of the Week," said Carlson. "I hope that I can continue this type of play for the rest of the season. I would never have had the opportunity to receive this honor without the help of my teammates who have been working harder than ever to make this a successful season and Coach Wilbur."
"We have a young team this year and as one of the upperclassman leading this group, Tucker did a great job during our first weekend of games," said Santa Clara head coach Keith Wilbur. "Tucker is a dynamic offensive player and he can scores goals a lot of different ways. He is a force in front of the cage at the center position, and he also has a great outside shot. He came up big in every game this weekend and I am very glad that our conference recognized him with being named WWPA Player of the Week."
Carlson scored 13 goals over four games to lead the No. 15 Santa Clara offensive attack. Carlson had four goals in the opening game of the season vs. Chapman and three in each game vs. Whittier, No. 5 UC Santa Barbara and Redlands at the Inland Empire Tournament. Santa Clara came away from the weekend with three wins, 14-12 vs. Chapman, 12-9 vs. Whittier and 11-6 at Redlands, with the only loss coming vs. No. 5 UC Santa Barbara 13-7.
The Broncos will next play at NorCals hosted by Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif. on Sat., Sept. 15 through Sun., Sept. 16.