SCU Water Polo Plays Twice Saturday at No. 6 LMU, Hosts The Bronco Next Week
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Coming off a 12-goal performance en route to a conference victory last Thursday on the road, the Santa Clara University women's water polo team brings momentum into this weekend's two-game trip to Los Angeles.
The Broncos will play a Western Water Polo Association doubleheader Saturday at the Burns Recreation and Aquatics Center on the Loyola Marymount University campus, beginning with Cal State San Bernardino (8-16; 0-4 WWPA) at 12 noon, then league leaders and sixth-ranked LMU (17-5; 12-4 WWPA) at 3 p.m.
"We are used to playing four games in two days, so I am confident that we can play all-out for two games on Saturday," said Santa Clara head coach Keith Wilbur. " The team is in great shape, and we have a deep bench, so we'll be able to play both games with everything we got."
Santa Clara (9-12; 6-3 WWPA) received four goals from junior driver Marina Allen (Pleasanton, Calif./Amador Valley HS) in the Broncos 12-8 victory over Sonoma State last week – the third win over SSU in as many tries this season for SCU. Allen ranks third on the team with 18 goals in 21 games this season. She also is among the Bronco leaders in assists.
"We don't have a size advantage on most teams we play, but I do think we have a lot of team speed," says Wilbur about the Broncos offense. "In order to use that speed though, we have to have a mentality of working all the time, and that means moving. It always starts with the counter, and when we get into our half-court, everybody needs to be active. We also have been working a lot on our power-play situations. Executing our six-on-five is key to our offense doing well."
The win over Sonoma State improved Santa Clara's conference record to 6-3. SCU is in the midst of a critical stretch of games, which has the team playing five-straight within conference and preparing to host The Bronco – its marquee home event, which features nine teams and 18 games the weekend of April 8-10.
"There will be nine very good teams in The Bronco tournament, so there's a ton of good matchups every day," said Wilbur. "There's also a lot of conference games which will be important for seeding at WWPA's. The two teams from outside of our conference, San Jose State and Hawaii, are teams ranked in the top ten, so games with them will be high-caliber water polo as well."
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