Women's Water Polo

2013-14 Santa Clara Women's Water Polo News

June 19, 2014
Women's Water Polo Captain Kaitlin Murphy Named Third-Team All-American
Bronco senior caption Kaitlin Murphy, who led the team in earned ejections and was second in goals, has been named Third Team All-American by the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches.

June 3, 2014
EYEBRONCO: Women's Water Polo Photo Day
Women's water polo takes its turn in the EYEBRONCO series of photo day videos. Reporter Nici Gilday chats with Lauren Radich, Julia Peters and Nicolette Balch about the team's pregame music, favorite sports other than water polo and one of the team's new hobbies. Reporter David Gentile talks with Ashleigh Bandimere about her summer study abroad plans and who has the best nickname on the team.

May 16, 2014
Six Santa Clara Teams Recipients of NCAA Public Recognition Awards For Academic Achievement
Continuing its hard work in the classroom, Santa Clara's men’s outdoor track, women’s golf, women’s rowing, women’s tennis, women’s outdoor track, and women’s water polo teams were all recognized by the NCAA as recipients of the organization's Public Recognition Awards for academic achievement. The NCAA released the APR recognition by highlighting teams that demonstrated a commitment to academic progress and retention of student-athletes by achieving the top APR scores within their respective sports. Specifically, these six teams posted multi-year APRs in the top 10 percent of all squads in each sport. Also, men’s basketball recorded the highest four-year average APR for the West Coast Conference.

April 28, 2014
Broncos Finish Fourth In GCC Conference Tournament
After picking up a 10-8 victory vs. No. 7 seed Azusa Pacific on day one of the Golden Coast Conference Championship, the No. 3 seed Broncos dropped their next two games to No. 2 seed LMU and No. 5 seed Pacific. With a 1-2 record, the Broncos finished fourth at the first-ever GCC Championship.

April 24, 2014
GCC Championships Day One Recap
The No. 17 Broncos have wrapped up day one of the Golden Coast Conference Championship. After battling against Azusa Pacific, the Bronco finished with the 10-8 and have advanced to the semi finals.

April 23, 2014
Golden Coast Conference Preview
After wrapping up the regular season last weekend, the No. 18 Broncos are set to play in their first-ever Golden Coast Conference Tournament. The GCC Championship will begin on April 24 at the Burns Recreation and Aquatic Center on the Loyola Marymount campus in Los Angeles.

April 22, 2014
Five Broncos Receive Golden Coast Conference Honors
The year of firsts for the Golden Coast Conference continues in its inaugural season as the league announced its 2014 GCC All-Conference selections on Tuesday. LMU's Alexandra Honny was named the Player of the Year and San Diego State's Ioli Benekou was named Newcomer of the Year, as voted on by the league's seven head coaches.

April 20, 2014
No. 18 Broncos Take Down No.17 UC Davis In Final Game of Regular Season
The No. 18 Broncos traveled to No. 17 UC Davis for their final game of the regular season. The Broncos were able to shut out the Aggies in the final quarter to win the game 11-10. The Broncos finished the regular season 16-11.

April 18, 2014
No. 18 Broncos Win in Final Second Over Cal Baptist
In the final conference game of the season the No. 18 Broncos hosted Cal Baptist at the Sullivan Aquatic Center. After battling up and down the pool, the Broncos were able to pull off the 15-14 win in the final seconds of the game and seal the No. 3 seed for conference championships.

April 13, 2014
No. 19 Broncos Drop Conference Game; Pick Up Win Over Sonoma State
The No. 19 Broncos faced conference rival No. 20 San Diego State on April 11 and traveled to Sonoma State on their senior day on April 12. The Broncos fell in a close game to the Aztecs but were able to defeat the Seawolves. The Broncos are now 14-11 heading into their final games of the season.

April 10, 2014
Julia Peters Named GCC Co-Player of the Week
Julia Peters of the No. 19 Broncos women’s water polo team has been named Golden Coast Conference Co-Player of the Week. Lead by Peters, the Broncos went 3-0 this past weekend, including two conference wins over Fresno Pacific and the University of Pacific.

April 8, 2014
EYEBRONCO presents the Bronco Weekly Sports Wrap
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – On this week's edition of the Bronco Weekly Sports Wrap, co-hosts Cali Reis from the women's soccer team and Denzel Johnson from the men's basketball team give a quick update on the latest Bronco sports news. This edition features interviews, highlights, pictures and bloopers that you won't want to miss!

April 6, 2014
No. 18 Broncos Pick Up Three Wins
The No. 18 Broncos went 3-0 over the weekend picking up two conference wins over Fresno Pacific and the University of Pacific and a Senior Day win over Cal State East Bay. The Broncos are now 13-10.

April 4, 2014
No. 18 Broncos Senior Day April 6
SANTA CLARA, Calif.- The No. 18 Broncos continue their conference play this weekend as they are set to play Fresno Pacific on April 5 and host the University of Pacific on April 6. The Broncos will also be celebrating their Senior Day on April 6 in their second game of the day against Bay Area rival Cal State East Bay.

March 29, 2014
No. 18 Broncos Finish 1-1 On Trip South For Conference Openers
The No. 18 Broncos traveled down to Los Angeles to play their first conference games of the season. The Broncos went 1-1 for the weekend, picking up a win over Azusa Pacific, but fell to No. 11 Loyola Marymount.

March 23, 2014
No. 17 Bronco Women's Water Polo Pick Up Two Wins
After taking a week off for winter quarter finals, the No. 17 Broncos faced Redland and Cal State Monterey Bay at the Sullivan Aquatic Center on Sunday. The Broncos picked up two wins and are now 9-9 on the season.

March 13, 2014
Kaitlin Murphy Named GCC Player of the Week
After helping the No. 17 Broncos to a 3-1 record last weekend at the Harvard Invite, women's water polo captain Kaitlin Murphy was been named Golden Coast Conference Player of the Week on Thursday.

March 9, 2014
No. 18 Broncos Score Three East Coast Wins
In their first travel trip to the east coast, the Broncos saw great success, picking up three wins and only falling once to No. 7 Princeton.

March 6, 2014
No. 18 Bronco Women's Water Polo Travels to Harvard
The No. 18 Santa Clara women’s water polo team departed Thurs., March 6 for the Harvard Invitational. The matches this weekend pin the Broncos against Wagner College and a trio of Ivy League opponents in Harvard, No. 7 Princeton and Brown.

March 1, 2014
No. 18 Broncos Take Down Concordia, Fall to No. 16 UC Davis
After taking a two-week break from games, the No. 18 Broncos hosted Concordia and No. 16 UC Davis at the Sullivan Aquatic Center. The Broncos broke out of there six game loosing streak with a 17-10 win over Concordia, and nearly beat UC Davis, 8-7.

February 16, 2014
No.16 Broncos Fall To Two Top-Ranked Teams
The No. 16 Broncos faced another tough weekend of competition, facing No. 12 San Jose State and No. 4 Cal in the same afternoon. The Broncos fell to both teams giving them a 3-7 record this season.

February 12, 2014
No. 16 Broncos Fall to No. 2 Stanford
The No. 16 Broncos went up against tough competition in No. 2 Stanford at their “green” game at the Sullivan Aquatic Center. The Broncos fell 14-6, making them 3-5 overall.

February 11, 2014
Go "Green" With No. 20 Women's Water Polo Against No.2 Stanford
After suffering a few tough losses over the weekend, the No. 20 women’s water polo team will be hosting a “green” game against No. 2 Stanford on Feb. 12. Broncos own Julia Peters has cultivated the idea for this game through her work tithe the Center for Sustainability.

February 11, 2014
Cathy Cantoni Excited For Her First Season As A Bronco
Freshman Cathy Cantoni (CC) of women’s water polo is excited about her choice of coming to Santa Clara and joining the Bronco nation. Cantoni opens up about her thoughts on her first season as a Bronco and the fire she has behind it.

February 9, 2014
No. 20 Broncos Take Down No. 9 San Diego State
After breaking into the top-20 for their outstanding performance last week, the No. 20 Bronco women’s water polo team traveled down to San Diego for the Triton Invitational weekend. The Broncos picked up an early win against conference rival, No. 9 San Diego State, but lost their next three games.

February 6, 2014
Elizabeth Anderson Looks to Build on Stellar Freshman Season
As a freshman, Elizabeth Anderson (EA) came in and set the bar high for herself going forward. After starting all 33 matches and making the 2013 WWPA All-Freshman Team, Anderson is looking to improve every game and lead her team to be the first ever winners of The Golden Coast Conference.

January 31, 2014
Women's Water Polo Takes Down No. 13 Michigan
The Bronco women's water polo team held its season opener Thursday night against No. 6 Hawaii and kicked off a stretch of three games in three days. Santa Clara faced No. 13 Michigan on Friday afternoon at home and will travel to Cal State Monterey Bay on Saturday.

January 31, 2014
EYEBRONCO: Women's Water Polo Defeats No. 13 Michigan 11-10
In the second game of their three-day season-opening stretch, the Broncos faced a tough battle against No. 13 Michigan and won 11-10 at the Sullivan Aquatic Center on Fri., Jan. 31, 2014.

January 30, 2014
Julia Peters Looks Forward to Competing for a Top 20 National Ranking
Coming off of a strong and impactful season last year for the Santa Clara Broncos, Julia Peters is looking forward to her teams’ challenge of reaching a top 20 national ranking. Peters caught up with Santa Clara Broncos (SCB) to talk about how she plans on being successful in the upcoming season.

January 29, 2014
Bronco Weekly Sports Wrap!
On this week's edition of the Bronco Weekly Sports Wrap, co-hosts Cali Reis from the women's soccer team and Denzel Johnson from the men's basketball team give a quick update on the latest Bronco sports news. This edition features interviews, highlights, pictures and bloopers that you won't want to miss!

January 29, 2014
Women’s Water Polo Opens Season Hosting two Top-Ranked Teams
To kick off the 2014 season, the Bronco women’s water polo team will host No. Hawaii on Thurs., Jan. 30 at 5 p.m. then turns around to play No. 13 Michigan the very next day at 3 p.m.

January 28, 2014
Ashleigh Bandimere Talks About Her Upcoming Season
Ashleigh Bandimere impressed many with her talent when she began playing for the women’s water polo team at Santa Clara, so much so that she was named WWPA co-Newcomer of the Year in 2012. Two years later, Bandimere is ready to impress everyone again. She is ready to keep elevating her game and be a key player for her team. Before the kick-off in the new Golden Coast Conference, Santa Clara Broncos (SCB) sat down with Ashleigh Bandimere to get ready for the upcoming season.

January 27, 2014
Kaitlin Murphy Believes Broncos Can Win Conference Championship
Kaitlin Murphy’s (KM) senior year is sneaking up on her as the season is right around the corner for women’s water polo. After red-shirting her freshman year, Murphy has become a key contributor to her team. She added 26 goals in her junior season and is planning on doing whatever it takes to help her team in 2014. Murphy talks about the off- season and what it’s going to be like entering a newly-formed conference, the Golden Coast Conference.

January 23, 2014
Lauren Radich is Ready to Prove That the Broncos are One of the Best
Starting her junior season with the women's water polo team, Lauren Radich is ready to prove that her team means business. After two seasons totaling 10 assists and scoring six goals, she will look to be an even bigger contributor for the Broncos. Before the season officially starts at the end of this month, Santa Clara Broncos (SCB) got the chance to sit down with Radich and discuss the exciting season.

January 23, 2014
Ashley Letrich is Excited to Push Herself and Teammates to a Conference Championship
Finishing her junior year with six attempts and one goal, Ashley Letrich is excited to get in the water one last season. She has been getting stronger everyday after coming off shoulder surgery and hopes to help the Broncos bring home a championship. With the Golden Coast Conference right around the corner, Santa Clara Broncos (SCB) caught up with Letrich to see how she has prepared for the season.

January 9, 2014
June Afshar Looks to Block to the Top of Golden Coast Conference
After being named an All-American as a freshman at Foothill College, June Afshar (JA) transferred to Santa Clara and brought with her not only athletic prowess, but also a wisdom in the sport. Now a senior goalkeeper for the Broncos, Afshar has her eyes set on a conference title for the talented women’s water polo squad. Santa Clara Broncos (SCB) caught up with Afshar to discuss the upcoming season.

December 16, 2013
Women’s Water Polo Schedule is Announced; Broncos Join Golden Coast Conference
The Bronco women’s water polo team has announced its 2014 schedule and roster welcoming 10 new freshmen to the list. The Broncos, who went 6-3 in league play last season, finishing third in the Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) standings, joins a new conference this year, the Golden Coast Conference (GCC).

December 13, 2013
Ashleigh Bandimere Looks Ahead Towards Water Polo Season and New Conference
Junior driver Ashleigh Bandimere (AB) of the women’s water polo team has been making her presence known in the pool since her freshman year when she was named 2012 WWPA co-Newcomer of the Year. As a consistent strength for the Broncos women’s water polo team, she recorded 11 goals, 11 assists, 10 steals, and 19 earned ejections last season. Now entering her third year for the Broncos, Bandimere looks to build on her previous success. Santa Clara Broncos (SCB) caught up with Bandimere to talk about the upcoming season.

October 17, 2013
BACK IN MY DAY: School Record Holder Taylor Harkins '11 Looks Back As Part of the 50th Anniversary of Women's Athletics
Santa Clara is catching up with many of the women celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Women's Athletics. Today we look back with former Bronco women's water polo player Taylor Harkins '11. Harkins has the career scoring record at Santa Clara with 171 goals, and she was team captain and MVP in 2011, her senior year. Harkins was named to the WWPA All-Conference First Team in 2011 and to the 2008 WWPA All-Freshman team her rookie year.

October 15, 2013
New Women’s Water Polo League, Golden Coast Conference, Hires Mike Daniels as Commissioner.
The newly formed women’s water polo league, the Golden Coast Conference, has named Mike Daniels as commissioner. The league will begin competition in the 2014 NCAA season and includes Azusa Pacific University, California Baptist University, Fresno Pacific University, Loyola Marymount University, San Diego State University, Santa Clara University and University of the Pacific.

October 2, 2013
Women's Water Polo Hosts Fall Scrimmage November 16
Women’s water polo will officially begin their preseason practices on Monday Oct. 7. The team has released their fall scrimmage schedule, which will take place at the Sullivan Aquatic center on Sat, Nov. 16.

September 30, 2013
Kaitlin Murphy leads Broncos toward Golden Coast Conference debut season
It was a most ordinary realization that spurred Kaitlin Murphy’s athletic career in a new direction. That direction—which quite literally changed Murphy’s perspective from below the water to above it—would ultimately lead her to a collegiate water polo career at Santa Clara.

September 10, 2013
SCU Women's Water Polo Fundraiser Set for Nov. 16!
The Santa Clara Women's Water Polo Team and the Women's Water Polo Endowment Committee are proud to announce the 2nd Annual SCU Women's Water Polo Fundraiser. Come mingle with the current team, fellow alumni, parents and super fans of Bronco women's water polo as we rally behind the ladies and Coach Wilbur for their upcoming season!

August 6, 2013
Checking in with All-American Julia Peters
After an all-star performance in the pool Julia Peters (JP) made the 2013 All-WWPA First Team in just her first season playing water polo for the Broncos.

July 19, 2013
Seven Women's Water Polo Players Honored by with WCWPC All-Academic Awards
After a successful season in the pool, Santa Clara women’s water polo had seven players honored by the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (WCWPC) for their work in the classroom with All-Academic Awards.

July 2, 2013
Julia Peters Named to 2013 All-American Team
Coming off a banner season where she was named to the 2013 First-Team WWPA All-Conference, Julia Peters added another huge feather to her cap on Monday when she was named 2013 All-American Honorable Mention by the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC).

June 30, 2013
WWPA Announces 2013 Women's All-Academic Team
Along with an impressive season in the pool, the Bronco women’s water polo team also performed in the classroom, landing nine team members on the 2013 WWPA All-Academic Team. The Western Water Polo Association announced the 2013 WWPA Women’s All-Academic Teams, with 59 student-athletes making the All-Academic team for the 2013 women’s campaign.