1 Francesca Puccinelli
1 Francesca Puccinelli
Height: 5-10
Year: Junior
Hometown: San Francisco, Calif.
High School: St. Ignatius College Prep
Position: Goalkeeper
Major: Political Science

A third-year goalie who has played in 25 games and totaled 152 saves in her career.

AS A JUNIOR IN 2016: Recognized as "Excellent" on the ACWPC All-Academic team ... started 13 games and played in 16 … tallied 142 saves, seven steals, and three assists … averaged 10.92 saves per game while allowing 116 goals … had a season high 13 blocks three times against San Jose State (Feb. 19), Hartwick (Mar. 12), and Azusa Pacific (May 1).

AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2015: Saw time in nine games this season … recorded one block and one steal against Stanford … had six blocks against Pacific.

AS A FRESHMAN IN 2014: Saw time in 0 games this season

HIGH SCHOOL: Attended St. Ignatius College Prep in San Francisco, Calif. … 2013 Julian Yap Award Recipient … named the 2013 Burlingame Aquatic Club’s Female Athlete of the Year… in 2012 she helped her team to third place in WCAL and CSS DII Runner up … in 2011 helped her team to another third place in WCAL … 2012 team co-captain was awarded with the coach’s award, Red and Blue Collar Athlete of the Month, Second-Team WCAL, First-Team CCS, MVP of the DII CCS Senior All-Star game and made Second-Team KAI CAL-HI All-America … in 2011 she was named the WCAL “Player to Watch Out For” along with First –Team WCAL honors and CCS Honorable Mention honors … played for coaches Paul Felton, Anne Green, and G.P. Panawek … participated in track and field in discus and currently holds the second place discus record in school history … as a team captain for the track team, she placed second in WCAL and sixth in CCS discus in 2013 … awarded with the 2011 and 2012 Outstanding Field Athlete Award.

PERSONAL: Born in San Francisco, Calif. … daughter of Mario and Nina Puccinelli … has one sister, Gianna, who attends the University of Virginia Law School … enjoys spending time with friends and watching movies.

“I chose Santa Clara because of the strong academics and the Jesuit tradition of the school. In addition, I found that Santa Clara offered a tight-knit water polo community that is very competitive within our league.”