Nov. 7, 2013
The Air Force water polo team closes out the regular season Nov. 9 and 11 with a pair of road WWPA contests, visiting 16th-ranked Santa Clara on Sunday and 12th-ranked UC Davis on Monday. Both games are slated to begin at 1:00 p.m. (PT).
LAST TIME OUT... The Falcons dropped a pair of conference contests on the road Oct. 25 and 27, falling to No. 12 UC San Diego, 15-10, and No. 13 Loyola Marymount, 16-13. Senior captain Josh Stedman led the Falcons' offense for the weekend, registering seven goals and an assist in the two games, while classmate Andrew Hamilton added four goals and two assists.
SCOUTING THE FALCONS...
The Air Force Falcons, receiving votes in the latest national coaches poll, enter this weekend with a 5-11 overall record on the season, including a 1-2 record in WWPA seeding games.
Senior Josh Stedman currently leads the Falcons with 52 points on the season, including a team-high 40 goals, while senior Brad Duncan (9g, 21a) and junior Dominic Vicino (16g, 14a) are tied for second on the team with 30 points each.
SCOUTING THE BRONCOS...
The Santa Clara Broncos, ranked 16th in this week's coaches poll, have posted a 14-12 overall record on the season and a 2-1 mark in the WWPA. The Broncos went 1-2 in their last weekend of competition, falling to No. 10 UC San Diego (10-9) and Pomona-Pitzer (10-5), while knocking off 12th-ranked Loyola Marymount, 10-6.
Senior Tucker Carlson leads Santa Clara's offense with 33 goals on the year, while classmates Theo Nasser and Patrick Weiss have added 29 and 27 goals, respectively. Meanwhile, senior Jimmy Moore has tallied 17 goals and a team-leading 27 assists on the season.
SCOUTING THE AGGIES...
The UC Davis Aggies, ranked 12th in this week's coaches poll, hold an 11-12 overall record on the year and a 3-0 mark in WWPA seeding contests. The Aggies are coming off a pair of upsets, knocking off No. 12 Loyola Marymount (12-10) and No. 10 UC San Diego (12-11 in sudden victory) to remain perfect in the conference. Senior Bernie Rogers has registered a team-best 64 points on the season, with 38 goals and a team-leading 26 assists. Meanwhile, junior Chris Richardson is the Aggies' leading goal scorer, with 45 tallies on the year.
This weekend's meeting between Air Force and Santa Clara will be the 48th in the all-time series, with the Falcons holding a 36-11 advantage. The two teams met twice in 2012, with Air Force winning both contests, 9-7 and 14-9.
Air Force's game against UC Davis on Monday will be its 69th all-time against its WWPA rival, with the Falcons leading the series, 38-30. Air Force and UC Davis met in the NorCal Tournament earlier this season, with the Aggies escaping with a 13-12 triple overtime victory.
A TOP SCORER...
With his seven goals in the Falcons' last weekend of competition, senior Josh Stedman moved into a tie for fifth place on Air Force's career goals list, matching former teammate Cruz Smithson (`13) with 176 career goals. In addition, Stedman broke into the top 10 on the Falcons' career scoring list, now ranking 10th with 242 career points (176g, 65a). He needs just one more point to move into a tie with Clark Condict (`08) for ninth place on the list.
With the regular season under wraps, the Falcons will prepare for the Western Water Polo Association Championship, being held Nov. 22-24 in Davis, Calif.