Boise State (7-7-3, WAC 2-3-2) travels to Reno, Nevada for the Western Athletic Conference Tournament running Thursday through Saturday at Mackay Stadium on the University of Nevada campus. The Broncos open the tournament against San Jose State (7-10-1, WAC 4-2-1) in match one at 3:00 p.m. (pacific). The winner of that match will advance to play the WAC’s regular season champion Fresno State Bulldogs (12-5-2, WAC 6-0-1) in Friday’s semifinal round. Boise State did not fare well against these two schools during the regular season suffering road losses at San Jose State 3-0 on October 6 and Fresno State 2-0 on October 15.
Boise State Enters Tournament At 7-7-3, WAC 2-3-2...
Boise State wrapped up their regular season last week by splitting a pair of home matches. They lost 1-0 in a double-overtime heartbreaker to Utah State on Friday. They then rebounded to defeat Louisiana Tech 2-1 and claim their spot in the WAC Tournament on Sunday. Boise State finished in fifth place in the conference standings, one spot better than last year.
The Broncos are led by three seniors starting with Brennan Lau with a team high 10 points on three goals and four assists. Annie Tom is second with nine points on four goals and one assist, followed Kristin Hall with eight points on four goals. Boise State’s offense has scored 26 goals on the season to average 1.4 per match. Defensively they have allowed 26 goals as well.
Boise State returned ten starters and 19 letterwinners from last year’s 10-8-2 team that went 4-3-0 in league play to finish in sixth place, one win out of first place. Head coach Steve Lucas is in his seventh season in charge of the Broncos and ninth overall with the program. He has a 53-64-12 record at the school, it is also his all-time career collegiate record as a head coach.
Boise State Qualifies For Their Fourth WAC Tournament In Six Seasons...
It went down to the final match of the regular season but the Broncos qualified for their fourth WAC Tournament in six years of conference membership. This is also the first time that they have advanced in back-to-back years. They are the fifth seed at the tournament and will play the number four seed San Jose State Spartans in the opening match.
Broncos Looking For First Win At WAC Tournament...
In three previous trips to the conference tournament the Broncos have yet to win a match at the event. They have advanced to the tournament in 2001, 2003, and 2005. Last year the Broncos fell 3-0 in Boise to Nevada.
WAC Tournament Format...
The top six teams in the regular season standings advanced to the tournament in Reno, Nevada. The number one and two seeds get a bye into the semifinals while the other four square off in the first round. Fresno State won the regular season title and is the defending tournament champions. The other seeds going in order from second to sixth are as follows: Utah State, Nevada, San Jose State, Boise State, and Hawaii.
The first round pits Boise State against San Jose State at 3:00 p.m. (pacific) in the first match of the tournament, followed by Hawaii and Nevada at 5:30 p.m. The semifinals on Friday will have Fresno State playing the winner of the Boise State/San Jose State match, with Utah State taking on the Hawaii/Nevada winner. All matches will be played at Nevada’s Mackay Stadium on the campus of the University of Nevada at Reno.
Nov. 2: San Jose State (7-10-2, WAC 4-2-1) vs. Boise State...
Boise State leads the all-time series 3-2-1 overall. This year’s conference meeting went to the Spartans in San Jose by a 3-0 margin.
San Jose State enters the week on a two match losing streak dropping a 2-1 decision to Fresno State before losing the season finale at Nevada 3-1 in Reno last Sunday. Nicole Irwin leads the Spartans with 20 points on eight goals and for assists. Jessica Scott is second in scoring with 16 points on six goals and four assists. Offensively they have scored 29 goals for a 1.5 per game average.
San Jose State played in the 2005 WAC Tournament losing 1-0 to Fresno State in Boise. In 2006 the Spartans returned 10 starters and 15 letterwinners from last year’s squad that went 6-12-3 overall and 4-2-1 in the WAC to tie (four-way tie) for second place. Dave Siracusa is in his third season at San Jose State where he has gone 14-32-5 overall and 0-1-1 versus Boise State.
Nov. 3: Potential Meeting - Fresno State (12-5-2, WAC 6-0-1) vs. Boise State...
Fresno State leads the all-time series 4-2-0 over the Broncos. The Bulldogs won the 2006 league meeting in California 2-0 on October 15. They have won two straight against Boise State including an 1-0 overtime match in Boise last year.
Fresno State enters the week on a six match undefeated streak with one draw three games ago at Utah State (0-0). Last weekend they defeated San Jose State 2-0 on the road followed by a 1-0 overtime win at home over Hawaii. They are led in scoring by Cortney Sobrero and Antonea Lugo with 12 points each on five goals and two assists. Offensively, they score just over one goal per match for a total of 21 on the year. Defensively they have allowed 10 goals in the season and set a WAC record for being the first team in league history to shutout every conference opponent.
Fresno State returned nine starters and 21 letterwinners from last year’s WAC Tournament championship team that went 10-10-2 overall and 4-2-1 in WAC play to finish in a four-way tie for second. Coach Steve Springthorpe is in his third season at Fresno State where his is 22-23-7 overall.
Boise State Vs. the Western Athletic Conference...
The Broncos are in their sixth season as members of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) where they are 18-24-4 all-time in league matches. However, against the current WAC membership Boise State have gone 20-21-4 all-time against Fresno State (BSU 2-4-0), Hawaii (2-5-1), Idaho (5-3-1), Louisiana Tech (2-0-0), Nevada (5-1-1), San Jose State (3-2-1), and Utah State (1-6-0).