No. 2 Cal Men's Water Polo Defeats Pacific, 17-7
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  10/27/2005

Oct. 27, 2005

BERKELEY, CALIF. - Led by goals from ten different players, the No. 2-ranked Cal men's water polo team (16-3) defeated Pacific, 17-7, Thursday at Spieker Aquatics Center in Berkeley, Calif.

Pacific scored first with a goal from Clint McLaughlin. On the following possession John Mann tied the game for the Bears. A couple minutes later the Tigers' Matt Turnbill scored on a four-meter penalty shot. Mann came right back again tying the game once more. With 28 seconds remaining in the first quarter McLaughlin scored giving the Tigers a one goal lead going into the second quarter.

The Bears opened the second quarter scoring two goals in a span of 36 seconds, the first by Shea Buckner and the second by Marty Matthies. Turnbill tied the game back up at four with 4:50 remaining in the second quarter, but Matthies scored his second goal of the quarter 36 seconds later to give Cal the lead. Tom Kurth and Michael Sharf scored a goal each to expand the Bear's lead to 7-4 with 1:22 remaining in the second quarter. Pacific's Dragan Bakic his first goal of the night with two seconds remaining in the second quarter, sending the game to halftime with the Bears leading by two.

In the third quarter Cal dominated the water scoring seven goals to Pacific's one goal. Brian Kinsel and Kevin Platshon scored two quick goals, followed by McLaughlin scoring the only goal of the quarter for the Tigers. Mann started a stretch of five unanswered Cal goals to finish out the third quarter. Michael Sharf, Zac Monsees (2), and Brian Bacharach each scored to bring Cal's advantage to 14-6 going into the final quarter of play.

On Cal's first possession of the fourth quarter Kinsel scored a goal giving the Bears a nine goal advantage. With 2:39 remaining in the game, Turnbill scored a goal for the Tigers. Platshon and Kurth finished out the game scoring a goal a piece in the last two minutes of the fourth quarter bringing the final score to 17-7.

Cal will next host Pepperdine, Saturday, Oct. 29 at 12 p.m. at Spieker Aquatics Complex in an MPSF contests.

           1     2     3     4      FINAL
PACIFIC    3     2     1     1        7
CAL        2     5     7     3        17
PACIFIC Goals: Clint McLauglin 3, Matt Turnbill 3,
Dragan Bakic 1.
CAL Goals: John Mann 3, Brian Kinsel 2, Michael Sharf 2,
Tom Kurth 2, Marty Matthies 2, Zac Monsees 2,
Brian Bacharach 1, Mike Hayes 1, Kevin Platshon 1,
Shea Buckner 1.
PACIFIC Goalie Saves: Marko Popovic 8.
CAL Goalie Saves: Nate Bennett 10, Marc Vacquier 1.