Cal Men's Water Polo Hosts Stanford in the Big Splash Saturday

Sat. Nov. 18 Stanford, Spieker Aquatics Complex, Berkeley, CA 10 a.m. HEAD COACH PETER ASCH: Peter Asch (27-19, .587), is in his second year as the Cal men's water polo coach after leading the Bear
By Cal Athletics on Tue, November 14, 2000

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Sat. Nov. 18 Stanford, Spieker Aquatics Complex, Berkeley, CA 10 a.m.

HEAD COACH PETER ASCH: Peter Asch (27-19, .587), is in his second year as the Cal men's water polo coach after leading the Bears to a 14-11 record and a third place national ranking last season. Asch, who earned All-America honors in water polo at Cal three straight years (1967-69), later won a bronze medal as part of the U.S. Olympic team in 1972 and was inducted into the Cal Hall of Fame in 1997. He also serves as the Bears women's water polo coach where he has amassed a 62-16 record (.795) and was named the 2000 MPSF Coach of the Year.

BEAR NOTES: The No. 4 ranked Cal men's water polo team (13-8, 5-3 in the MPSF) hosts Stanford in the annual Big Splash Nov. 18 at 10 a.m. at Spieker Aquatics Complex. The Bears won two matches Nov. 11 at Spieker, defeating UC Davis, 11-5, in the 10 a.m. match and then UC Santa Cruz, 18-4, in a noon contest. Senior two-meter man Jerry Smith led the Bears in scoring in both matches with three goals versus UC Davis and two goals against UC Santa Cruz. Eight other Cal players scored single goals against the Aggies. In the UC Santa Cruz match, Smith tallied a pair of goals, as did freshmen Greg Panawek, Jeff Leeper and Cameron Thom. Ten other Bears scored single goals against the Slugs. On Nov. 12, Cal defeated No. 7 ranked Pepperdine, 7-6, at Spieker. The Bears were led by three goals from senior driver Eldad Hazor and two goals by senior driver James Lathrop. Junior Joe Kaiser and Smith also scored for Cal. Hazor scored the first two goals of the match, before the Waves were able to tie the contest, 2-2, towards the end of the first period. The Bears were able to gain a cushion when they outscored Pepperdine, 4-2, in the second and third periods. But after Cal's Lathrop scored his second goal of the match with 2:19 left in the fourth period, the Waves came storming back on two goals with 1:28 and 34 seconds left. Pepperdine actually had the ball with eight seconds to go in the match, but Bears goalie Tim Kates was able to knock the ball away on a lob shot as time expired.Hazor and Smith have led Cal in scoring the entire season and each goes into the final regular season contest with 38 goals. The twosome has led the Bears in scoring in 16 of the team's 21 matches. Cal has been ranked anywhere from No. 1 to No. 5 in the nation this year. Earlier this season, Hazor scored a goal on a four-meter penalty shot with 2:13 in overtime to lead Cal to a 9-8 upset of then No. 1 ranked USC Oct. 1 at Spieker. Hazor earned MPSF Player of the Week honors for his effort against USC. Cal water polo has won 11 NCAA titles, more than any other school in the nation. The Bears have also had 12 Conference Players of the Year, 13 Collegiate Players of the Year, over 140 All-Americans and 25 Olympians.

NOTING STANFORD AND THE BIG SPLASH: Stanford (11-11, 2-6 MPSF, ranked No. 5 last week) lost to Long Beach State, 11-8, Nov. 11 and defeated UC Davis, 13-6, Nov. 12 in its last two matches at Stanford. The Cardinal are led by sophomore driver Peter Hudnut with 33 goals. The Bears are 1-2 against Stanford this season, losing 7-5 Sept. 17 at the Southern California Tournament, winning 7-4 in an MPSF match Sept. 23 at Stanford and losing 8-7 in the third-place match of the NorCal Tournament in Stockton, CA. Cal captured last year's Big Splash, 10-6, Nov. 20, 1999 at Stanford. Last season's Big Splash also represented the first year that the winner of the Big Splash received The Heaston Trophy in honor of Cal's former men's water polo coach Steve Heaston, who passed away in 1999. Since 1969, Cal and Stanford have played for the NCAA title six times, with each school winning three times against its Bay Area rival. Cal won the last NCAA title match versus Stanford, a 12-11 sudden death overtime victory in 1992.

	NAME		        GOALS
	Eldad Hazor		38
	Jerry Smith		38
	Joe Kaiser		17
	Mike West		17
	Attila Banhidy		16
	James Lathrop		8
	Will Quist		7
	Chris Lathrop		6
	Andrew Stoddard		6
	Spencer Dornin		5
	Todd Hylton		5
	Greg Panawek		5
	Rob Arroyo 		4
	Adam Metzger		4
	Ryan Mueller		4
	Peter Conte		2
	Jeff Leeper		2
	Cameron Thom		2
	Justin Fassnacht	1
	Jason Malinsky		1

GOALKEEPER G MINS GA SAVES AG Russell Bernstein16 326 77 97 6.61 Jasper Billings 1 3 1 4 9.33 Michael Dover 1 10 2 1 5.60 Tim Kates 16 255 64 67 7.03 CAL TOTALS 21 594 144 169 6.79

(13-8 Overall, 5-3 MPSF, 5-2 Home, 5-1 Road, 3-5 Neutral) Date Opponent W-L Score Streak Leading Scorers 9-8 at UC Davis W 15-5 WON 1 Hazor 3 9-9 PACIFIC W 12-8 WON 2 West 5 9-16 vs. Pepperdine# W 12-9 WON 3 Smith 7 vs. UC San Diego#L 9-7 LOST 1 Smith 3 9-17 vs. Stanford# L 7-5 LOST 2 Hazor, West 2 vs. UCLA# L 10-7 LOST 3 Smith 3 9-23 at Stanford* W 7-4 WON 1 Hazor 3 9-30 at Pacific* W 7-6 WON 2 Smith, West 2 10-1 USC W 9-8 OT WON 3 Smith 4 10-7 UC IRVINE* L 5-4 LOST 1 Hazor 2 10-14 UCLA* L 11-5 LOST 2 Smith 3 10-21 vs. Cal Baptist$W 17-5 WON 1 Stoddard 3 vs. UC San Diego$W 9-6 WON 2 Kaiser 3 10-22 vs. UCLA$ L 9-4 LOST 1 Four with one vs. Stanford$ L 8-7 LOST 2 Hazor 3 10-27 at Long Beach State*W 11-6 WON 1 Banhidy 4 10-28 at USC* L 7-5 LOST 1 Kaiser 2 11-4 at UC Santa Barbara*W 9-6 WON 1 Hazor, Smith 3 11-11 UC DAVIS W 11-5 WON 2 Smith 3 UC SANTA CRUZ W 18-4 WON 3 Leeper, Panawek, Smith, Thom 2 11-12 PEPPERDINE* W 7-6 WON 4 Hazor 3

Caps indicate home match at Spieker Aquatics Complex, Berkeley, CA, *indicates Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match, #indicates Southern California Tournament, Corona del Mar, CA, $indicates NorCal Tournament, Stockton, CA, %indicates Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament, Los Alamitos, CA.


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