Oct. 1, 2007
BERKELEY, CALIF. -
Fri., Oct. 5 Harvard, Spieker Aquatics Complex, Berkeley, Calif. 6 p.m. Sat., Oct. 6 at UC Davis Open, Schaal Aquatics Center, Davis, Calif. 10:20 a.m./4:10 p.m.
BEAR BITES: The No. 2-ranked California men's water polo team (10-1) competes against three non-conference foes this week when the Golden Bears host Harvard (6-4) Friday at 6 p.m. at Spieker Aquatics Complex, and then travel to the UC Davis Shoot Out to play No. 16 Air Force (6-9) at 10:20 a.m. and No. 9 UC Davis (11-4) at 4:10 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 6 at Schaal Aquatics Center. Cal is already familiar with Air Force and UC Davis this season, defeating the Falcons, 14-4, in the opening round on the NorCal Open, Sept. 15, and topping the Aggies, 17-3, in a home match Sept. 9. The only blemish on the Bear's record this season is their second-place finish at the NorCal Open on Sept. 16. Cal saw its 14-match winning streak, carrying over from last season, come to an end when it fell to No. 1-ranked USC, 9-8, on a five-meter penalty shot with five seconds left in the NorCal Open final. The Bears have been paced by senior All-American Michael Sharf, who was the Sept. 4 MPSF Co-Player of the Week. Sharf has led the Bears in scoring in 10 of 11 matches, recording 43 goals with a team-high 15 ejections earned. Cal is also led by senior All-American goalie Mark Sheredy, who had 11 saves in the NorCal Open championship match versus the Trojans and blocked a five-meter penalty shot in the semifinals against UCLA. Sheredy currently has 85 saves in nine matches. As a team, the Bears are first in the MPSF with 14.82 goals per game, and are second in league by limiting opponents to 6.00 goals per game.
CAL'S ALL-AMERICAN LOOK: The Bears feature five returning All-America standouts from last season - seniors Sheredy, Sharf, Jeff Tyrrell and Adam Haley, and sophomore Spencer Warden. Cal also showcases seniors Zac Monsees and Mike Hayes, who now have 76 and 49 career goals, respectively; and junior Frank Reynolds, a key contributor last season who notched a goal against USC in the NCAA title match. Sheredy, a first-team All-American and 2006 NCAA Tournament MVP, returns to man the goal, while Sharf, a 2006 honorable mention All-American, is Cal's top returning scorer with 48 goals last season (144 career goals). The Bears also return Tyrrell, a third-team All-American who knocked in the match-winning goal against USC in the national championship match (fourth leading scorer with 41 goals in 2006, 82 career goals); Haley, a HM All-American who is one of Cal's best two-meter defenders; and Warden, a talented driver and defender who was an HM All-American and the 2006 MPSF and Daily Californian Newcomer of the Year. This season, the Bears host both the NorCal and MPSF Tournaments (Nov. 23-25) at Spieker Aquatics Complex.
NOTING HARVARD, AIR FORCE, UC DAVIS: Harvard (6-4), coached by Erik Farrar (fourth year), fell to George Washington, 17-11, in the seventh-place match of the Eastern College Athletic Conference Tournament in its last contest on Sept. 30. The Crimson is led by junior goalie Jay Connolly, who had 16 saves against George Washington. No. 16-ranked Air Force (6-9) is coached by Jeff Ehrlich (ninth year) and fell to Pacific, 11-7, in the East Meets West Tournament at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs on Sept. 30. The Falcons, who placed 14th at the NorCal Open, are led by seniors Clark Condict and Justin Berry, who were named to the East Meets West All-Tournament team. No. 9-ranked UC Davis (11-4), which defeated Santa Clara, 7-6, on a last second goal by leading scorer Nick Arrigo (24 goals) last Saturday in a conference match, is coached by Steve Doten (seventh year), who played at Cal from 1986-88 and was an assistant coach for the Bears' women's water polo team from 1996-99. The Aggies are also led by junior Adam Bennett, who has 21 goals and whose older brother, Nate, was an All-American goalie at Cal from 2002-05. Aggie assistant coach, Tom Kurth, played for the Bears from 2002-05 as well.
CAL DOMINATES PACIFIC: Utilizing its depth and counterattacking ability, Cal exploded for nine unanswered goals in the third and fourth periods to defeat Pacific, 17-7, last Thursday at Spieker Aquatics Complex. Sharf, Tyrrell and junior center Trent Calder were the offensive forces for the Bears with six, five and three goals, respectively. Sharf had his second, six-goal match of the season and added two steals, two ejections earned and an assist. Tyrrell had an outstanding all-around match as he notched a career-high five goals with a team-leading six assists and four steals. He also added an assist and had three of his five goals during Cal's 9-0 run. Calder had his top offensive output of the year and also had an assist, steal and an ejection earned. Other notables were Monsees with three assists and three steals, Haley with three steals, and Reynolds with three ejections earned.
HEAD COACH Kirk Everist: A 2004 inductee into the Cal Athletic Hall of Fame, Kirk Everist is in his sixth year, owning a 122-37 mark (.767) after leading the Bears to a 31-4 mark and the program's 12th NCAA crown in 2006. Cal also won the MPSF title last season and Everist was named Division I Coach of the Year. In 2002, he was selected MPSF Coach of the Year after guiding his alma mater to the league tournament title and the Bears' first NCAA appearance since 1995 in his inaugural year as head coach. A 1990 Cal graduate, Everist led the Bears to consecutive national championships in 1987 and 1988, earning All-American status three straight seasons (1986-88) and NCAA Player of the Year honors in 1988. He went on to play for the USA National Team for nine years (1988-96) and competed in the 1992 Barcelona and 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. Everist's staff includes associate head coach Boyd Lachance, who is in his sixth season, and Sean Nolan, a 2000 USA Olympian, who is in his third season. Nolan was a three-time All-American at Cal, helping the Bears to the 1991 and 1992 NCAA titles
DID YOU KNOW? Since its charter season in 1918, Cal has won an NCAA-record 12 national titles including twice winning three NCAA crowns in-a-row (1973-75, 1990-92). The Bears have had 11 different players earn National Player of the Year honors, including current head coach Kirk Everist in 1988. From 1990-92, Cal amassed a record of 86-2 for a .977 winning percentage.
EXTRA BEAR NOTES: In 2006, Cal had an impressive 10 players selected to the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches All-America Team, which tied the Bears' 1974 squad for the most All-Americans in a single year...returning Cal All-Americans include Sheredy, who was also MPSF All-Tournament and third-team All-MPSF; Tyrrell, who besides his game-winner in the title match versus USC, was MPSF honorable mention; Sharf, who was MPSF All-Academic and is a member of the USA National Training Team; Haley, an MPSF All-Academic selection, and Warden, who was named MPSF and Daily Californian Newcomer of the Year, MPSF All-Tournament and MPSF All-Academic. Warden led the Bears with 61 steals, finished the 2006 season with 29 goals and had the match-winning assist to Tyrrell in the NCAA title match victory over USC...Warden played on the USA U20 squad that competed this summer at the Junior World Championships in Los Alamitos, Calif....former Cal standout John Mann, was featured in the August 6 issue of Sports Illustrated's Faces in the Crowd after winning the Peter J. Cutino Award as the nation's best male collegiate water polo player in 2006...Mann is the first Bear to earn the prestigious award named after the former Cal coaching legend who won eight NCAA titles...Mann went on to help the USA National Team to a gold medal at this summer's PanAm Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, qualifying Team USA for the 2008 Beijing Olympics...highlights of the Bears' 2006 NCAA championship victory can be viewed on CalBears.com by going to the Cal men's water polo page.
INDIVIDUAL PLAYER NOTES:
Vladislav Andreyev: Senior attacker has scored 12 goals in 11 matches, including goals against UC Santa Barbara and USC during the NorCal Open...on the year has 11 assists, eight steals, four ejections earned and four field blocks...is a transfer from Diablo Valley College where he was a Community College All-American.
Trent Calder: Junior center and team captain has scored 13 goals in 10 matches and leads the squad with eight field blocks...is also third on the team with 13 steals and has 10 ejections earned...notched three goals against Pacific last week and scored a goal against UCLA in the NorCal Open semifinal...has 43 career goals.
Brian Dudley: Redshirt freshman utility man has scored 10 goals in 11 matches, including goals against Air Force and UCLA in the NorCal Open...had a season-high three goals against Johns Hopkins at the Navy Open...is third on the team with 12 ejections earned, and has nine steals and three assists...hails from Johannesburg, South Africa.
Adam Haley: Senior center back and team captain leads the Bears with 21 steals and has nine assists, five ejections earned and two field blocks...tallied four goals during the NorCal Open, including two goals in the final match versus USC.
Mike Hayes: Senior attacker is third on the team with 16 assists, is third with 12 steals, and has four ejections earned and a field block...has notched five goals in 10 matches this season, and owns 49 career goals.
Zac Monsees: Senior attacker is third on the team with 16 goals in 11 matches, including seven goals during the NorCal Open...had a team-high four goals in the NorCal Open semifinal victory over No. 3 UCLA...is also second on the team with 17 assists and has 12 steals, five field blocks and four ejections earned...owns 76 career goals.
Frank Reynolds: Junior attacker has 14 assists, seven goals in 10 matches, six steals, six ejections earned and one field block...scored two goals against Air Force in the first round of the NorCal Open...tallied 16 goals in 28 matches last season, including a goal against USC in the National Championship match.
Michael Sharf: Senior attacker Is leading the Bears with 43 goals in 11 matches and is second in the MPSF with 3.91 goals per game...was the Sept. 4 MPSF Co-Player of the Week after scoring 18 goals in four matches at the Navy Open...has led Cal in scoring in 10 of 11 matches, including a season-high six goals at Navy Sept. 1, and versus Pacific Sept. 27...also leads the team lead with 15 ejections earned, has 15 assists, 12 steals and two field blocks...owns 144 career goals.
Mark Sheredy: Senior goalie and team captain leads the MPSF with 85 saves in nine matches (9.44 saves per game)...had a season-high 12 blocks Sept. 8 at Pacific, and recorded an impressive 11 saves in the Sept. 16 NorCal Open final against USC...has blocked three five-meter penalty shots this season, including a penalty shot against UCLA in the NorCal Open semifinal...recorded 40 saves in the four NorCal Open matches...has already tallied 283 saves in 34 career matches (8.32 saves per match).
Jeff Tyrrell: Senior utility man is second on the team with 21 goals in 11 matches (1.91 goals per game)...was outstanding Sept. 27 versus Pacific, scoring five goals with a team-high six assists and four steals...was Cal's top scorer with four goals against Air Force Sept. 15, and went on to score six goals in the four NorCal Open matches...on the year has a team-high 19 assists with 12 steals, eight ejections earned and three field block...has recorded 82 career goals.
Spencer Warden: Sophomore attacker is second on the team with 15 steals in only six matches...has added nine assists, seven goals, three ejections earned and two field blocks...last season as a redshirt freshman led the Bears with 61 steals and had 30 assists, 29 goals, 11 field blocks and eight ejections earned.