Nov. 19, 2007
BERKELEY, CALIF. -
Fri.-Sun., Nov. 23-25 MPSF Tournament, Spieker Aquatics Complex, Berkeley, Calif. All Day
BEAR BITES: The No. 1-ranked California men's water polo team (24-3, 7-1), the defending 2006 NCAA champions, will be the No. 1-seed as the Golden Bears host the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament, Nov. 23-25, at Spieker Aquatics Complex. The winner of the MPSF Tournament receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, Dec. 1-2, at Stanford's Avery Aquatic Center. Cal, also the defending 2006 MPSF Tournament champions, will open the competition against No. 8-seeded Long Beach State (17-12, 2-6, coached by former Cal standout Gavin Arroyo) on Friday, Nov. 23 at 11 a.m. The Bears have only lost three matches this season, all by one goal, falling to USC, 9-8, in the finals of the NorCal Open Sept. 16, and 10-9 in sudden-death overtime twice to Stanford (Oct. 14 in the semifinals of the SoCal Open, Nov. 16 in an MPSF match at Stanford). Cal has been led offensively by senior Michael Sharf, a 6-3, 212-pound All-American from Orinda, Calif., who leads the Bears with 85 goals in 25 matches, is second in the MPSF with 3.4 goals per game, has led Cal in scoring in 19 of 27 matches and has twice be named MPSF Player of the Week (Nov. 12, Sept. 4). Sharf's 85 goals are the second-most single-season goals in school history behind Chris Humbert's 95 goals in 1990. Other MPSF Player of the Week selections for the Bears this season include sophomore attacker Spencer Warden on Nov. 5, and senior attacker Vladislav Andreyev on Oct. 8. In the cage, Cal is led by senior All-American and 2006 NCAA Tournament MVP Mark Sheredy, who has 193 saves in 22 matches, including 11 saves last Friday at Stanford. As a team, the Bears lead the MPSF with 12.67 goals per game. In 2007, Cal is 12-1 at Spieker Aquatics Complex.
ABOUT THE MPSF TOURNAMENT: The 2007 MPSF Tournament features the top eight teams in the MPSF standings. Besides Cal's 11 a.m. match versus Long Beach State, other Friday matches include No. 2-seed USC (15-2, 6-2) versus No. 7-seed UC Santa Barbara (18-12, 3-5) at 12:30 a.m., No. 3-seed Stanford (16-6, 5-3) versus No. 6-seed Pepperdine (26-8, 3-5) at 2 p.m. and No. 4-seed UCLA (19-6, 5-3) versus No. 5-seed UC Irvine (12-10, 4-4) at 3:30 p.m. If the Bears win Friday, they would play the winner of UCLA and UC Irvine match at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24. If Cal wins Saturday, it would play in the MPSF championship match at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25. The Bears captured the 2006 MPSF Tournament when they upset then-No. 1-ranked USC, 6-5, at Anteater Pool in Irvine. John Mann was named MPSF Tournament MVP and Warden, Sheredy and Marty Matthies were named MPSF All-Tournament. Cal also captured the 2002, 1995, 1993 and 1992 MPSF Tournaments (more than any other MPSF team). Ticket information and complete bracket and results of the 2007 MPSF Tournament will be available on the Bears' men's water polo page on /ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=30100&ATCLID=208187724. For 2007 MPSF standings and team previews visit www.mpsports.org.
CAL FALLS TO STANFORD IN ANOTHER HEARTBREAKER: Senior attacker Zac Monsees scored a goal for Cal with 59 seconds left in the second, three-minute overtime period to force sudden-death, but Stanford countered with a goal with 2:29 in the sudden-death overtime period to lead the Cardinal to a 10-9 victory over Bears last Friday night at the Avery Aquatic Center. Cal, which had won nine straight matches before Friday's heartbreaking defeat, is still the conference's No. 1-seed with a 7-1 league mark entering the MPSF Tournament. Despite Monsees' four goals, and a match-high five goals from Sharf and 11 saves from Sheredy, the Bears fell to Stanford for the second time this season by a score of 10-9 in sudden-death overtime.
THE BEARS' ALL-AMERICAN LOOK: The Bears feature five returning All-America standouts from last season's national championship squad - seniors Sheredy, Sharf, Jeff Tyrrell and Adam Haley, and sophomore Warden. Cal also showcases seniors Monsees and Mike Hayes, who now have 90 and 54 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 (186 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 (41 goals in 2006, 103 career goals); Haley, a HM All-American and 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.
HEAD COACH Kirk Everist: A 2004 inductee into the Cal Athletic Hall of Fame, Kirk Everist is in his sixth year, owning a 136-39 mark (.777) 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: When Cal defeated UCLA, 8-7, Oct. 20 at the Rose Bowl Aquatic Center, it was first time the Bears had defeated the Bruins at the Rose Bowl since Oct. 25, 1997 (9-8 in overtime)...Sharf scored the match-winning goal with 21 seconds left in the contest...On Oct. 14, Warden scored the match-winner against UCLA with 25 seconds left in an 8-7 win over the Bruins in the third-place match of the SoCal Open in Irvine...On Nov. 2, Hayes scored a goal with two seconds left in regulation against UC Irvine, sending the match into overtime where Haley scored the 11-10 match-winner with 1:15 left in the second, three-minute overtime period...in 2006, Cal had 10 players selected to the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches All-America Team, which tied the 1974 squad for the most All-Americans in a single year...former Cal standout John Mann, was featured in the August 6 issue of Sports Illustrated's Faces in the Crowd after winning the 2006 Peter J. Cutino Award as the nation's top collegiate water polo player...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 29 goals in 22 matches, including goals against UCSB and USC during the NorCal Open, and goals against Long Beach State and Stanford at the SoCal Open...was named the Oct. 8 MPSF Co-Player of the Week, scoring 12 goals Oct. 5-6 versus Harvard, Air Force and UC Davis...has 18 assists, 18 steals, six ejections earned and six field blocks... was a 2006 Community College All-American at Diablo Valley College.
Trent Calder: Junior center and team captain has scored 25 goals in 24 matches and leads the squad with 16 field blocks...has 22 steals, 10 assists and 17 ejections earned...notched three goals against Pacific Sept. 27, scored a goal against UCLA in the NorCal Open semifinal...has 55 career goals.
Brian Dudley: Redshirt freshman utility man has scored 15 goals in 24 matches, including goals against Air Force and UCLA in the NorCal Open, and a goal versus UCLA in the SoCal Open...scored three goals Nov. 11 versus UC Santa Cruz...is third on the team with 16 ejections earned, and has 19 steals, five assists and two field blocks...hails from Johannesburg, South Africa.
Adam Haley: Senior center back and team captain leads the Bears with 39 steals and has 22 assists, eight ejections earned and eight field blocks...scored the match-winner with 1:15 left in the second overtime period versus UC Irvine Nov. 2...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 26 assists, and owns 22 steals, six ejections earned and six field blocks...scored a goal with two seconds left in regulation in Cal's 11-10 overtime victory over UC Irvine Nov. 2...has 10 goals in 25 matches this season, and owns 54 career goals.
Zac Monsees: Senior attacker has 30 goals in 26 matches, including four goals last Friday at Stanford and seven goals during the NorCal Open...had a team-high four goals in the NorCal Open semifinal victory over No. 3 UCLA...leads the team with 44 assists and has 27 steals, 10 field blocks and 11 ejections earned...owns 90 career goals.
Frank Reynolds: Junior attacker has 28 assists, 17 goals in 26 matches, 19 steals, eight ejections earned and two field blocks...scored five goals at the SoCal Open...tallied goals against USC Nov. 10 at Spieker, and in the 2006 NCAA title match.
Michael Sharf: Senior attacker leads the Bears with 85 goals in 25 matches and is second in the MPSF with 3.4 goals per game...was the Nov.12 MPSF Player of the Week with three goals Nov. 10 versus USC, and the Sept. 4 MPSF Co-Player of the Week with 18 goals in four matches at the Navy Open...tallied six goals at the SoCal Open, including a four goals versus Stanford...scored the winning goal with 21 seconds left in Cal's 8-7 victory over UCLA Oct. 20...has led the Bears in scoring in 19 of 27 matches...has 26 ejections earned, 26 assists, 30 steals and six field blocks...owns 186 career goals.
Mark Sheredy: Senior goalie and team captain has 193 saves in 22 matches (8.77 saves per game)...had 10 saves Nov. 10 versus USC...recorded a season-high 12 blocks Sept. 8 at Pacific, and tallied 11 saves in the NorCal Open final against USC...has blocked three five-meter penalty shots, including a penalty shot against UCLA in the NorCal Open semifinal...had 40 saves in the four NorCal Open matches...has tallied 391 saves in 47 career matches (8.32 saves per match).
Jeff Tyrrell: Senior utility man is second on the team with 42 goals in 26 matches (1.62 goals per game, 12th in the MPSF)...scored five goals with a team-high six assists and four steals versus Pacific Sept. 27...led Cal with four goals against Air Force Sept. 15, and scored six goals in the four NorCal Open matches...had a team-high four goals versus UCLA in the SoCal Open third-place match...has 33 assists, 25 steals, 16 ejections earned and six field blocks...has recorded 103 career goals.
Spencer Warden: Sophomore attacker was the Nov. 5 MPSF Co-Player of the Week with three goals, six assists and five steals versus UC Irvine and UC Santa Barbara...scored the winning goal versus UCLA with 25 seconds left in the SoCal Open third-place match Oct. 14...had six goals, five steals, three ejections earned and two field blocks at the SoCal Open...is first on the team with 39 steals and has 22 goals in only 18 matches...also has 21 assists, 11 ejections earned and eight field blocks.