Nov. 8, 1999
BERKELEY, Calif. - The fourth-ranked Bears (9-10 overall, 3-4 MPSF) defeated tenth-ranked UC Irvine, 9-3 in an MPSF conference match on Saturday. The Bears fell to third-ranked USC the following day, 13-5 in a non-conference game to close out their final regular season Southern California road trip.
SOPHOMORE SENSATIONS: With only two seniors on this year's squad, Cal's future exploits appear to be well in hand. Nowhere was that more evident than in the UC Irvine game last weekend. Sophmores Rob Arroyo and Spencer Dornin led the team in scoring in that contest. Arroyo notched three points including one two-point goal to place him fifth on the team in scoring with 13 points. Dornin contributed two goals in the win to bring his season total to nine goals, sixth-best on the squad.
THE USUAL SUSPECTS: All of Cal's offensive production in the UC Irvine game came from the Bears' top six scorers. Here's the breakdown, with player name, year and hometown, points against the Anteaters and season point total.
|Name (Year/ Hometown)||Against UCI||On the Season|
|1. Jerry Smith (Jr./ Servite)||1||33***|
|2. Eldad Hazor (Jr./ Tivon, Israel)||1||24**|
|3T. Joe Kaiser (So./ Novato)||1||17|
|3T. Albert Won (Sr./ Los Angeles)||1||17*|
|5. Rob Arroyo (So./ Orange)||3*||13*|
|6. Spencer Dornin (So./ Laguna Beach)||2||9|
GAUCHO NOTES: Saturday's conference game with UC Santa Barbara will mean the difference between a .500 and sub-.500 MPSF finish for Cal this season. The Bears will have to score more consistently than they have thus far this year if they hope to defeat goalie Trever Spence and the eighth-ranked Gauchos (9-11 overall, 2-5 MPSF). Spence, one of the premier goalies in the country, has 100 saves this season, and sports a 5.2 points against average, tops in the MPSF. The Bears have yet to face UC Santa Barbara this year, but were 2-0 against the Gauchos last season.
PACIFIC REPORT: The Bears will not take the sixth-ranked Tigers (13-9) lightly when they travel to Stockton on Sunday. All three games between the two teams this season have been incredibly close, with Cal capturing two of three. The Tigers took the first showdown on Sept. 19 in the Socal Tourney, 7-5, on a last second two-point goal from Andrew Tri. In their conference game on Oct. 3, Cal defeated Pacific, 9-8, in sudden death. The Bears then defeated the Tigers, 9-8, in the first round of the NorCal Tournament on Oct. 9.
THE COACHES: Peter Asch (9-10, .474) is in his first season as Cal's head coach, replacing Steve Heaston, who passed away in the off-season after a long battle with brain cancer. Asch was a three-time All-American player for Cal from 1967-69, serving as team captain in '68 and '69. Last season, Asch served as head coach of the women's water polo team, a position he will continue to hold, leading the women to a 28-7 overall record and an MPSF title. Assistant coach Doug Arth enters his 11th season with the Bears. A four year-letterwinner as a player for Pete Cutino in the early seventies, Arth was the 1972 AAU Outdoor National Player of the Year and a two-time All-American (1973 and '74).