Women's Water Polo Host Long Beach State and San Diego State
March 10, 1998
BEARS (10-2) Thu., Mar. 12 vs. Long Beach State, Contra Costa College Pool, San Pablo, CA 4 p.m. Fri., Mar. 13 vs. San Diego State, Contra Costa College Pool, San Pablo, CA 4 p.m.
NOTING THE BEARS: In the California women's water polo team's (10-2, ranked No. 1 last weel) last competition they fell to No. 3 ranked Stanford, 7-2 Mar. 6 at Stanford, but rebounded to defeat San Jose State, 11-3 Mar. 7 at San Jose State. This was a week after Cal had defeated two-time defending national champion UCLA, 9-8 in sudden death overtime in the title match of the UC Santa Barbara Tournament Mar. 1.
The Cal women fell to No. 1 ranked UCLA, 6-3, in the 1997 Collegiate National Championship title match in Ann Arbor, MI. In 1996, the Bruins also defeated the Bears, 8-4, in the national title match. Despite losing to UCLA two years in a row in the national title match, Cal is the only team to have defeated the Bruins in the last three years. In the first 12 matches of the '98 season, the Bears have outscored their opponents, 105-57.
HEAD COACH MAUREEN O'TOOLE: Maureen O'Toole is in her third year as Cal's head women's water polo coach with a 72-16 (.818) career record. Last season, O'Toole led her squad to a 30-8 record and a second-place national finished. She was named Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Northern Division Coach of the Year (in both '96 and '97) and Women's Collegiate I Division Coach of the Year by the American Water Polo Coaches Association in 1996.
As a player, O'Toole is a 15-time MVP of the U.S. National Championships, a six-time world MVP and is a four-time national Sportswomen of the Year as named by the U.S. Olympic Committee. She competed this past January at the World Championships in Perth, Australia, along with current Cal player Alisa vonHartitzsch.
NOTING LONG BEACH STATE AND SAN DIEGO STATE: The Long Beach State 49ers are 2-6 this season, and last weekend fell 17-2 to San Diego State and 11-2 to USC. The 49ers' leading scorer is freshman Lisa Helm with 14 goals, followed by 12 goals from freshman Stacy Black. The San Diego State Aztecs are 7-4 on the season and placed sixth at the Santa Barbara Tournament, losing to USC, 10-5, in the fifth-place match. The Aztecs leading scorer is senior Shae Philpott with 16 goals, followed by sophomore Larisa Baltgalvis and junior Danielle Dabbaghian with 12 goals apiece. Last season, Cal did not play Long Beach State and defeated San Diego State twice (12-9 Feb. 16 at the UC San Diego Invitational and Mar. 9 at the Stanford Tournament).
The Bears will be playing their first home matches of the season versus Long Beach State and San Diego State. Due to the construction of the Haas Pavilion on the Cal campus, all of the Cal women water polo team's home matches will be played at Contra Costa College in San Pablo.
CAL PLAYER NOTES: Senior Alisa vonHartitzsch (Tulsa, OK) was dominant in the Bears victoy over UCLA Mar. 1, scoring five goals and knocking in the match-winning shot four minutes into the sudden death period. VonHartitzsch led the Bears with nine goals in the four Santa Barbara Tournament matches, and she now has scored 151 goals in less than two years playing at Cal. VonHartitzsch scored six of the Bears seven goals in the victory over Stanford Feb. 8. Last season, she was named first team All-America, Collegiate National Championship MVP, Western Regional Qualifying Tournament Co-MVP and Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Northern Division Player of the Year. Another top scorer for Cal this season has been sophomore Colette Glinkowski (Danville, CA), who scored eight goals at the Santa Barbara Tournament, and is second on the team in scoring with 16 goals. Glinkowski scored a team-leading three goals in the victory over UC Santa Cruz Feb. 28 and three goals in the Santa Barbara Tournament semifinal victory over Stanford Mar. 1. Junior Kaliya Young (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada), who is third on the team in scoring with 13 goals, paced the Bears with two goals in the victory over USC Feb. 28 and now has tallied 154 goals in her Cal career.
1998 CAL WOMEN WATER POLO STATISTICS (10-2 Overall; 0-0 Home; 3-1 Road; 7-1 Neutral) NAME GOALS Alisa vonHartitzsch 32 Colette Glinkowski 16 Kaliya Young 13 Karen Cook 6 Melanie vonHartitzsch 6 Heather Petri 5 Beth Irwin 4 Alicia Razzari 4 Katie Windle 4 Erin Kelley 3 Corey Miller 3 Karie Gray 2 Beth Rasala 2 Beth Sprinkle 2 Amy Buehler 1 Kara Griffiths 1 Pam Guzmann 1 CALIFORNIA TOTALS 105 OPPONENT TOTALS 57 GOALKEEPER G MINS GA SAVES AG Fana Fuqua 4 84 4 20 1.33 Evi Schueller 10 262 53 60 5.66 CAL TOTALS 12 346 57 80 4.61 Date Opponent W-L Score Streak Leading Scorers 2-5 at UC San Diego W 15-2 WON 1 Young 4 2-7 vs. UC Davis# W 13-6 WON 2 A. vonHartitzsch 5 vs. Usc# W 7-3 WON 3 A. vonHartitzsch 2 2-8 vs. Stanford# W 7-6 WON 4 A. vonHartitzsch 6 vs. Ucla# L 11-4 LOST 1 Four with 1 2-19 at UC Davis W 10-2 WON 1 A. vonHartitzsch 5 2-28 vs. UC Santa Cruz$ W 15-1 WON 2 Glinkowski 3 vs. Usc$ W 6-3 WON 3 Young 2 3-1 vs. Stanford$ W 6-5 WON 4 Glinkowski 3 vs. Ucla$ W 9-8(OT) WON 5 A. vonHartitzsch 5 3-6 at Stanford L 7-2 LOST 1 Cook, Glinkowski 1 3-7 at San Jose State W 11-3 WON 1 Miller, Petri 2 Caps indicate home match; # indicates UC San Diego Invitational; $ indicates UC Santa Barbara Tournament; & indicates MPSF Tournament, Stockton, CA; % indicates National Qualifying Tournament, Stanford, CA; * indicates National Championship, Los Angeles, CA.