Oct. 6, 2007
DAVIS, CALIF. - The No. 2-ranked California men's water polo team improved its record to 13-1 with a pair of victories Saturday at the UC Davis Aggie Shoot Out, held at the Schaal Aquatics Center, defeating No. 16 Air Force, 11-2, in the morning match, and No. 9 UC Davis, 17-12, in the day's final. Golden Bear senior attacker Michael Sharf led Cal with six goals against the Aggies, while senior Vladislav Andreyev paced the Bears with four goals against the Air Force Falcons.
UC Davis had held a 2-0 lead over the defending national champions, thanks to two early goals from senior Nick Arrigo. But the Bears scored five unanswered goals to take a 5-2 lead, extended their edge to 8-4 at the halftime break, then went up by an 11-5 margin midway through the third quarter. Sharf had five of his goals in the first half, including two on 6-on-5 chances.
The Aggies' Paul Wilson hit his fourth goal on a man-up situation in the fourth that helped UC Davis approach to within a 13-9 deficit. However, Cal responded with a run of three straight to pad the lead to 16-9 with just under a minute remaining. Sharf scored his sixth goal at the 3:26 mark, sophomore Scott Cruikshank added another at 1:43 and freshman Brian Dudley struck with 57 seconds to account for the run.
Then with 32 seconds remaining in the game, the two teams became involved in a scuffle in the water. As a result of the melee, Bear senior Jeff Tyrrell hit his five-penalty shot to extend the lead to 17-9. Wilson hit two of his three penalty attempts to lift his goals total to six, then freshman driver Jake Norton converted the fourth Aggie attempt to make the final score 17-12.
Against Air Force, Cal was not only led by Andreyev's four goals, but two goals apiece from Sharf, sophomore Spencer Warden and senior Adam Haley. Senior goalie Mark Sheredy recorded seven blocks against UC Davis, and six saves against Air Force.
The Bears will next compete in the prestigious SoCal Open, Oct. 13-14 at UC Irvine's Anteater Pool. Cal will face Pomona-Pitzer at 8 a.m. in the first round on Oct. 13. If the Bears win, they will play the winner of the Long Beach State-St. Francis match at 2:40 p.m. on Saturday. If Cal wins both matches Saturday, it will play the winner of Bracket C (Stanford, UC Irvine, UC San Diego, Princeton) in the semifinals at 12 p.m. Sunday. The championship match of the SoCal Open is at 5:20 p.m.
California 3-5-4-5 -- 17 UC Davis 2-2-3-5 --12
UC Davis: Paul Wilson 6, Nick Arrigo 3, Adam Bennett 2, Jake Norton 1.
GOALIE SAVES - Cal: Mark Sheredy 7, Jacob MacIntosh 1. UC Davis: Mike McGee 6.
California 2-1-3-5 -- 11 Air Force 0-1-0-1 -- 2
AFA: Clark Condict 1, Justin Berry 1.
GOALIE SAVES - Cal: Mark Sheredy 6 (29:00), Jacob Macintosh 1 (3:00). AFA: David Ostrom 7 (32:00)