Men's Water Polo Travels To Stanford
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  11/15/1999

Nov. 15, 1999


Sat., Nov. 20 Stanford, deGuerre Pool, Stanford 10 a.m.


In their final home game of the season, the fourth-ranked Bears (11-10 overall, 3-4 MPSF) defeated eighth-ranked UC Santa Barbara, 9-8 in an MPSF conference match on Saturday. The Bears then traveled to Stockton on Sunday where they defeated seventh-ranked Pacific, 9-8.


In his final home game, senior Robert Palmer scored the Bears' first goal of the conference match with the Guachos, putting a score by UCSB's Andrew Fedders just 18 seconds into the contest. It was the sixth goal of the season for Palmer, who is primarily a defensive player. Fellow senior Albert Won had two goals in the game with UC Santa Barbara. Won led the Bears with three goals the next day against the Tigers. Both Won and Palmer will play in their final Big Splash this weekend at Stanford.


The winner of the Big Splash this year will be presented the first-ever Steve Heaston Award, in memory of the former Cal coach who passed away in July after a long battle with brain cancer. During his tenure, Heaston guided Cal to a 224-56 overall record (.800), including three straight NCAA championships (1990-92) and one undefeated season (31-0 in 1992). The award will be presented at halftime of the Big Game by Cal athletic director John Kasser, Stanford athletic director Ted Leland, and Heaston's widow Marsha. The award will hence be rewarded annually to the winner of the Big Splash.


Despite losing the last six meetings between the two teams, Cal still leads the all-time series, 21-14. The Bears last Big Splash win was two years ago in 1997, when they defeated the Cardinal 7-6. Last year, Stanford took the match 11-6, then defeated Cal again the next week, in the first round of the MPSF Tournament, killing any Bear hopes for an NCAA Tournament berth. In 1997, Cal lost to the Cardinal, 5-4, in the MPSF Tournament, just one week after their Big Splash win. It was the second year in a row that Stanford knocked the Bears (22-6 overall, 7-1 MPSF in 1997) out of a chance to go to the NCAA Tournament. Cal has not won a game against Stanford since. Cal defeated Stanford in the 1990 (8-7) and 1992 (12-11 in sudden death overtime) NCAA title matches. From 1980 to 1994, either the Bears or Cardinal captured the national title every year, with the exception of 1982 and 1989 (UC Irvine), Since 1969, Cal has won 11 NCAA Tournaments and the Cardinal seven. Cal and Stanford have faced each other six times in the NCAA title match, with each school taking three national championships against their Bay Area rival.


The second-ranked Cardinal (19-3 overall, 7-1 MPSF) is led by seniors Brian Heifferon (31 points) and Sean Joy (30 points). Freshman goalie Nick Ellis is pulling down 8.6 saves per game (172 saves). Cal and Stanford have met twice this year, with Cal losing the conference game on Oct. 2 at Spieker, 8-7. Cal also dropped the third place game of the NorCal Tournament on Oct. 10 to the Cardinal, 8-6, despite a four-goal effort by junior Jerry Smith.


Peter Asch (11-10, .524) is in his first season as Cal's head coach. 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. 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).


Jerry Smith***35
Eldad Hazor**24
Joe Kaiser22
Albert Won* 22
Rob Arroyo*16
Spencer Dornin11
Adam Metzger*6
Andrew Stoddard6
Robert Palmer6
Chris Dornin3
James Lathrop 3
Eric Johnson2
Mike West2
Todd Hylton2
*Denotes two-point shots made

Russell Bernstein212336.98
Kevin Ahasey215991441446.73
CAL TOTALS216111471476.74

(11-10 Overall, 4-4 MPSF, 4-3 Home, 3-3 Road, 4-4 Neutral)


OpponentW-LScoreStreak Leading Point Scorers
9-11UC DavisW15-1WON 1Smith 3, Metzger 3
9-18Air Force#W10-9WON 2Smith 5
9-18UC Irvine#L7-8LOST 1Smith 2, Won 2
9-19Pacific#L5-7LOST 2Kaiser 2
9-19Long Beach St.#W5-4WON 1five with 1
9-26UCLAL9-11LOST 1Smith 5 (incl. one 2-ptr.)
10-2STANFORD*L7-8LOST 2Kaiser 2
10-3PACIFIC*W9-8 (SDOT)WON 1Hazor 6
10-8LONG BEACH ST.*W10-2WON 2Smith 3 (incl. one 2-ptr.)
10-9UC Davis$W12-3WON 3Metzger, Hazor 2 (incl. one 2-ptr.)
10-9Pacific$W9-8WON 4Won 2, S. Dornin 2
10-10UCLA$L2-8LOST 1Kaiser 2
10-10Stanford$L6-8LOST 2Smith 4
10-16UCLA*L2-8LOST 3Smith 1, S. Dornin 1
10-17Pepperdine*L4-10LOST 4Smith 2
10-30USC*L5-7LOST 5five with 1
10-31UC DAVISW12-5WON 1Won 4 (incl. one 2-ptr.)
11-6UC Irvine*W9-3WON 2Arroyo 3 (incl. one 2-ptr.)
11-7USCL5-13LOST 1Won 2, Smith 2 (incl. one 2ptr.)
11-13UC SANTA BARBARA*W9-8WON 1Kaiser 3
11-14PacificW9-8WON 2Won 3
Caps indicate home match at Spieker Aquatics Complex, Berkeley, CA
*indicates Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match
#indicates Southern California Tournament, Los Angeles, CA
$indicates NorCal Tournament, Stanford, CA
%indicates Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament, Irvine, CA.