Oct. 5, 2005
BERKELEY, CALIF. - The 2005 California men's water polo team (10-1) has moved up from No. 3 to the No. 1 ranking in the latest (Oct. 5) Men's Collegiate Top 20 Water Polo Poll. Last weekend, the Golden Bears upended No. 2-ranked Stanford, 9-5, on Oct. 1, before defeating No. 20 UC Santa Cruz, 16-2, and Santa Clara, 17-6, Oct. 2 at Spieker Aquatics Complex. It is the first time Cal has been the nation's top-ranked team since the Bears reached a No. 1 ranking on Oct. 8, 2003.
Cal junior John Mann, a first-team All-American in 2004, has also been named the Oct. 4 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Mikasa Co-Player of the Week after leading the Bears to three victories last weekend. Mann paced Cal with four goals and added an assist and two steals in its victory over the Cardinal. He then came back and scored a goal against UC Santa Cruz and two goals against Santa Clara on Sunday. He leads the Bears with 23 goals in 11 matches (2.1 goals per game) this season.
Cal returns to action this Saturday, Oct. 8 when it travels to No. 4 UCLA for a 1 p.m. match against the Bruins, the defending 2004 NCAA champions, at the Rose Bowl Aquatic Center in Pasadena, Calif.