Sept. 19, 2000
BERKELEY, CA -
Sat. Sept. 23 at Stanford, Avery Aquatics Complex, Stanford, CA 12 p.m.
HEAD COACH PETER ASCH: Peter Asch (17-14, .548), is in his second year as Cal's men's water polo coach after leading the Bears to a 14-11 record and a third place national ranking last season. Asch, who earned All-America honors in water polo at Cal three straight years (1967-69), later won a bronze medal as part of the U.S. Olympic team in 1972 and was inducted into the Cal Hall of Fame in 1997. He also serves as the Bears women's water polo coach where he has amassed a 62-16 record (.795) and was named the 2000 MPSF Coach of the Year.
BEAR NOTES: The Cal men's water polo team (3-3), ranked No. 2 in the Collegiate Top 20 Preseason poll and ranked No. 1 in last week's poll, will travel to Stanford this Saturday for a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match versus the Cardinal. The Bears finished a disappointing fourth at the Southern California Tournament Sept. 16-17 at the Marian Bergeson Aquatic Center at Corona del Mar High School. On Sept. 17, Cal lost to No. 3 ranked Stanford in the semifinals, 7-5, and then was topped by preseason No. 1 ranked UCLA, 10-7, in the third place match. Against the Bruins, the Bears were led by senior two-meter man Jerry Smith's three goals. Junior Mike West and senior Eldad Hazor had led Cal with two goals apiece in the loss to the Cardinal. On Sept. 16, the Bears had defeated No. 5 ranked Pepperdine, 12-9, in their opening match, but fell to No. 11 ranked UC San Diego, 9-7. Against the Waves, the Bears were led by an impressive seven goals by Smith and sophomore goalie Russell Bernstein tallied 10 saves. In the loss to UC San Diego, Smith again led Cal, scoring three goals. Smith finished the SoCal Tournament with a team-best 14 goals and led the Bears in scoring in three of the four matches. West added five goals in the four matches, followed by four goals each by Hazor and freshman driver Attila Banhidy. Bernstein recorded 24 saves during the SoCal Tournament. A top returner for Cal this season will be Smith, who was the Bears leading scorer last season with 48 points (three, two point goals) and earned first team All-America, first team Mountain Pacific Sports Federation and first team All-MPSF Tournament. Other returners who earned accolades last season include Hazor and junior Spencer Dornin, who were named honorable mention All-MPSF. Hazor was second on the team in scoring last season with 30 points, including two, two-point goals. Dornin had 15 points last season with one, two-point goal. Cal will also be depending on the two-meter defense of West and the emergence of talented freshman driver Banhidy, from Eger, Hungary. The Bears will be utilizing a pair of young goalies to start the 2000 season in Bernstein (La Canada, CA) and redshirt freshman Tim Kates (Atherton, CA). Four former Cal athletes, Gavin Arroyo (1990-93), Chris Humbert (1988-91), Sean Nolan (1991-94) and Chris Oeding (1989-92) are members of the USA 2000 Olympic Team that is competing in Sydney, Australia. Cal water polo has won 11 NCAA titles, more than any other school in the nation. The Bears have also had 12 Conference Players of the Year, 13 Collegiate Players of the Year, over 140 All-Americans and 25 Olympians.
NOTING STANFORD: The Stanford Cardinal (4-1) placed second at the SoCal Tournament last weekend, falling to USC, 9-5, in the championship match. Stanford had advanced to the final by defeating Pacific, 8-6, defeating Air Force, 12-6 and defeating Cal in the semifinals, 7-5. In the Cardinal's victory over the Bears, they were led by sophomore Jeff Nesmith's three goals and sophomore goalie Nick Ellis had 13 saves. Prior to last weekend's loss to Stanford, Cal had defeated Stanford in the 1999 Big Splash/Steve Heaston Memorial Game, 10-6, Nov. 20, 1999.
2000 GOLDEN BEAR WATER POLO STATISTICS NAME POINTS Jerry Smith 14 Eldad Hazor 11 Mike West 11 Attila Banhidy 5 Spencer Dornin 4 Joe Kaiser 3 Will Quist 3 Todd Hylton 2 Rob Arroyo 1 James Lathrop 1 Adam Metzger 1 Ryan Mueller 1 Andrew Stoddard 1 CALIFORNIA TOTALS 58 OPPONENT TOTALS 48Caps indicate home match at Spieker Aquatics Complex, Berkeley, CA, *indicates Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match, #indicates Southern California Tournament, Corona del Mar, CA, $indicates NorCal Tournament, Stockton, CA, %indicates Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament, Los Alamitos, CA.
(3-3 Overall, 0-0 MPSF, 1-0 Home, 1-0 Road, 1-3 Neutral) Date Opponent W-L Score Streak Leading Scorers 9-8 at UC Davis W 15-5 WON 1 Hazor 3 9-9 PACIFIC W 12-8 WON 2 West 5 9-16 vs. Pepperdine# W 12-9 WON 3 Smith 7 vs. UC San Diego#L 9-7 LOST 1 Smith 3 9-17 vs. Stanford# L 7-5 LOST 2 Hazor, West 2 vs. UCLA# L 10-7 LOST 3 Smith 3