No. 4 Bears Host Pacific and UC Santa Cruz
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Release:  03/23/2001

March 19, 2001


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BEARS DOMINATE IN SOCAL: The No. 4-ranked California women's water polo team (10-6, 4-2 MPSF) handed No. 8-ranked Long Beach State their fourth straight loss, as the Golden Bears picked up an 11-2 victory in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation water polo match, March 17. The win was the Bears third MPSF victory in three days. Against the 49ers, junior Brenna Fleener led all players with four goals, recording her fourth hat trick of the season. Senior Beth Irwin and sophomore Laura Graham each added two goals for California. California scored five unanswered goals to start the contest, before Richardson scored the first goal for the 49ers with 5:17 remaining in the second period. The Bears were coming off two solid victories at San Diego State and UC Irvine. Cal downed UC Irvine, March 16, at the Crawford Athletic Complex, 11-7, after defeating San Diego State, 15-6, at the Bud Kearns Pool in San Diego, March 15. Against the Aztecs, Ericka Lorenz led all scorers with four, while against UC Irvine, the Bears were led by junior Julia Cesnik's three goals. The Bears are riding a three-game winning streak, including wins in five of their last six contests.

UC IRVINE IN REVIEW: Cal won its second consecutive MPSF match, March 16, after downing the UC Irvine Anteaters, 11-7 at the Crawford Athletic Complex. The Bears improved to 9-6 (3-2 MPSF) with the victory. The Bears were led by junior two-meter player Julia Cesnik's three goals. Senior co-captain Heather Petri and senior Beth Irwin added two goals apiece in the win. Also scoring for the Bears was sophomore Chris Lane and freshman Ericka Lorenz.

SAND DIEGO STATE IN REVIEW: Cal traveled to southern California with a mission and that was to prove that they are not to be messed with when it comes to water polo. The 15-6 stomping of San Diego State, March 15, was the first of three MPSF wins for the Bears over the weekend. Six Bears got on the scoreboard, led by freshman driver Ericka Lorenz's four goals. Lorenz recorded her third hat trick of the season against the Aztecs. Brenna Fleener and Julie Arnold were close behind, each tallying three goals apiece.

A LOOK AT PACIFIC: The Pacific Tigers (3-10, 0-5 MPSF) recently lost to Long Beach State, 13-6, on March 18. Cal recently defeated Long Beach State, March 17, in a lopsided 11-2 victory. Jessica Schroeder leads all scorers for the Tigers with 32 goals on the season, while Carrie Bertrand has 26 goals. Last season against Pacific, March 4, the Bears won 11-5 behind three goals from Julia Cesnik.

A LOOK AT UC SANTA CRUZ: The UC Santa Cruz Slugs (9-10) have won seven of their last ten matches, including a 10-8 win over Cal Poly, Feb. 18, and a 7-3 win over Santa Clara, Feb. 24. UC Santa Cruz, which plays in the WWPA, has only challenged one MPSF opponent all season and that resulted in a 14-5 loss to San Jose State, Jan. 28.

DID YOU KNOW: The last time Cal and UC Santa Cruz met was four years ago on March 26, 1997, in which the Bears won the match, 27-1, their highest recorded score and their largest margin of victory in school history as a varsity sport. Freshman Colette Glinkowski scored eight goals to lead all scorers, which is, to date, the most goals ever scored by a Cal player in a single match.

BEAR NOTES: The Cal women's water polo team, (all-time record 145-34, .810 in five years as a varsity sport), has placed second three times (1996, '97, '98) and fourth twice ('99, '00) at the Collegiate National Championship. In 2000, the Bears finished 28-7 and placed fourth at the National Collegiate Championship. Top returners for Cal are senior driver Beth Irwin and goalie Fana Fuqua. Last year, Irwin earned second-team All-American honors and second-team all-MPSF honors, while Fuqua was named first-team All-American, MPSF Goalkeeper of the Year, team co-MVP with All-American Colette Glinkowski.

HEAD COACH PETER ASCH: Peter Asch (64-18, .780), who is in his third year as the head coach, led the Bears to a fourth-place national finish in 2000. 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 served as Cal's interim head coach during the collegiate national tournament in April 1998 and helped the Bears finish second nationally behind UCLA, including an upset of then second-ranked Stanford in the national semifinals.