Oct. 4, 1999
Fri., Oct. 8 Long Beach St., Spieker Aquatics Complex, Berkeley 3 p.m.
Sat.-Sun., Oct. 9-10 NorCal Tournament, at Stanford All Day LAST WEEK: The sixth-ranked Bears (3-3) split a pair of conference matchups at Spieker Aquatics Complex, falling to second-ranked Stanford, 8-7, on Saturday before defeating Pacific, 9-8, in sudden death, on Sunday. The game against the cross-bay rival Cardinal was a heart breaker, as Cal led 8-7 until Stanford converted on a two-pointer with less than two minutes to go in the contest to take the lead. The Bears redeemed themselves the next day, though, when after trailing Pacific 5-3 at halftime, Cal came back to defeat the Tigers, 9-8, in sudden death.
HAZOR-DOUS TO THEIR HEALTH: If coach Peter Asch handed out a game ball last weekend after Cal's 9-8 sudden death win over Pacific, it most assuredly would have gone to junior Eldad Hazor. Last year's fourth leading scorer (27 points) had six goals in the contest, three of which came in overtime, including the game-winner in sudden death. It was the best single game performance since Ryan Flynn tallied six goals last season in a 9-8 overtime win against UC San Diego on Sept. 19 in the SoCal Tournament. Hazor is no stranger to big numbers himself. Last season, the Tivon, Israel native put up five points in a Nov. 1, 20-1 trouncing of UC Davis. After Sunday's effort he ranks second on the team in scoring with 13 goals.
TIGERS AND BEARS, OH MY!: Sunday's victory over the Tigers avenged a 7-5 SoCal Tournament loss to Pacific earlier this season. It also marked the second time in two years the Bears and the Tigers have battled into sudden death. On Oct. 25 of last year, Cal defeated Pacific, 8-7, in a sudden-death match in Stockton.
NINER NOTES: Seventh-ranked Long Beach State (5-5 overall, 1-1 MPSF) travels to Berkeley after splitting a pair of matchups last weekend. The 49ers defeated seventh-ranked Pepperdine, 12-6, on Saturday before falling to No. 9 UC Santa Barbara, 9-8, on Sunday. Long Beach State is led by seniors Corey Dolley (40 points last season) and former Cal player Patrick Cochran. Last year, the Bears defeated the 49ers twice: at the SoCal Tourney (Sept. 19) 8-6, and again on Nov. 28 in the MPSF Tournament, 9-7.
NORCAL NOTES: Seeding and matchups for this weekend's pool-play tournament will become available on Tuesday, following the publication of current national rankings to be used for bracketing.
THE COACHES: Peter Asch (4-4, .500) begins his first season as Cal's head coach, replacing Steve Heaston, who passed away in the off-season after a long battle with brain cancer. 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, leading the women to a 28-7 overall record and an MPSF title. 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).