Cal Men's Water Polo (6-3, 2-0) Hosts UC Irvine
Oct. 3, 2000
BERKELEY, CA -
Sat. Oct. 7 UC Irvine, Spieker Aquatics Complex, Berkeley, CA 12 p.m.
HEAD COACH PETER ASCH: Peter Asch (20-14, .588), 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 (6-3, 2-0 in MPSF), ranked No. 2 in the Collegiate Top 20 Preseason poll and ranked No. 4 in last week's poll, will host UC Irvine in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match this Saturday. On Sept. 30 Cal defeated No. 11 ranked Pacific, 7-6, in Stockton. The Bears were down, 3-1, at the half, but outscored the Tigers, 4-0, in the third quarter and held on for the win. Cal was led by the scoring of senior two-meter man Jerry Smith and junior two-meter man Mike West with two goals apiece. Junior Spencer Dornin, freshman Attila Banhidy and senior James Lathrop also scored for the Bears. On Oct. 1, senior driver Eldad Hazor scored a goal on a four-meter penalty shot with 2:13 in overtime to lead the Bears to a 9-8 upset of No. 1 ranked USC in a non-conference match at Spieker Aquatics Complex. It was the Trojans first loss of the season. USC's Tim Wolthan was charged with the four-meter penalty on Smith that enabled Hazor to score the match-winner in the first three minute overtime period. Neither team scored in the second three minute overtime period. Smith led Cal with four goals, including three goals in the first period as the Bears jumped out to a 5-0 lead after one quarter. Hazor added three goals for Cal, including single goals in the second and third periods. USC scored with 30 seconds in regulation to put the match into overtime at 8-8. Cal was also received goals from West and junior driver Rob Arroyo. Sophomore goalie Russell Bernstein recorded 13 saves. 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 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. Four former Cal athletes, Gavin Arroyo (1990-93), Chris Humbert (1988-91), Sean Nolan (1991-94) and Chris Oeding (1989-92) were members of the USA 2000 Olympic Team that finished fifth 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 UC IRVINE: The UC Irvine Anteaters (6-3, 1-1) last defeated Loyola Marymount, 11-7, Sept. 28 and fell to Pepperdine, 7-6, Sept. 30 in an MPSF match. The Anteaters are led by junior two-meter man Jeff Powers' 24 goals. Last season, Cal was 1-1 versus UC Irvine, losing 8-7 Sept. 19 at the SoCal Tournament and winning 9-3 Nov. 6 at UC Irvine.
2000 GOLDEN BEAR WATER POLO STATISTICS NAME POINTS Jerry Smith 22 Eldad Hazor 17 Mike West 14 Attila Banhidy 6 Spencer Dornin 5 Joe Kaiser 4 Will Quist 3 Todd Hylton 2 Adam Metzger 2 Rob Arroyo 2 James Lathrop 2 Ryan Mueller 1 Andrew Stoddard 1 CALIFORNIA TOTALS 81 OPPONENT TOTALS 66Caps 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.
(6-3 Overall, 2-0 MPSF, 2-0 Home, 3-0 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 9-23 at Stanford* W 7-4 WON 1 Hazor 3 9-30 at Pacific* W 7-6 WON 2 Smith, West 2 10-1 USC W 9-8 OT WON 3 Smith 4