Oct. 9, 2007
BERKELEY, CALIF. -
Sat.-Sun, Oct. 13-14 at SoCal Open, Anteater Pool, Irvine, Calif. All Day
BEAR BITES: The No. 2-ranked California men's water polo team (13-1) competes in its second major tournament of the 2007 season when the Golden Bears travel to UC Irvine's Anteater Pool this weekend for the SoCal Open. Cal is the No. 2 seeded team in the tournament and will be striving for a spot in the SoCal final and a possible rematch with No. 1-ranked USC. The only blemish on the Bears' record this season is their second-place finish at the NorCal Open on Sept. 16. Cal saw its 14-match winning streak, carrying over from last season, come to an end when it fell to the Trojans, 9-8, on a five-meter penalty shot with five seconds left in the NorCal Open final. The Bears have been paced by senior All-American Michael Sharf, who was the Sept. 4 MPSF Co-Player of the Week and leads the conference with 3.79 goals per game. Sharf has led the Bears in scoring in 11 of 14 matches, recording 53 goals. Cal also got an offensive boost last week from senior junior college transfer (Diablo Valley College) Vladislav Andreyev, who was named the Oct. 8 MPSF Co-Player of the Week after exploding for a team-high five goals against Harvard and four goals against Air Force. In matches against Harvard, Air Force and UC Davis, Andreyev scored 12 goals, which equaled the total amount of goals scored in his first 10 matches. He is now 15th in the MPSF with 1.71 goals per game. In the cage, Cal is led by senior All-American goalie Mark Sheredy, who had 11 saves in the NorCal Open championship match versus USC and blocked a five-meter penalty shot in the semifinals against UCLA. Sheredy has 101 saves in 12 matches. As a team, the Bears are first in the MPSF with 14.79 goals per game, and are second in league by limiting opponents to 6.00 goals per game. This season, the Bears host both the NorCal and MPSF Tournaments (Nov. 23-25) at Spieker Aquatics Complex.
ABOUT THE SOCAL OPEN: The SoCal Open features 14 teams who were ranked in last week's Collegiate Top 20 poll. Bracket A consists of No. 1 USC, No. 8 UC Santa Barbara, No. 10 Loyola Marymount and Redlands. Bracket B includes No. 2 Cal, No. 7 Long Beach State, No. 11 St. Francis and Pomona-Pitzer. Bracket C has No. 3 Stanford, No. 6 UC Irvine, No. 12 UC San Diego and No. 18 Princeton. Bracket D features No. 4 UCLA, No. 5 Pepperdine, No. 14 Bucknell and No. 15 Pacific. On Oct. 13, Cal will play Pomona-Pitzer at 8 a.m., and if the Bears win, they would play the winner of Long Beach State and St. Francis at 2:40 p.m. If Cal wins both of its matches Saturday, it would play at 12 p.m. Sunday versus the winner of Bracket C (Stanford, UC Irvine, UC San Diego, Princeton). If Cal wins that match, it will play in the tournament championship at 5:20 p.m. at Anteater Pool. In 2006, the Bears were tipped by the Trojans, 6-5, in the SoCal championship at USC. Complete bracket and results of the SoCal Open will be available on the men's water polo page on www.ucirvinesports.com.
NOTING CAL'S SOCAL OPPONENTS: Cal begins the 2007 SoCal Tournament playing Pomona-Pitzer (3-8). If they defeat the Sagehens, they would face either Long Beach State (11-4), coached by former Cal standout Gavin Arroyo, or St. Francis (11-3), a team Cal defeated, 20-6, Sept. 2 at the Navy Invitational. If the Bears make it to the semifinals, they will likely face No. 3-ranked Stanford (5-3), a team Cal split matches with last season, winning 10-9 at Stanford and falling 11-9 at Spieker Aquatics Complex.
BEARS ROLL VERSUS HARVARD, AIR FORCE AND UC DAVIS: The Bears outscored three non-conference opponents, 44-18, last week with a 16-4 victory over Harvard, an 11-2 win over No. 16 Air Force and a 17-12 victory over No. 9 UC Davis. Besides Andreyev's scoring prowess, Sharf tallied 10 goals in the three matches with a team-high six goals at UC Davis. It was the third time this season Sharf has scored six goals in a match (Sept. 1 at Navy, Sept. 27 versus Pacific). Fourteen different players scored for Cal last week.
CAL'S ALL-AMERICAN LOOK: The Bears feature five returning All-America standouts from last season - seniors Sheredy, Sharf, Jeff Tyrrell and Adam Haley, and sophomore Spencer Warden. Cal also showcases seniors Zac Monsees and Mike Hayes, who now have 78 and 50 career goals, respectively; and junior Frank Reynolds, a key contributor last season who notched a goal against USC in the NCAA title match. Sheredy, a first-team All-American and 2006 NCAA Tournament MVP, returns to man the goal, while Sharf, a 2006 honorable mention All-American, is Cal's top returning scorer with 48 goals last season (154 career goals). The Bears also return Tyrrell, a third-team All-American who knocked in the match-winning goal against USC in the national championship match (fourth leading scorer with 41 goals in 2006, 87 career goals); Haley, a HM All-American who is one of Cal's best two-meter defenders; and Warden, a talented driver and defender who was an HM All-American and the 2006 MPSF and Daily Californian Newcomer of the Year.
HEAD COACH Kirk Everist: A 2004 inductee into the Cal Athletic Hall of Fame, Kirk Everist is in his sixth year, owning a 125-37 mark (.772) after leading the Bears to a 31-4 mark and the program's 12th NCAA crown in 2006. Cal also won the MPSF title last season and Everist was named Division I Coach of the Year. In 2002, he was selected MPSF Coach of the Year after guiding his alma mater to the league tournament title and the Bears' first NCAA appearance since 1995 in his inaugural year as head coach. A 1990 Cal graduate, Everist led the Bears to consecutive national championships in 1987 and 1988, earning All-American status three straight seasons (1986-88) and NCAA Player of the Year honors in 1988. He went on to play for the USA National Team for nine years (1988-96) and competed in the 1992 Barcelona and 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. Everist's staff includes associate head coach Boyd Lachance, who is in his sixth season, and Sean Nolan, a 2000 USA Olympian, who is in his third season. Nolan was a three-time All-American at Cal, helping the Bears to the 1991 and 1992 NCAA titles
DID YOU KNOW? Since its charter season in 1918, Cal has won an NCAA-record 12 national titles including twice winning three NCAA crowns in-a-row (1973-75, 1990-92). The Bears have had 11 different players earn National Player of the Year honors, including current head coach Kirk Everist in 1988. From 1990-92, Cal amassed a record of 86-2 for a .977 winning percentage.
EXTRA BEAR NOTES: In 2006, Cal had 10 players selected to the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches All-America Team, which tied the 1974 squad for the most All-Americans in a single year...returning Cal All-Americans include Sheredy, who was also MPSF All-Tournament and third-team All-MPSF; Tyrrell, who besides his game-winner in the title match versus USC, was MPSF honorable mention; Sharf, who was MPSF All-Academic and is a member of the USA National Training Team; Haley, an MPSF All-Academic selection, and Warden, who was named MPSF and Daily Californian Newcomer of the Year, MPSF All-Tournament and MPSF All-Academic. Warden led the Bears with 61 steals, finished with 29 goals and had the match-winning assist to Tyrrell in the NCAA title match...Warden played on the USA U20 squad that competed this summer at the Junior World Championships in Los Alamitos, Calif....former Cal standout John Mann, was featured in the August 6 issue of Sports Illustrated's Faces in the Crowd after winning the 2006 Peter J. Cutino Award as the nation's top collegiate water polo player...Mann is the first Bear to earn the prestigious award named after the former Cal coaching legend who won eight NCAA titles...Mann went on to help the USA National Team to a gold medal at this summer's PanAm Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, qualifying Team USA for the 2008 Beijing Olympics...highlights of the Bears' 2006 NCAA championship victory can be viewed on CalBears.com by going to the Cal men's water polo page.
INDIVIDUAL PLAYER NOTES: Vladislav Andreyev: Senior attacker has scored 24 goals in 14 matches, including goals against UC Santa Barbara and USC during the NorCal Open...he was the Oct. 8 MPSF Co-Player of the Week after scoring 12 goals Oct. 5-6 against Harvard, Air Force and UC Davis...had a career-high five goals against Harvard, four goals against Air Force and three goals against UC Davis...is 15th in the MPSF with 1.71 goals per game...on the year has 13 assists, 15 steals, four ejections earned and five field blocks...is a transfer from Diablo Valley College where he was a Community College All-American.
Trent Calder: Junior center and team captain has scored 15 goals in 13 matches and leads the squad with eight field blocks...also has 13 steals and 10 ejections earned...notched three goals against Pacific Sept. 27 and scored a goal against UCLA in the NorCal Open semifinal...has 45 career goals.
Brian Dudley: Redshirt freshman utility man has scored 11 goals in 14 matches, including goals against Air Force and UCLA in the NorCal Open...had a season-high three goals against Johns Hopkins at the Navy Open...is third on the team with 14 ejections earned, and has 12 steals and four assists...hails from Johannesburg, South Africa.
Adam Haley: Senior center back and team captain leads the Bears with 23 steals and has 11 assists, five ejections earned and two field blocks...tallied four goals during the NorCal Open, including two goals in the final match versus USC.
Mike Hayes: Senior attacker is second on the team with 19 assists, has 15 steals, and four ejections earned and a field block...has notched six goals in 14 matches this season, and owns 50 career goals.
Zac Monsees: Senior attacker is third on the team with 18 goals in 14 matches, including seven goals during the NorCal Open...had a team-high four goals in the NorCal Open semifinal victory over No. 3 UCLA...is also third on the team with 19 assists and has 14 steals, six field blocks and four ejections earned...owns 78 career goals.
Frank Reynolds: Junior attacker has 19 assists, eight goals in 14 matches, seven steals, six ejections earned and one field block...scored two goals against Air Force in the first round of the NorCal Open...tallied 16 goals in 28 matches last season, including a goal against USC in the National Championship match.
Michael Sharf: Senior attacker Is leading the Bears with 53 goals in 14 matches and is first in the MPSF with 3.79 goals per game...was the Sept. 4 MPSF Co-Player of the Week after scoring 18 goals in four matches at the Navy Open...has led Cal in scoring in 11 of 14 matches, including a season-high six goals at Navy Sept. 1, and versus Pacific Sept. 27 and at UC Davis Oct. 6...also has 18 ejections earned, 16 assists, 17 steals and three field blocks...owns 154 career goals.
Mark Sheredy: Senior goalie and team captain has 101 saves in 12 matches (8.42 saves per game)...had a season-high 12 blocks Sept. 8 at Pacific, and recorded an impressive 11 saves in the Sept. 16 NorCal Open final against USC...has blocked three five-meter penalty shots this season, including a penalty shot against UCLA in the NorCal Open semifinal...recorded 40 saves in the four NorCal Open matches...has already tallied 299 saves in 37 career matches (8.08 saves per match).
Jeff Tyrrell: Senior utility man is second on the team with 26 goals in 14 matches (1.86 goals per game, 11th in the MPSF)...was outstanding Sept. 27 versus Pacific, scoring five goals with a team-high six assists and four steals...was Cal's top scorer with four goals against Air Force Sept. 15, and went on to score six goals in the four NorCal Open matches...on the year has a team-high 22 assists with 16 steals, 12 ejections earned and three field block...has recorded 87 career goals.
Spencer Warden: Sophomore attacker is second on the team with 19 steals and has 10 goals in only eight matches...has added 10 assists, seven goals, four ejections earned and two field blocks...last season as a redshirt freshman led the Bears with 61 steals and had 30 assists, 29 goals, 11 field blocks and eight ejections earned.