No. 2 Cal Men's Water Polo Hosts Pepperdine, Long Beach State and Santa Clara
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Release:  10/23/2007

Oct. 23, 2007

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Fri., Oct. 26 Pepperdine, Spieker Aquatics Complex, Berkeley, Calif. 7 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 27 Long Beach State, Spieker Aquatics Complex, Berkeley, Calif. 12 p.m.
Sun., Oct. 28 Santa Clara, Spieker Aquatics Complex, Berkeley, Calif. 1 p.m.

BEAR BITES: The No. 2-ranked California men's water polo team (17-2, 2-0) hosts No. 5 Pepperdine (21-4, 1-1) and No. 7 Long Beach State (14-8, 1-2) in MPSF matches Friday night at 7 p.m. and Saturday at noon, and then entertains No. 16 Santa Clara (14-8) in a non-conference match Sunday at 1 p.m. at Spieker Aquatics Complex. The Golden Bears will be hosting the Waves after fires in the Malibu area postponed last Sunday's regularly scheduled match, and then have another key contest against the 49ers, coached by former Cal standout Gavin Arroyo. While Cal defeated No. 4 UCLA, 8-7, on senior All-American Michael Sharf's goal with 21 seconds left at the Rose Bowl Aquatic Center last Saturday, Long Beach State upset No. 2-ranked Stanford, 7-5, in Long Beach. Stanford gave the Bears one of their two loses this season when they upended Cal, 10-9 in sudden-death overtime, in the semifinals of the SoCal Open. The Bears' only other loss this year was in the NorCal Open final against USC, falling 9-8 when the Trojans scored on a five-meter penalty shot with five seconds left in the match. Cal has been paced offensively by Sharf, who was the Sept. 4 MPSF Co-Player of the Week and is second in the conference with 3.47 goals per game. Sharf has topped the Bears in scoring in 13 of 19 matches, recording 62 goals. Cal's other MPSF Co-Player of the Week honoree has been senior junior college transfer (Diablo Valley College) Vladislav Andreyev, who was the Oct. 8 recipient after exploding for 12 goals in matches against Harvard, Air Force and UC Davis. In the cage, Cal is led by senior All-American 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, who also notched 11 saves in the UCLA victory last weekend, has 136 saves in 16 matches this season. As a team, the Bears are first in the MPSF with 13.68 goals per game, and are second in league by limiting opponents to 6.16 goals per game. The Bears will be hosting the 2007 MPSF Tournament (Nov. 23-25) at Spieker Aquatics Complex.

NOTING PEPPERDINE, LONG BEACH STATE AND SANTA CLARA: No. 5-ranked Pepperdine (20-4, 0-1) is coached by Jack Kocur (first year) and defeated Pacific, 12-9, on Oct. 20 before getting the Oct. 21 Cal match postponed due to fire. The Waves are led by sophomore JP MacDonell's 39 goals. Last season, Cal topped the Waves twice, including winning, 17-12, in an MPSF match at Spieker Aquatics Complex. No. 7-ranked Long Beach State (14-8, 1-2), coached by Gavin Arroyo (second year), went 1-2 last week, losing, 7-6, at No. 9 UC Irvine, upsetting No. 2 Stanford, 7-5, and losing to No. 10 UC Davis, 9-8. The 49ers are led by sophomore Jeff Greenwood's 38 goals. On Oct. 13, Cal defeated Long Beach State, 11-7, in the second round of the SoCal Open. Arroyo spent two seasons as an assistant at Cal (2004-05) after helping the Bears to three NCAA titles from 1990-92 and going on to an eight-year career as a member of the USA National Team, competing in the 1996 and 2000 Olympics. No. 16-ranked Santa Clara (14-8), coached by Keith Wilber (sixth year), is led by junior Tommy Hendrickson's 40 goals.

CAL WINS ANOTHER TIGHT UCLA MATCH: For the second match in a row, Cal was able to top UCLA during the final seconds when Sharf scored the match-winning goal with 21 seconds left as the Bears defeated the Bruins, 8-7, last Saturday at the Rose Bowl Aquatic Center in Pasadena. In a back-and-forth contest that featured four ties, Cal was able to defeat the Bruins at the Rose Bowl for the first time since Oct. 25, 1997 when the Bears won 9-8 in overtime. On Oct. 14, sophomore Spencer Warden scored the match-winner with 25 seconds left in an 8-7 win over UCLA in the third-place match of the SoCal Open in Irvine. In the most recent Bruin contest, senior Jeff Tyrrell added two goals to go along with Sharf's team-high three goals, and Sheredy tallied 11 saves. Other notables in the Cal-UCLA MPSF match were senior Zac Monsees' three assists and two steals, and freshman Zachary White's three ejections earned.

CAL'S ALL-AMERICAN LOOK: The Bears feature five returning All-America standouts from last season's national championship squad - seniors Sheredy, Sharf, Tyrrell and Adam Haley, and sophomore Warden. Cal also showcases seniors Monsees and Mike Hayes, who now have 81 and 52 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 (160 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, 93 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 129-38 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...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 by going to the Cal men's water polo page.


Vladislav Andreyev: Senior attacker has 27 goals in 18 matches, including goals against UCSB and USC during the NorCal Open, and goals against Long Beach State and Stanford at the SoCal Open...was Oct. 8 MPSF Co-Player of the Week, scoring 12 goals Oct. 5-6 versus Harvard, Air Force and UC Davis...had five goals against Harvard, four goals against Air Force and three goals against UC 15th in the MPSF with 1.50 goals per game...has 16 assists, 17 steals, four ejections earned and five field blocks...transferred from Diablo Valley College where he was a Community College All-American.

Trent Calder: Junior center and team captain has scored 20 goals in 16 matches and leads the squad with nine field blocks...has 21 steals and 12 ejections earned...notched three goals against Pacific Sept. 27, scored a goal against UCLA in the NorCal Open semifinal and had four goals against Pomona-Pitzer in the SoCal first round...has 50 career goals.

Brian Dudley: Redshirt freshman utility man has scored 12 goals in 19 matches, including goals against Air Force and UCLA in the NorCal Open, and a goal versus UCLA in the SoCal Open...had three goals against Johns Hopkins at the Navy third on the team with 15 ejections earned, and has 16 steals and five assists...hails from Johannesburg, South Africa.

Adam Haley: Senior center back and team captain leads the Bears with 31 steals and has 13 assists, eight ejections earned and four field blocks...tallied four goals during the NorCal Open, including two goals in the final match versus USC.

Mike Hayes: Senior attacker is fourth on the team with 23 assists, and owns 19 steals, six ejections earned and four field blocks...has notched eight goals in 18 matches this season, and owns 52 career goals.

Zac Monsees: Senior attacker is fourth on the team with 21 goals in 19 matches, including seven goals during the NorCal Open...had a team-high four goals in the NorCal Open semifinal victory over No. 3 UCLA...also leads the team with 30 assists and has 20 steals, seven field blocks and six ejections earned...owns 81 career goals.

Frank Reynolds: Junior attacker has 24 assists, 13 goals in 19 matches, 11 steals, six ejections earned and one field block...scored two goals against Air Force in the first round of the NorCal Open and scored five goals last weekend at the SoCal 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 62 goals in 18 matches and is second in the MPSF with 3.44 goals per game...was the Sept. 4 MPSF Co-Player of the Week after scoring 18 goals in four matches at the Navy Open...tallied six goals last weekend at the SoCal Open, including a team-high four goals versus Stanford...has led Cal in scoring in 13 of 19 matches...also has 21 ejections earned, 19 assists, 23 steals and four field blocks...owns 163 career goals.

Mark Sheredy: Senior goalie and team captain has 136 saves in 16 matches (8.50 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 334 saves in 41 career matches (8.15 saves per match).

Jeff Tyrrell: Senior utility man is second on the team with 34 goals in 19 matches (1.79 goals per game, ninth 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...had a team-high four goals versus UCLA in the SoCal Open third-place match...has 29 assists, 20 steals, 13 ejections earned and four field blocks...has recorded 95 career goals.

Spencer Warden: Sophomore attacker scored the winning goal versus UCLA with 25 seconds left in the SoCal Open third-place match...finished the SoCal Open with six goals, five steals, three ejections earned and two field second on the team with 25 steals and has 17 goals in only 12 matches...also has 10 assists, eight ejections earned and four field blocks.