Cal Men's Water Polo Travels to NorCal Tournament

HEAD COACH PETER ASCH: Peter Asch (20-16, .556), is in his second year as the Cal men's water polo coach after leading the Bears to a 14-11 record and a third place national ranking last season. Asch,
By Cal Athletics on Tue, October 17, 2000

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HEAD COACH PETER ASCH: Peter Asch (20-16, .556), is in his second year as the Cal 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, 6-5 overall and 2-2 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, will travel to Stockton, CA this weekend to face the nation's top teams at the NorCal Tournament. Last season, the Bears defeated UC Davis (12-3) and Pacific (9-8) in the first day of the NorCal Tournament, but fell to UCLA (8-2) and Stanford (8-6) in the second day to finish fourth. Cal has faced some tough opponents at home the past three weeks. After upsetting then No. 1 ranked USC, 9-8 in overtime Oct. 1 at Spieker Aquatics Complex, the Bears have fallen to UC Irvine, 5-4, Oct. 7 and No. 1 ranked UCLA, 11-5, Oct. 14 at Spieker. In the last match versus UCLA, Cal was led by three goals from senior two-meter man Jerry Smith and two goals by senior driver Eldad Hazor. Smith is the Bears leading scorer this year with 26 points, followed by Hazor's 21 goals. Junior Mike West is third on the team in scoring with 14 goals. Smith has been Cal's leading scorer in six of the team's 11 matches. Hazor scored a goal on a four-meter penalty shot with 2:13 in overtime to lead the then No. 4 ranked Cal team to the 9-8 upset of then No. 1 ranked USC Oct. 1 at Spieker. USC was charged with the four-meter penalty on the Bears Jerry Smith that enabled Hazor to score the match-winner in the first three minute overtime period. Hazor earned Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Player of the Week honors for his effort against USC. 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 THE NORCAL TOURNAMENT: The NorCal Tournament features 16 teams, including some of the top teams in the nation, most notably No. 1 ranked UCLA. Group A consists of UCLA, Pacific, Pepperdine and UC Santa Cruz. Group B consists of USC, Long Beach State, UC Santa Barbara and Santa Clara. Group C consists of UC Irvine, Stanford, Loyola Marymount and UC Davis. Group D consists of Cal, UC San Diego, Air Force and Cal Baptist. On Sept. 21, Cal will face Cal Baptist at 10:20 a.m. and if victorious, will play the winner of the UC San Diego-Air Force match at 3:50 p.m. If the Bears win both of their matches Saturday, they will play at 9:50 a.m. Sunday versus the winner of the UCLA, Pacific, Pepperdine and UC Santa Cruz group. If Cal wins that match, it will play in the tournament championship at 4:30 p.m.

2000 GOLDEN BEAR WATER POLO STATISTICS NAME POINTS Jerry Smith 26 Eldad Hazor 21 Mike West 14 Attila Banhidy 6 Spencer Dornin 5 Joe Kaiser 5 Will Quist 3 Todd Hylton 2 Adam Metzger 2 Rob Arroyo 2 James Lathrop 2 Ryan Mueller 1 Andrew Stoddard 1 CALIFORNIA TOTALS 90 OPPONENT TOTALS 82

GOALKEEPER G MINS GA SAVES AG Russell Bernstein 10 223 59 77 7.41 Tim Kates 7 91 23 28 7.08 CAL TOTALS 11 314 82 105 7.31

(6-5 Overall, 2-2 MPSF, 2-2 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 10-7 UC IRVINE* L 5-4 LOST 1 Hazor 2 10-14 UCLA* L 11-5 LOST 2 Smith 3

Caps 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.


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