Nov. 1, 1999
BERKELEY, Calif. - The fourth-ranked Bears (8-9 overall, 2-4 MPSF) lost to third-ranked USC, 7-5, in a conference matchup on Saturday at Spieker Aquatics Complex. Cal returned to Spieker the next day to defeat No. 19 UC Davis, 12-5, in a non-conference match.
WON FOR THE AGES: Senior driver Albert Won delivered his best performance of the season last Sunday against UC Davis, notching four points including his first two-point goal of the season. Last year, the 5-11 left-hander from Los Angeles had four two-pointers as he ranked third on the team in scoring with 30 points. His effort against the Aggies improved him to fourth in offensive production on this year's squad with 14 points. He was named Daily Californian's Freshman Athlete of the Year in 1996 after scoring 25 goals. Won has averaged 26 points per season over the last three years and now has 93 career points.
LOSING SKID STOPPED AT FIVE: Sunday's 12-5 win over UC Davis marked the end of a five-game losing streak for the Bears. The skid started on Oct. 10 in the championship round of the NorCal Tournament with an 8-2 loss to UCLA. Cal dropped its fifth straight last Saturday, Oct. 30, in a 7-5 loss to third-ranked USC. The losing streak was Cal's longest in more than 25 years.
ANTEATER REPORT: The tenth-ranked Anteaters are 7-12 overall this season and remain winless in MPSF (0-5) after falling, 7-3, to top-ranked UCLA last Saturday. The Bears have faced the Anteaters once this season, losing to UC Irvine, 8-7, in the first round of the SoCal Tournament on Sept. 18. UC Irvine is led offensively by sophomores Jef Powers and John Dorfi. Powers has 26 points on the season while Drofi has notched 25. Goalie Genai Kerr ranks sixth in the conference with 6.5 saves per game.
TROJAN NOTES: After their conference match with UC Irvine, Cal will travel to USC to take on the defending national champions for the second time in two weeks in a non-conference contest. The third-ranked Trojans are 16-3 overall (4-1 MPSF) with all three losses coming against Stanford. USC defeated Cal, 7-5, last Saturday at Spieker in the only match this season between the two teams. The Trojans won all four meetings with Cal last season, the latter two being overtime wins of 9-7 (Oct. 18) and 9-8 (Nov. 8). USC is coached by Jovan Vavic and led offensively by Allen Basso (40 points) and George Csaszar (21 points). In the cage again this year for the Trojans is All-American senior goalkeeper Richard McEvoy (158 saves).
THE COACHES: Peter Asch (8-9, .471) is in 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).
1999 GOLDEN BEAR
WATER POLO STATISTICS
*-Denotes two-point shots made
(8-9 Overall, 2-4 MPSF, 3-3 Home, 1-2 Road, 4-4 Neutral)
|Date||Opponent||W-L||Score||Streak||Leading Point Scorers ||9-11||at UC Davis||W||15-1||WON 1||Smith 3, Metzger 3||9-18||Air Force#||W||10-9||WON 2||Smith 5||9-18||UC Irvine#||L||7-8||LOST 1||Smith 2, Won 2||9-19||Pacific#||L||5-7||LOST 2||Kaiser 2||9-19||Long Beach St.#||W||5-4||WON 1||five with 1||9-26||UCLA||L||9-11||LOST 1||Smith 5 (incl. one 2-ptr.)||10-2||STANFORD*||L||7-8||LOST 2||Kaiser 2||10-3||PACIFIC*||W||9-8 (SDOT)||WON 1||Hazor 6||10-8||LONG BEACH ST.*||W||10-2||WON 2||Smith 3 (incl. one 2-ptr.)||10-9||UC Davis$||W||12-3||WON 3||Metzger, Hazor 2 (incl. one 2-ptr.)||10-9||Pacific$||W||9-8||WON 4||Won 2, S. Dornin 2||10-10||Ucla$||L||2-8||LOST 1||Kaiser 2||10-10||Stanford$||L||6-8||LOST 2||Smith 4||10-16||Ucla*||L||2-8||LOST 3||Smith 1, S. Dornin 1||10-17||Pepperdine*||L||4-10||LOST 4||Smith 2||10-30||USC*||L||5-7||LOST 5||five with 1||10-31||UC DAVIS||W||12-5||WON 1||Won 4 (incl. one 2-ptr.)|
Caps indicate home match at Spieker Aquatics Complex, Berkeley, CA,
*indicates Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match,
#indicates Southern California Tournament, Los Angeles, CA,
$indicates NorCal Tournament, Stanford, CA,
%indicates Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament, Irvine, CA.