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Cal Men's Water Polo Hosts UC Davis, UC Santa Cruz and Pepperdine
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  11/07/2000

Nov. 7, 2000

BERKELEY, CA -

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Sat. Nov. 11 UC Davis, Spieker Aquatics Complex, Berkeley, CA 10 a.m. Sat. Nov. 11 UC Santa Cruz, Spieker Aquatics Complex, Berkeley, CA 12 p.m. Sun. Nov. 12 Pepperdine, Spieker Aquatics Complex, Berkeley, CA 12 p.m.

HEAD COACH PETER ASCH: Peter Asch (24-19, .558), 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 2000 season is starting to wind down for the Cal men's water polo team and the Bears, 10-8 overall and 4-3 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, need to ready themselves for the MPSF Tournament, Nov. 24-26 in Los Alamitos, CA. But before the MPSF Tournament, Cal still has some important business to take care of. The Bears host the next four matches at Spieker Aquatics Complex. Cal begins its home stand when it entertains UC Davis at 10 a.m. and UC Santa Cruz at 12 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11. The Bears then host Pepperdine in a MPSF match Nov. 12 at 12 p.m. before wrapping up the regular season when they take on Stanford in the annual Big Splash Nov. 18 at 10 a.m. at Spieker. In Cal's last match, it handed UC Santa Barbara its fifth straight home loss, defeating the Gauchos, 9-6, Nov. 4 at UCSB's Campus Pool. The Bears top two scorers, seniors Eldad Hazor and Jerry Smith, led Cal with three goals apiece against UC Santa Barbara. Other scorers for the Bears against the Gauchos included seniors James Lathrop and Adam Metzger, and freshman standout Attila Banhidy. Freshman goalie Tim Kates recorded and impressive 12 saves. Hazor and Smith have led Cal in scoring the entire season with 33 and 32 goals, respectively. The twosome has led the Bears in scoring in 13 of the team's 18 matches. Cal has been ranked anywhere from No. 1 to No. 5 in the nation this year. Earlier this season, Hazor scored a goal on a four-meter penalty shot with 2:13 in overtime to lead Cal to a 9-8 upset of then No. 1 ranked USC Oct. 1 at Spieker. Hazor earned MPSF Player of the Week honors for his effort against USC. 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 DAVIS, UC SANTA CRUZ, PEPPERDINE: UC Davis (9-16, 8-7 Western Water Polo Association) fell to Pacific, 13-5, in its last match Nov. 4 at UC Davis. The Aggies are led by senior driver Kevin Loscotoff with 37 goals. In the Bears season-opener, Cal defeated UC Davis, 15-5, Sept. 8 in Woodland, CA. UC Santa Cruz (record N/A) is a NCAA Division III school in men's water polo. No. 7 ranked Pepperdine (10-9, 3-3 MPSF) lost to USC, 7-3, and UC Irvine, 12-6, last weekend in Malibu, CA. The Waves are led by junior driver Greg Lonzo with 48 goals. Pepperdine will host Loyola Marymount Nov. 9 and travel to Pacific Nov. 11 before facing the Bears. Cal defeated the Waves earlier this season, 12-9, Sept. 16 at the Southern California Tournament.

2000 GOLDEN BEAR WATER POLO STATISTICS NAME GOALS Eldad Hazor 33 Jerry Smith 32 Mike West 17 Joe Kaiser 15 Attila Banhidy 14 James Lathrop 6 Spencer Dornin 5 Will Quist 5 Andrew Stoddard 5 Todd Hylton 4 Chris Lathrop 4 Adam Metzger 4 Rob Arroyo 3 Ryan Mueller 2 Greg Panawek 2 Peter Conte 1 CALIFORNIA TOTALS 152 OPPONENT TOTALS 129

GOALKEEPER G MINS GA SAVES AG Russell Bernstein13 279 70 87 7.03 Tim Kates 13 231 59 62 7.15 CAL TOTALS 18 510 129 149 7.08

(10-8 Overall, 4-3 MPSF, 2-2 Home, 5-1 Road, 3-5 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 10-21 vs. Cal Baptist$W 17-5 WON 1 Stoddard 3 vs. UC San Diego$W 9-6 WON 2 Kaiser 3 10-22 vs. UCLA$ L 9-4 LOST 1 Four with one vs. Stanford$ L 8-7 LOST 2 Hazor 3 10-27 at Long Beach State*W 11-6 WON 1 Banhidy 4 10-28 at USC* L 7-5 LOST 1 Kaiser 2 11-4 at UC Santa Barbara*W 9-6 WON 1 Hazor, 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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