Nov. 2, 2007
BERKELEY, CALIF. - Senior Adam Haley scored with 1:15 left in the second three-minute overtime period to lead the No. 1-ranked Cal men's water polo team to a thrilling 11-10 overtime victory over No. 5-ranked UC Irvine Friday night at Spieker Aquatics Complex. With the win, the Golden Bears improved to 21-2 overall and 5-0 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. The Anteaters dropped to 9-8 and 2-2 in league play.
Trailing 5-1 after the first period and 7-6 at halftime, Cal had to comeback the entire match against a talented UC Irvine squad. The Anteaters' Colin Mello had scored on a tip shot off an assist from Cole Bitter with 56 seconds in regulation to give UCI a 10-9 lead with time running down. But after a Bears' turnover, Mello failed to throw the ball back into a teammate after a common foul, thus giving Cal another chance. After the Bears got the ball to their end of the pool, senior Mike Hayes was able to score with two seconds left to send the match into overtime, tied at 10.
Neither team scored in the first three-minute overtime. Finally, with a little over a minute left in the second overtime period, sophomore center Thomas Pearson forced a kick out, giving Cal a 6-on-5 advantage and setting up Haley's match-winning heroics.
The Bears were led by the scoring of senior Michael Sharf, who notched a match-high five goals, including three of Cal's five goals in the second period when it came back from a 5-1 deficit to get within 7-6 at the half. The Bears did not get their first lead of the game until Sharf scored his fifth goal with 1:38 left in the fourth period. Shortly after Sharf had given Cal its first lead, UCI's Tim Hutten scored at 1:26 to tie the contest, 9-9, and then Mello scored his goal with 56 seconds left for the 10-9 Anteater lead.
Besides Sharf's five goals, both Haley and senior Jeff Tyrrell had two goals apiece to lead the Bears' offense. Hutten paced UC Irvine with three goals. Cal goalie Mark Sheredy finished with eight saves, including five saves in the third period, while UCI's Matt Garcia notched seven saves.
Cal will next travel to No. 7-ranked UC Santa Barbara for conference match on Sunday, Nov. 4 at 12 p.m. at the UCSB Campus Pool.
CALIFORNIA 11, UC IRVINE 10 OT
No. 5 UCI 5 2 1 2 0 0 - 10 No. 1 Cal 1 5 0 4 0 1 - 11
UC Irvine Goals: Tim Hutten 3, Brandon Johnson 2, Colin Mello 2, Cole Bielskis 2, Kyle Baxter
UC Irvine Saves: Matt Garcia 7 California Saves: Mark Sheredy 8