Oct. 30, 2007
BERKELEY, CALIF. -
Fri., Nov. 2 UC Irvine, Spieker Aquatics Complex, Berkeley, Calif. 6 p.m. Sun., Nov. 4 at UC Santa Barbara, Campus Pool, Santa Barbara, Calif. 12 p.m.
BEAR BITES: The No. 2-ranked California men's water polo team (20-2, 4-0), leading the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation with a 4-0 league mark, continues its quest for a second-straight NCAA Tournament appearance as the Golden Bears host No. 6 UC Irvine (9-7, 2-1) on Friday at Spieker Aquatics Complex, and travel to No. 9 UC Santa Barbara (17-9, 2-2) on Sunday. Cal won three home matches last week to improve its record to 20-2, defeating No. 5 Pepperdine (6-4), No. 7 Long Beach State (10-5) and No. 16 Santa Clara (11-5). The Bears have only suffered two narrow defeats this season. Cal was upended by Bay Area rival Stanford, 10-9 in sudden-death overtime in the semifinals of the SoCal Open, and fell 9-8 to USC on a five-meter penalty shot with five seconds left in the NorCal Open final. Cal has been paced offensively by senior All-American Michael Sharf, who was the Sept. 4 MPSF Co-Player of the Week and is second in the conference with 3.29 goals per game. Sharf has topped the Bears in scoring in 15 of 22 matches, recording 69 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 at the Rose Bowl Aquatic Center Oct. 20 and last Saturday versus Long Beach State, has 157 saves in 18 matches this season. As a team, the Bears are first in the MPSF with 13.05 goals per game, and are second in league by limiting opponents to 5.95 goals per game. The Bears will be hosting the 2007 MPSF Tournament (Nov. 23-25) at Spieker Aquatics Complex.
NOTING UC IRVINE AND UC SANTA BARBARA: No. 6 UC Irvine (9-7, 2-1) is coached by Marc Hunt (third year) and defeated Long Beach State, 7-6, on Oct. 19 before getting its Oct. 24 match against UC San Diego postponed due to the Southern California fires. The Anteaters are led by senior Colin Mello, the Oct. 23 MPSF Player of the Week, who has 26 goals in 11 matches. Last season, Cal topped UC Irvine, 15-3, in an MPSF match at Irvine. No. 9 UC Santa Barbara (17-9, 2-2), coached by Wolf Wigo (third year), is fresh off of upsetting No. 4 Stanford, 9-7, Oct. 27 at Stanford. It was the first time the Gauchos had defeated the Cardinal in 22 years. UCSB is led by sophomore Zsomber Vincze, the Oct. 29 MPSF Player of the Week, who had three goals in the upset of Stanford and 37 goals on the season. On Sept. 15, Cal defeated the Gauchos, 10-5, in the second round of the NorCal Open, and also defeated UCSB last season, 19-6, in an MPSF match at Spieker Aquatics.
CAL WINS THREE AT SPIEKER AQUATICS COMPLEX: The Bears improved to 20-2 last week with a pair of MPSF victories over Pepperdine and Long Beach State, and a non-conference win over Santa Clara. Cal was paced by the scoring of Sharf, who tallied a team-high seven goals in the three matches. Sheredy performed well defending the goal against Pepperdine and Long Beach State, recording 10 saves against the Waves and 11 saves against the 49ers. For the weekend, he finished with 21 saves in 64 minutes of action, two assists and two steals, while only allowing nine goals. In Saturday's win over Long Beach State, the Bears were down, 2-1, at half, but outscored the 49ers, 9-3, in the final two periods for the 10-5 win, led by senior Jeff Tyrrell's three goals and four assists from Sharf. Tyrrell and junior Trent Calder notched four goals apiece over the weekend.
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 Spencer Warden. Cal also showcases seniors Zac Monsees and Mike Hayes, who now have 82 and 53 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 132-38 mark (.776) 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: When Cal defeated UCLA, 8-7, Oct. 20 at the Rose Bowl Aquatic Center, it was first time the Bears had defeated the Bruins at the Rose Bowl since Oct. 25, 1997 when Cal won 9-8 in overtime...Sharf scored the match-winning goal with 21 seconds left in the contest...On Oct. 14, Warden scored the match-winner against UCLA with 25 seconds left in an 8-7 win over the Bruins in the third-place match of the SoCal Open in Irvine...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 CalBears.com by going to the Cal men's water polo page.
INDIVIDUAL PLAYER NOTES:
Vladislav Andreyev: Senior attacker has 28 goals in 19 matches, including goals against UCSB and USC during the NorCal Open, and goals against Long Beach State and Stanford at the SoCal Open...was named the 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 Davis...is 17th in the MPSF with 1.47 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 24 goals in 19 matches and leads the squad with 11 field blocks...has 22 steals and 13 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 54 career goals.
Brian Dudley: Redshirt freshman utility man has scored 12 goals in 21 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 Open...is third on the team with 16 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 33 steals and has 16 assists, eight ejections earned and seven 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 25 assists, and owns 22 steals, six ejections earned and four field blocks...has notched nine goals in 22 matches this season, and owns 53 career goals.
Zac Monsees: Senior attacker is fifth on the team with 22 goals in 22 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 36 assists and has 22 steals, eight field blocks and seven ejections earned...owns 82 career goals.
Frank Reynolds: Junior attacker has 26 assists, 15 goals in 22 matches, 14 steals, seven ejections earned and one field block...scored two goals against Air Force in the first round of the NorCal Open and scored five goals 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 69 goals in 21 matches and is second in the MPSF with 3.29 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 at the SoCal Open, including a team-high four goals versus Stanford...scored the winning goal with 21 seconds in Cal's 8-7 victory over UCLA Oct. 20...has led Cal in scoring in 15 of 22 matches...also has 22 ejections earned, 23 assists, 26 steals and five field blocks...owns 170 career goals.
Mark Sheredy: Senior goalie and team captain has 157 saves in 18 matches (8.72 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 355 saves in 43 career matches (8.26 saves per match).
Jeff Tyrrell: Senior utility man is second on the team with 38 goals in 22 matches (1.73 goals per game, 10th 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 31 assists, 22 steals, 13 ejections earned and four field blocks...has recorded 99 career goals.
Spencer Warden: Sophomore attacker scored the winning goal versus UCLA with 25 seconds left in the SoCal Open third-place match Oct. 14...finished the SoCal Open with six goals, five steals, three ejections earned and two field blocks...is second on the team with 29 steals and has 19 goals in only 15 matches...also has 12 assists, 10 ejections earned and seven field blocks.