Sept. 15, 2012
STANFORD, CALIF. - Six players scored two goals apiece as the No. 3-ranked Cal men's water polo team dominated No. 6 UC Irvine, 14-7, Saturday (Sept. 15) evening at the NorCal Invitational at Stanford. The Golden Bears, who improved to 7-0 on the season, will next face No. 2-ranked UCLA in the NorCal semifinal on Sunday at 12:15 p.m. Earlier Saturday Cal had defeated No. 16 Air Force, 19-2.
So far this season, the Bears have outscored their opponents, 115-30.
In the UC Irvine contest, Cal got two goals apiece from senior captain Marin Balarin, junior Collin Smith, sophomores Matt Russell and Aleksa Saponjic, redshirt freshman Colin Mulcahy and true freshman Mitchell Hamilton. Senior Mason Cox and true freshman Max Schell also tallied goals for the Bears, while junior goalie Michael Boggan finished with nine saves.
Saturday morning, Cal was paced by three goals apiece from Smith, Saponjic and Mulcahy, in its big win over Air Force in a first round match. Boggan finished with 10 saves, and 10 different players scored goals for the Bears against the Falcons.
Cal will be looking to avenge a pair of losses to UCLA during the 2011 season, including a 6-5 loss to the Bruins in last year's semifinals of the NorCal Invitational. UCLA also upended Cal, 7-6 in overtime, in last year's semifinals of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament.
UC Irvine - 2 2 2 1 = 7
California - 6 5 1 2 = 14
UC Irvine Goal Scorers - Hrlec 3, Carballo, Osborn, Pfeil, Wise
Goalie Saves - Kazmier 3 (UCI), Michael Boggan 9 (C)
Air Force - 1 1 0 0 = 2
California - 4 3 3 9 = 19
Air Force Goal Scorers - Johnson, Rajchel
Goalie Saves - Fish 4 (USAFA), Michael Boggan 10 (C)