April 18, 2012
BERKELEY - The California men's water polo program will be hosting an eight-team tournament this weekend - the 2012 Men's Water Polo Spring Cup - April 21-22. Saturday's competition will be held at Acalanes High School in Lafayette, but Sunday's matches will be contested at Cal's Spieker Aquatics Complex, beginning at 8 a.m. until the end of the championship match that is slated to start at 5:15 p.m.
The tournament field consists of defending national champions USC, Stanford, UC Irvine and Air Force in Bracket A. Bracket B will be UCLA, Cal, Pacific and UC Santa Barbara. For the tournament schedule click on Cal Spring Cup
Head coach Kirk Everist's Bears finished the 2011 campaign 22-4 overall and 7-1 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. Cal's four losses last season were all by one goal, including 7-6 in overtime to UCLA in the Nov. 26 MPSF Tournament semifinals in Los Angeles. The Bears also fell 6-5 to UCLA Sept. 18 in the semifinals of the NorCal Tournament in Stockton, 10-9 in overtime to Stanford Oct. 2, and 9-8 in sudden death overtime to USC Oct. 15 at Cal.
Cal returns three All-Americans from the 2011 squad for the 2012 campaign next fall - senior goalie Justin Parsons (second team), junior attacker Collin Smith (honorable mention) and sophomore attacker Aleksa Saponjic (honorable mention).