Oct. 16, 2007
BERKELEY, CALIF. -
Sat., Oct. 20 at UCLA, Rose Bowl Aquatic Center, Pasadena, Calif. 10 a.m. Sun., Oct. 21 at Pepperdine, Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool, Malibu, Calif. 1 p.m.
BEAR BITES: The No. 2-ranked California men's water polo team (16-2, 1-0) returns to Southern California this weekend for a pair of MPSF matches, visiting No. 4-ranked UCLA Saturday in a 10 a.m. contest at the Rose Bowl Aquatic Center in Pasadena, and then traveling to Malibu to take on No. 5 Pepperdine in a 1 p.m. match on Sunday. The Bears are looking to get back to their winning ways after placing third last weekend at the SoCal Open in Irvine, falling to Stanford in the semifinals, 10-9 in sudden-death overtime before defeating UCLA, 8-7, on sophomore Spencer Warden's goal with 25 seconds left in the third-place match. Cal will be battling UCLA for the third time this season after also topping the Bruins, 10-8, Sept. 16 in the semifinals of the NorCal Open. The Bears will be seeing the Waves for the first time this year after defeating Pepperdine twice in 2006. This season, 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 3.47 goals per game. Sharf has topped the Bears in scoring in 12 of 18 matches, recording 59 goals. Cal's other MPSF Co-Player of the Week honoree this season 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 notched 24 saves last weekend at the SoCal Open, has 125 saves in 15 matches this season. As a team, the Bears are first in the MPSF with 14.00 goals per game, and are second in league by limiting opponents to 6.11 goals per game. This year, the Bears host both the NorCal and MPSF Tournaments (Nov. 23-25) at Spieker Aquatics Complex.
NOTING UCLA AND PEPPERDINE: No. 4-ranked UCLA (14-4, 1-1), coached by Adam Krikorian (ninth year), placed fourth at the SoCal Open after defeating Pacific (15-10) and Pepperdine (11-6) on Saturday, and falling to USC (7-6) and Cal (8-7) on Sunday. The Bruins, who earlier had placed third at the NorCal Open after losing to Cal, 10-8, in that tournament's semifinals, are led by sophomore Scott Davidson's 25 goals. Last season, Cal topped UCLA three times, including winning 8-5 in the semifinals of the 2006 MPSF Tournament at UC Irvine. No. 5-ranked Pepperdine (20-4, 0-1) is coached by Jack Kocur (first year) and placed fifth at the SoCal Open after defeating Bucknell (10-8), losing to UCLA (11-6), and defeating Loyola Marymount (12-8) and Long Beach State (8-7). The Waves had earlier placed fifth at the NorCal Open. Pepperdine is led by sophomore JP MacDonell's 38 goals. Last season, Cal topped the Waves twice, including winning, 17-12, in an MPSF match at Spieker.
CAL AT THE SOCAL OPEN: The Bears performed well at the SoCal Open, despite falling to No. 3-ranked Stanford, 10-9 in sudden-death overtime in the semifinals. Cal outscored its opponents, 45-26, and rebounded from the heartbreaking semifinal loss to defeat UCLA behind Warden's match-winner and senior Jeff Tyrrell's team-high four goals. In the semifinals, Sharf paced the Bears with four goals - the seventh time this season he has recorded four or more goals in a match. For the weekend, Warden, Sharf and Tyrrell finished with six goals apiece, while juniors Frank Reynolds and Trent Calder added five goals each. Other notable efforts included senior Zac Monsees tallying nine assists, Calder and senior Adam Haley both notching eight steals and true freshman Zachary White finishing with five ejections earned. Complete bracket and results of the SoCal Open are available on the men's water polo page at www.ucirvinesports.com.
CAL'S ALL-AMERICAN LOOK: The Bears feature five returning All-America standouts from last season - seniors Sheredy, Sharf, Tyrrell and Haley, and sophomore Warden. Cal also showcases seniors Monsees and Mike Hayes, who now have 81 and 52 career goals, respectively; and junior 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 128-38 mark (.771) 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: 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...returning Cal All-Americans include Sheredy, who was also MPSF All-Tournament and third-team All-MPSF; Tyrrell, who besides his game-winner in the title match versus USC, was MPSF honorable mention; Sharf, who was MPSF All-Academic and is a member of the USA National Training Team; Haley, an MPSF All-Academic selection, and Warden, who was named MPSF and Daily Californian Newcomer of the Year, MPSF All-Tournament and MPSF All-Academic. Warden led the Bears with 61 steals, finished with 29 goals and had the match-winning assist to Tyrrell in the NCAA title match...Warden played on the USA U20 squad that competed this summer at the Junior World Championships in Los Alamitos, Calif....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 26 goals in 17 matches, including goals against UCSB and USC during the NorCal Open, and goals against Long Beach State and Stanford at the SoCal Open...was 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 16th in the MPSF with 1.53 goals per game...has 15 assists, 16 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 20 goals in 15 matches and leads the squad with nine field blocks...has 21 steals and 11 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 50 career goals.
Brian Dudley: Redshirt freshman utility man has scored 12 goals in 18 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 15 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 31 steals and has 12 assists, seven ejections earned and four 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 23 assists, and owns 18 steals, six ejections earned and four field blocks...has notched eight goals in 18 matches this season, and owns 52 career goals.
Zac Monsees: Senior attacker is fourth on the team with 21 goals in 18 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 27 assists and has 18 steals, seven field blocks and six ejections earned...owns 81 career goals.
Frank Reynolds: Junior attacker has 24 assists, 13 goals in 18 matches, 10 steals, six ejections earned and one field block...scored two goals against Air Force in the first round of the NorCal Open and scored five goals last weekend 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 59 goals in 17 matches and is second in the MPSF with 3.47 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 last weekend at the SoCal Open, including a team-high four goals versus Stanford...has led Cal in scoring in 12 of 18 matches...also has 21 ejections earned, 19 assists, 21 steals and four field blocks...owns 160 career goals.
Mark Sheredy: Senior goalie and team captain has 125 saves in 15 matches (8.33 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 323 saves in 40 career matches (8.08 saves per match).
Jeff Tyrrell: Senior utility man is second on the team with 32 goals in 18 matches (1.78 goals per game, 11th 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 26 assists, 20 steals, 13 ejections earned and three field blocks...has recorded 93 career goals.
Spencer Warden: Sophomore attacker scored the winning goal versus UCLA with 25 seconds left in the SoCal Open third-place match...finished the SoCal Open with six goals, five steals, three ejections earned and two field blocks...is second on the team with 24 steals and has 16 goals in only 11 matches...also has 10 assists, seven ejections earned and four field blocks.