Nov. 28, 2007
WOODLAND, CALIF. - The California men's water polo team (26-4), preparing for this weekend's NCAA Championship at Stanford's Avery Aquatics Center, had six players selected to the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation All-Conference squad, it was announced by MPSF Executive Director Al Beaird. Seniors Michael Sharf and Zac Monsees, plus sophomore standout Spencer Warden were tabbed first-team All-MPSF, while senior goalie Mark Sheredy was second-team, senior Jeff Tyrrell was third-team and senior Adam Haley was honorable mention All-MPSF.
Both Sharf and Monsees were earlier named to the MPSF All-Tournament team after last weekend's conference championship at Spieker Aquatics Complex. Sharf leads the Bears with 95 goals in 28 matches this season, is second in the MPSF with 3.4 goals per game and has led Cal in scoring in 22 of the team's 30 matches. He has twice been named MPSF Player of the Week (Nov. 12, Sept. 4), and his 95 goals are tied with Chris Humbert's 95 goals in 1990 for the most single-season goals in school history. Sharf tallied 10 goals during the MPSF Tournament with five assists, five steals and two ejections earned.
Monsees is third on the team with 34 goals in 29 matches, including four goals in the MPSF Tournament (two versus UC Irvine, two versus Stanford). He also added five assists, five steals and forced six ejections last weekend. Monsees leads the team with 49 assists, and has tallied 32 steals, 17 ejections earned and 11 field blocks. Warden, the Nov. 5 MPSF Co-Player of the Week, scored the winning goal versus UCLA with 25 seconds left in the third-place match of the SoCal Open on Oct. 14. Last weekend, he notched a goal in each of the three MPSF Tournament matches, and currently leads the team with 45 steals.
Team captain Sheredy has 228 saves in 25 matches (9.12 saves per game), including 29 saves during the MPSF Tournament, and a season-high 13 saves against Long Beach State last Friday. He has blocked four five-meter penalty shots this year as well, including a penalty shot against UCLA in the NorCal Open semifinal, and against UC Irvine in the MPSF Tournament semifinal. Tyrrell is second on the Bears' squad with 47 goals in 29 matches (1.62 goals per game, 12th in the MPSF) and had five goals in the MPSF Tournament (a goal versus Long Beach State, two goals versus both UC Irvine and Stanford). On the year, he has tallied 40 assists, 28 steals, 19 ejections earned and seven field blocks. Haley, team captain and one of the Bears' top defenders, is second behind Warden with 42 steals, and has 14 goals, 25 assists, eight ejections earned and eight field blocks. He scored the match-winner with 1:15 left in overtime in the Bears' 11-10 win over UC Irvine on Nov. 2.
The Bears will make the program's 25th appearance at the NCAA Championship this weekend. No. 2-seeded Cal, the defending 2006 national champions, opens up play Dec. 1 at 1:45 p.m. against No. 3-seed Navy (29-5). The other semifinal match-up features No. 1-seed USC (18-2) versus No. 4-seed Loyola Marymount (13-15) at 12 p.m. If the Bears make it to the championship match, it will be played at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2 and will be televised live on CSTV (Chris Dorst, analyst; Jason Knapp, play-by-play). For more NCAA Tournament information go to http://gostanford.cstv.com/sports/m-wpolo/07-ncaa-tournament-central.html.