Oct. 31, 2007
BRIDGEPORT, PA - The University of California men's water polo team (20-2, 4-0 in the MPSF) has moved up to the No. 1 ranking in the Men's Collegiate Top 20 Water Polo Poll, it was announced today by the Collegiate Water Polo Association. The Golden Bears advanced from the No. 2 spot when USC fell to previously No. 3-ranked UCLA, 9-5, last Sunday at the Sunset Canyon Recreation Center.
Cal, currently leading the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation with a 4-0 league mark, continues its quest for a second-straight NCAA Tournament title when the Bears host No. 5-ranked UC Irvine (9-7, 2-1) Friday at 6 p.m. at Spieker Aquatics Complex, and travel to No. 7-ranked UC Santa Barbara (17-9, 2-2), for a noon match at the UCSB Campus Pool on Sunday.
Cal has been led offensively this season by senior All-American Michael Sharf. Sharf has 69 goals in 21 matches and is second in the conference with 3.29 goals per game. In the cage, Cal senior All-American Mark Sheredy has notched 157 saves in 18 matches. As a team, the Bears are first in the MPSF with 13.05 goals per game, and are second in league limiting opponents to 5.95 goals per game. Cal will be hosting the 2007 MPSF Tournament, Nov. 23-25, at Spieker Aquatics Complex.