March 6, 2013
Saturday, March 9
1 p.m. PT - No. 5 Cal (12-3, 0-1 MPSF) vs. No. 4 UCLA (16-3, 0-1)
Spieker Aquatics Center - Los Angeles, Calif.
BERKELEY - The No. 5 Cal women's water polo team will play its first road Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match of the season Saturday when it travels to No. 4 UCLA for a 1 p.m. showdown at the Bruins' Spieker Aquatics Center. Both teams will be hungry for a win, as each dropped its conference opener last weekend. This is Cal's only road match during the month of March. After hosting USC last weekend, the Bears return home next Saturday to take on No. 3 Arizona State, followed by a tilt against Harvard in Berkeley. After next weekend, Cal will have played three of the top-4 teams in this week's CWPA top-20.
Recapping Last Week
The Bears went toe-to-toe with top-ranked USC for a half, playing the Trojans to a 2-2 draw at halftime. But USC pulled away in the second half for a 10-5 victory. Breda Vosters scored twice for Cal.
Csikos Displays All-American Form
Three-time All-American Emily Csikos leads the Bears with 32 goals on the season. She now has 199 for her career, putting her in a tie for second place on Cal's all-time list. Csikos needs 14 more goals to become the Bears' all-time leader in scoring. Csikos didn't play for Cal last season as she instead trained with the Canadian National Team. She ranks sixth in the MPSF with an average of 2.13 goals per game.
Vosters Packs A Punch
Senior Breda Vosters has led the Bears in scoring in each of the past two seasons and is once again consistently finding the back of the net this year. Despite missing four matches with a wrist injury, Vosters ranks fourth on the team with 17 goals on the season. She scored twice last week during the Bears' loss to top-ranked USC.
Sophomore Tiera Schroeder is following up on her strong freshman campaign, in which she was named to the MPSF All-Newcomer Team. Schroeder ranks second on the Bears with 25 goals and is 12th in the conference with an average of 1.67 scores per game.
The Bruins have two of the top-10 scorers in the MPSF, with sophomore Emily Donohoe ranking fifth at 2.16 goals per game (41 total) and freshman Rachel Fattal coming in at 10th with 1.89 scores per contest.
Sophomore goalie Sami Hill is second in the conference with 11.29 saves per game.
The Bruins were edged by Arizona State in their MPSF opener last weekend. UCLA had a 4-1 lead in the first half, but watched the Sun Devils turn it into a 7-5 advantage. The Bruins cut the deficit to 7-6 with two minutes left but couldn't net the equalizer.
Cal to Host 2013 MPSF Championships
The 2013 MPSF Championships will take place at the Spieker Aquatics Complex April 26-28. The seven teams from the conference -- six of which are currently ranked in the top-10 in the Collegiate Water Polo top-20 - will converge on Berkeley to try to earn the automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament. The tourney runner-up also has a strong chance at earning an at-large berth to the NCAAs.