November 21, 1998
Pleasant Hill, CA - The fifth-ranked California men's water polo team fell to third-ranked Stanford, 11-6, in the Big Splash, Saturday at Diablo Valley College. The Cardinal improves to 17-6 overall (6-2 in MPSF) while the Bears fall to 11-10 overall (4-4 in MPSF).
Cal fell behind early, going down 2-0 in the first quarter, before getting a goal from Jerry Smith 30 seconds into the second period. Eldad Hazor then scored a four-meter penalty shot with 4:43 left in the second quarter to tie the game 2-2. But with five seconds until halftime, Spencer Dornin was called for a four-meter penalty of his own and Stanford's Layne Beaubien converted on the penalty shot to give Stanford a 3-2 lead after two quarters of play.
Cal's Ryan Flynn opened the third quarter scoring with a goal 56 seconds into the period. But the Cardinal got goals from Jonathon Skaalen and Andy Wahlburger to retake the lead, 5-3. Stanford's Michael Lipinski was called for a four-meter penalty and Brad Kittredge converted the penalty shot to bring the Bears within one point at 5-4. But that was as close as Cal would get, as the Cardinal went on a 2-0 run to close out the third third quarter, giving them a 7-4 lead going into the final period. Stanford ran away with the game in the fourth quarter, outscoring Cal 4-2, getting three one-on-nobody counter-attack goals, to defeat the Bears.
Beaubien and Arturo Rodelo each had three goals to lead the Cardinal. Flynn led the Bears with two scores. Cal goalie Peter Kiefer got his 500th career save in the contest, blocking seven shots to bring his career total to 503.
Both Cal and Stanford will travel to Newport Beach next weekend to participate in the MPSF Tournament, Nov. 27-29, hosted by UC Irvine. Stanford 2 1 4 4 -- 11
Cal 0 2 2 2 -- 6
Stanford: Beaubien 3, Rodelo 3, Hay 2, Skaalen, Smith, Won.
Cal: Flynn 2, Hazor, Kittredge, Smith, Won.
Saves: Aguilera (Stanford) 9, Kiefer (Cal) 7.
Records: Stanford 17-6 (6-2 in MPSF). Cal 11-10 (4-4 in MPSF).