No. 2 Cal Men's Water Polo Drops Johns Hopkins, St. Francis to Go Undefeated in Navy Open
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  09/02/2007

Sept. 2, 2007

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Golden Bears started off their title-defending season with a bang at the Navy Open this weekend, winning two games on Saturday and blowing past their Sunday opponents - Johns Hopkins, 23-3, and St. Francis, 20-6. Thirteen different Golden Bears scored in the win against Johns Hopkins and shut out the Blue Jay offense for two quarters. Senior attacker Michael Sharf led the scoring brigade against St. Francis with five goals and senior attacker Mike Hayes had a team-high six assists. Cal went 4-0 in the Navy Open, defeating its Saturday opponents as well.

"This was an excellent tournament for us," Cal head coach Kirk Everist said. "We have a new group and we accomplished some things this weekend that are important."

In the first game of the day, against Johns Hopkins, the Cal defense came out strong in the first quarter, shutting out the Blue Jay offense all the while scoring four goals of the Bears' own. Johns Hopkins scored one goal in the second period, but it was not match to the Bears' nine, which built their lead to 13-1.

The Bears tacked on five goals in the third quarter and shut out the Blue Jays during the entire third quarter. The Bears outscored Johns Hopkins 5-2 in the final period to bring the final tally to 23-3 in Cal's favor. Senior attacker Michael Sharf led the Bears with four goals and, in total, 13 different Golden Bears added goals of their own. Goalkeepers junior Mark Vacquier and freshman Jacob McIntosh split time in goal, earning three and two saves, respectively.

In the nightcap against St. Francis, the first quarter was the closest the Terriers would come to the Bears, with St. Francis behind by just one at the close of the first period, 4-3. Cal went on a scoring streak in the second quarter, outscoring St. Francis eight goals to one to build a 12-4 halftime lead.

The second half did not produce the same scoring onslaught, but the Bear defense held St. Francis to just two second-quarter goals. The Bears shot 75 percent in their man advantage opportunities. Sharf led Cal's offense with five goals while senior attacker Mike Hayes dished out a team-high six assists. Goalkeeper Mark Sheredy notched 11 saves between the posts with three saves and two steals.

"We played better as the weekend progressed," Everist said. "Our effort against an excellent St. Francis team is encouraging."

The Bears will travel to Stockton, Calif., next Saturday to play MPSF opponent Pacific before playing UC Davis on Sunday to kick off the home season at the Spieker Aquatics Complex.

Score by quarter 1 2 3 4 F
Cal 4 9 5 5 23
Johns Hopkins 0 1 0 2 3

Cal vs. Johns Hopkins statistics
Goals: Sharf 4, Dudley 3, Andreyev 2, Calder 2, Warden 2, Mitchell 2, Rodman 2, Cruikshank 1, Haley 1, Hayes 1, Monsees 1, Tyrrell 1, White 1
Assists: Hayes 4, Haley 2, Sample 2, Andreyev 1, Cruikshank 1, Dudley 1, Mitchell 1, Reynolds 1, Rodman 1, Waldthaler 1, Warden 1
Steals: Haley 4, Dudley 3, Calder 2, Hayes 2, Mitchell 2, Warden 2 Andreyev 1, Cruikshank 1, Rodman 1, Sample 1, Sharf 1, Tyrrell 1
Ejections earned: Dudley 3, Haley 1, Sharf 1
Field Blocks: Pearson 1, Rodman 1
Sprints won: Monsees 2

Cal vs. Johns Hopkins goalie stats
Saves: Vacquier 3, McIntosh 2
Assists: McIntosh 4
Steals: Vaquier 1

Score by quarter 1 2 3 4 F
Cal 4 8 3 5 20
St. Francis 3 1 1 1 6

Cal vs. St. Francis statistics
Goals: Sharf 5, Monsees 3, Andreyev 3, Sample 2, Warden 2, Cruikshank 1,Hayes 1, Reynolds 1, Calder 1, Tyrrell 1
Assists: Hayes 6, Andeyev 2, Sharf 2, Dudley 1, Hayes 1, Monsees 1, Reynolds 1, Warden 1
Steals: Andreyev 3, Pearson 2, Dudley 1, Hayes 1, Monsees 1, Pearson 1, Reynolds 1, Warden
Ejections Earned: Calder 2, Dudley 2, Hayes 2, Monsees 1, Sharf 1, Tyrrell 1
Field Blocks: Calder 3, Monsees 2, Sample 1
Sprints Won: Monsees 2, Sample 1

Cal vs. St. Francis Goalie Stats:
Saves: Sheredy 11
Assists: Sheredy 3
Steals: Sheredy 2