No. 5 Cal Hosts Alumni, UCLA
Sept. 20, 1999
Sat., Sept. 25 ALUMNI, Spieker Aquatics Complex, Berkeley, CA, 11 a.m.
Sun., Sept. 26 UCLA, Spieker Aquatics Complex, Berkeley, CA, Noon
LAST WEEK: The fifth-ranked Bears (3-2) finished seventh in the SoCal Tournament at McDonald's Swim Stadium. All four of the Bears' contests in the tournament were decided by two goals or less. Cal defeated Air Force, 10-9, before losing to UC Irvine, 8-7. In the second day of tournament play, Cal lost to Pacific, 7-5, before defeating Long Beach State, 5-4, to finish seventh.
ALUMNI NOTES: The Bears will host an informal scrimmage with Cal Alumni this Saturday in the newly reopened Spieker Aquatics Complex. It will be the first game Cal has hosted at Spieker since last year's opener, Sept. 13, against Pacific.
UCLA NOTES: The Bruins (4-1) come to Cal, having finished third in last weekend's SoCal Tournament. UCLA boasts 17 returning letterwinners from last year's squad, which finished with a 17-6 overall record and a third-place national ranking. The Bruins had two players make last weekend's SoCal All-Tournament Team in senior Matt Armato and junior Dave Parker. Armato had 10 goals in the tournament to garner first team honors, while Parker notched six goals on his way to being selected to All-Tournament Second Team. Taking to the cage again this year for the Bruins is All-American goalie Parsa Bonderson. Last season, Cal defeated UCLA, 7-6, in overtime at the MPSF Tournament in the Bears' final game of the season. UCLA is co-coached by Guy Baker and Adam Krikorian.
SMITH NAMED TO ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM: Two-meter man Jerry Smith was named to the All-Tournament Second Team after scoring nine goals in last weekend's So Cal Tournament, including five against Air Force. Smith, an honorable mention All-American last season, now has 12 goals on the season.
ARROYO EMERGES AS GO-TO GUY: Sophomore Rob Arroyo turned out to be the clutch player for Cal last weekend, notching two game-winning goals. His first game-winner came with 6:28 left in the fourth quarter of Cal's first round game against Air Force. Arroyo's score sealed the match for the Bears, as they went on to win 10-9. His second game-winner came in the seventh-place game against Long Beach State. With the game tied 4-4 and 1:15 to go in regulation, Arroyo pounded one into the cage to give the Bears a 5-4 victory.
KEEPING 'EM CLOSE: Three of Cal's four games in last weekend's SoCal Tournament were decided by one point. The other, a 7-5 loss to Pacific, was decided on a game-winning two-point goal from Tigers' Andrew Tri with three seconds left in regulation. The Bears are staying true to last season's form when fourteen of their twenty-four games were decided by two goals or less.
THE COACHES: Peter Asch (3-2, .600) begins his first season as Cal's head coach, replacing Steve Heaston, who passed away in the off-season after a long battle with brain cancer. Asch was a three-time All-American player for Cal from 1967-69, serving as team captain in '68 and '69. Last season, Asch served as head coach of the women's water polo team, a position he will continue to hold, leading the women to a 28-7 overall record and an MPSF title. Assistant coach Doug Arth enters his 11th season with the Bears. A four year-letterwinner as a player for Pete Cutino in the early seventies, Arth was the 1972 AAU Outdoor National Player of the Year and a two-time All-American (1973 and '74).