No. 6 Cal MWP Upends No. 4 Pepperdine, 12-9
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  11/02/2012

Nov. 2, 2012

MALIBU, CALIF. - Led by junior standout Collin Smith's five goals and a pair of goals from sophomore Blake Kelly, the No. 6 ranked Cal men's water polo team upended No. 4-ranked Pepperdine, 12-9, Friday afternoon (Nov. 2) in an MPSF match in Malibu. It was the Golden Bears' second consecutive conference win to improve to 12-7 overall and 3-3 in league play.

Smith leads Cal in scoring this season with 53 goals in 19 matches, including two goals yesterday in the Bears' 12-10 win at UC Irvine.

Cal also had solid efforts Friday from sophomore Aleksa Saponjic, who led the Bears with three assists, and junior Giacomo Cupido with three steals. Sophomore goalie Jon Sibley finished with six saves, all in the second half, including blocking a Waves' five-meter penalty shot.

"Our team came out strong in the first period and set the tempo of the match," said Cal coach Kirk Everist, "Our man up offense and our man down defense was solid again today, which we will need to continue as we move toward the conference tournament."

Cal next hosts Santa Clara in a non-conference match on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 10 a.m. at Spieker Aquatics Complex, before returning to MPSF action Sunday, Nov. 11 at 12 p.m. at Spieker Aquatics versus No. 5-ranked UC Santa Barbara. The Bears then travel to Pacific Nov. 18 before entering the MPSF Tournament, Nov. 23-25 at USC's McDonald's Swim Stadium.

California 3 - 5 - 1 - 3 --- 12

Pepperdine 1 - 3 - 3 - 2 --- 9

Cal Goals: Collin Smith (5), Blake Kelly (2), Marin Balarin, Colin Mulcahy, Giacomo Cupido, Matt Russell, Mitchell Hamilton

Cal Saves: Jon Sibley 6