Jan. 3, 2008
BREA, CALIF. - The defending national champion California men's water polo team had six players selected to the 2007 Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches All-America Team, it was announced by the ACWPC. Seniors Michael Sharf, Zac Monsees and goalie Mark Sheredy were tabbed as first-team All-Americans. Senior Adam Haley was named a second-team All-American; and senior Jeff Tyrrell and sophomore Spencer Warden were selected third-team All-Americans.
Under the direction of head coach Kirk Everist, the Golden Bears finished the 2007 campaign 28-4, winning the NCAA title for the second year in a row with an 8-6 victory over USC on Dec. 2 at Stanford's Avery Aquatic Center. Cal, which had defeated the Trojans, 7-6, in the 2006 national title match, captured its NCAA-record 13th national crown this season.
Sharf, a finalist for the 2007-08 Peter J. Cutino Award as the nation's top male collegiate water polo player, was named the 2007 NCAA Tournament MVP following Cal's 8-6 victory over USC. He paced the Bears with 98 goals in 30 matches this season, was second in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation with 3.27 goals per game, and led Cal in scoring in 23 of 32 matches. Sharf was also first-team All-MPSF and MPSF All-Tournament, and was twice named MPSF Player of the Week (Nov. 12, Sept. 4). He became Cal's all-time single-season scoring leader with his 98 goals, topping Chris Humbert's 95 goals in 1990.
Attacker Monsees was named first-team All-NCAA Tournament and All-MPSF, and was MPSF All-Tournament, scoring two goals with three assists in the NCAA title match versus USC. He was third on the team with 36 goals in 31 matches, including four goals in the MPSF Tournament. Monsees also led the team with 53 assists and finished the year with 32 steals, 18 ejections earned and 11 field blocks. He concluded his Cal career with 96 goals.
Team captain Sheredy was also named 2007 first-team All-NCAA Tournament and second-team All-MPSF. He had 249 saves in 27 matches (9.22 saves per game), including 21 saves in the NCAA Tournament, with 11 saves (and a blocked five-meter penalty shot) versus USC in the title match. The 2006 NCAA Tournament MVP, Sheredy tallied 447 saves in 52 career matches for an 8.60 saves per match average.
Top center back and team captain, Haley was named 2007 honorable mention All-MPSF and scored two goals with three steals and an assist in the NCAA title match versus USC. He was second on the team with 47 steals and finished the year with 26 assists, eight ejections earned and eight field blocks. Haley scored the match-winner with 1:15 left in the second overtime period versus UC Irvine Nov. 2, and tallied four goals during the NorCal Open, including two goals in the final match versus USC.
Senior utility man Tyrrell was named 2007 first-team NCAA Tournament and third-team All-MPSF after finishing second on the team with 50 goals in 31 matches (1.61 goals per game, 12th in the MPSF). He had three goals, two assists and forced an ejection in the NCAA Tournament and concluded the season with 42 assists, 28 steals, 20 ejections earned and seven field blocks. Tyrrell wrapped up his career with 111 goals, including the match-winning goal as time expired in the Bears' 7-6 victory over USC in the 2006 national title match.
Attacker Warden was named 2007 first-team All-MPSF and second-team NCAA All-Tournament after scoring two goals with six steals, two ejections earned and an assist in the NCAAs. He was also the Nov. 5 MPSF Co-Player of the Week and scored the winning goal versus UCLA with 25 seconds left in the SoCal Open on Oct. 14. Warden led the team with 51 steals and scored 27 goals in only 24 matches. He had 23 assists, 14 ejections earned and eight field blocks on the year as well, and currently has 56 career goals.