Oct. 24, 2000
BERKELEY, CA - Fri. Oct. 27 at Long Beach State, Campus Pool, Long Beach, CA 4 p.m. Sat. Oct. 28 at USC, McDonald's Olympic Swim Stadium, Los Angeles, CA 1:30 p.m.
HEAD COACH PETER ASCH: Peter Asch (22-18, .550), is in his second year as the Cal men's water polo coach after leading the Bears to a 14-11 record and a third place national ranking last season. Asch, who earned All-America honors in water polo at Cal three straight years (1967-69), later won a bronze medal as part of the U.S. Olympic team in 1972 and was inducted into the Cal Hall of Fame in 1997. He also serves as the Bears women's water polo coach where he has amassed a 62-16 record (.795) and was named the 2000 MPSF Coach of the Year.
BEAR NOTES: The Cal men's water polo team, 8-7 overall and 2-2 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, will travel to Long Beach State, Friday Oct. 27 at 4 p.m. and USC, Saturday, Oct. 28 at 1:30 p.m. in a pair of Mountain Pacific Sports Federation matches. The Bears, ranked fifth in the nation last week, lost two games in the second day of the NorCal Tournament, falling to No. 1 ranked UCLA, 9-4 in the semifinals, and No. 5 ranked Stanford (tied with Cal in the rankings), 8-7, in the third place match. The Bears had gone 2-0 in the first day of the tournament, held Oct. 21-22 at Chris Kjeldsen Pool in Stockton, CA, defeating Cal Baptist, 17-9, and UC San Diego, 9-6. Against UCLA, Cal fell behind 7-0 after the first two periods and was not able to recover. Four different players scored for the Bears - senior James Lathrop, junior Mike West, sophomore Andrew Stoddard and freshman Will Quist. Versus Bay Area rival Stanford, the Bears led 3-2 after the first period, but trailed 5-4 at the half. Cal was then able to tie the match 6-6 entering the fourth period, but was outscored 2-1 in fourth, losing 8-7. Senior Eldad Hazor paced the Bears with three goals, and West, sophomore Chris Lathrop, junior Joe Kaiser and freshman Attila Banhidy added a goal apiece. Highlights for Cal in the first day of the NorCal Tourney included 11 different Bears scoring against Cal Baptist, including a team-high three goals by Stoddard and two goals apiece by sophomore Todd Hylton, Kaiser, Hazor and freshman Greg Panawek. Versus UC San Diego, Cal's top scorer was Kaiser with three goals and Banhidy added two goals. Senior two-meter man Jerry Smith is the Bears leading scorer this year with 28 points, followed by Hazor's 27 goals. Smith has been Cal's leading scorer in six of the team's 15 matches and Hazor five of the team's 15 matches. Hazor scored a goal on a four-meter penalty shot with 2:13 in overtime to lead the then No. 4 ranked Cal team to the 9-8 upset of then No. 1 ranked USC Oct. 1 at Spieker. Hazor earned MPSF Player of the Week honors for his effort against USC. Cal water polo has won 11 NCAA titles, more than any other school in the nation. The Bears have also had 12 Conference Players of the Year, 13 Collegiate Players of the Year, over 140 All-Americans and 25 Olympians.
NOTING LONG BEACH STATE AND USC: Long Beach State (12-5, 2-0 MPSF) finished seventh last week at the NorCal Tournament, defeating UC San Diego, 5-2, in the seventh place match. After defeating UC Santa Barbara, 9-7, and losing to USC, 9-5, in the first day of the NorCal Tourney, the 49ers fell to UC Irvine, 6-5 in overtime, in the semifinals. Long Beach State is led by junior driver Justin Jewell, who was the Oct. 17 MPSF Player of the Week. USC (13-4, 3-2 MPSF) lost to No. 1 ranked UCLA, 11-9, in the championship match of the NorCal Tournament. The Trojans, led by the scoring of junior Daniel Lontay and freshman Tim Wollthan (21 goals), made the finals of the NorCal with wins over Santa Clara (17-7), LBS (9-5) and Stanford (5-3).
2000 GOLDEN BEAR WATER POLO STATISTICS NAME POINTS Jerry Smith 28 Eldad Hazor 27 Mike West 17 Joe Kaiser 11 Attila Banhidy 9 Spencer Dornin 5 Will Quist 5 Andrew Stoddard 5 Todd Hylton 4 James Lathrop 4 Rob Arroyo 3 Chris Lathrop 2 Adam Metzger 2 Ryan Mueller 2 Greg Panawek 2 Peter Conte 1 CALIFORNIA TOTALS 127 OPPONENT TOTALS 110
(8-7 Overall, 2-2 MPSF, 2-2 Home, 3-0 Road, 3-5 Neutral) Date Opponent W-L Score Streak Leading Scorers 9-8 at UC Davis W 15-5 WON 1 Hazor 3 9-9 PACIFIC W 12-8 WON 2 West 5 9-16 vs. Pepperdine# W 12-9 WON 3 Smith 7 vs. UC San Diego#L 9-7 LOST 1 Smith 3 9-17 vs. Stanford# L 7-5 LOST 2 Hazor, West 2 vs. UCLA# L 10-7 LOST 3 Smith 3 9-23 at Stanford* W 7-4 WON 1 Hazor 3 9-30 at Pacific* W 7-6 WON 2 Smith, West 2 10-1 USC W 9-8 OT WON 3 Smith 4 10-7 UC IRVINE* L 5-4 LOST 1 Hazor 2 10-14 UCLA* L 11-5 LOST 2 Smith 3 10-21 vs. Cal Baptist$W 17-5 WON 1 Stoddard 3 vs. UC San Diego$W 9-6 WON 2 Kaiser 3 10-22 vs. UCLA$ L 9-4 LOST 1 Four with one vs. Stanford$ L 8-7 LOST 2 Hazor 3
Caps indicate home match at Spieker Aquatics Complex, Berkeley, CA, *indicates Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match, #indicates Southern California Tournament, Corona del Mar, CA, $indicates NorCal Tournament, Stockton, CA, %indicates Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament, Los Alamitos, CA.