Cal Men's Water Polo (6-4, 2-1) Hosts No. 1 Ranked UCLA (8-2, 4-0) Saturday
Oct. 10, 2000
BERKELEY, CA -
Sat. Oct. 14 UCLA, Spieker Aquatics Complex, Berkeley, CA 10 a.m.
HEAD COACH PETER ASCH: Peter Asch (20-15, .571), is in his second year as Cal's 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 No. 2 ranked Cal men's water polo team, 6-4 overall and 2-1 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, has a big match ahead of it as the Bears take on No. 1 ranked UCLA Saturday, Oct. 14 at 10 a.m. at Spieker Aquatics Complex. However, Cal is not afraid to face a No. 1 ranked team as the Bears have already upended a top-ranked ranked team this season. Senior driver Eldad Hazor scored a goal on a four-meter penalty shot with 2:13 in overtime to lead the then No. 4 ranked Cal men's water polo team to a 9-8 upset of then No. 1 ranked USC Oct. 1 at Spieker. USC was charged with the four-meter penalty on the Bears Jerry Smith that enabled Hazor to score the match-winner in the first three minute overtime period. Senior two-meter man Smith led Cal with four goals against the Trojans, including three goals in the first period as the Bears jumped out to a 5-0 lead after one quarter. Hazor added three goals for Cal, including single goals in the second and third periods. USC had scored with 30 seconds in regulation to put the match into overtime at 8-8. Against the Trojans, the Bears also received goals from juniors Mike West and Rob Arroyo, while sophomore goalie Russell Bernstein recorded 13 saves. Hazor, who is second on the team in scoring with 19 goals, earned Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Player of the Week honors for his effort against USC. Smith is the Bears top scorer with 23 goals this season. Cal's most recent match showed how much parody there is in collegiate water polo this year. Despite a furious comeback by the Bears, No. 5 ranked UC Irvine hanged on for a 5-4 victory over Cal Oct. 7 at Spieker. Down 5-1 entering the fourth period, the Bears were able to outscore UC Irvine, 3-0, in the final quarter, but it was too little too late. Junior Joe Kaiser scored a goal with 5:15 in the fourth for the Bears and then Hazor scored twice, at 4:13 and then with 37 seconds left in the match on a four-meter penalty shot. UC Irvine broke the match open when it went on a 3-0 run in the third period and Cal was not able to recover. Besides Hazor's two goals and Kaiser's shot, Smith tallied a goal in the second period on a four-meter penalty shot. Cal goalies Bernstein and Tim Kates had 13 and five saves, respectively. Kates had all five of his saves in the fourth period. Four former Cal athletes, Gavin Arroyo (1990-93), Chris Humbert (1988-91), Sean Nolan (1991-94) and Chris Oeding (1989-92) were members of the USA 2000 Olympic Team that finished fifth in Sydney, Australia. 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 UCLA: The UCLA Bruins (8-2, 4-0) last defeated No. 3 ranked USC, 7-5, Oct. 7 at USC in an MPSF match. The Bruins are led by senior playmaker Adam Wright's 21 goals. Earlier this season, Cal lost to UCLA, 10-7, Sept. 17 in the third place match of the Southern California Tournament. Jerry Smith scored three goals for the Bears in that contest.
2000 GOLDEN BEAR WATER POLO STATISTICS NAME POINTS Jerry Smith 23 Eldad Hazor 19 Mike West 14 Attila Banhidy 6 Spencer Dornin 5 Joe Kaiser 5 Will Quist 3 Todd Hylton 2 Adam Metzger 2 Rob Arroyo 2 James Lathrop 2 Ryan Mueller 1 Andrew Stoddard 1 CALIFORNIA TOTALS 85 OPPONENT TOTALS 71
(6-4 Overall, 2-1 MPSF, 2-1 Home, 3-0 Road, 1-3 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
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.