Cal Men's Water Polo Defeats Long Beach State, 11-7, in MPSF Tournament First Round
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  11/23/2007

Nov. 23, 2007

BERKELEY, CALIF. - Junior Trent Calder and senior Michael Sharf each scored three goals apiece and Cal outscored Long Beach State, 3-0, in the third period on the way to an 11-7 victory over the 49ers Friday in the first round of the MPSF Tournament at Spieker Aquatics Complex. With the win, the Golden Bears improved to 25-3 and will now play UC Irvine in the tournament semifinals at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24. Long Beach State dropped to 19-13 and will play UCLA at 11 a.m. Saturday.

In a tightly contested first half, the 49ers' Kevin vanHaaster scored a goal with 54 left in the second period to tie the contest, 4-4. Cal was able to pull ahead in the third period by outscoring Long Beach State, 3-0, behind goals from sophomore Spencer Warden (4:36), Calder (3:10) and senior Jeff Tyrrell (:02), for a 7-4 cushion.

From there, the Bears were able to keep the 49ers at a distance as Calder and Sharf added goals in the fourth period. Long Beach State did get within, 9-7, on goals from Ashley Blythen (3:37) and Nick Korsgaden (2:29) in the final period, but late goals by senior Vladislav Andreyev (1:57) and freshman Brian Dudley (:26) sealed the win for the Bears.

Cal senior goalie Mark Sheredy had a big match with 13 saves, while Sharf paced the Bears with four assists to go along with his three goals. Sharf now has 88 goals on the year. Long Beach State, coached by former Cal standout Gavin Arroyo, was led by Blythen's two goals.

"We felt we were in pretty good shape, physically, entering the second half," said Cal coach Kirk Everist. "We played a lot of people in the first two periods and got some good production from some of our younger players. That allowed us to make a strong push in the third period."

Other first round matches on Nov. 23 included USC defeating UC Santa Barbara, 10-7; Stanford defeating Pepperdine, 7-4; and UC Irvine upending UCLA, 10-9 in sudden-death overtime. Besides UCLA and Long Beach State playing at 11 a.m. and Cal playing UC Irvine at 2 p.m., UC Santa Barbara and Pepperdine will battle at 12:30 p.m. and USC and Stanford will compete at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 24 at Spieker Aquatics Complex.


California 11, Long Beach State 7

Long Beach State 1 3 0 3 - 7

California 3 1 3 4 - 11

Goals - Long Beach State - Ashley Blythen 2, Justin Koeppen, Reid Tomassi, Travis Buchanan, Kevin vanHaaster, Nick Korsgaden.

California - Trent Calder 3, Michael Sharf 3, Brian Dudley 2, Spencer Warden, Jeff Tyrrell, Vladislav Andreyev.

Saves - Long Beach State - Steve MacKenzie 8.

California - Mark Sheredy 13.

Records: California 25-3, Long Beach State 19-13


USC 10, UC Santa Barbara 7

UC Santa Barbara 2 1 0 4 - 7

USC 1 2 5 2 - 10

Goals -

UC Santa Barbara - Ross Sinclair 4, Milos Golic 2, Ratko Paunovic.

USC - Matt Sagehorn 3, J.W. Krumpholz 2, Tommy Corcoran 2, Drew Vyn 2, Justin Rappel.

Saves -

UC Santa Barbara - Rick Wright 11.

USC - Adam Shilling 4, Will Cherashore 2.

Records: USC 16-2, UC Santa Barbara 18-13

NOTES: USC broke away from a 3-3 halftime tie by outscoring UC Santa Barbara, 5-0, in the third period. The Trojans were led by three goals from Matt Sagehorn, and two goals apiece from J.W. Krumpholz and Tommy Corcoran. Drew Vyn had two of USC's five goals in the third period. The Gauchos were paced by Ross Sinclair's match-high four goals.


Stanford 7, Pepperdine 4

Pepperdine 1 0 1 2 - 4

Stanford 2 2 2 1 - 7

Goals -

Pepperdine - Grant Miller, Andrew Milcovich, JP MacDonell, Matt MacDonell.

Stanford - Ryan McCarthy, Ryan Fortune, Andrew Drake, Janson Wigo, Drac Wigo, Chris Jacobson, Michael Bury.

Saves -

Pepperdine - Travis Stachowski 6.

Stanford - Sandy Hohener 10.

Records: Stanford 17-6, Pepperdine 26-9

NOTES: Stanford jumped out to a 4-1 halftime lead and went on to defeat Pepperdine, 7-4, with seven different players tallying goals. Goalie Sandy Hohener also had a fine match, recording 10 saves. The Cardinal will now play USC in the MPSF Tournament semifinal on Saturday, Nov. 24 at 3:30 p.m. The Waves will face UC Santa Barbara at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday.


UC Irvine 10, UCLA 9 SDOT

UC Irvine 4 1 0 2 1 1 1 - 10

UCLA 2 2 0 3 1 1 0 - 9

Goals -

UC Irvine - Colin Mello 4, Tim Hutten 3, Brandon Johnson 2, Jamie Frank.

UCLA - Scott Davidson 3, Krsto Sbutega 2, Matthew Jacobs, Ben Hohl, Justin Johnson, Marco Santos.

Saves -

UC Irvine - Matt Garcia 13.

UCLA - Chay Lapin 7.

Records: UC Irvine 13-10, UCLA 19-7

NOTES: UC Irvine's Brandon Johnson scored the winning goal with 1:10 in sudden-victory overtime to lead the No. 5-seeded Anteaters to a 10-9 victory over No. 4-seed UCLA. UC Irvine was able to take the match into sudden-victory when Tim Hutten scored with 30 seconds left in the second, three-minute overtime period. Collin Mello paced the Anteaters with four goals, while Hutten added three goals and goalie Matt Garcia had 13 saves. UCLA was led by Scott Davidson's three goals. Davidson and Justin Johnson scored goals for the Bruins during the overtime periods. The Anteaters will now play Cal in the MPSF Tournament semifinal on Saturday, Nov. 24 at 2 p.m. UCLA will face Long Beach State at 11 a.m. on Saturday.

Nov. 23 MPSF Championship Results

Cal 11, Long Beach State 7 USC 10. UC Santa Barbara 7 Stanford 7, Pepperdine 4 UC Irvine 10, UCLA 9 SDOT

Nov. 24 MPSF Championship Schedule

11 a.m. Long Beach State vs. UCLA 12:30 p.m. UC Santa Barbara vs. Pepperdine 2 p.m. California vs. UC Irvine 3:30 p.m. USC vs. Stanford