Cal Men's Water Polo (4-3, 1-0) Visits UOP, Hosts No. 1 USC
Sept. 26, 2000
BERKELEY, CA -
Sat. Sept. 30 at Pacific, Chris Kjeldsen Pool, Stockton, CA 12 p.m. Sun. Oct. 1 USC, Spieker Aquatics Complex, Berkeley, CA 12 p.m.
HEAD COACH PETER ASCH: Peter Asch (18-14, .563), 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 Cal men's water polo team (4-3), ranked No. 2 in the Collegiate Top 20 Preseason poll and ranked No. 5 in last week's poll, will travel to Pacific this Saturday for a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match versus the Tigers. Cal will then host No. 1 ranked USC Sunday at 12 p.m. at Spieker Aquatics Complex. On Sept. 23, the Bears, behind the play of senior Eldad Hazor and sophomore goalie Russell Bernstein, scored a 7-4 upset victory over No. 2 ranked Stanford in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match at the Avery Aquatics Complex on the Stanford campus. Hazor led the Bears with three goals, while Bernstein chalked up 11 saves. Cal jumped to 3-1 first period lead, thanks to goals by Hazor, senior Jerry Smith and junior Joe Kaiser. The Bears then extended the lead to 6-2 at halftime with goals by Hazor, senior Adam Metzger and Smith. Stanford mounted a rally in the second half, cutting the Cal lead to 6-4 with 1:34 in the third period. But, Hazor's third goal of the game (and the only goal for both teams in the fourth period), sealed the victory for the Bears. Cal's win over Stanford avenged an earlier 7-5 loss to the Cardinal in the semifinals of the Southern California Tournament Sept. 17 in Corona de Mar. The latest victory over Stanford was also the second match in a row the Bears have defeated the Cardinal in their home pool. Cal beat Stanford in last year's Big Splash/Steve Heaston Memorial Game, 10-6. A top returner for Cal this season will be Smith, who was the Bears leading scorer last season with 48 points (three, two point goals) and earned first team All-America, first team Mountain Pacific Sports Federation and first team All-MPSF Tournament. Other returners who earned accolades last season include Hazor and junior Spencer Dornin, who were named honorable mention All-MPSF. Hazor was second on the team in scoring last season with 30 points, including two, two-point goals. Dornin had 15 points last season with one, two-point goal. Four former Cal athletes, Gavin Arroyo (1990-93), Chris Humbert (1988-91), Sean Nolan (1991-94) and Chris Oeding (1989-92) are members of the USA 2000 Olympic Team that is competing 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 PACIFIC AND USC: The Pacific Tigers (3-6, 0-2) fell to UC Santa Barbara, 9-8, UCLA, 12-1, last weekend in MPSF action. Earlier this season, Cal defeated Pacific, 12-8, Sept. 9 at Spieker Aquatics Complex. The Bears were led by five goals from Mike West and four goals by Eldad Hazor. Chris Lund, Brady Norvall and Chris Spencer had two goals apiece for Pacific. Top ranked USC (8-0, 1-0) defeated UC Irvine, 7-6, and UC San Diego, 7-5, last weekend and face Stanford Sept. 30. The Trojans are led by freshman two-meter man Pedrag Damjanov's 11 goals. Last season, Cal was 0-2 versus USC, losing 7-5 Oct. 30 at Cal and 13-5 Nov. 7 at USC.
2000 GOLDEN BEAR WATER POLO STATISTICS NAME POINTS Jerry Smith 16 Eldad Hazor 14 Mike West 11 Attila Banhidy 5 Spencer Dornin 4 Joe Kaiser 4 Will Quist 3 Todd Hylton 2 Adam Metzger 2 Rob Arroyo 1 James Lathrop 1 Ryan Mueller 1 Andrew Stoddard 1 CALIFORNIA TOTALS 65 OPPONENT TOTALS 52Caps 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.
(4-3 Overall, 1-0 MPSF, 1-0 Home, 2-0 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