No. 3 Ranked Cal Women's Water Polo Places Second at National Championship
May 12, 1998
NOTING THE BEARS: The No. 3 ranked California womens water polo team (27-6, 11-3 in MPSF), led by interim coach Peter Asch, fell to No. 1 ranked UCLA, 7-3, in the championship match of the 1998 Womens Water Polo National Collegiate Championships May 10 at USCs McDonalds Swim Stadium. It was the third year in a row the Bears have fallen to the Bruins in the national title match. In three years as a varsity sport, Cal womens water polo team has a record of 89-20 (.817).
NATIONAL TITLE MATCH: UCLA scored first in the title match, but Cal came back on goals by seniors Alicia Razzari (Merced, CA) and Alisa vonHartitzsch (Tulsa, CA), giving the Bears a 2-1 lead with 3:59 left in the first quarter. The Bruins quickly countered with two goals and never trailed after that point. VonHartitzsch received her third ejection foul less than a minute into the third quarter and was forced to sit out the rest of the match. Cal only managed one more goal the rest of the contest, on a shot by sophomore Heather Petri (Orinda, CA) in the fourth quarter.
The Bears junior goalie Evi Schueller (Mountain View, CA) played well in the final match with seven saves and had 21 saves in the tournament. VonHartitzsch lead the national championship in scoring with nine goals in the four matches and was named to the all-tournament first team. Sophomores Colette Glinkowski (Danville, CA) and Petri, and junior Kaliya Young (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) were named to the all-tournament second team, and senior Karen Cook (Foster City, CA) received honorable mention all-tournament. Cal had defeated Indiana, 7-0; USC, 7-3 and Bay Area rival Stanford, 8-5, to get to the national championship final against UCLA.
Alisa vonHartitzsch finished the National Qualifying Tournament with 10 goals and also tallied 11 goals in the four MPSF Tournament matches for a total of 30 goals in postseason play. The Bears were 4-6 this season against the No. 1 (UCLA) and No. 2 ranked (Stanford) teams in the nation. Cal defeated the two-time defending national champion Bruins, 9-8 in sudden death overtime in the title match of the UC Santa Barbara Tournament Mar. 1. The Bear women fell to UCLA, 6-3, in the 1997 Collegiate National Championship title match in Ann Arbor, MI. The Bruins also defeated the Bears, 8-4, in the national title match in 1996. Despite losing to UCLA two years in a row in the national title match, Cal is the only team to have defeated the Bruins in the last three years.
CAL PLAYER NOTES: Besides five players earning all-tournament honors at the National Championship, five Cal players earned Mountain Pacific Sports Federation postseason honors this year. Alisa von Hartitzsch was named MPSF first team, Glinkowski and Young were named MPSF second team, senior Cook was named MPSF third team and Petri earned conference honorable mention. At the MPSF Tournament, Apr. 10-12, Alisa vonHartitzsch earned all-tournament honors and Cook and Glinkowski were named tournament honorable mention. Alisa vonHartitzsch was dominant in the Bears victory over two-time national champion UCLA Mar. 1, scoring five goals and knocking in the match-winning shot four minutes into the sudden death period. This season, she finished with a team-leading 70 goals and scored 189 goals in two years playing at Cal.
Last season, vonHartitzsch was named first team All-America, Collegiate National Championship MVP, Western Regional Qualifying Tournament Co-MVP and Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Northern Division Player of the Year. Another top scorer for Cal this year has been Glinkowski, who had eight goals at the Santa Barbara Tournament, nine goals at the MPSF Tournament, five goals at the National Championship and was second on the team with 46 goals. She now has 90 goals in two years as a Bear. Young, who is a member of the Canadian National Team, was third on the team in scoring with 27 goals and has tallied 168 goals in her Cal career. Freshman Beth Irwin (Menlo Park, CA) was fourth on the team with 23 goals and had eight goals during the four matches at the National Qualifying Tournament at Stanford.