April 9, 2008
This Week in Cal Water Polo
No. 6 California plays in its final regular season games of the 2008 campaign - traveling to school rival No. 2 Stanford on Friday, April 11 and hosting Cal State Bakersfield on Saturday, April 12. The Golden Bears (15-8 overall, 6-5 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation) will say goodbye to their three seniors - goalie Heather Stuart, and defenders Molly Hayes and Katya Eadington. Stanford defeated Cal once this season, an 11-6 decision at the Stanford Invitational. The Bears have not played CSUB since 2000, when Cal handily beat them, 13-2.
Last Week in Cal Water Polo
The Bears split their Southern California games last weekend - dropping a 10-4 decision to No. 1 UCLA on April 5 but defeating No. 17 UCSB, 8-6, April 6. UCLA raced to a 3-0 lead in the first quarter, but sophomore defender Meghan Corso cut the Bruins' advantage to 3-1 on a five-meter penalty shot. UCLA led, 8-4, at halftime and scored twice more in the third quarter while both teams were held scoreless in the final period. Against the Gauchos on Saturday, the two teams knotted the score three different times but the Bears scored two unanswered goals in the final period to win the game.
No. 2 Stanford earned two victories last week, defeating No. 15 CSU Northridge, 13-4, and taking No. 3 USC to overtime en route to an 8-7 win. With its victory over USC, the Cardinal now solely possess second place in the MPSF. Junior Lauren Silver and sophomore Kelly Eaton each notched four goals against the Matadors and the Trojans, respectively. Eaton was named the MPSF Mikasa Player of the Week for her six goals on the weekend. Last season, Stanford defeated the Golden Bears 10-8 at the Big Splash.
Team Record Conf. Games Goals G/G GA GAA Stanford 20-3 8-1 23 273 11.87 135 5.87 California 15-8 6-5 23 214 9.30 151 6.57
Scouting Cal State Bakersfield
The Roadrunners split four games last weekend at the Aggie Shootout - dropping Colorado State (13-3) and Santa Clara (8-5) and losing to No. 11 Loyola Marymount (5-4) and No. 10 UC Davis (12-5). Amanda Ortiz has scored a team-high 94 goals this season, averaging 3.36 per game, which is tops in the country. Goalie Veronica Campbell has made 364 saves between the posts, which is also first in the country. The Roadrunners are 2-7 against common opponents of the Bears.
Team Record Conf. Games Goals G/G GA GAA CSUB 17-15 9-5 32 286 8.94 248 7.70 California 15-8 6-5 23 214 9.30 151 6.57
Corso Paces Bears on SoCal Trip
Meghan Corso paced the Bears in both games this weekend - scoring two goals in the 10-4 loss to UCLA on Saturday and two goals Sunday when Cal beat UCSB, 8-6. Corso scored against the Bruins with a five-meter penalty shot to cut UCLA's lead to 3-1 and then brought the Bears within two with a man advantage goal in the second quarter. The Thousand Oaks, Calif., native scored the first and last goals of the game against the Gauchos. Corso's second goal in the UCSB game was pivotal, giving Cal a final 8-6 lead to take the important MPSF victory. Corso is third on the team with 32 goals, averaging 1.4 per game.
The Golden Bears in the MPSF
The Bears currently are in seventh place in the MPSF at 6-5. Sophomore two-meter Grace Reynolds is 14th in the MPSF with 41 goals (1.78 goals/game). Senior goalie Heather Stuart's work between the posts - 9.64 saves/game - places her second among conference goalies. California's stellar defense is fourth in the MPSF, allowing just 6.43 goals per game, while the Bears are in the upper tier, scoring an average of 9.62 goals/game (sixth). Cal won its first two conference games - UOP and San Jose State - this season for the first time since 2000, when the Bears went on a 7-0 MPSF winning streak at the beginning of conference play.
Cal in the World of U.S. Water Polo
Grace Reynolds is 47th in the nation with 41 goals thus far in the season and senior keeper Heather Stuart's 125 saves are 14th in the national statistics. Additionally, the Bears are fourth in the nation in defense, allowing just 6.4 goals/game. With its wins over then-ranked No. 4 Hawaii on Feb. 23 and No. 3 USC on Feb. 24, California won its first games of the 2008 campaign over higher ranked teams. Cal's successful weekend garnered national attention, and the Bears moved from No. 5 in the national poll to No. 3, which is the highest national ranking for the Bears since February 2001, when they were third.
Cal Tabbed for Third-Place Finish
California was tabbed to tie for third place in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, according to a preseason coaches' poll released Jan. 18. The Golden Bears, tied with Stanford with 107 points, earned one first-place vote. UCLA, which has won three straight national championships and returns three scoring leaders from last season's squad, took first place in the poll with 132 points and 11 first-place votes.
Bears Ink Four Recruits
Four high school recruits have signed national letters of intent to play for California. Emily Csikos, a member of the Canadian junior national team from 2004-06, is a current senior national team member. Lindsay Dorst, the only United States native to sign a NLI with Cal, is an All-American goalkeeper and member of the USA youth team. Athina Vazeos only began playing water polo five years ago but has quickly transformed into an elite athlete at the national level in Canada and has helped her club team to multiple national championships. Libby McLaren amassed a multitude of awards and championships while playing for Australian club teams and is a standout on the Miramonte High School team.
Bears Record When...
Game decided by 5 goals or less: 8-4
Leading at halftime: 13-0
Trailing at halftime: 1-7
Tied at halftime: 1-1
Went into overtime: 2-0
Leading by 5 or more at halftime: 4-0
Holding opponent under 10 goals: 14-7
Scoring 1-8 goals: 2-8
Scoring 9-15 goals: 11-0
Scoring 16-25 goals: 1-0
Playing a higher-ranked opponent: 2-5
Playing a lower-ranked opponent: 10-3
Playing an unranked opponent: 3-0