Oct. 26, 2007
BERKELEY, CALIF. -
Behind a pair of early goals from senior All-American Michael Sharf and a stellar defensive effort, the No. 2-ranked Cal men's water polo team defeated No. 5 Pepperdine, 6-4, Friday night in an MPSF match at Spieker Aquatics Complex. The Golden Bears, who improved to 18-2 overall and 3-0 in the MPSF, were originally scheduled to compete against the Waves in Malibu on Sunday, Oct. 21, but the match was moved to Berkeley because of the fires in Southern California. Pepperdine dropped to 20-5 and 0-2 in league play.
Sharf got Cal off to a fast start when he scored on a five-meter penalty shot with 7:15 in the first period. Junior Frank Reynolds had stolen the ball at mid-pool and then was fouled from behind on the counterattack by the Waves' JP MacDonell, setting up Sharf's first point. Sharf then scored again, this time off an assist from sophomore Spencer Warden, with 5:10 in the first quarter to give Cal a 2-0 advantage. Pepperdine's Clayton Snyder got the Waves within, 2-1, when he nailed a strong inside shot from two-meters, but senior Vladislav Andreyev countered with a long goal with 1:14 left in the first period to give the Bears a 3-1 lead.
Cal jumped out to a 5-1 in the second period on a tip shot by junior Trent Calder off an outstanding assist from senior Zac Monsees with 6:32 in the quarter. Monsees then scored himself on a water skip shot at 3:19 in the period. Pepperdine's Adam Hewko finally got the Waves back on the scoreboard, 5-2, when he slipped the ball into the goal with 1:04 left in the half.
Hewko, whose sister, Camille, is a sophomore on Cal's women's water polo team, opened the second half with his second goal of the contest at 6:09 in the third period to make the score, 5-3. The Bears again bounced back, this time with 2:39 in the third period on senior Jeff Tyrrell's goal off a counterattack pass from goalie Mark Sheredy for a 6-3 lead. MacDonell followed with a score at 2:16 in the third period for what ended up being the final 6-4 margin, as nether team was able to score in the final 10 minutes of the match. Both Cal's Sheredy and Pepperdine's Travis Stachowski finished with 10 saves for the evening.
Cal will next compete against No. 7-ranked Long Beach State, coached by former Cal standout Gavin Arroyo, on Saturday, Oct. 27, at 12 p.m. at Spieker Aquatics Complex. The Bears then play Santa Clara in a non-conference match on Sunday, Oct. 28 at 1 p.m. at Spieker Aquatics.
CALIFORNIA 6, PEPPERDINE 4
No. 5 Pepp 1 1 2 0 - 4 No. 2 Cal 3 2 1 0 - 6
Pepperdine Goals: Adam Hewko 2, JP MacDonell, Clayton Snyder
Pepperdine Saves: Travis Stachowski 10 California Saves: Mark Sheredy 10