No. 4 Women's Water Polo Travels to No. 16 Pacific
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  04/09/2001

April 9, 2001

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UCSB IN REVIEW: The No. 4-ranked women's water polo team (14-7, 7-3 MPSF) defeated the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos, 12-4, on Senior Day at the Spieker Aquatics Complex. To open the contest, UCSB player Kelley Tiffany got the Gauchos on the board on their first possession, scoring after stealing a Bear turnover. Cal quickly responded, as the Bears tied the score on a counter attack by Beth Irwin one minute later. Irwin would score again in the first, before Laura Graham shot one past UCSB goalie Yvonne Conard with 1:31 remaining. With 4 seconds remaining in the first quarter, the Gaucho's Teresa Gorbett fired a shot from near mid-court, which hit the upright and bounced past Fuqua. After getting the possession with only four seconds remaining, Cal freshman Ericka Lorenz fired a bullet from behind the mid-court line which also found the back of the cage leaving a tenth of a second on the clock and giving Cal a 4-2 lead at the end of the quarter. Julia Cesnik started Cal in the second quarter with a dexterous shot from 2-meters, switching the ball from her right to her left hand in an effortless move that found the back of the cage. The Bears would capitalize again from the 2-meter spot, as Lorenz would fire her second of three goals past Conard on an accurate backhand shot. UC Santa Barbara would dump the ball in their next three consecutive possessions, unable to set up any offense. Junior Brenna Fleener scored the Bears last goal of the quarter on a fast break with 2:25 remaining. Fana Fuqua ended the half with five of her game-high 12 saves. Cesnik and Lorenz would open the second half with goals on two consecutive possessions, however the Gauchos tallied two goals of their own in the quarter. The fourth quarter belonged to junior Julie Arnold. Arnold would score all three of the Bears goals in the quarter, while Fuqua tallied three more saves to shut out the Gauchos in the final stanza

A LOOK AT PACIFIC: The No. 16-ranked UOP Tigers (6-16, 0-9 MPSF) recently defeated the Cal Baptist Lancers, 8-6, on Sunday, April 8, for their third win in four games. Their only recent setback came April 7, when the Tigers fell to UCSB in an MPSF match. Pacific's Jessica Schroeder leads all scorers with 42 goals on the season. In their three matches with Cal this season, Pacific has managed to score a total of 12 goals, while the Bears have outdone the Tigers by three dozen goals, scoring a total of 48 times against Pacific, an average of 16 goals per game. Beth Irwin has led the Bears in scoring in two of their three meetings, and has scored a total of 9 goals against the Tigers.

DID YOU KNOW: The Cal women's water polo team defeated Hawaii, March 31, by a score of 9-1, their second-lowest point total in a winning game this season. Cal's lowest-scoring win came against San Jose State, Feb. 11, when the Bears defeated the Spartans, 8-3. In winning games this season, the Bears are averaging almost 13 goals per game. In losing games, the Bears are averaging 4.7 goals per game. The Bears only losses have come at the hands of teams ranked higher than Cal. The Bears have won 9 of their last 11 matches and have held fourth place in the MPSF Rankings all season.

HAWAII IN REVIEW: Ericka Lorenz and Laura Graham each scored two goals to lead No. 4-ranked California women's water polo team to a 9-1 victory over No. 6-ranked Hawaii in an MPSF match, Saturday, March 31, at the Duke Kahanamoku Aquatic Complex. The Bears improved to 13-7 and 6-3 in conference play, while the Wahine fell to 14-6 and 1-5. Julia Cesnik and Julie Arnold got the Bears off to a quick start, when Cesnik scored to break a scoreless tie with 3:16 left in the first period, before Arnold added another goal with 1:01 left to build a 2-0 lead. Cal went on to score three more goals in the second quarter and led 5-0 at halftime. The pesky Golden Bear defense kept Hawaii off-balance throughout the game. For the majority of the match, the Wahine looked sluggish and failed to muster any significant offensive attack. Junior Christi Bardecki scored the lone goal for Hawaii with 3:45 left in the game. Defensively, UH goalie Christa Tackaberry notched 6 saves and 3 steals, while Cal's Fana Fuqua tallied six saves for the Bears. In addition to the win, the Bears have won eight of their last ten games.

BEARS TAKE DOUBLE-HEADER: Cal grabbed two convincing victories, Mar. 24, at the Spieker Aquatics Complex, in the Bears only home double-header this season. Cal first knocked out Pacific, 16-6, before taking on the UC Santa Cruz Slugs. The last time Cal and UC Santa Cruz met was March 26, 1997, when the Bears defeated the Slugs 27-1, the largest margin of victory and the highest recorded score in Cal history as a varsity sport. Cal would make history again, as they shut out the Slugs, 17-0, in the Bears' first shutout of the season, and only the second shut out in school history. The only other shut out dates back four years to March 8, 1997, when Cal defeated Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 21-0.