No. 1 Cal Men's Water Polo Falls to No. 4 Stanford, 10-9, in Sudden-Death Overtime
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  11/16/2007

Nov. 16, 2007

STANFORD, CALIF. - Cal's Zac Monsees scored a goal with 59 seconds left in the second, three-minute overtime period to force sudden-death, but Stanford's Janson Wigo countered with a goal with 2:29 in the sudden-death overtime period to lead No. 4-ranked Stanford to a 10-9 victory over the No. 1-ranked Golden Bears Friday night at the Avery Aquatic Center. Cal, which had won nine straight matches before Friday's heartbreaking defeat, fell to 24-3 overall and 7-1 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. The Cardinal improved to 16-6 and 5-3 in league play.

Despite Monsees four goals on the evening, and a match-high five goals from senior Michael Sharf and 11 saves from senior goalie Mark Sheredy, the Bears fell to Stanford for the second time this season by a score of 10-9 in sudden-death overtime. Back on Oct. 14, during the semifinals of the SoCal Open Tournament in Irvine, the Cardinal's Ryan Fortune had notched the game-winner in extra periods for a one-goal win over Cal.

The Bears had owned a 7-5 lead entering the fourth period, but were outscored, 3-1, in the final eight minutes of regulation by Stanford to send the match into overtime. The Cardinal had scored a goal in the first three-minute OT period, and had held the Bears scoreless for most of the two, three-minute periods until Monsees' late goal.

Cal, the defending 2006 NCAA champions, will next attempt to capture the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament for the second year in a row when the Bears host the conference championship, Nov. 23-25, at Spieker Aquatics Complex.


No. 1 Cal 2 4 1 1 0 1 0 - 9 No. 4 Stanford 1 3 1 3 1 0 1 - 10

California Goals: Michael Sharf 5, Zac Monsees 4

Stanford Goals: Sage Wright 2, Drac Wigo 2, Cody Wierson, Ryan McCarthy, Janson Wigo, Will Hindle-Katel, Peter Finlayon

California Saves: Mark Sheredy 11 Stanford Saves: Sandy Hohener 9