No. 4 Water Polo Hosts No. 7 UC Santa Barbara
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Release:  04/02/2001

April 2, 2001

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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 a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match, March 31, at the Duke Kahanamoku Aquatic Complex. The Golden 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.

USC IN REVIEW: The No. 4-ranked California women's water polo team lost their first match since March 10, when they went head to head, March 28, against the No. 3-ranked USC Trojans for an MPSF match in Los Angeles. The Bears five-match winning streak ended as USC's Katrin Dierolf scored a team-high four goals to lead USC in its 10-8 victory at McDonald's Swim Stadium. The Women of Troy used a key second period, outscoring the Golden Bears by a 4-0 margin, as the boost for the win. Despite the lack of scoring in the second quarter, the Bears managed to outscore USC in two of the game's four quarters. The seven losses thus far on the year for the Bears matches their total losses last year when they ended the season with a fourth-place finish at the National Championship with a 28-7, 8-1 MPSF record. The 10-8 loss to USC also matches the Bears 10-8 loss to the Trojans, Feb. 25.

A LOOK AT UCSB: The No. 7-ranked UC Santa Barbara Gauchos (7-8, 2-3 MPSF) recently lost to UCLA, 14-1, on March 30. The most recent MPSF win for UCSB came March 29, when they defeated UC Irvine, 8-5. Kelley Tiffany has been a key player in recent games for the Gauchos, as the junior has led the team in scoring seven times and leads the team with 27 goals on the year. Sophomore driver, Megan Ricks, who transferred from Cal last year, has tallied three goals for the Gauchos this season.

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.

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, the first shutout all season for the Bears and only the second in school history. Fourteen Bears would get on the scoreboard for Cal, as the Bears cruised to an easy victory over the Slugs. The Bears scored on their first possession of the game on a goal from senior Beth Irwin, her first of two goals for the match. Two possessions later, Irwin would steal a Slug pass and get it to junior Brenna Fleener, who would score on a counter attack at the 5:47 mark. The Bears would notch three more goals to end the quarter with a 5-0 lead. Senior goalie Fana Fuqua would tally four saves in the quarter before freshman Lauren Dennis would take her place in front of the cage for the rest of the game. Chris Lane, who scored on a 4-meter penalty shot, and Laura Graham, who scored on a man-up possession, would tally the only goals in the second quarter. Nine more Cal players, however, would find the cage, including two from freshman Lindy Spieker, who notched her third goal of the weekend and her fourth of her career in the match. Finding the cage for the first time of their careers were freshmen Kate DeAyora and Marissa Muller who both tallied goals in the fourth quarter. Lauren Dennis would end the game with nine saves for the Bears.