Feb. 20, 2001
UC DAVIS IN REVIEW: The No. 3-ranked women's water polo team (3-2) traveled to UC Davis, Feb. 17, where the Bears grabbed a 12-3 win over the Aggies. Cal jumped out to a commanding six-goal lead after the first quarter after goals from junior Brenna Fleener, senior Beth Irwin, senior Heather Petri, and sophomore Laura Graham. Irwin led off the game with a goal at 6:47, then UC Davis' Cat Bell answered it with a score at 3:57. The Bears then ran up six unanswered points to finish the first quarter. Chris Lane was the only Bear, however, to find the net during the second period. Leading 8-1 at the half, Cal came out fired up in the third quarter, tallying four more goals, including a pair by Laura Graham, giving the Bears a 12-1 lead. UC Davis held Cal scoreless in the fourth quarter, while throwing in two goals of their own. The Aggies' Tiffany Hodgens trimmed the lead with her two goals, however, that would be all for UC Davis. Graham led all scorers with three, while Irwin, Petri and Fleener contributed a pair for Cal. Chris Lane and Julie Arnold also tallied a goal for the Bears. Senior Fana Fuqua recorded nine saves in three quarters, while redshirt freshman Lauren Dennis recorded two saves in the fourth.
NORCALS IN REVIEW: The No. 3-seeded Bears traveled to Stanford's Avery Aquatics Center, Feb. 10-11, for the NorCal tournament. Cal destroyed a weak Pacific team, 17-1 in the first round of competition. Cal could lost their next matchup, however, in the quarterfinal game to the host Cardinal, 8-3. Trying to rebound with a win against UCLA, the Bears found themselves struggling to find the cage, as they fell to the Bruins, 6-4. With third place on the line, Cal rallied to defeat the San Jose State Spartans, 8-3, behind the accurate arm of redshirt freshman Ericka Lorenz, who tallied four goals in the game and a total of ten goals for the weekend.
HEAD COACH PETER ASCH: Peter Asch (64-18, .780), who begins his third year as the head coach, led the Bears to a fourth-place national finish in 2000. Asch, who earned All-America honors in water polo at Cal three straight years (1967-69), later won a bronze medal as part of the U.S. Olympic team in 1972 and was inducted into the Cal Hall of Fame in 1997. He served as Cal's interim head coach during the collegiate national tournament in April 1998 and helped the Bears finish second nationally behind UCLA, including an upset of then second-ranked Stanford in the national semifinals.
2000 SEASON IN REVIEW: On May 5-7, the No. 3-ranked University of California women's water polo team (28-7, 8-1 MPSF) placed fourth at the National Championships held in Indianapolis, IN, falling to eventual champions UCLA, 5-3 in the semifinal match. Facing No. 2 seed Stanford for a chance at third place, the Bears could not find get past the Cardinal, falling 8-5. Cal advanced to the semifinal match by defeating Indiana, 12-4, and San Diego State, 7-2, on May 5. Senior driver Colette Glinkowski ended her career as Cal's all-time leading scorer with 212 goals from 1997-2000, including 58 goals in 2000. Cal head coach Peter Asch was named 2000 MPSF Coach of the Year, while junior goalie Fana Fuqua (Menlo Park, CA) was named MPSF Goalkeeper of the Year. Joining Fuqua on the MPSF first team all-conference squad was Glinkowski. Named to the MPSF second team all-conference squad was Irwin, while senior Kaliya Young (Vancouver, B.C.) and Fleener were MPSF honorable mention. At the annual Splash Club Banquet Apr. 30, the 2000 Cal Women's Water Polo Awards were announced. Glinkowski and Fuqua were named Team Co-MVP, Irwin was the recipient of the Scholastic Award and senior Brooke Spittler (Orinda, CA) was named Most Improved. On Feb. 27, Cal captured the Santa Barbara Women's Open Tournament Feb. 27, upsetting then No. 2 ranked USC, 9-8, in the semifinals and then defeating Bay Area rival Stanford, 8-7 in overtime, in the title match. Sophomore Julia Cesnik (Concord, CA) led Cal with three goals versus both USC and Stanford and was named MPSF Player of the Week for her efforts. Fuqua had been solid for Cal all season, as she averaged a 4.41 goal against average and was named the MVP of the UC San Diego Invitational on Feb. 13. Fuqua was also the MPSF Player of the Week, Mar. 27 when she helped lead the Bears to wins over USC and Stanford with 12 and 14 saves, respectively.
BEAR NOTES: The Cal women's water polo team, (all-time record 145-34, .810 in five years as a varsity sport), has placed second three times (1996, '97, '98) and fourth twice ('99, '00) at the Collegiate National Championship. In 2000, the Bears finished 28-7 and placed fourth at the National Collegiate Championship. Top returners for Cal are senior driver Beth Irwin and goalie Fana Fuqua. Last year, Irwin earned second-team All-American honors and second-team all-MPSF honors, while Fuqua was named first-team All-American, MPSF Goalkeeper of the Year, team co-MVP with All-American Colette Glinkowski.