Cal Hosts First MPSF Match Against UCLA
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Release:  02/26/2001

Feb. 26, 2001

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UCSB TOURNAMENT IN REVIEW: The No. 4-ranked Bears (5-4) traveled south this weekend for the UC Santa Barbara tournament, which featured 16 teams, including top-ranked Stanford, UCLA and USC. The Bears started off the first round of the UCSB tournament defeating Pacific,15-5. The Bears were led by senior driver Beth Irwin who had three goals. In their second round matchup, the Bears took on Loyola Marymount. After dominating the first half, Cal led 6-2, and would maintain that cushion throughout the second half. The Bears grabbed three more goals and the win, as the Bears cruised to a 9-3 win over LMU. Outside driver Brenna Fleener led all scorers with three. Going up against No. 2-ranked UCLA, After trailing 3-0 at the half, the Bears only found the cage twice in the second half, once from Chris Lane and the other from Ericka Lorenz. Although Cal shoutout the Bruins in the fourth quarter, UCLA grabbed a 6-2 victory. Hoping to salvage a third-place victory, the Bears would have to contend with No. 3-ranked USC. After two quarters, Cal trailed USC by a goal, 7-6, yet the Trojans tallied two more goals in the third quarter while the Bears only grabbed one. USC came out with a 10-8 victory over Cal. Heather Petri and Julia Cesnik tallied a pair of goals for Cal.

A LOOK AT UCLA: The UCLA Bruins (6-2, 1-0 MPSF) recenlty lost, 10-7, to Stanford in the championship game of the UCSB Tournament. The No. 2-ranked Bruins have lost only twice this season, both coming at the hand of the Cardinal, while two of Cal's four losses have come at the hand of the Bruins. UCLA is currently defending its NCAA National Championship, while returning key players in senior captain and 200 Olympic silver medalist Coralie Simmons, and junior 2000 National Player of the Year, Elaine Zivich.

UC DAVIS IN REVIEW: The then No. 3-ranked women's water polo team traveled to UC Davis, Feb. 17, where the Bears grabbed a 12-3 win over the Aggies. Beth Irwin scored a goal at 6:47, before 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. Leading 8-1 at the half, Cal tallied four more goals in the third, including a pair by Laura Graham. UC Davis held Cal scoreless in the fourth quarter, yet that would not be enough for the Aggies. Graham led all scorers with three, while senior Fana Fuqua recorded nine saves in three quarters. Redshirt freshman Lauren Dennis recorded two saves in the fourth.

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.