Cal Women's Water Polo Finishes Second at UC San Diego Invite
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  06/21/1999

February 14, 1999

SAN DIEGO, CA - The No. 2 ranked University of California women's water polo team (4-1) lost to No. 3 ranked USC, 4-3, in the championship match of the UC San Diego Invitational Sunday. The Bears advanced to the title match by defeating Indiana, 20-1, Friday, topping both San Diego State and San Jose State by the score of 8-6 on Saturday and upsetting No. 1 ranked Stanford, 6-3, in the semifinals Sunday.

In Cal's win over Indiana, 13 different players scored, led by four goals by junior Colette Glinkowski. Glinkowski also led the Bears with three goals in the victory over San Diego State and freshman Brenna Fleener and Glinkowski had three goals apiece versus San Jose State. In the upset of Stanford, Glinkowski was again Cal's big scorer as she had five goals. Freshman Julia Cesnik had the Bears other score against the Cardinal. Glinkowski has already scored 15 goals for the Bears this season.

In the championship match, Cal and USC were tied 1-1 at halftime, but the Bears were outscored 3-1 in the third period and were not able to recover, despite outscoring the Trojans, 1-0, in the fourth period. A big difference in the match was USC going 4-for-4 on 6-on-5 man-up advantage, whereas the Bear were only 1-of-5 on man-up advantage. Senior captain Melanie vonHartitzsch led Cal with two goals and Fleener tallied the other goal for the Bears. Goalie Evi Schueller had six saves for Cal.

"The scoring on the 6-on-5 was the difference in the championship game," said assistant coach Steve Doten. "It was still a fairly positive weekend and I think we learned a lot of things that will help us in our future games."

California 2 1 1 2 -- 6 Stanford 1 1 0 1 -- 3

California Goals: Glinkowski 5, Cesnik.

Saves: Schueller (Cal) 6.

USC 0 1 3 0 -- 4 California 0 1 1 1 -- 3

California Goals: vonHartitzsch 2, Fleener.

Saves: Schueller (Cal) 6.