Bears Host Brown, San Jose State and No. 1 Cardinal
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Release:  03/06/2001

March 6, 2001

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UCLA IN REVIEW: The California women's water polo team (5-5, 0-1 MPSF) fell to the Bruins, March 3, at their home-opener at the Spieker Aquatics Complex, March 3. UCLA scored on the first possession of the game, yet two minutes later junior Brenna Fleener responded with a goal. Heather Petri put the Bears up 2-1, scoring on a man-up advantage, while Fana Fuqua recorded three saves in the first quarter. At the start of the second, UCLA tied the game on their first possession. Fuqua tallied one more save before UCLA scored with 33 seconds left in the half, putting the Bruins up 3-2. On their first possession of the second half, the Bears set the ball to Ericka Lorenz, who scored on a quick backhand. Julie Arnold and Brenna Fleener added another goal, putting the Bears up 5-3. UCLA's Coralie Simmons brought the Bruins to within one, scoring with 53 seconds left in the third after having a man-up advantage. UCLA started the fourth quarter with a goal, tying the game, 5-5, on a counter attack. UCLA scored twice more, putting the game out of reach for the Bears, 7-5. Fuqua held off the Bruin attack the best she could, blocking two goals in the fourth quarter.

A LOOK AT BROWN: The No. 13-ranked Brown Bears (7-1-0) recently defeated No. 14 Umass, 8-7, in the first game of their host tournament last week. Brown went on to defeat George Washington and Dartmouth, before defeating Queens College, 8-1, for the title. The Brown Bears face Umass again, March 6, before traveling to the West Coast to take on Cal, March 8.

A LOOK AT SAN JOSE STATE: The No. 5-ranked San Jose State Spartans (7-6, 1-1 MPSF) recently lost, 10-6, to USC, March 3, at their home Aquatics Center. Last time Cal and SJSU met, Cal came away with an 8-3 victory at the NorCal tournament, held at Stanford, Feb. 11. The Spartans take on the Bears, March 9, before traveling to Pacifc, March 10. The Spartans are 3-5 in road contests this year. Inna Fedoseyeva, Christine Welsh and Neva West are the top scorers for the Spartans. Fedoseyeva leads the team with 20 on the season.

A LOOK AT NO. 1 STANFORD: The undefeated Stanford Cardinal (12-0, 1-0 MPSF), won the NorCal tournament, Feb. 11, with a 7-6 win over UCLA, then the Cardinal defeated the Bruins again, 10-7, for the title at the UCSB tournament, Feb. 25. Against teams ranked No. 2-4 in the country, Stanford is 5-0. Cal fell to the Cardinal, Feb. 11, at the NorCal tournament, 8-3.

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 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 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 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 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.