No. 3 Cal Men's Water Polo Powers Past No. 2 Stanford, 9-5
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  10/01/2005

Oct. 1, 2005

BERKELEY, CALIF. - Led by junior John Mann's four goals and outstanding goalie play from senior Nate Bennett, the No. 3-ranked California men's water polo team (8-1, 1-0) upended No. 2-ranked Stanford (7-2, 1-1), 9-5, Saturday in a MPSF match at Spieker Aquatics Complex. In the league-opener for Cal, the Golden Bears had an impressive offensive and defensive attack. Besides Mann's four goals, Marty Matthies, Michael Sharf, Andrija Vasiljevic, Jeff Tyrrell and Mike Hayes tallied scores for Cal, and Bennett finished with nine saves.

The Bears started the match off well, with Matthies opening the scoring with a goal at 6:28 in the first period. Mann then tallied his first of four goals with 4:48 in the first quarter on a 6-5 man-up advantage when freshman Shea Buckner forced a Stanford kickout. The Cardinal got on the board with 3:41 in the first period on a two-meter goal by Michael Bury, but Cal's Michael Sharf countered with a water bounced shot past Stanford goalie Sandy Hohener to give the Bears a 3-1 lead with 2:53 in the first. William Hindle-Katel got the Cardinal within 3-2 with a two-meter goal with 2:39 in the opening period.

Cal took control of the match in the second period, outscoring Stanford, 3-0. Vasiljevic had an outstanding shot off a counter-attack with 5:39 in the period, and Tyrrell and Hayes tacked on scores with 3:26 and 1:28 left in the half, respectively.

The Bears maintained their advantage the rest of the way as both teams scored three goals in the second half. J.J. Garton had a flip shot over Cal's two-meter defense with 4:53 in the third to get the Cardinal within 6-3, but Mann scored back-to-back goals and 2:45 in the third and 4:57 in the fourth to put the Bears up, 8-3. Peter Varellas scored with 3:30 left in the match for Stanford, Mann again countered with a goal for Cal with a long shot from about seven meters, and Hindle-Katel concluded the day's scoring with one second left for the final, 9-5, margin.

Cal will next host No. 20 UC Santa Cruz and Santa Clara in a doubleheader beginning at 10 a.m., Sunday, Oct. 2 at Spieker Aquatics Complex.

Stanford 2 0 1 2 - 5
California 3 3 1 2 - 9

Stanford GOALS: Hindle-Katel 2, Bury, Garton, Varellas CAL GOALS: Mann 4, Hayes, Matthies, Sharf, Tyrrell, Vasiljevic

GOALIE SAVES: Bennett (Cal) 9; Hohener (Stan) 8