Cal Men's Water Polo Falls to UC Irvine, 13-12, in MPSF Semifinal
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  11/24/2007

Nov. 24, 2007

BERKELEY, CALIF. - UC Irvine's Cole Bielskis scored a goal with 1:49 left in regulation that proved to be the match-winner as the Anteaters upended Cal, 13-12, Saturday afternoon in the semifinals of the MPSF Tournament at Spieker Aquatics Complex. The Golden Bears' Michael Sharf scored with one second left in the match, but his shot was waved-off after an offensive foul was called on Sharf. With the loss, Cal dropped to 25-4 and will now play Stanford, a 10-6 loser to USC in the other semifinal, in the tournament's third-place match at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25. The Anteaters, who entered the tournament as the fifth-seed, improved to 14-10 and will play USC at 4 p.m. Sunday for the tournament title.

UC Irvine was bolstered by senior Tim Hutten's match-high five goals, and a 5-1 advantage in the third period that put the Anteaters up, 10-8, entering the final quarter. After Bielskis scored a goal with 5:43 left in the match to give UC Irvine its biggest lead at 11-8, Cal mounted a comeback. The Bears rattled off three straight points on goals from sophomore Spencer Warden (5:13), junior Trent Calder (4:27) and senior Sharf (3:49, five-meter penalty shot) to tie the contest, 11-11. Hutten countered with his fifth goal of the match at 3:17, only to see Sharf score again on a five-meter penalty shot with 3:06 remaining for a 12-12 tie.

Sharf led the Bears with four goals, and Calder, Jeff Tyrrell and Zac Monsees added two goals apiece. Senior goalie Mark Sheredy finished with nine saves, including blocking a five-meter penalty shot in the second period.

Other second round matches Saturday included UCLA defeating Long Beach State, 13-9 in overtime, and UC Santa Barbara defeating Pepperdine, 8-7. Long Beach State now plays Pepperdine at 11 a.m. in the seventh-place match and UCLA plays UC Santa Barbara at 12:30 p.m. in the fifth-place match on Sunday, Nov. 25 at Spieker Aquatics Complex.


UC Irvine 13, California 12

UC Irvine 1 4 5 3 - 13

California 4 3 1 4 - 12

Goals -

UC Irvine - Tim Hutten 5, Brandon Johnson 3, Colin Mello 2, Cole Bielskis 2, Jamie Frank.

California - Michael Sharf 4, Trent Calder 2, Jeff Tyrrell 2, Zac Monsees 2, Vladislav Andreyev, Spencer Warden.

Saves -

UC Irvine - Matt Garcia 6.

California - Mark Sheredy 9.

Records: UC Irvine 14-10; California 25-4


UCLA 13, Long Beach State 9 OT

Long Beach State 0 2 5 1 1 0 - 9

UCLA 1 1 4 2 3 2 - 13

Goals -

Long Beach State - Ashley Blythen 2, Reid Tomassi 2, Travis Buchanan, Nick Korsgaden, Jeff Greenwood, Joe Sherrin, Sean Greiner.

UCLA - Krsto Sbutega 4, Scott Davidson 2, Justin Johnson 2, Marco Santos 2, Cameron Smith, Matthew Jacobs, Kevin Kuga.

Saves -

Long Beach State - Steve MacKenzie 6.

UCLA - Chay Lapin 14.

Records: UCLA 20-7, Long Beach State 19-14

NOTES: UCLA outscored Long Beach State, 5-1, in the two, three-minute overtime periods on the way to a 13-9 victory. The Bruins, who rebounded from a sudden-death loss to UC Irvine on Friday, were led by Krsto Sbutega's four goals, including two goals in the overtime periods. UCLA goalie, Chay Lapin, was also stellar, recording 14 saves. The 49ers were paced by two goals apiece from Ashley Blythen and Reid Tomassi. A Tomassi goal with 2:51 in the fourth period gave Long Beach State an 8-7 lead, but UCLA's Justin Johnson sent the match into overtime with a goal with 2:31 left in regulation. The Bruins will now play UC Santa Barbara in the fifth-place match on Sunday, Nov. 25 at 12:30 p.m. Long Beach State will face Pepperdine in the seventh-place match at 11 a.m. Sunday.


UC Santa Barbara 8, Pepperdine 7

UC Santa Barbara 3 2 2 1 - 8

Pepperdine 3 2 2 0 - 7

Goals -

UC Santa Barbara - Zsombor Vincze 3, Milos Golic 2, Jesse Tootell, Ross Sinclair, Miles Price.

Pepperdine - Adam Hewko 2, Clayton Snyder 2, Grant Miller, J.P. MacDonell, Caleb Hamilton.

Saves -

UC Santa Barbara - Rick Wright 8.

Pepperdine - Jack Curley 6, Travis Stachowski 1.

Records: UC Santa Barbara 19-13; Pepperdine 26-10

NOTES: UC Santa Barbara sophomore utility Zsombor Vincze scored the game-winning goal at 6:21 in the fourth quarter to lift the Gauchos to victory. Vincze had three goals in the winning effort. Two Pepperdine players scored two goals each, junior attacker Adam Hewko and sophomore center Clayton Snyder. The match saw seven ties and six lead changes with neither team leading by more than a single goal before a winner was decided. Next, Pepperdine takes on Long Beach State in the seventh-place match tomorrow at 11 a.m. The Gauchos will face UCLA in the fifth-place match thereafter.


USC 10, Stanford 6

Stanford 1 1 0 4 - 6

USC 3 2 5 0 - 10

Goals -

Stanford - Janson Wigo 2, Ryan Fortune, Andrew Drake, Will Hindle-Katel, Chris Jacobson.

USC - Matt Sagehorn 3, Tommy Corcoran 2, Drew Vyn, J.W. Krumpholz, Shea Buckner, Gabor Sarusi, Devon Borisoff.

Saves -

Stanford - Sandy Hohener 6.

USC - Adam Shilling 5.

Records: USC 17-2; Stanford 17-7

NOTES: USC advanced to the MPSF Tournament championship match with a 10-6 victory over Stanford, led by Matt Sagehorn's three goals and two goals by Tommy Corcoran. The Trojans held a 5-2 lead at halftime, and then shutout the Cardinal, 5-0, to coast to the 10-6 win. Stanford did outscore USC, 4-0, in the final period, but it was too little, too late. The Cardinal were led by Janson Wigo's two goals, and will now face Cal in the MPSF Tournament third-place match at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25, while USC will play UC Irvine at 4 p.m. for the 2007 MPSF Tournament title and an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, Dec. 1-2 at Stanford's Avery Aquatic Center.

Nov. 23 MPSF Championship Results

Cal 11, Long Beach State 7 USC 10. UC Santa Barbara 7 Stanford 7, Pepperdine 4 UC Irvine 10, UCLA 9 SDOT

Nov. 24 MPSF Championship Results

UCLA 13, Long Beach State 9 OT UC Santa Barbara 8, Pepperdine 7 UC Irvine 13, California 12 USC 10, Stanford 6

Nov. 25 MPSF Championship Schedule

11 a.m. Long Beach State vs. Pepperdine Seventh Place 12:30 p.m. UC Santa Barbara vs. UCLA Fifth Place 2 p.m. Stanford vs. California Third Place 4 p.m. UC Irvine vs. USC Championship