Cal Men's Water Polo Falls to Stanford in MPSF First Round

Bears lose 10-5 to Bay Area Rival in Conference Tournament.

November 27, 1998

NEWPORT BEACH, CA - The No. 5 ranked University of California men's water polo team (11-11) lost to No. 4 ranked and Bay Area rival Stanford (18-6), 10-5, in the opening round of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament in Newport Beach, CA.

The Cardinal jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first quarter and was able to hold off the Bears as Stanford advances to the championship semifinal against No. 1 ranked USC (who had defeated Long Beach State, 6-5). The Cardinal were led by Brian Heifferon's three goals, and two goals from David Hay. Stanford goalie Chris Aguilera had five saves as the Cardinal only allowed two goals in the second half, outscoring Cal, 4-2 in the contest's final 14 minutes.

The Bears were led by senior Ryan Flynn's three goals, and one goal apiece from sophomore Jerry Smith and freshman Spencer Dornin. Cal's senior goalie Peter Kiefer had four saves.

The Bears will next play Nov. 28 in the consolation semifinal, at either 9 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. versus Long Beach State (10-15).

Stanford 3 3 2 2 -- 10 California 0 3 1 1 -- 5

Stanford Goals: Heifferon 3, Hay 2, Joy, Lipinski, Rodelo, Skaalen, Walburger California Goals: Flynn 3, Dornin, Smith.

Saves: Aguilera (Stan) 5, Kiefer (Cal) 4.

Records: Stanford 18-6, California 11-11