BERKELEY – On its Senior Day, the Cal men’s water polo team produced a dominating performance, defeating No. 9-ranked UC Irvine, 17-4, Sunday (Nov. 17) at Spieker Aquatics Complex in the final home match of the 2013 season. Kirk Everist’s squad was led by sophomore Colin Mulcahy’s four goals, while seniors Collin Smith, Hunter Gettelfinger and Giacomo Cupido tallied three goals apiece. Junior Aleksa Saponjic also had three goals and senior goalie Michael Boggan finished nine saves.
Another senior, Scott Siegel, joined the scoring list with a goal with 41 seconds left in the match as the Golden Bears improved to 16-6 overall and 4-3 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. Cal will next play in the Big Splash at Stanford on Saturday, Nov. 23 at the Avery Aquatics Center (time TBA).
The contest was close for the first period as the Bears owned a 2-1 lead on goals by Mulcahy and Saponjic. Then Cal turned on the pressure, outscoring the Anteaters, 5-3, in the second quarter, and shutting out UC Irvine, 10-0, in the second half.
"It was a very good team effort today," said Everist. "Our squad was ready and our defense was excellent. Michael Boggan had a great day in the cage as well."
Following the Big Splash, the Bears will enter the MPSF Tournament, Nov. 29-Dec. 1 in Stockton.
UC Irvine 1 3 0 0 – 4
California 2 5 4 6 – 17
UC Irvine: Bojan Hrlec 2, Jared Osborn, Pablo Carbello.
Cal: Colin Mulcahy 4, Aleksa Saponjic 3, Hunter Gettelfinger 3, Giacomo Cupido 3, Collin Smith 3, Scott Siegel.
Saves: Dylan Peterson (UC Irvine) 8; Michael Boggan (Cal) 9, Peter O’Laughlin 1.