BERKELEY – It is a rarity for the Cal men’s water polo program to have true freshmen make an immediate impact, but such was the case this season as Chandler Jarrels-Stickney and Thomas Carroll were both major contributors during their first year on Kirk Everist’s squad.
Jarrels-Stickney (Seal Beach, Calif.) tallied 16 goals in 25 matches, while Carroll (Novato, Calif.) notched 15 goals in 26 matches. The pair also contributed on the defensive end with Carroll collecting 14 steals with four field blocks and Jarrels-Stickney finishing with nine steals and five field blocks. At the 2013 MPSF Tournament, Carroll produced two goals in the second-round victory over UC Irvine, and Jarrels-Stickney had a goal in the fifth-place match versus Long Beach State.
Beyond what the two freshmen were able to accomplish in their first season of collegiate water polo, they have also laid the groundwork for future success with the Golden Bears. Jarrels-Stickney and Carroll recently discussed their experiences playing collegiate water polo and attending the nation’s No. 1 public university – the University of California.