Saturday, April 19 5 p.m. PT - No. 4 Cal (17-6, 2-3 MPSF) at No. 1 Stanford (19-1, 5-0) Avery Aquatic Center - Stanford, Calif.
BERKELEY – The No. 4 Cal women’s water polo team closes out the 2014 regular season Saturday with the annual Big Splash at No. 1 Stanford. The match begins at 5 p.m. and will be televised by the Pac-12 Networks. Jason Knapp and Chris Dorst are on the call.
Bears Locked Into 4-5 Game Of MPSF Tournament Regardless of results around the conference this week, Cal will be either the No. 4 or No. 5 seed in next week’s Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament at USC. The Bears will play a first-round game Friday, April 25 against either San Jose State or Arizona State at 2:30 p.m. A Cal win over Stanford or a San Jose State victory over Cal State Bakersfield will clinch the No. 4 spot for the Bears. Cal will play San Jose State if the Spartans win and Arizona State if San Jose State loses.
Freshmen Lead The Way Much of the Bears’ offensive production this season is coming from freshmen, as their top three scorers are all first-year players, and they each rank among the top-12 in the MPSF. Dora Antal paces the MPSF with a 3.15 goal average (63 overall) while Roser Tarrago is sixth in the conference at 2.18 goals per game. Anna Illes, who is second on the team in goals with 42, is 12th in the MPSF in goal average at 1.83. Illes has been Cal’s leader or co-leader in goals scored in six of the past eight matches. Overall, the trio has accounted for 48 percent of the Bears’ scoring this season, and 57 percent have come from the entire freshmen class.
Assaulting The Record Books This season is causing some serious revisions to the Cal record book. Freshman Dora Antal ranks third on the school’s freshman single-season scoring list with 63 goals, a mark that also is tied for ninth-best all-time overall. Antal needs just three goals to move into second place on the freshman single-season list. Meanwhile, Anna Illes has moved past teammate Ashley Young into sole possesion of sixth place on the freshman single-season scoring list, while Roser Tarrago’s 37 goals ranks eighth in that category. Antal and Tarrago each have two six-goal games this season, which is tied for third on Cal’s single-game scoring list. Meanwhile, senior Ashley Young has moved into the school’s top-10 list in career scoring, tying for 10th with 128 goals.
The Big Splash The Bears have lost 36 in a row against the Cardinal and are 19-45 all-time versus Stanford. The Cardinal defeated Cal 14-8 earlier this season in the Third Place Game of the UC Irvine Invitational. Cal’s last win over Stanford came on March 26, 2000.
About Stanford The Cardinal features a balanced offense with five players tallying over 30 goals. Junior Kiley Neushul leads the way 41 goals and a 2.05 average, which ranks seventh in the MPSF.
Last Time Out The Bears dropped a road game at No. 6 Arizona State, 6-5. Dora Antal and Roser Tarrago each had two goals to lead Cal.