Sept. 7, 2012
PRINCETON, N.J. -
PRINCETON, N.J. -Lead by junior Collin Smith's eight goals in two matches, No. 3-ranked Cal men's water polo team has started off the 2012 season 2-0 with victories over No. 20 St. Francis (16-3) and No. 13 Princeton (16-4) Friday (Sept. 7) at the Princeton Invitational. The Golden Bears' victory over the Princeton Tigers was shown live on ESPNU.
Smith paced Cal by scoring four goals in each of Friday's victories, and added four steals as the Bears outscored their eastern opponents, 32-7. Senior captain Marin Balarin was also a top performer on Friday, scoring three goals apiece against St. Francis and Princeton. In all, 11 different players scored for the Bears in the two contests.
Cal was paced by senior goalie and team captain Justin Parsons as well. Parson had nine saves in three periods versus the Terriers, and notched six saves in three quarters versus the Tigers.
Other notable performances for the Bears Friday were sophomore Aleksa Saponjic, a bronze medalist with Serbia at the 2012 London Olympics, dishing out six assists; while junior Hunter Gettlefinger finished with five steals in the two matches.
Cal will next face Harvard at 11:45 a.m. (ET) and Bucknell at 7:15 p.m. (ET) on Saturday during day two of the Princeton Invitational. The Bears concluded their eastern trip with a 9:45 a.m. (ET) match versus MIT on Sunday.
California 4 4 4 4 - 16
Princeton 1 1 2 0 - 4
Princeton Goals: Drew Hoffenberg, Kurt Buckinder, Matt Weber, Billy Tifft
California 3 3 5 5 - 16
St. Francis 1 1 0 1 - 3
St. Francis Goals: Jacob Barashick, Vuk Vujosevic, Marko Genic
California Saves: Justin Parsons 9 (three quarters)