Oct. 29, 2006
Berkeley, Calif. -
With 10 different players scoring, the No. 2 California men's water polo team defeated No. 7 UC Santa Barbara on Sunday at Spieker Aquatics Complex 19-6. UCSB falls to 16-11 overall and 1-3 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation while Cal improves to 21-3 and 4-1 in conference.
Cal got on the board first when Michael Sharf scored on a five-meter penalty shot with 3:50 left in the first period. The Gauchos answered back when Stefan Partelow was able the contest on a counterattack goal with 2:10 remaining in the first. The 1-1 tie was as close as UC Santa Barbara would get as the Bears went on a 5-0 run at the end of the first quarter and the beginning of the second period behind goals from senior Brian Bacharach, Jeff Tyrrell, Sharf, Marty Matthies and John Mann.
Cal had a 6-0 run, a 5-0 run, and scored seven goals during the fourth period, on the way to the 19-6 win. Other scorers for the Gauchos included two goals by Ross Sinclair and goals by Alex Young, Miles Price and Tamas Donauer. Goalie Rick Wright tallied seven saves.
Sharf led the Bears with three steals, juniors Mike Hayes and Zac Monsees paced Cal with three assists apiece, and Mann and senior center Brian Kinsel each had three ejections earned. Junior Adam Haley led the Bears with two field blocks. Cal was 19-for-29 on shots on goal, and was 4-for-5 on 6-on-5 advantages. The Bears held UCSB to 1-for-5 on man-up advantages.
The Gauchos return next weekend to host Long Beach State on Saturday before traveling South to Irvine on Sunday.
Scores by period
UC Santa Barbara: 1-2-2-1
Cal goals: Jeff Tyrrell 4, John Mann 3, Michael Sharf 3, Andrija Vasilijevic 2, Marty Matthies 2, Zac Monsees 1, Brian Bacharach 1, Spencer Warden 1, Mike Hayes 1, Scott Cruikshank 1