No. 1 Cal Crusies By No. 13 Santa Clara
Sept. 5, 2010
Courtesy of Cal
BERKELEY,CA -The No. 1-ranked California men's water polo team scored on its first possession with senior captain Brian Dudley netting a goal with 7:30 in the first period and never looked back, topping No. 13 Santa Clara, 14-5, Sunday (Sept. 5) at Spieker Aquatics Complex. The Golden Bears were led by junior Cory Nasoff's three goals and two goals apiece from senior Zach White, junior college transfer Matt Golden (West Valley College) and freshman Matt Bergeson to improve to 2-0 on the year.
Cal was also paced by freshman Giacomo Cupido's five steals and four assists from junior standout Ivan Rackov. Rackov and Cupido also scored goals for the Bears, along with juniors Charlie Steffens and Luka Saponjic, the give Cal 14 goals for the second time in its first two matches. The Bears had defeated UC Davis, 14-4, on Saturday.
The closest the Broncos got to Cal was 4-2 after the first period and 6-3 at half, before the Bears went on a 5-0 run in the third period to put the match out of reach, 11-3. Cal finished with an impressive 22 steals on the day. Santa Clara had a strong performance by junior goalie Michael Wishart, who finished with 12 saves.
The top-ranked Bears will have next weekend off before hosting the top teams in the nation during the NorCal Invitational, Sept. 18-19, at Spieker Aquatics Complex. The bracket for the NorCal Invitational will be based on the national rankings that will come out next week.