March 6, 2009


Courtesy of Cal

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – The No. 7 California women’s water polo team handily defeated Cal Lutheran, 17-5, on Friday morning at the Samuelson Aquatics Center on the CLU campus in the opening game of the Cal Luther Spring Water Polo Tournament. The Golden Bears improve to 16-3 overall while the Regals fall to 3-4. Next up, Cal plays Villanova at 1:30 p.m. on Friday.


Freshman driver Lauren Barron paced Cal with four goals, which were the first four goals of her Golden Bears. Junior driver Meghan Corso, freshman driver Emily Csikos, junior utility Camille Hewko and sophomore utility Coral Kemp each added two goals.


In the first quarter, the Bears scored four goals, matching their performance in the entirety of the game against No. 2 USC on Feb. 28. Cal tacked on five goals in the second and only allowed three first-half Regal goals to take a 9-3 lead into the halftime break. The Bears outscored the Regals, 4-1, in the third and fourth stanzas, to take the game, 17-5.


Score by period 1          2          3          4          F

CLU                  1          2          1          1          5

No. 7 Cal           4          5          4          4          17


CLU goals: Bentz 2, Cyprian 1, Bergemann 1, Butte 1
Cal goals: Lauren Barron 4, Emily Csikos 2, Meghan Corso 2, Camille Hewko 2, Coral Kemp 2, Libby McLaren 1, Julie Oreglia 1, Stephanie Schnugg 1, Erin Scully 1, Athina Vazeos 1


No. 7 Bears Breeze By Villanova, 16-2


THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – The No. 7 California women’s water polo team rendered Villanova scoreless for three periods of play to defeat the Wildcats, 16-2, on Friday afternoon at the Samuelson Aquatics Center on the Cal Lutheran campus. The Golden Bears have two wins in this weekend’s Cal Lutheran tournament under their belt and are now 17-3 overall and an amazing 16-2 in tournament play in 2009 while ‘Nova falls to 0-8.


The Bears built an early, six-goal lead in the first quarter and extended it five goals in the second stanza. The Cal defense faltered slightly in the third period, only tacking on one goal but still shutting out the Wildcats to bring the score to 12-0.


Villanova finally got on the board in the final eight minutes with a late two scores. Cal scored four times in the fourth quarter to distance itself further and to finish the game ahead, 16-2.


Emily Csikos, Meghan Corso, Stephanie Schnugg, Lauren Barron, Kealy McLain each scored two goals. Lauren Burke and Elizabeth Layton split time in goal, grabbing eight and three saves, respectively.


The Bears take a break from the tournament slate with a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation game on Saturday at No. 3 UCLA at 1 p.m. at Sunset Canyon Recreation Center in Los Angeles. On Sunday, March 8, Cal returns to Thousand Oaks, Calif., for two more games – Redlands at 11 a.m. and Pomona-Pitzer at 2:45 p.m.


Score by period 1          2          3          4          F

Villanova           0          0          0          2          2

No. 7 Cal           6          5          1          4          16


Villanova goals: Melley, Stype
Cal goals: Emily Csikos 2, Meghan Corso 2, Stephanie Schnugg 2, Lauren Barron 2, Kealy McLain 2, Remy Champion 1, Libby McLaren 1, Laura Wood 1, Camille Hewko 1, Jillian Chiapuzio 1, Georgi Cappelletti 1
Cal saves: Lauren Burke 8, Elizabeth Layton 3