Men's Water Polo Weekly Release

No. 1 Cal and No. 2 USC 4-0 to Begin Season


Sept. 8, 2008

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CALIFORNIA (4-0 overall, 0-0 MPSF) won all four games at the Navy Open to start the '08 season, defeating Johns Hopkins (18-4), No. 12 St. Francis (10-6), No. 10 Navy (13-4), and Bucknell (18-6). The back-to-back national champion Bears are 19-0 in five years of competition at the Navy Open, outscoring this year's field 59-20. Senior Frank Reynolds posted 11 goals in the two-day event, while sophomore Jacob McIntosh totaled 34 saves in three games, including a career-high 15 against St. Francis. Cal is off until the NorCal Tournament Sept. 20-21.

USC (4-0 overall, 0-0 MPSF) also delivered a 4-0 start, claiming the UC San Diego Invitational. The Trojans picked up wins against Claremont (28-2) and No. 13 Pacific (10-2), followed by overtime decisions against No. 8 Loyola Marymount (10-9 sudden-victory) and No. 7 Pepperdine (7-6). Junior JW Krumpholz nailed the sudden-goal to edge the Lions, while junior Matt Sagehorn scored in OT for the title against the Waves. USC returns to action this week for two non-league games, Friday at LMU and the home opener Saturday vs. Long Beach State.

PEPPERDINE (3-1 overall, 0-0 MPSF) won three of four at the UCSD Invitational to start the season. The No. 7 Waves totaled 55 goals, topping Pomona-Pitzer (22-10), No. 11 UC Davis (13-5), No. 9 Long Beach State (14-8), before a near upset in the championship vs. No. 2 USC in overtime (7-6). Senior Grant Miller and junior JP MacDonell each totaled 11 goals in four games, while senior Jack Curley tallied a pair of 10-save outings. The Waves visit third-place finisher Loyola Marymount Saturday (Sept. 13). Pepperdine has won the last five meetings.

LONG BEACH STATE (2-2 overall, 0-0 MPSF) placed fourth in the UCSD Invitational with wins over Redlands (16-7) and the host No. 14 Tritons (11-8) on Saturday, and losses to No. 7 Pepperdine (14-8) and No. 8 Loyola Marymount (12-8) on Sunday. Senior Kevin vanHaaster posted a hat trick vs. UCSD and junior Derek Weibe-Bailey totaled 38 saves in four games. The 49ers visit No. 2 USC Saturday in a non-conference game.

UC SANTA BARBARA (2-2 overall, 0-0 MPSF) split four games at the UC San Diego Invitational en route to a sixth-place finish. Saturday, the Gauchos routed Cal Lutheran (22-5) and fell to No. 8 Loyola Marymount (11-8). Sunday, UCSB picked up its second win against No. 13 Pacific (9-6) before coming up short vs. the host Tritons (12-11). Senior Milos Golic combined for 10 weekend goals. Senior Miles Price scored four goals vs. Pacific. The Gauchos' home opener is Friday (Sept. 12) with UC Davis.

PACIFIC (1-3 overall, 0-0 MPSF) picked up its first win Saturday for new head coach James Graham, a 9-7 decision over No. 16 Air Force at the UC San Diego Invite. The 13th-ranked Tigers received three goals each from senior William Milcovich, junior Joey Rossi, and junior Grant Hollis. Senior Brian Domecus recorded 13 saves in this game. Pacific dropped its next three contests to No. 2 USC (10-2), No. 6 UC Santa Barbara (9-6), and No. 11 UC Davis (10-5), leading to eighth place. Pacific competes in the Inland Empire Tournament this weekend.

STANFORD (0-0 overall, 0-0 MPSF) takes on John Hopkins Friday (Sept. 12) in Princeton, N.J, to begin the season. The Cardinal will also face Navy, Princeton, Brown, and Bucknell throughout the weekend.

UCLA (0-0 overall, 0-0 MPSF) begins its season by visiting UC Irvine Saturday in non-conference action.

UC IRVINE (0-0 overall, 0-0 MPSF) opens its season Saturday, hosting UCLA in a non-league contest.

REYNOLDS AND DENNERLEY MPSF MOLTEN PLAYERS OF THE WEEK Woodland, Calif. - California senior attacker Frank Reynolds (Santa Ana, CA/ Vista College) recorded a team-high 11 goals in four Cal wins during the Navy Open to begin the season. He contributed a hat trick in the Bears' closest game, a 10-6 win over No. 12 St. Francis. Reynolds added four assists, three steals, three ejections earned, and two blocks over the weekend....USC freshman goalkeeper Joel Dennerley (New South Wales, Australia/Lake Ginninderra College) led the Trojans to the UCSD Invite Championship in his first collegiate weekend. He totaled 33 saves, allowing just 15 goals in 3 games. He did not allow a goal in his first-ever appearance Saturday, while stopping 10 shots.

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