Cal Places Most Players Ever on All-Pac-10 First Team

Nov. 20, 2003

Berkeley, Calif. - With an NCAA Tournament first round clash against San Jose State looming on the Bears calender Friday, the Pac-10 awarded several players for their contributions on the regular season. Junior MF Mike Munoz, junior D Troy Roberts and junior F Carl Acosta all landed on the All-Pac-10 first team. The three first-team nods are the most Cal has ever received since joining the Pac-10 and was second to UCLA, which had five representatives.

The All-Pac-10 accolade was the third for Munoz, who also was Pac-10 Player of the Week (Sept. 30 - Oct. 5) this season. He is second on the team in goals, with three, and points, with 10. Roberts, who enjoys his second nod, has been the centerpiece of Cal's interior defense all season. For Acosta, this is his first acknoledgment as an All-Pac-10 first team player. He leads the Bears in goals, with nine, and points, with 20.

On the All-Pac-10 second team, junior D/MF Noah Merl received his first All-Pac-10 accolade. Merl has been a defensive presence all season in midfield and on the back line. His six points are also tied for fourth best on the team.

Sophomore MF Nick Hatzke, sohpomore GK Mike Oseguera, freshmen D/MF Steve Purdy and sophomore MF Tyson Wahl all received honorable mention.

Eight players received All-Pac-10 honors in all.

UCLA's Matt Taylor was awarded Pac-10 Player of the Year, while Oregon State's Robbie Findley and UCLA's Chad Barrett were named Pac-10 Co-Freshmen/Newcomers of the Year. UCLA's Tom Fitzgerald was named Pac-10 Coach of the Year in his second season.

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