No. 1 Bears Visit No. 14 San Jose State
SUNDAY, NOV. 6
NO. 1 CAL AT NO. 14 SAN JOSE STATE | SRAC POOL | SAN JOSE, CALIF. | LIVE STATS
The No. 1 Cal men's water polo stays local this week with a visit to No. 14 San Jose State on Sunday. The Bears came from behind to defeat No. 1 UCLA last week in overtime, 10-9, earning back the No. 1 spot in this week's CWPA poll. With the win, Cal also clinched the No. 1 seed in the MPSF Tournament later this month. San Jose State hosted No. 10 UC Santa Barbara last week, falling to the Gauchos, 14-8. The Spartans will host No. 7 Long Beach State on Saturday before facing the Bears.
WEINBERG NAMED MPSF PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Junior goalkeeper Adrian Weinberg was named MPSF Player of the Week on Oct. 31 after his performance in Cal's overtime win at No. 1 UCLA. Weinberg recorded 14 saves and four steals in the effort, leading a defense that held the Bruins scoreless for 16 minutes 17 seconds to help Cal erase an 8-5 deficit and force overtime. This was the second week in a row that a Cal player earned the honor after sophomore attacker Max Casabella received the nod the week prior.
Center Nikolaos Papanikolaou won the Cutino Award as the top player in NCAA water polo last season while also taking home ACWPC National Player of the Year honors, and he hasn't slowed down this season. Papanikolaou ranks fifth in the MPSF with 45 goals after winning the conference scoring championship last year with 68 goals. The three-time All-American also leads the conference with 59 earned exclusions and is in the top-10 in steals and field blocks.
Goalie Adrian Weinberg was an ACWPC Second Team All-American last season and is coming off a summer playing with the U.S. National Team. Weinberg saw time for Team USA at both the FINA World Championships and FINA World League Super Final, and is back in Berkeley as arguably the top returning goalie in the nation. Weinberg is second in the MPSF with 156 saves.
MORE THAN A SUPPORTING CAST
Nikolaos Papanikolaou was the National Player of the Year last season, but the Bears feature extensive depth and talent that led them to the NCAA crown in 2021. Along with Papanikolaou and Weinberg, ACWPC First Team All-American Jack Deely, who led the MPSF in points and assists last season, is also back in Berkeley. Roberto Valera, the 2021 MPSF Newcomer of the Year, also returns along with fellow ACWPC Second Team All-American Max Casabella. Cal features 10 players who scored at least 10 goals last year.
CAL TO HOST 2022 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP
Cal's Spieker Aquatics Complex will host the 2022 NCAA Championship on Dec. 3-4. The Bears last hosted the NCAA Championship in 2016, when they defeated USC in overtime in the national championship game. More details - including ticket information - will be announced at a later date.
EVERIST HITS BENCHMARK
Cal head coach Kirk Everist reached a milestone last season when he notched his 400th career win in the Bears' 11-9 victory over San Jose State. Now in his 21st season, Everist features an overall record of 424-128 (.768). Everist won his third career ACWPC National Coach of the Year award last year and third MPSF Coach of the Year accolade.