Sophomore attacker Collin Smith notched a hat trick in Saturday's Big Splash.

Cal defense overwhelms Stanford in Big Splash

It was supposed to be a close game. Heading into Saturday’s match against No. 4 Stanford in Stanford, Calif., the No. 3 Cal men’s water polo team predicted a one-goal margin decided late in the game. After all, that was how the previous two matchups between the rivals ended: in
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Cal invades Stanford for Big Splash

Helicopters hovered miles above campus late Tuesday night as the No. 3 Cal men’s water polo team ran 6-on-5 drills. The noise from the rotors cut harshly through the air, forcing coaches and players to raise their voices a few decibels higher just to be heard above the din. Beyond
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Bears break late tie to beat Tigers

There is something about No. 7 Pacific that continues to threaten top-ranked teams. The Tigers (14-11, 1-5 MPSF) remain firmly planted in the bottom half of the conference. They haven’t won many conference games, but they still boast a potent offense that bursts into every game. “They deserve to be, not
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Bears stress defense for Pacific match

If it wasn’t for five goals in the fourth quarter, the No. 3 Cal men’s water polo team would have lost to No. 8 Pacific in the second round of the SoCal Invitational. As it is, the Bears (17-3, 5-1) scraped off an 11-9 victory in the final minutes of
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Eye on the prize

National Player of the Year Ivan Rackov hates being slighted. His thirst to prove himself carried him from Serbia to become one of America’s best athletes.

It all came down to a rule. In 2005, when Ivan Rackov was 16, the Water Polo Association of Serbia reconfigured its age groups for tournament eligibility, and by technical error Rackov’s generation didn’t fit with any eligible group. For the next year, Rackov’s club team didn’t compete. Since his
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Cal pumps up second half against Irvine

It was hard to tell if that first goal of the day came as a surprise to the No. 4 Cal men’s water polo team. Either way, less than two minutes into the first quarter, the ball sailed past Cal’s goalie into the back of the net, giving one of
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Bears cross MPSF chasm for weekend match

In the world of collegiate men’s water polo, there is a wide chasm that splits the MPSF. The mere spectator, overly reliant on stats and rankings, wouldn’t even know it existed. After all, the MPSF is the nation’s most cutthroat conference, and all nine teams have held a top-10 slot
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