Bears look to start year strong in scrimmages at Spieker

The No. 3 Bears will have their first chance to test the effects of their summer training when they open their season in the Golden Bear Invitational at Spieker Aquatics Center this weekend. The matches will be considered scrimmages and therefore will not contribute to the team’s season record. The Bears open the invitational Saturday at 9:30 a.m. against a squad of Cal alumni.
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The Bears will face off against Princeton and St. Francis, among other schools, at this weekend's Princeton Invtational

Year to fill gaps for Bears

There was more than a little disappointment when the Cal men’s water polo team ended its season with a 7-6 overtime loss to UCLA in the MPSF semifinals last November after the Bears’ second season in a row ended in an overtime loss to a top-3 opponent. After spending most of the season ranked as one of the top three teams in the country, the Bears missed out on the opportunity to play in the NCAA tournament at Spieker Aquatics Center in Berkeley.
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Expectations can only go so far

Luka and Aleksa Saponjic’s parents flew out from Serbia for a match that will never happen. The brothers were supposed to play their first and only championship match together as anchors on opposite sides of the offense. But one goal in one game reversed their team’s fate. The Cal men’s
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Bears championship dream drowns in early exit

The Cal men’s water polo team didn’t know that its last practice would actually be its last practice. One week ago, the team took to the Spieker Aquatics pool for final drills before flying to Los Angeles for the MPSF tournament. The players knew that they’d be back to train
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Senior attacker Zach Greenwood scored a goal in Cal’s opening round match against UC Irvine in the MPSF Tournament on Friday.

Bears season cut short at MPSF Tournament

Luka Saponjic could have saved the game. With 27 seconds left in the final overtime period of Saturday’s 7-6 loss, the senior attacker posted up close to the goal with the ball in his left hand. From his position Saponjic had a chance to score. It was the MPSF semifinal
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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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