No. 1 Bears go to the MPSF Championships


Cal opens Play Friday as a Top Seed

MPSF CHAMPIONSHIPS
AT UYTENGSU AQUATIC CENTER, LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA.

FRIDAY 11/18
NO. 1CAL VS. PENN STATE BEHREND | 9:30 a.m. PT
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SATURDAY 11/19
NO. 1CAL VS. open | 9:30 AM OR 1:00 PM PT
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SUNDAY 11. 20
NO. 1CAL VS. open | 9:30 AM OR 3:00 PM PT
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2022 MPSF CHAMPIONSHIPS SCHEDULE
FRIDAY 11/18

Game 1: No. 1 Cal vs. No. 8 Penn State Behrend, 9:30 a.m
Game 2: #2 Augustana vs. #7 Stanford, 11:15 a.m
Game 3: #3 UCLA.vs. No. 6 Washington & Jefferson, 1 p.m
Game 4: No. 4 Austin College vs. No. 5 USC, 2:45 p.m

SATURDAY 11/19
Game 5: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2, 9:30 am
Game 6: Loser Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4, 11:15 am
Game 7: Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2, 1 p.m
Game 8: Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4, 2:45 p.m

SUNDAY 11. 20
Game 9: Loser Game 5 vs. Loser Game 6 (Third Place East), 9:30 am
Game 10: Loser Game 7 vs. Loser Game 8 (West Third Place), 11:15 am
Game 11: Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6 (First Place East), 1:00 p.m
Game 12: Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8 (West First Place), 3pm

The nation’s top teams will converge this weekend at USC’s Uytengsu Aquatic Center for the 2022 MPSF Championships. The no. 1 Bears secured first place in the tournament after clinching the regular-season title with a 3-0 conference record for the second straight season. The winner of the tournament will receive automatic conference bid for the 2022 NCAA Championships hosted by Cal on December 3rd and 4th at the Spieker Aquatics Complex. Cal will open the tournament on Friday with a first round matchup against Penn State Behrend.

BEAR NEED

BEARS RECEIVE TOP MPSF HONORS
For the third year in a row, mid Nikolaos Papanikolaou was named MPSF Player of the Year and Kirk Everist was named MPSF Coach of the Year. Everist becomes the first coach in conference history to be named Coach of the Year three straight seasons, while Papanikolaou is the only player, along with Stanford’s Tony Azevedo (2001-04), to win the MPSF Player award three straight years of the year received.

CAL PLACES SEVEN ON THE ALL-MPSF TEAM
Nikolaos Papanikolaou is one of seven Cal players to have earned All-MPSF honors in 2022, including a first-team conference high four. Alongside Papanikolaou, senior attacker Jack Deleyyouth goalkeeper Adrian Weinberg and second attacker Max Casabella were accepted into the First Team for their second year Robert Valera took the recognition of the second team. Senior Marko Valecic and jr Warren Loth deserves honorable mention.

MIRKOVIC NAMED MPSF NEWS OF THE WEEK
Freshman attacker Nik Mirkovic was named MPSF Newcomer of the Week on Monday after playing a key role in Cal’s 18-12 win over No. 4 Stanford in the annual Big Splash. Mirkovic recorded two goals and a steal, as well as a deserved disqualification for his first career MPSF Weekly Honor. It was the second straight week that a Cal player received the MPSF Newcomer of the Week honor Albert Ponferrada accepted the award last week.

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With 198 career goals ahead of this weekend’s MPSF championships, Papanikolaou needs two more to become the sixth player in Cal history to have 200 career goals, alongside Chris Humbert (296), Johnny Hooper (245), Ivan Rackov (235 ) and John Mann (218) and Kirk Everist (205). Papanikolaou currently ranks fifth in the MPSF with 50 goals after winning the conference scoring championship last year with 68 goals. The three-time All-American also leads the conference with 63 earned disqualifications.

CAL HOST 2022 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP
Cal’s Spieker Aquatics Complex will host the 2022 NCAA Championship on December 3-4, with a possible play-in game on December 1. The Bears last hosted the NCAA Championship in 2016 when they defeated USC in overtime in the national championship game. The NCAA bracket will be announced Sunday night and tickets go on sale Monday morning at 9 a.m. PT.

EVERIST REACHES BENCHMARK
Cal head coach Kirk Everist reached a milestone last season when he scored his 400th career win in the Bears’ 11-9 win over San Jose State. Now in his 21st season, Everist boasts an overall record of 432-128 (.771) and has led the Golden Bears to four national championships, including the 2021 crown. Earlier this week Everist was named MPSF Coach of the Year for the fourth time in his career and won his third ACWPC National Coach of the Year award last season.

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