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Before the match against Cal, UC Davis men's water polo coach Steve Doten said that he was throwing his inexperienced squad "in with the sharks."

And sharks they proved to be, as the No. 3 Bears preyed on the No. 17 Aggies for six unanswered goals on the way to a 12-4 victory at Spieker Aquatics Complex yesterday evening.

The youthful, freshman-heavy UC Davis squad fell behind early, as Cal exploited the shaky defense. Ivan Rackov made the biggest impact for the Bears, racking up two goals, four steals and three assists in the game. Fellow sophomores Charlie Steffens and Cory Nasoff added two more apiece, as did senior captain Mike Sample.

The Bears (5-0) scored three goals in each of the first two periods and came roaring out after halftime with four more in the third period. Rackov, Steffens, Zach White and All-American Spencer Warden each found the net in that period to put Cal up 10-1.

The goalkeeper position, which has yet to find a regular starter, saw appearances by both junior Jacob McIntosh and freshman Justin Parsons. McIntosh made four saves, Parsons two.

UC Davis (0-1) scored twice in the third period and once in the final stanza to close out the Bears' home opener.

Cal travels next to the NorCal Invitational at Stanford on Sept. 19.

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