SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Nikolaos Papanikolaou scored four times and Jack Deely had two goals and four assists to lead a balanced offensive attack for No. 2-ranked California which defeated Santa Clara men's water polo, 22-7, on Wednesday in the regular-season finale.
Roberto Valera had two assists and was one of four other Golden Bears with two goals.
Blake D'Souza had two goals for the Broncos (12-15).
Cal (19-2) scored four times in the first 4 minutes of the game.
Santa Clara cut the lead to 5-3 late in the first quarter on a goal by Billy Barry, but the Bears went on a roll, scoring the next 10.
Cal connected on all four of its 5-meter penalty attempts and was 3-for-8 with the man advantage.
Adrian Weinberg earned the win in net with eight saves.
- Ford Eldredge, Jake Taylor, Blake D'Souza, Chase Raisin, Dominick Kirk and Cody Ferguson started along with Sean Tehaney in goal.
- Tehaney was credited with four blocks, all in the first half. Chase Zamborelli started the second half and also had four saves.
- Seniors Andrew Carter, Snapper Gulick, Patrick Guinn, Carter Reeves, D'Souza, Taylor and Tehaney made their final appearance at Sullivan Aquatic Center.
The Broncos play in next week's Western Water Polo Association Championship at UC Davis. No. 6 seed Santa Clara will face California Baptist in the opening round.