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Cal ruggers remain undefeated with win in British Columbia

Daily Planet Wire Services
Monday April 01, 2002

BRITISH COLUMBIA, Vancouver - In the second match of the two game home-and-away series versus British Columbia, Cal (14-0) traveled to Vancouver and came out on top 28-17 over the Thunderbirds. Senior Dave Guest scored a team-high 13 points in the win.  

For the first time this season, the Bears went into halftime without the lead, down 12-6. UBC got things started with a try in the seventh minute to put them up 5-0. Guest would answer ten minutes later, at the 17-minute mark, by hitting a penalty goal to bring Cal within two, 5-3. The Thunderbirds extended their lead at the 35-minute mark, scoring a try to make the score 12-3. At the 40-minute mark, Guest would hit the second of his three penalty goals to bring Cal within six going into the break, 12-6.  

British Columbia started strong in the second stanza, scoring another try just four minutes into the half. Down 19-6, the Bears would go on to rattle off 22 unanswered points to come from behind and claim the victory, 28-19. Guest hit his third penalty goal at the 72-minute mark to put the Bears up for good, 21-19. Tony Vontz scored a try during injury time to extend the Bears’ lead to nine.  

“We had to dig down a bit in the second half but I was happy to see that we had enough in reserve,” said head coach Jack Clark. “Full marks to UBC, we expected them to play well at home and they didn’t disappoint us.”  

The Bears face UC-Santa Barbara at 1 p.m. on Saturday in Santa Barbara, Cal’s last regular season match.