Field hockey wins Big Game
The Cal field hockey team remains undefeated in conference play, capturing a 2-1 win over NorPac foe Stanford Saturday afternoon at Maxwell Family Field. The Golden Bears improved their record to 8-3 (3-0 NorPac) as the Cardinal took their first conference loss, falling to 4-1 in NorPac play, 8-8 overall.
Cal capitalized on one of its two first half penalty corners four and a half minutes into the game to give the Bears the early lead. Sophomore Anita Reyes fired a shot pass Cardinal goalkeeper Emily Zander, assisted by Danya Sawyer and Michelle Wald to begin an early celebration for Cal.
Just three minutes into the second period, Stanford was awarded a penalty corner. The corner was not completely stopped, but Christina Williams was able to gather the ball for the Cardinal, firing one by Knapp between the pipes, tying the game at one apiece.
With just two minutes to go in regulation time, NorPac Offensive Player of the Week Nora Feddersen, who had been tightly guarded the whole afternoon, gained control of the ball in the midst of a scramble directly in front of the goal, and shot the ball past the crowded area to the back of the cage, for her sixth goal of the season to put Cal up, 2-1.
Water polo downs No. 3 USC
LOS ANGELES - Will Quist and Chris Lathrop scored two goals each as the No. 5 Cal Golden Bears defeated the No. 3 USC Trojans, 5-3, in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation action at McDonald’s Swim Stadium. The victory was extra sweet for the Bears, as the Trojans defeated Cal, 8-7, in triple overtime last weekend, ending the Bears’ NorCal championship bid.
Cal (9-3, 2-1) held USC (12-4, 2-1) to two goals in the match until Jeff Larson netted a goal with 10 seconds remaining in regulation to bring the Trojans within two. But, there wasn’t enough time for the Trojans to mount a comeback however, as the Bears’ went on to win, improving its overall record to 9-3 on the season and 2-1 in conference play.
Russell Bernstein played solidly in goal, tallying four saves for the Golden Bears.
Cal spikers upset No. 20 Arizona
TUCSON, Ariz. - The Cal women’s volleyball team (12-4, 3-4) upset No. 20 ranked Arizona (8-7, 3-4) 3-0 (32-30, 30-27, 31-29) Saturday night at the McKale Center. The Bears had lost 12 straight to the nationally-ranked Wildcats, not defeating Arizona since 1995. It was also the first nationally ranked opponent Cal had defeated since topping No. 19 Santa Clara, 3-2, Oct. 23 of last season.
Sophomore Mia Jerkov was outstanding for the Bears, recording 26 kills with a .340 hitting percentage. Junior setter Caity Noonan added 34 assists and had a team-high 12 digs.
The win over the Wildcats was especially sweet for Cal as it had squandered a 2-0 lead and lost a 3-2 match to Arizona State the night before in Tempe.
“The disappointment in the desert turned into redemption, that was the word of the day for us,” said Cal coach Rich Feller. “Every member of the team believed it. This shows how strong the Pac-10 is, considering that Arizona had defeated defending national champion Stanford the night before. This also shows how good we can be.”