Cal defeated conference rival Utah 51-29 to secure the inaugural PAC Rugby title. To Utah's credit, that was the most points surrendered by Cal this year.
In its first Homecoming on Witter Rugby Field since 2010, top-ranked California put in a controlled performance and scored seven tries to defeat Utah, 51-24, Saturday afternoon in front of a large crowd despite Spring Break for Cal students, clinching the inaugural PAC Rugby Conference title.
Saturday was also a high-school reunion for both captains, Cal outside center Seamus Kelly and Utah flanker Mike Juszczak, teammates at Xavier High School in New York City whose former team also enjoyed the contest from the bleachers during their spring tour of Northern California.
"It's something special to play in front of this crowd with my high school here today," said Kelly. "Utah has a talented group and I'm happy we could get this win in front of our fans."
Cal hosts its regular season finale against Saint Mary's on April 13th before embarking on a couple postseason tournaments.
Cal's will compete in the postseason at the Varsity Cup, in which the Bears face Notre Dame in an April 20 super-regional showdown at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. The higher-seeded winner between that outcome and that of the Navy-Dartmouth super-regional will host a semifinal April 27, giving Cal and its fans one more possible home game in the postseason followed by the championship on May 4 in Provo, Utah.
After the Varsity Cup, Cal will travel to the Collegiate Rugby Championship 7s June 1-2 in Philadelphia.
A 7s championship would be a fine cherry on the top of this spectacular sundae of a season.
- The Bears advanced to the Elite Eight for the first time in program history! Cal will face the Bulldogs of Georgia after they upset Stanford.
- Coach Gottlieb was speechless after the Bears' win. She did, however, praise the team's improved free throw shooting.
- Evans Field hosted its first-ever night game. Cal lost to USC 4-3 in the debut.
- They turned the lights on and tried again, but Cal lost 9-5.
- Back under the sun, Cal defeated USC 15-5.
- Cal survived a pitchers' duel to defeat Sacramento State 1-0. A record crowd of 1,212 watched the game at Shea Stadium during a pleasant Sacramento! afternoon..
- Despite another solid performance from Megan Takacs (four goals), Cal lost 10-7 to Yale.
- The men's team lost 5-2 to the fourth-ranked Bruins.
- No. 6 USC defeated the women's team 6-1. The Bears bounced back to upset no. 4 UCLA 4-3.
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