Today is the beginning of another "National Championship Week" for Cal Athletics as they honor all the National Champions from the past year.
National Championship Week (Sept. 30 through Oct. 5)
It's time to celebrate all the National Champions from this past year. The 2012-13 academic year marks the 40th consecutive year that the nation's No. 1 public university has produced at least one national champion.
Cal’s National Champions 2012-13
- 2013 Rugby (Collegiate Rugby Championship 7s)
- 2013 Women’s Varsity Eight Crew
- Rachel Bootsma, women’s swimming – 100-yard backstroke, 50.13
- Max Homa, men’s golf – medalist, 201 (-9)
- Caitlin Leverenz, women’s swimming – 200-yard individual medley, 1:53.39
- Elizabeth Pelton, women’s swimming – 200-yard backstroke, 1:47.84
- Tom Shields, men’s swimming – 100-yard butterfly, 44.59; 200-yard butterfly, 1:39.65
So which Cal team may be celebrated in next year's National Championship week? It is obviously way too early to tell although a few teams in action this past week should be in contention for their sports' national championship.
Men's Soccer (6-0-1)
Cal 1, Santa Clara 0 OT
The No.1 Men's Soccer team won their only game of the week. A home victory over the visiting Santa Clara Broncos. With the match scoreless going into the OT, Senior Alec Sundley got his second golden goal of the year with 52 seconds left in the 1st OT to give the undefeated Cal Bears their 6th victory of the season.
|1.||99:08||CAL||Sundly, Alec (3)||Oldham, Max||12 nice cross from flank, 11 deep in box put it away for golden goal|
Alec's goal actually came at 99:08...Cal has won 3 straight, with all three at Goldman Field #noplacelikehome— Cal Men's Soccer (@CalMensSoccer) September 28, 2013
The current Cal home stand continues when Conference play begins on Thursday as the Bears host the Oregon State Beavers at 4 PM. On Sunday at 11 AM (and on the Pac-12 Networks), the No.1 Bears will entertain the 5th ranked and currently undefeated (though they have a tough match at Furd on Thursday) Washington Huskies in Edward Stadium.
GOAL ON YOU BEARS!
Cal defeated host Ohio State and bunch of other schools in the Jack Nicklaus Invitational in Ohio.
This team win marks the Bears' second consecutive tournament victories.
The Bears will host the MacKenzie on October 14th and 15th in Sonoma, CA.
Cal 161, Oregon State 95
I don't really know how the points are distributed in dual meets, but this was a dominant outing (as expected) by Cal Women's Swimming in their first dual meet of the season up in Corvallis, Oregon. Freshmen Missy Franklin and "Queen of the Pool" Celina Li each won two events. Franklin won 1000 Free and 100 Fly while Li won 200 Fly and 200 Breast. Sophomore Kelly Naze also won two events: 200 Back and 200 IM.
By the way, the team picked their captains this past week: juniors Catherine Breed and Melanie Klaren. SwimSwam wrote about the potential psychology of this otherwise mundane news as being a part of a press release:
If Cal goes on to win an NCAA Championship, this one little release could be the genius coaching move of the year. Perhaps I haven't perfectly elocuted what exactly McKeever is after, or perhaps these 800 words read much too far into it. For coaches like McKeever, releases like this don't go out on accident. There is a message here, and it's one that McKeever and her swimmers know and understand as they step into this wild ride that will be Cal women's swimming of the 2013-2014 season.
The Bears host Washington State in another duel meet on Friday.
Volleyball (8-3, 1-1)
Cal 1, Stanfurd 3
(25-20, 23-25, 22-25, 26-28)
Pac-12 Network post match highlight and interview with Furd's Carly Wopat:
Cal took the first set in dominant fashion over the 7th ranked Furd before dropping the next three sets in very close contests with some controversial calls. Furd was very fortunate to escape the Big Spike with the win as the Bears played one of their better match of recent weeks.
From the Daily Cal recap of the match:
"That's the best we've played in a while," Feller said. "So I'm pretty pleased with that, except for the outcome."
Cal 3, Arizona 0
(25-23, 25-14, 25-23)
Pac-12 Network post match highlight and interview with Cal's Adrienne Gehan:
Bears bounced back and snapped a 3 match losing streak with a 3 set sweep over Arizona. Bears and the Wildcats were engaged in a couple of tight sets with a dominant Bears win in set 2. In set 3, the Bears came from behind by 6 points late (13-19) before coming back to close the match out.
From the Daily Cal recap of the match:
"We played well at times and a little rocky at times," said Cal coach Rich Feller after the match. "But it's good to have the win."
The Bears travel down to LA for matches against UCLA (on Friday night at 6 PM) and USC (on Sunday at 1 PM). Both matches will be on the Pac-12 Networks.
Women's Soccer (6-0-3, 0-0-1)
Cal 0, Utah 0 2OT
California 4 (Kruger, Emily 4), Utah 2 (Luke, Lindsey 2)
The 11th/15th ranked Bears traveled up to Salt Lake City to take on the Utes (4-0-5) but was held to a scoreless draw in 110 minutes. While the draw is probably viewed by the team as a disappointment of sort, the Bears managed to stay undefeated on the season.
Cal play at San Francisco later today (7 PM) in the last non-conference match of the regular season before hosting the Arizona schools this weekend. The ASU match on Friday 2 PM is on the Pac-12 Networks. The Sunday Arizona match is at 1 PM.
Men's Water Polo
With a couple of matches at the Aggie Shootout hosted by No.12 UC Davis, the Bears were dominant in their wins over Davis (13-3) and Redlands (20-8).
California 4 - 4 - 4 - 2 --- 14
UC Davis 0 - 2 - 1 - 1 --- 4
Cal Goals: Colin Smith 4, Colin Mulcahy 3, Thomas Argamonte 2, Thomas Carroll 2, Farrell South, Aleksa Saponjic, Luke Ivanovic
Cal Saves: Jon Sibley 16
Redlands 5 - 1 - 1 - 1 --- 8
California 6 - 5 - 6 - 3 --- 20
Cal Goals: Colin Smith 5, Chandler Jarrels-Stickney 3, Thomas Argamonte 3, Matt Russell 2, Colin Mulcahy 2, John Neumann, Hunter Gettelfinger, Giacomo Cupido, Thomas Carroll, Chris Daniel.
Cal Saves: Jon Sibley 4
4th ranked Cal make their Pac-12 Networks debut when they host the 5th ranked Pacific on Saturday at 10:30 AM
Field Hockey (4-5)
Bears kicked off conference play with a pair of matches against NorPac rival Pacific. Bears won the untelevised match on Friday in shootouts (after a 1-1 tie) before losing 4-2 on the Pac-12 Networks on Sunday.
Cal's 2nd goal from Sunday:
Bears travel East again to play at Duke and North Carolina this coming weekend.