Women's Water Polo
No. 8 Bears Dominate No. 10 San Jose State: Cal Opens MPSF Play With 13-4 Win Over Spartans
BERKELEY - The No. 8 Cal women's water polo team used balanced scoring and a suffocating defense to notch an impressive 13-4 victory over No. 10 San Jose State on Saturday in its Mountain Pacific Sports Federation opener at Spieker Aquatics Complex.
After the Spartans took a 2-1 lead late in the first quarter, the Bears (17-4, 1-0 MPSF) scored seven unanswered goals, the first six of which came from different players. Each of Cal's first seven goals came courtesy of a different player, and the Bears had eight different goal-scorers overall
"It's good from one huge perspective, and that's that we have a good team," Cal coach Richard Corso said. "It's not just one or two kids. We have a lot of kids who can really play."
Cal Gets Two In A Row, Beats Vermont, 18-13: Lavie Scores Five Goals For The Bears
BERKELEY - Playing through steady rainfall and brisk winds, the California women's lacrosse team held off Vermont to secure its second straight win of the season, 18-13, Friday afternoon from Kabam Field at California Memorial Stadium. The Golden Bears improved to 2-3 on the season.
Lizz Lavie led all players with five goals, a career high, on eight shots. Elizabeth Pellechi was right behind Lavie with four goals and an assist.
The Bears wasted no time in taking control of the contest. Cal scored six of the first eight goals to take a 6-2 lead with seven minutes remaining in the opening half. Lavie and Pellechi both notched hat tricks in that span.
"It's really a confidence booster in getting back-to-back wins," head coach Brooke Eubanks said. "It's big to put two together. We changed our warm-up routine because we had a hard time starting off in the first half. We changed it up a little, and I think that made a huge difference. Hopefully that was what got us ready because today was one of the best first halves that I've had since being here at Cal."
Bears Bats Back Jefferies, Cal Rolls 9-2
BERKELEY, Calif. - No. 12 California (10-3) took down Texas Tech (8-6) 9-2 on Friday night at a rain-soaked Evans Diamond in Berkeley to open what is scheduled to be a four-game series. Inclement weather delayed the first pitch by a little over an hour, but once things got underway, junior right-hander Daulton Jefferies (4-0) took command, as did the Cal offense, striking for seven runs in the first five innings. Jefferies went 7.0 strong innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on six hits and striking out nine to pick up his fourth win in as many tries. Offensively, senior third baseman Mitchell Kranson was 4-for-5, and three Bears drove in two runs apiece in the ninth win in Cal's last 10 ballgames.
"You've got to be prepared [for weather issues]," head coach David Esquer said on Friday night following the win. "We've had that happen before in big ballgames where there's a lengthy delay, but you've got to ready to play. Our guys did a good job of coming out ready to play today. That's a good ballclub and I really think it's the best offensive club we've faced all year. They didn't show that yet, but in the back of your mind, they are a quality offensive club and I expect them to come out ready to play tomorrow."