BERKELEY -- California field hockey looks to jumpstart its 2016 campaign with a pair of wins at this weekend's Terrapin Invitational, hosted by Maryland in College Park, Md. The Golden Bears, who started the season 0-3, are looking for their first win of the year in their first road trip of 2016.
The weekend opens against Maryland on Saturday at 8 a.m. PT in a game that will air live on BTNPlus. Depending on the result, the Bears will advance to face either American or Fairfield on Sunday. With a loss, Cal will play American or Fairfield on Sunday at 9 a.m. All games will be played at Maryland's Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex.
AUSTIN, TEXAS --- A milestone goal from redshirt senior Ifeoma Onumonu was the difference in No. 19 California's 1-0 victory over the Texas Longhorns Sunday morning at Mike A. Myers Stadium. The victory gives Cal (5-1) its fourth straight victory after starting the season with a split in its first two games.
A quick free kick and pass from redshirt junior midfielder Kelly Fitzgerald set up Onumonu to nail the game-winning score from about nine yards out (68'). Onumonu now has 26 career goals, putting her solely in sixth all-time in Cal history, passing Winnie Burns (1985-88) and Andrea Rodebaugh (1984-87).
For Fitzgerald, her three game goal scoring streak came to an end but her assist helped transition into a four-game point streak.
BERKELEY - The 2016-17 California Golden Bears resumed their fall schedules Tuesday after a Labor Day break going into the second week of September, continuing to blend their team commitments with academic responsibilities as the semester goes into high gear.
When full-team assemblies began at the end of August, nine days after new student-athletes first met, the entire roster representing the University of California's oldest intercollegiate athletics program held its first all-player meeting in the Tahir Room at the Simpson Center for Student-Athlete High Performance, where they received handouts covering academic and athletic calendars and got introductions from a support network ranging from the team's sport supervisor and academic advisors, to its media relations and athletic training systems.
That session was followed by the first on-field training session under sunny skies on Witter Rugby Field and has continued with each field session preceded by strength & conditioning in the high-performance center. Everyone on the roster plays 15s rugby while a subset of players is additionally selected for the autumn slate of 7s competition.
Play in Olympic-style 7s for Cal begins October 8 in San Luis Obispo, where the Rugby Bears participate in the West Coast Collegiate 7s. The WCC7s then makes a stop in the Bay Area, where the Bears will compete at the Treasure Island tournament held October 22-23. The final event of the fall is the PAC Rugby Conference 7s, held in Tucson November 12-13 and hosted by the University of Arizona.
At the 2016 Rio Olympics, Toni-Ann Williams became the first Olympic gymnast to ever represent Jamaica. The 20-year-old is also a student at Cal, and the Oakland Athletics hosted "Cal Night" on Tuesday at O.co Coliseum.
So, Williams was on hand for the festivities, and even had the honor of throwing out the first pitch. Just as Olympic gymnasts Laurie Hernandez and Madison Kocian did over the weekend, Williams brought her amazing gymnastic talents into the first pitch. However, Willliams' actual pitch wasn't nearly as smooth:
BERKELEY -- This Saturday, California quarterback Davis Webb will face a defensive backfield very much different from the depleted secondary of Hawaii, as San Diego State returns reigning Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year in safety Damontae Kazee (75 tackles, 58 solo, 8 INT, 5.5 TFL, 7 PBU, 2 FF in 2015), as well as Mountain West Honorable Mention safety Malik Smith, safety Na'im McGee (81 tackles in 2015), Kameron Kelly (58 tackles, 2 INT, 3.0 TFLs in 2015) and Trey Lomax (11 starts in 2014).
"For the past couple weeks, we've been watching film on San Diego State, and that's the one thing that pops out -- how much of a veteran group they do have in the back end," Webb said. "Our receivers have a handful, and we're just looking forward to the challenge."