Women’s Water Polo
BAKERSFIELD – Emma Wright scored seven goals – tying for the second-most in a game in Cal history - and the No. 4 Cal women's water polo team routed No. 24 Cal State Bakersfield 16-5 in its Mountain Pacific Sports Federation opener on Saturday afternoon.
Wright, a freshman from Lindsay, Ontario who signed with the Golden Bears in 2014 but deferred her enrollment to train with the Canadian National Team, scored goals on the first three shots of the game and four of the first five. Three of her scores came on the 6-on-5.
Sophomore Rachael Lewin added three goals for Cal (9-1) while senior Stephanie Mutafyan added two. The Bears played the game without two of their three Olympians – Roser Tarrago and Anna Illes.
BERKELEY – The Golden Bears selected two evenly split teams for their doubleheader Saturday on Witter Rugby Field, where California took control of first place in the PAC Rugby Conference with a 44-16 victory over Arizona State, followed by a 73-7 win over Cal Poly.
Captain Russell Webb at flyhalf, outside center Patrick Barrientes and prop Kevin Sullivan anchored the Cal squad against ASU before Webb, Barrientes and other starters were replaced in the second half. No. 8 Drew Gaffney had a hat trick, freshman wing Sam Cusano scored two tries and the Bears (11-0, 3-0 PAC) recorded eight trips to the try zone against the Sun Devils (1-4, 1-2 PAC). Arizona State's scoring came on two penalty kicks from flyhalf Alex Walsh and tries by inside center Peter Akele-Ale and scrumhalf Bailey Stringer.
"The most important bit is executing," said Webb (2-of-5 conversions), who predicted an intense week of training to come following Saturday, during which the Bears struggled at times to stay sharp. "We've got to execute, whether in the scrum, the lineout or with our hands. That really is going to be the buzzword for next week at training."
There is no limit to how hard Chad Hansen will work to achieve his goals.
Every stop along the way, from Moorpark High to Idaho State to walking on with the California Golden Bears, the 22-year-old football player has had to scrap for every morsel of success.
Hansen has now set his sights on the NFL.
“It honestly hasn’t really set in yet,” Hansen said. “I’m training so hard to do well in the combine. All my focus is on that right now.”
The 2013 Moorpark grad is gearing up for the NFL Scouting Combine, which begins Feb. 28 and runs through March 6.
A 6-foot-2, 205-pound receiver, Hansen ranked third in the nation with 9.2 catches a game and was fourth among all Division I players with 124.9 receiving yards per game as a redshirt junior for Cal in the fall.
Hansen trains daily in Irvine with fellow NFL hopefuls, including former North Carolina quarterback Mitch Trubisky, Cooper Kupp (Eastern Washington receiver), James Conner (Pitt running back), River Cracraft (Washington State receiver) and C.J. Beathard (Iowa QB).
“It’s a fun experience to be training around all these great athletes,”