Saturday, February 2, 2002
Cal Goalie Stars in Opening Night Win

DAVIS, CA: Junior Damon Wilson made fourteen saves and was the wall behind Cal’s almost bulletproof man-down defense, as the Bears beat UC-Davis 9-5, on the campus of the University of California, Davis.

Wilson, in his first year as starting goalie for the USLIA 8th ranked California Golden Bears, made key save after key save, thwarting any potential rally the UC Davis Aggies could mount. The aggressive netminder has taken over for former all-USLIA goalie Robbie Warner, who the Bears lost to graduation. After starting three games during the 2001 season, Wilson knows 2002 is his time to be the man. “I was so pumped up for this game. I was super excited. All day I’ve been thinking about this game. I couldn’t really concentrate in class.”

Cal’s defense, which shut Davis out in the first quarter, had the admiration of their goalie. “Our defense played awesome. Especially our man-down group, only giving up 2 goals on 12 extra-man situations. They forced Davis into outside shots all night. I just tried to pump up the “D”. I was just suckin’ up the outside shots all game,” added Wilson.

Cal scored first, three minutes after winning the game’s opening face off, on a Greg Guy goal from Matt Hammond. Two more goals by the Golden Bears gave them a 3-0 lead at the first quarter break. Hammond, who would lead Cal in scoring with 5 points on the night, knows he is just one of the pieces to the puzzle. “Our team cannot rely on having one star this year. Everyone has to step up if we are going to be a force to be reckoned with. Tonight, our offense did a good job spreading the ball around, working it to the weak side and scoring easy goals.”

New Davis Head Coach, John Burke, making his California lacrosse coaching debut, fired up his crew at the quarter break with both the defense and offense responding. The Aggie defense shut Cal down for over 13 minutes into the 2nd quarter and the offense pumped in two goals to close the gap to 3-2. Two goals by the Golden Bears in the last 1:19, including a sweeping rip-shot from leopard-quick senior midfielder Kevin Terry, gave Cal a 5-2 lead at the half.

Opening the third quarter, Cal scored three straight goals, two by Jerem Stothers to widen the gap to 8-2. Magnus Duborg, a hard working middie from Davis, connected on the first of his two goals in the game to end the quarter Cal 8, Davis 3.

The fourth quarter pretty much mirrored the game: Hard play, intense ground ball battles, momentum stopping saves by Cal goalie Wilson, and a never say die attitude from the Davis squad. A 3-minute non-releasable, illegal stick penalty gave Davis hope at the start of the final period, and Duborg promptly scored his second goal in a row to cut Cal’s lead to 8-4. However, Cal senior attackman David Dean planted the goal of the game, a snugger into the top right corner, to send the bus driver out to startup the bus for the drive back to Berkeley. Willis Withrow added the final goal of the game for Davis to close the scoring.

The UC Davis Aggies played extremely hard throughout the game. If Davis lacrosse has a trademark, it is that they will compete until the final horn. Coach Burke, an Ohio native, has already witnessed the toughness in his team. “Our guys played real hard and I thought Cal has a pretty good team with maybe a little better stick skills than we do, but certainly not more heart. We played with a lot of intensity; we had a lot of opportunities to score, especially on man-up. I felt we had a lot of good shots. I’m proud of this team. I hope we get a chance to play Cal again. I was real happy with the effort,” said Burke.

Asked to comment on California lacrosse, Burke added, "I'm pleased with it. It's a lot better than a bunch of East Coast people think. I was one of them. I'm happy to be out here."

BOX SCORE
Cal: 3/2/3/1 - 9
UC-Davis: 0/2/1/2 - 5

Cal Scoring- Guy 1G, Hammond 2G 3 A, Parker 1G 1A, Terry 1G 2A, Huang 1A, Stothers 2G 1A, Dean 1G
Davis Scoring—Willus 2G, Govan 1A, Carpenter 1G, Welch 3A, DuBorg 2G,

Face-offs: Cal 9/12
Saves: Cal 14, Davis 6

Officials: Byrne, Finger, Boone
Attendance: 300
Weather: Overcast, 45 degrees


Man-Up: Cal 1/5, Davis 2/12

 

Sunday, February 3, 2002
Cal’s Defense Shuts Down # 25 UCSD, 12-6

By Brian Hanson
WCLL Correspondent

Berkeley, CA - The Golden Bear defense did not allow a shot for the entire first quarter and limited UC San Diego to one goal in the first half, as Cal showed marked improvement in their second game of the season.

Friday night in Davis, the Golden Bears committed 12 penalties and did not display the solid ball possession game Cal is known for. Things were quite a bit different today.

“Defensively, we are trying to play more aggressively, putting more emphasis on team play. We want to limit leaving any one defender on an island; we want to have our slides ready and slide hard. The Davis game taught us to control our stick checks a little better and limit pushes from behind. Today we only had 3 penalties. It came down to discipline issues,” said Cal Head Coach Joe Proud.

Offensively, California controlled the ball a high percentage of the first half. Kevin Terry opened the scoring at the 13:32 mark of the first quarter on a trademark quick dodge and shoot. 1-0 Cal. A minute later fellow senior Matt Hammond increased his goal total with an unassisted goal and Cal’s offense was flowing. The Golden Bears lead 4-0 at the quarter, and doubled the score, 8-0 at half time.

Coach Proud added, “The same disciplinary issues came up for our offense. We can’t waste a lot of time in the midfield this year because of our lack of depth. Ideally, we want to get the ball to our offensive end and get everyone some touches. We are starting to do that; we just need to sustain that effort.”

“Both offensively and defensively, we want to play a team game. We do not need homeruns on either side of the ball; just simple passes that can lead to an easy play to break down the other team. No heroes this year,” continued Proud.

UC San Diego came out fired up from the half time break. Ben Bristow scored on a nice feed from Michael Hunter and another quick Triton goal cut the Cal lead to 8-3. But it was obvious this wasn’t the offensive team that helped garner the team’s USLIA rank of 25. “Our team changed dramatically from the fall. We suffered some key losses. Our squad changed from a seasoned team to one that is just starting to come together. We had our first scrimmage last week and it was tough to completely change the team concept,” explained Head Coach Albert Mann.

Hammond scored to stop San Diego’s mini run and then Terry added two more goals to end the quarter, Cal 11, UCSD 3.

A sweeping Greg Guy blasted a cannon shot to finish Cal’s scoring, half way through the fourth. Coach Proud started to empty his bench and everyone on the Cal sideline participated in the victory, including Ashwin Seshagiri, the Bear backup goalie that played brilliantly in his first action ever in a lacrosse game.

For Coach Mann and San Diego, they outscored Cal 3-1 to finish the game and leave Berkeley on a high note. Coach Mann gave his last thoughts, “The effort level today was incredible. We’ll work hard at practice, get our sticks better, and work on coming into our own.”

Game Notes: Kleeberger Field, Cal’s home field is possibly going to get a face-lift. New turf is a certainty. Kleeberger is one of the greatest settings for lacrosse in the West..... Cal has gone yellow. The Bears are now sporting yellow shorts at home for the first time in memory. “We needed a change. I took it from the football team and their gold pants,” said Coach Proud.... UCSD scheduled a game at St. Mary’s for their rookies yesterday. Most were seeing real game action for the first time.... Today’ temperature was a perfect 61 degrees with glorious sun.... The Cal first year players were sporting shaved heads - a gift from the upperclassmen. David Yeaton-Massey, a freshman from Berkeley, looked like he had a racetrack on his head.... Sonoma State Head Coach Doug Carl was at the game. His team invades Berkeley in a showdown March 1st.... Robbie Warner, Cal’s All-USLIA goalie from last year, is now coaching the Bear goalies.... Cal’s next game is February 9th against UCLA in Berkeley; UCSD travels to Arizona to play the Wildcats February 16th.

Box Score:
UCSD 0-1-2-3: 6
Cal 4-4-3-1: 12

Face-offs: Cal 5/10
Saves: UCSD 6 Lowenstein;
Cal 9 (Wilson 6, Seshagiri 3)

Scoring: UCSD: Stensrud 2G, 2A; Bristow 1G, Hunter 2G, 1A, #24 1G, 1A
Cal: Terry 5G, Hammond 2G, 3A; Dean 1G, 3A; Guy 3G; Parker 1G

Referees: Seivold, Stowell, Simon

 

Sunday, February 10, 2002
# 11
Cal Steals Win Against UCLA, 6-5 in OT

By Brian Hanson
WCLL Correspondent for USLIA.com


Berkeley, CA -- Junior Matt Smith, laying back to the midfield on an off-ride, stole a pass from UCLA goalie Spencer Fivelson, then shot into the open net to secure an improbable win for the Golden Bears.

Smith, starting at attack for the injured Matt Hammond, described the play-- “I was just trying to keep the goalie from lobbing the ball over to the other “D” guy. I was surprised (Fivelson) threw it because I was only five feet in front of him. When the goalie threw it--it was only a lite lob--I grabbed it and without even thinking, I threw the ball straight into the open net.”

Fivelson, a freshman from Reseda, CA, was making only his third collegiate start and did not deserve to lose this game. Up until his throwing error, the young goalie was very impressive between the posts-- stopping 18 Golden Bear shots.

“We came out really strong in the first three quarters. I could not have been prouder of this defense. The defense only allowed far shots and that enabled me to make easy saves,” said a disappointed Fivelson.

The UCLA defense was the story of this game. Playing a zone throughout the game, the Bruins stymied the Golden Bear offense that had been averaging slightly over 10 goals a game. “It was obvious our plan was to slow down Cal’s offense. They are very skilled and we wanted to keep them in front of us—not let them get by us,” said UCLA’s Head Coach Mike Allen.

Joe Proud, Cal’s Head Coach added, “That was the best zone we’ve played against. We were shell shocked a little bit. They did a nice job taking us out of our flow.”

The Alcatraz tough Bruin defense shutout Cal in the first quarter.

After fourteen minutes of a scoreless quarter, UCLA converted on a splendid dodge through traffic by Andrew So, 1-0 UCLA.

Early in the second quarter, Cal tied the game on a successful ride with Todd Parker stripping a UCLA defender and scoring. Cal then took its only lead in regulation time after David Dean caught a pass from Kevin Terry, blasting a laser shot up high— 2-1 Cal.

From that point at 9:45 in the second quarter, UCLA would control most of the game. The Bruins scored twice to finish the quarter and take a 3-2 lead into halftime. The momentum had shifted.

After Andrew Lusardi beat Cal goalie Damon Wilson to give UCLA a 5-2 lead 5 minutes into the fourth, the Golden Bears appeared to be in trouble. UCLA was controlling the ball and the Cal defenders were chasing. The Cal offense had gotten its share of shots, but Fivelson was stopping almost everything. This seemed to be a certain Bruin victory.

And then the pivotal play of the game changed what was thought to be a forgone conclusion.

The Bruins were in control of the ball, running time off the clock. The Cal defense was trying to extend itself, anything to create a turnover. Finding an opening, Andrew So, UCLA’s talented sophomore from San Diego, cranked a shot that beat Cal goalie Wilson, but the ball hit the goalpost. The ball ricocheted out-of-bounds into Cal’s offensive half. Todd Parker beat the UCLA defenders to the ball, so Cal was awarded possession.

That was the spark the Golden Bears needed.

Cal scored 3 goals in six minutes including a sweeping cannon into the top right corner by USLIA pre-season all-American Parker, to tie the score at 5 goals apiece.

Cal coach Proud had prepared his team.

“We tell our team in games like this, it is going to be a one goal game. Possession is so key. A little weirdo thing like their post shot that went out deep in our territory—that turned out to be the difference. We needed something to get us back in the game. That little crack in their game plan opened the game up for us. Our offense then started to play with a little urgency,” explained Proud.

“I’m proud of the way we executed the game plan. Unfortunately, we got a little careless at the end,” commented UCLA’s Allen.

To Cal’s credit, they never quit. They never died.

“Our guys played with tremendous heart. UCLA shut us down for most of the game but by the end, we managed to find some openings. I feel like we stole it. I feel very lucky. We know we were lucky,” finished Proud.

Game notes: UCLA drove up to the Bay Area yesterday and stayed in player’s parent’s homes. Drew Giesse had the team over to his home for the team dinner last night….This was UCLA’s second straight loss by one goal.... Matt Hammond, Cal’s leading scorer, was out due to an ankle sprain he suffered in the UCSD game. He is listed as probable for the BYU game next Saturday night in Berkeley.... UCLA coach Mike Allen is the son of Dave Allen, one of Baltimore’s finest high school lacrosse coaches.... Mike also played on Princeton’s 3 straight National Championship teams in the 90’s.... Santa Clara was supposed to play the University of Washington before the BYU vs. Cal game next Saturday night, creating a unique USLIA Intersectional doubleheader. But Washington canceled.... The referees were talking about the sticks they used when they first started playing lacrosse. One of the refs used a wooden stick. Think any of these young players of today have even seen one of those in person???.... Game time temperature was 62 degrees with a chilly wind..... Another good crowd of over 200 fans showed up to see this battle of the Bears..... Team picture day for Cal..... UCLA had help in the purchase of their team uniforms by Jake Steinfeld, the guy that runs Body by Jake and also the man behind the Major League Lacrosse pro league.

UCLA at
Cal
Saturday, Feb. 9
Berkeley, California


Box Score
UCLA 1-2-1-1-0--5
Cal 0-2-0-3-1--6

Scoring Report:
UCLA--So 1G, Montgomery 1G, Kurpiewski 1G, Notario 1G, Lusardi 1G, Giesse 1A.
Cal--Parker 3G, Dean 1G 1A, Terry 2A, Guy 1G, M. Smith 1G

Face-offs: UCLA 8/14

Saves: UCLA 18, Cal 6

Man-up: UCLA 0-4, Cal 0-1

Referees: Alabaster, Denebin, Seivold

 

Sunday, February 17, 2002
No. 1 BYU Beats No. 11
Cal in Battle of Heavyweights, 14-10

By Brian Hanson
WCLL Correspondent for USLIA.com


Berkeley, CA: Now I know what it feels like to attend a heavyweight title fight.

BYU came into Berkeley on stop number one of their California adventure and even though they were staggered, the Cougars hung tough and outlasted an aggressive, hard-hitting bunch of Golden Bears.

Cal controlled much of the first quarter, taking a 4-2 lead at its completion. The point that stuck out during the early portion of the contest was the No. 1 team in the USLIA would not intimidate the Golden Bears.

“Our team played their butts off. We were not scared at all. We could care less about their No. 1 ranking,” said Cal head coach Joe Proud.

Running their offense to near perfection, Cal’s 4-2 first quarter lead would become a 5-2 early second quarter lead on a man-up goal by senior midfielder Jerem Stothers. BYU answered quickly on an unassisted goal by attackman Rex Hardy to close the gap to 5-3, but then David Dean pulled off an excellent face dodge that left his defender flat footed, resulting in a Cal score, 6-3 Bears.

BYU had taken enough body blows.

Rex Hardy scored BYU’s final goal of the half on an assist from Landon School classmate Jordan Archibald, and the Cougars were about ready to gain the upper hand in this bout.

“Cal is good; they did everything I told our team they would. We’re a young team that hasn’t been in this type of game. Getting our 34 new guys to believe in what we can do versus what we are doing has been a problem. We came out a little timid, a little shy. A good, well coached team like Cal throttles down on us and it took a while for us to get woken up,” explained BYU head coach Jason Lamb.

Boy, did the Cougars wake up.

From the opening bell of the second half, BYU took control of this game by winning face-offs and shutting down Cal’s ball control offense. The Cougar pressure made it increasingly difficult to possess the ball for any extended period of time. At the same time, BYU’s offense found their rhythm and scored 4 unanswered goals—two by the game’s high scorer Archibald (7G 2A)-- to take an 8-6 lead at the end of three periods.

Cal head coach Joe Proud stated, “I credit BYU for keeping the pressure on. The way they came out in that third quarter-- That was impressive.”

David Dean scored his third goal of the game at the start of the fourth period to bring Cal within one, 8-7. But then BYU would score 5 of the next 8 goals, to earn the winning decision.

Archibald, who earned the game ball from his teammates, would add three goals in BYU’s game altering run. “As far as our offense goes, we try to work it around and gain an advantage. We did a good job of beating our man and then finding the open guy. That was the key tonight. Cal was playing good defense. They were extending out; trying to shut off the adjacent passes. That opened the middle a little bit so one of us would drive and try to hit the open man,” explained Archibald.

The Golden Bears fought hard and continuously throughout the game but it just wasn’t enough. This was a very good college lacrosse game. The intensity was evident, Cal had a strong crowd cheering its support, and the No.1 team in the USLIA lived up to its billing.

Hopefully in May, there will be a rematch.

Game Notes— BYU has an off day tomorrow, then plays UCSB, UCLA, and Division III Whittier on successive days. Coach Lamb calls it his “St. Louis Experience” trying to simulate the run his team would need to win the USLIA National Championship.... Former Stanford coach Pete Bijesse attended the game along with Chico State coach Stephen Dini.... Attendance was over 300.... Weather was high 40’s with pouring rain before the game and not a drop during the game.... Many of the BYU players were wearing sneakers and slipped on the wet turf.... Cal freshman David Yeaton-Massey played very well in his biggest college game to date... BYU has navy blue helmets modeled after their football team’s helmets; Same for Cal.... Cal plays Monday at Cal Poly.

Box Score
BYU 2 - 2 - 5 - 5: 14
Cal 4 - 2 - 0 - 4: 10

Scoring Summary
BYU- Archibald 7G 2A, Hardy 3G 3A, Cone 1G, Lee 1G 1A, Ruecket 1G
Cal—Parker 2G 1A, Stothers 1G 2A, Guy 1G, Dean 4G, Hammond 2A, Terry 2G 1A

Man-up: Cal 2/5, BYU 2/5
Face-offs: BYU 18/26
Saves: Cal (Wilson) 8, BYU (Andrus) 7

 

Monday, February 18, 2002
Cal beats Cal Poly in Double OT Thriller

Special to USLIA.com

San Luis Obispo, CA: In a tremendous see-saw battle from wire to wire, Cal attackman Todd Parker found the upper corner off of the opening face-off in the second OT to give the Bears the divisional victory over the Cal Poly Mustangs. After a couple of days of rain, Cal and Cal Poly squared off under perfect blue skies in San Luis Obispo on the Holiday Monday. Kevin Terry found the net first to open the scoring and give the Bears the 1-0 lead. A few minutes later, Cal Poly defenseman Aaron Myers fired one past Cal keeper Damon Wilson to knot the game at 1 and the game was on. Neither team ever lead by more than 2 goals, as each run was answered by the opposing squad.


At the end of the first, Cal held a slim 4-3 advantage and kept that margin going into the half leading 6-5. Cal Poly came out of the blocks smoking in the third quarter, as attackman Matt Ryan fired in a goal on an EMO opportunity to tie the game at 6-6. Cal Poly then took a 7-6 lead on a picture perfect fast break from Consolo to Parr to Reed to Fipp and finally to Casey for the score. Cal's David Dean answered with a feed from Terry to tie the game back up at 7. Cal Poly came right back and continued to control the pace in the third quarter, taking a 9-7 advantage and just missing on numerous breathtaking scoring chances. Cal battled back and knotted the game at 9-9 at the end of three.

The fourth quarter was a tense affair with both teams feeling the pressure from the close game. Cal Poly attackman Jim Fipp gave the Mustangs the lead with about 12 minutes to go on a perfect open field feed from midfielder Andy Parr. Cal Poly held onto the lead until Cal's Greg Guy tied the game yet again with under five minutes remaining. It looked like Cal Poly finally hit the game winner when Luke Shaffer picked up the loose ball in front of the cage and gave the Mustangs an 11-10 lead with only 3 minutes remaining. Unfortunately for the Mustangs, a couple of uncharacteristic mistakes in the final minutes cost them possession of the ball, and Cal's Jerem Stothers scored off a broken clear with under two minutes to play to send the game into OT.

Cal had the ball on man-up for most of the first OT, but Cal Poly's defense held up and the momentum seemed to be swinging back to the home team. But it only takes one shot to decide the game in sudden death and Parker's goal in the opening seconds of the 2nd OT gave the Bears the victory.

It was an excellent game played by both teams, and if Cal Poly can overcome the tough loss they may get another shot at the Cal Bears somewhere down the road during playoff time. Cal Poly will have to regroup quickly as they head up to divisional rival UC Davis next Saturday.

 

Saturday, February 23, 2002
# 10
Cal Dominates First Half, Beats Chico State, 13-7

By Brian Hanson
WCLL Correspondent for USLIA.com


Berkeley, CA: The California Golden Bears played a near perfect first quarter, lead 9-1 at the half, and then keep Chico far enough in the rear view mirror to record the win. Although it sure wasn’t easy.

The Golden Bears scored evenly throughout the opening period behind 2 goals each from Greg Guy and Matt Hammond. David Dean, Kevin Terry, and Matt Smith would add goals early in the second quarter in what started to look like a blowout game.

Cal lead 9-0 when they botched a clear--a stick-chopping scramble ensued--then with only 44 seconds left in the first half, Chico State’s Rob Meinbress scooped up the groundball and scored for the Wildcats. That was Chico’s first goal in almost 6 quarters of play.

Last weekend, No. 2 Sonoma State blanked Chico 15-0. After that game, Chico State head coach Stephen Dini and his staff made some changes.

“The coaching staff almost had to reinvent the team,” Dini said. “We have the most talent this school has had in a long time. We haven’t had this many kids that played lacrosse in high school. But, we weren’t finding the back of the net. So, we had to move our undersized attack to midfield and bring our middies behind the net. The defensemen were having their way with us.”

Part of that philosophy brought Meinbress, a very fine midfielder and Chico’s leader, down to the attack.

“Tonight we started off slow, but we got our game together and seemed to pick things up at the end,” stated Meinbress, who had four goals and one assist in the game. “Cal was leaving our off-side cutters open so we tried to attack that. That helped our offense”

Including that scramble goal at the end of the first half, Chico would outscore the mighty Bears 7-4 to close out the game. The Wildcats went from a team that was dropping passes, running into double teams, and forcing passes into well-covered cutters, to a team that stood toe-to-toe with the No. 10 team in the USLIA.

“We only had four days to put this new offensive system in. In the first half, we came out jittery. In the second half we were finding better looks and not forcing as much,” said Dini. “I’m proud of this team. Cal is one heck of a team. We were down 9-0. These kids never gave up. We outscored them the last 2 quarters. I’m excited.”

Meinbress echoed those feelings. “Tonight’s performance showed we can play this game. Maybe this will send a message to the rest of the teams that we play. We have a chance to be in every game and we can be good.”

Game notes: Cal head coach Joe Proud was back East visiting his sick grandmother. Nick Deans filled in for the Bears…Chico has a great set of road uniforms. Silver helmet with a red bill, red Cincinnati Reds “C” on the side, white shorts with cat paw prints down the leg…The fog rolled in heavy right before the start of the game and it left before the first face-off…Attendance was around 250…Cal plays Santa Clara tomorrow and then the big showdown with Sonoma is next Friday night at Kleeberger Field…Chico “B” team plays Hayward tomorrow.

Box Score
Chico State: 0 – 1 – 1 – 5: 7
Cal: 6 – 3 – 2 – 2: 13

Scoring Report:
Chico State: Meinbress 4G 1A, Weber 1G 1A, Locke 1G, Nunez 1G
Cal: Hammond 2G 4A, Parker 2G 2A, Dean 3G 1A, Guy 3G 1A, Rosetti 1G 1A, Terry 1G 1A, Smith 1G

Face-offs: Cal 14/20
Saves: Chico State (Hayes, Whitlow) 11, Cal (Wilson, Seshagiri) 8
Man-up: Chico State 1/6, Cal 1/3
Shots: Chico State 26, Cal 35

Referees: Alabaster, Seivold, Simon

 

Sunday, February 24, 2002
# 10
Cal Beats Santa Clara 18-4

By Brian Hanson
WCLL Correspondent for USLIA.com


Santa Clara, CA: Cal passed the ball around and through the Santa Clara zone defense in an incredible display of team offense, to win for the second time in two days. After scoring 13 goals last night against Chico State, the Golden Bears erupted for 18 goals today, with 17 of them assisted.

Todd Parker, a pre-season all-USLIA attackman, lead the way scoring five goals and assisting on 6 others. "This was a big win for us. We seemed to really distribute the ball well today," said Parker. "Coach Warner emphasized everyone getting touches, so that is what we tried to do."

The Golden Bears controlled the ball for the majority of the game against the undermanned Bronco defense. Fluid passing around the perimeter would lead to openings for cutters, which would find the goal off a pinpoint feed. The ball movement also produced 44 shots, many from close range.

Cal has become zone busters.

"We have worked on the zone a lot in practice, ever since the UCLA game. Our offense was so stagnant against the Bruins; we weren't cutting through, which you need to do to beat a zone. We've worked on distributing the ball from the middies to the attack and vice versa. That work seemed to pay off today," explained Parker.

Santa Clara head coach Gary Podesta had scouted Cal during the UCLA game and noticed the troubles the Bears were having against the zone. "We tried two different zones against them today. Cal moved the ball very well today. You have to hand it to them," said Podesta. "They are ranked No. 10 for a reason. I think they should be ranked higher. I thought we could stay with them. It just wasn't there for us."

Up next for Cal is No. 2 Sonoma State. This has traditionally been the top rivalry in the WCLL, if not the country. "Sonoma is a big game for us, but we'll try to treat this like any other week of practice," voiced Cal assistant coach Robbie Warner. "We practice for every game like it is a championship game. We'll go over the scouting reports, but we try to focus on us. We will try to play our game. We are confident enough in our team, that if we play like we know we can, then we should be fine."

Game notes: Cal head coach Joe Proud missed his second straight game due to his trip East to visit his ailing grandmother...The Santa Clara campus also had women's tennis, basketball, and a baseball game in action today...Game time temperature was 61 degrees...Attendance was around 75...Three of the four Cal coaches wore flip-flops during the game. Only in Cali, dude...Cal midfielder Kevin Terry had a mild ankle sprain near the end of the game...Santa Clara plays the University of Nevada Reno tomorrow.

Box Score
Cal 3-5-6-4 = 18
Santa Clara 1-1-0-2 = 4

Scoring report
Cal: Dean 1G, Parker 5G 6A, Terry 2G 3A, Stothers 2G, Hammond 2G 4A, M. Smith 6G 3A, 14 1A
Santa Clara: Boitano 2G, 9 1G, 22 1G, 25 1A

Face-offs: Santa Clara 14/21
Saves: Cal 14, Santa Clara 11
Man-up: Cal 0-1, Santa Clara 0-6
Shots: Cal 44, Santa Clara 29

Referees: Kunzel, Finger, Clark

 

Saturday, March 2, 2002
# 2
Sonoma State Runs Past # 10 Cal, 10-7

By Brian Hanson
WCLL Correspondent for USLIA.com


March 1, 2002

Berkeley, CA: Sonoma State, facing an early 3-0 deficit, found their groove and wore down a determined Cal Bear squad in front of 450 spectators at Kleeberger Field.

Just as they did against BYU, Cal started the game with no fear and rang up three quick goals, including Jerem Stother’s high rip shot that blew past Sonoma’s spectacular goalie, Dominic Gomez. The aggressive Cal defense started hot as well, shutting out the Cossacks until just under a minute remained in the second quarter.

Brian Cummings’ goal right before the half would ignite Sonoma’s offensive charge that knocked Cal out of this game. Sonoma scored three additional unanswered goals to go ahead 4-3 with 7:02 left in the third quarter. Cal’s Todd Parker, an all-USLIA preseason selection, tied the game less than a minute later off a feed from speedster Kevin Terry.

But Cal’s defensive dam was about to break.

“We like to get up and down the field, take a lot of shots—make things happen. Most lacrosse players want to run and gun. That is what we practice, what we preach, what we live,” said Sonoma head coach Doug Carl.

Sonoma State’s next offensive explosion would click off 5 straight goals, including Jay Wollert’s man-down goal that started the run. The Cossacks were up 9-4 and looking for more.

“ When we get momentum behind us, we just start flowing. We are a real run and gun team,” said Sonoma’s Wollert. “I think once we do get the momentum behind us, there’s nothing that can stop us.”

That was true for Cal tonight. The Golden Bears would score 3 of the next 4 goals but it would not make a sizeable dent. Sonoma had a big enough lead to win. The 2002 regular season version of the Cal-Sonoma rivalry went to the Cossacks.

“I have been hearing stories about this rivalry that go back years. This is a great rivalry,” expounded Sonoma’s sophomore all-USLIA goalie Gomez. “We know a lot of these guys. We see them in the summer. Our team always gets up for this game. This is a big win.”

“This was a game of runs. We are coming out of the gates at people. We knock them back but then let them in the game again,” said Cal head coach Joe Proud. “That goal right before the half really hurt us. The score was 3-1 but you could see the momentum shift. Sonoma is a team that if they smell blood, they go for it.”

Box score:
Team: 1st Qtr – 2nd Qtr – 3rd Qtr – 4th Qtr = Final
SSU: 0 – 1 – 5 – 4 = 10
Cal: 3 – 0 – 1 – 3 = 7

Scoring Summary:
SSU: Wollert 3G, 1A; Esposito 1G; Abbate 1G; Cumming 1G, 2A; Crickmore 2G; Burson 1G, 1A; Fritz 1A; Alexander 1G.

Cal: Stothers 2G; Rosetti 1G; Dean 2 A; Smith 1G; Terry 1G, 2 A; Parker 1G, 1A; Guy 1G.

Face-Offs: SSU 11/18
Saves: SSU 16, Cal 9
Man Up: SSU 2/4, Cal 1/6
Shots: SSU 30, Cal 35

Officials: Alabaster, Kunzel, Simon

Tuesday, March 5, 2002
# 2
Sonoma takes over in the second half to defeat # 10 Cal

Article by Nathaniel Badder

03/01/2002

BERKELEY, CA: Two WCLL 'A' Division North Conference rivals went up against each other on Friday night as No. 2 Sonoma State traveled to Berkeley to square off with No. 11 University of California-Berkeley. The "Playpen,” as Cal’s Kleeburger Field is affectionately known, was packed to the gills with Bear and Cossack supporters alike who saw Sonoma win 10-7.

Cal scored the game’s first three goals on first quarter shots by Jeremy Strothers, Greg Guy, and Matt Smith to take a 3-0 lead. The first half was all Cal as they controlled the ball with lengthy offensive possessions, set the tone for the game with aggressive and physical defense and watched with glee as Sonoma continued turned the ball over time and time again. The momentum began to change when Sonoma midfielder Brian Cummings netted a late in the second quarter to send the Cossacks into halftime down 3-1.

The second half was a different story altogether. Sonoma dominated the face-offs, pushed the tempo, capitalized on several costly turnovers and took the game away from the Bears. By the end of the third quarter, they had overcome Cal's lead on the strength of two separate three-goal scoring runs and took a 6-4 lead. The fourth quarter was more of the same as the Cossacks put the pedal to the metal and outscored the Bears 4-3, thus securing their fourth consecutive win over their rival.

"We play two different styles," said Sonoma State head coach Doug Carl. "Cal's style is very patient and conservative on offense. We really like to run and gun."

Riding this energy, the third quarter was entirely different. Sonoma exploited Cal's lack of depth, particularly at the midfield. Cossack middies M.J. Crickmore, Chris Esposito and Mike Fritz, set a track meet pace for the second half. By clearing the ball end-to-end at breakneck speed, the trio forced the Bears back onto their heels and created numerous unsettled scoring opportunities. En route to a five goal third quarter output, Crickmore scored both of his goals and attackman, Jay Wollert, added one of his game-high three goals and also dished out one assist.

To their credit, however, Cal never gave up and fought tooth and nail to the very end. Guy, Strothers and running mate, Kevin Terry, each scored a goal in the final period, but they could not dent the Sonoma lead. Wollert added two more goals and fellow attackmen Ben Alexander and Will Burson each contributed one to help keep the charging Bears at bay.

 

Sunday, March 3, 2002
# 10
Cal Rebounds for Win over # 18 Texas, 13-6

By Brian Hanson
WCLL Correspondent for USLIA.com


March 2, 2002

Berkeley, CA: Not many times in sports do you have to play your top rival and then turn around the next day and face another tough opponent.

Welcome to the USLIA.

The Cal Bears lost to the No. 2 Sonoma State Cossacks last night in a tough match both physically and mentally. Getting ready to play a hungry Texas team the night after would be no easy task. Texas was also facing the same situation except they were on their third game in three days.

Only the strongest will survive.

Early in the first, Texas looked to be the stronger team. A minute and a half in, Ryan Gombeski lit the lamp to put the Longhorns in the lead. Cal then let the ensuing face-off roll uncontested to the crease in front of their goal where Bryan Chambliss scooped up the groundball and dunked it over Cal goalie Damon Wilson, 2-0 Texas.

"Lacrosse is a real emotional game. The quality of your play depends on how hard you come out each day. On any given day, almost anyone can win. It just depends who has the most heart," said Cal senior attackman David Dean.

Cal’s heart was about to grow immeasurably.

At 11:49 of the first quarter, Cal scored their first goal on a sharp Dean feed that led to a quick shot from Matt Hammond. By the end of the first quarter, before Texas could even get turf dust on their shoes, the Golden Bears had jumped to a 7-2 lead with goal number seven coming from Mark Huang on an assist by Dean.

Each team would score one goal in the second quarter; The halftime score would be 8-3 in favor of the Golden Bears.

"We got a couple quick goals and then they tied it up and Cal really was moving the ball on us. We were having trouble with our second slide," said Texas head coach Jasen Trautwein. "Offensively, we had trouble controlling the ball."

Even when Texas did control the ball and fire off one of their 31 shots, Cal’s goalie Wilson was there making one of his 17 saves. Cal’s defense always seemed to have a stick or body interfering with the Longhorn shots. There was no apparent Sonoma State hangover on either side of the ball for the Bears.

The third quarter was again even as both teams scored twice, including a pretty man-up goal from Texas that came off a backdoor feed from Tony Baskin to Jesse Crossan. The Bears still led by five goals at the end of three, 10-5.

California has faded at the end of their two biggest games. That did not happen on this chilly night. The Golden Bears outscored Texas 3-1 in the fourth quarter to finish strong in an important win.

"We tried to put together four quarters today. We come out hard against everybody but then have a tendency to settle back and lose our aggressiveness. We want to keep pushing the envelope the whole time," said a happy Cal head coach Joe Proud. "We tried to treat each quarter as its own 15 minute game. We want to disprove the recent tradition of having a strong first half and a rough second half. I think we felt we were in control this whole game. I felt we were the aggressors."

Texas, finishing its California trip with a 1-2 record, will most likely return in the future.

"This was a great trip. I think all of the guys are tired. Three games in three days against quality opponents. we look forward to doing this in the future; trying to schedule tough competition. It helps our program, helps our team," commented Trautwein. "The guys bond as a unit. I think we learn a lot from these experiences."

Box score:
Texas: 2 - 1 - 2 - 1 = 6
Cal: 7 - 1 - 2 - 3 = 13

Scoring report:
Texas: Gombeski 1G 1A, Chambliss 2G, Crossan 1G, Baskin 1A, Perales 1G, Telfer 1G.
Cal: Hammond 3G, Dean 3G 2A, Terry 3G, Parker 2G, Huang 1G, Smith 1G 1A, Stothers 1A.

Face-offs: Texas 9/15
Saves: Texas 12 (Parker), Cal 17 (Wilson)
Man-up: Texas 2/4, Cal 0/4
Shots: Texas 31, Cal 32

Officials: Alabaster, Prestigiacomo, Geller

 

Monday, March 4, 2002

Bears Beat LMU

The Bears faced their third game in four days today, this time against the Lions of Loyola Marymount. The Bears seemed relatively flat in the first half, with a score of 7-4 in favor of the Bears. The Lions kept within reach of the Bears for that half, but the third quarter saw a Cal team that hasn't been seen much this year. The Bears doubled their score with another seven in that quarter, while allowing only one goal to be scored against them. The fourth quarter was also controlled by the Bears as they were able to play their entire bench for the majority of the quarter, ending the game with a score of 18-10.

[I went something like 3,1]

 

Saturday, March 9, 2002
11-0 Mid-Game Run Keys
Michigan Win over California, 17-8

March 8, 2002
For immediate release
Contact: Peter Lund (734)936-2450
lundp@umich.edu

Three Wolverines recorded hat tricks as Michigan used an 11-0 run midway through the game to put away the California Golden Bears, 17-8. Attackman Dave Dean led California with 3 goals and 1 assist. [actually 4G,1A] Sophomore attackman Jeff Hanna (Fayetteville, NY/Fayetteville-Manlius) led the way for the Wolverines with three goals and one assist. A pair of midfielders, sophomore Kevin Toller (Ann Arbor, MI/Pioneer) and junior Brian Marchena (Troy, MI/Detroit Country Day) joined Hanna with 3 goals each. The second quarter was key for Michigan, as they outshot the Golden Bears 17-1, won all five faceoffs, and picked up 14 ground balls to California’s 5.

California controlled a physical game at the beginning, when Dean drove around the left side of the goal and scored with 12:19 remaining. Michigan was not able to control the ball on offense and looked like the same team whose frequent turnovers doomed their chances against BYU a week ago. An extra man goal and another goal by Dean in which the Wolverines’ ride fell apart and gave Dean a one-on-one with goalie Sooman Kim (Troy, MI/Troy) gave California a 3-1 lead in the first quarter with 9:27 remaining.

Michigan would proceed to pour on the juice at that point, starting the scoring with 8:22 left when junior midfielder Chip Thomas (Tenafly, NJ/Dwight-Englewood HS) scored off a feed from junior attackman Sloan Buchan-McGilliard (Ann Arbor, MI/Pioneer). A more controlled offense and great goaltending by Kim gave Michigan the momentum. Toller tied up the game by beating his man with a roll-dodge and putting the ball past California goalie Damon Wilson with a low shot. Buchan-McGilliard gave the Wolverines the lead it would never relinquish with 2:35 remaining in the first quarter with an extra-man goal.

Takeaways by the Michigan defense and domination on loose balls kept California from settling into its offensive plan, and the Bears managed just a single shot in the second quarter. Four different Wolverines scored in the quarter, giving Michigan a 10-3 lead at the break. California took control of the game early in the second half, keeping the ball for longer possessions and stopping the Wolverines’ offensive charge thanks to Wilson’s play. However, the Bears still couldn’t score and entered the fourth quarter down 12-3. California scored its first goal in nearly forty minutes just 22 seconds into the quarter when Dean fed midfielder Greg Guy on the crease. California then took control when Michigan head coach John Paul began substituting, and closed the gap to 13-8 when attackman Matt Hammond scored with 5:16 remaining. The Golden Bears would not find the goal again, and Michigan scored four more to finish the game 17-8.

NOTES

- Michigan collected a season-high 52 ground balls. Toller picked up an amazing 18 ground balls for Michigan, a team-high for the season. He also went 19-4 on faceoffs.

- California went 39 minutes and 49 seconds between their third and fourth goals, spanning from the first to the fourth quarter.

- Junior midfielder Kevin Keenan (Birmingham, MI/Seaholm) went down with a knee injury in the second quarter. He will not play against Oakland tomorrow and will be evaluated on Monday.

- The Wolverines will face Oakland University tomorrow at 7 p.m. at Oosterbaan Fieldhouse.

QUOTES

UM Head Coach John Paul
On the game overall: “The middies stepped up tonight. Kevin Toller simply dominated the faceoffs. He was in a funk before the game, goal-scoring-wise, and it was good to see him play so well.”

On the second quarter: “Cal extended its defense and gave us room to dodge. They probably aren’t happy with their slides, because that’s how we were able to score all game. Dominating the face-offs was also key, since that’s how we were able to control the ball.

On California’s comeback in the fourth quarter: “We subbed a bit and began to relax a little. They were playing desperate lacrosse, and it woke us back up.”

UM Sophomore Defenseman Charles Appel
On the defense’s game plan: “We wanted to step it up and play our team defense tonight. We were looking to pack it in more and be more solid, not more aggressive. I’m glad we were able to accomplish that tonight.”

GAME SUMMARY
Michigan vs. California
Friday, March 8, 2002
7:00 p.m., Oosterbaan Fieldhouse, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Score by Quarter: 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 = Total
Michigan: 6 - 4 - 2 - 5 = 17
California: 3 - 0 - 0 - 5 = 8

Michigan Scoring
Jeff Hanna 3G/1A – 4 Pts.
Kevin Toller 3G/0A – 3 Pts.
Brian Marchena 3G/0A – 3 Pts.
Sloan Buchan-McGilliard 2G/1A – 3 Pts.
Chip Thomas 2G/1A – 3 Pts.
Ray Lombardi 2G/1A – 3 Pts.
Justin Gal 2G/0A – 2 Pts.
Ryan Clark 0G/1A – 1 Pt.
Bobby Groenke 0G/1A – 1 Pt.
John Schwartz 0G/1A – 1 Pt.

California Scoring
Dave Dean 4G/1A – 5 Pts.
Matt Hammond 1G/1A – 2 Pts.
David Terry 0G/2A – 2 Pts.
Matt Smith 1G/0A – 1 Pt.
Greg Guy 1G/0A – 1 Pt.
Jerem Stothers 1G/0A – 1 Pt.
Stephen Mac 0G/1A – 1 Pt.

Goalies
Michigan:
Sooman Kim – 10 saves / 8 goals against

California:
Damon Wilson – 14 saves / 14 goals against
Ashwin Seshagiri – 1 save / 3 goals against

Team Statistics: 1st qtr - 2nd qtr - 3rd qtr - 4th qtr = Total

Ground Balls
Michigan: 16 - 14 - 9 - 13 = 52
California: 8 - 5 - 7 - 11 = 31

Shots
Michigan: 15 - 17 - 12 - 11 = 55
California: 5 - 1 - 7 - 14 = 26

Faceoffs
Michigan: 9 - 5 - 2 - 7 = 23
California: 1 - 0 - 1 - 4 = 6

Clears
Michigan: 6/7 - 7/10 - 8/12 - 6/9 = 27/38
California: 6/11 - 3/10 - 5/9 - 3/8 = 17/38

Extra Man
Michigan: 1/2 - 0/1 - 0/0 - 1/2 = 2/5
California: 1/2 - 0/0 - 0/1 - 1/2 = 2/5

Scoring Summary
12:19 (1st)….UC….Dean ….UM 0, UC 1
11:58 (1st)….UM….Hanna (Clark)….UM 1, UC 1
10:47 (1st)….UC (EMO)….Stothers (Terry)….UM 1, UC 2
9:27 (1st)….UC….Dean ….UM 1, UC 3
8:22 (1st)….UM….Thomas (Buchan-McGilliard)….UM 2, UC 3
5:31 (1st)….UM….Toller ….UM 3, UC 3
2:35 (1st)….UM (EMO)….Buchan-McGilliard (Lombardi)….UM 4, UC 3
0:27 (1st)….UM….Gal ….UM 5, UC 3
0:04 (1st)….UM….Lombardi (Hanna) ….UM 6, UC 3
End of 1st Quarter: Michigan 6, California 3
14:25 (2nd)….UM….Marchena ….UM 7, UC 3
2:40 (2nd)….UM….Thomas….UM 8, UC 3
1:31 (2nd)….UM….Gal….UM 9, UC 3
0:59 (2nd)….UM ….Toller….UM 10, UC 3
Halftime: Michigan 10, California 3
7:38 (3rd)….UM….Hanna (Schwartz)….UM 11, UC 3
2:02 (3rd)….UM….Marchena….UM 12, UC 3
End of 3rd Quarter: Michigan 12, California 3
14:38 (4th)….UC….Guy (Dean)….UM 12, UC 4
12:09 (4th)….UM….Lombardi….UM 13, UC 4
10:03 (4th)….UC….Smith (Mac)….UM 13, UC 5
8:12 (4th)….UC…Dean…UM 13, UC 6
5:38 (4th)….UC….Dean (Hammond)….UM 13, UC 7
5:16 (4th)….UC….Hammond (Terry)….UM 13, UC 8
4:44 (4th)….UM (EMO)….Buchan-McGilliard (Thomas)….UM 14, UC 8
3:38 (4th)….UM ….Hanna (Groenke)….UM 15, UC 8
2:08 (4th)….UM ….Marchena….UM 16, UC 8
1:38 (4th)….UM ….Toller….UM 17, UC 8
End of Regulation: Michigan 17, California 8

Officials: Rob Quinn, Dana Friend, Brian Effinger

Attendance: 316

Contact: Peter Lund (734) 936-2450

 

Friday, March 15, 2002
Top Down, Bottom Up:
Cal Graduates Talent, Matriculates Team

Cal Head Coach Joe Proud has had to replace many talented players to help rebuild the Golden Bear Lacrosse Program in 2002. (Picture by Dave Adams)

Special to USLIA.com
By Nathaniel Badder


BERKELEY, California: This was supposed to be a down year for the University of California-Berkeley Golden Bears. Last year’s senior class boasted an impressive list of WCLL All-Stars and USLIA All-Americans who graduated and took their 103 combined points with them. The 2002 Bears were forced to fill this Sasquatch-sized scoring void, as well as replace two stalwarts that have anchored their defense for the last four years.

All-American midfielders Chris and Kevin Moon have graduated. High-scoring attackman John Principi has departed. All-American goalie Robbie Warner, and his 119 saves and 63.3% save percentage, is now a Bears assistant coach. And, three-year defensive starter Tyler Kreitz is no longer patrolling the crease. In their place is a gang of younger players who are raw on talent and short on playing experience.

Sounds like a classic recipe for a rebuilding year, right? Think again.

Cal Head Coach, Joe Proud, sees it more as a building year. As where in years past, the Bears have been able to lean on these stars when the going got tough, they no longer have that crutch to rely on. This has forced the 2002 Bears to bond together, and build a team like never before.

This team has gelled like no Cal team since the 1998 National Championship squad. Through a dedicated, blue collar work ethic, this team of over-achievers and up-and-comer’s has wholeheartedly bought into the concept of placing the team first and sacrificing personal goals for those of the group, proving yet again that the whole can be stronger than the sum of its parts. And, it is this unprecedented team chemistry and cohesion that has Proud beaming like… well… a Proud father.

Every Cal pre-game speech ends with a “Team First!” cheer- a tradition that began three years ago, but has never before been as obvious as it is this year. To wit, Proud points out, “No longer are guys talking about getting off their own shot. They are talking about getting off our shot, one that the whole team has created.”

This transition has not been a totally seamless one. And, a huge factor in this renewed team spirit revolves around the team’s expectations. Last year’s seniors were the last group to have been a part of the 1998 National Championship team. They were freshmen on this team and with this grand success so early in their career came a set of enormously inflated expectations such that anything less than a National Championship victory was a failure. Though a talented group, this sense of entitlement proved to be overwhelming and the grand stage has eluded the Bears since then.

With the diminished individual talent on this year’s squad, the team has rallied around each other. They have come to respect one another. They have built an atmosphere where every individual can and does express himself freely. There are no cliques, and they have taken to each other like a family.

This supportive nature is apparent each time Cal steps on the field. The sideline is an active and integral part of the game’s action. The players stick their nose into ground balls and flock to the ball to help one another out.

To senior captain, attackman Matt Hammond, the best way to accomplish this was not merely with words, but also with actions. He instituted a “Top Down” cheer at a recent meeting of coaches and captains implying that this group must set the example for the others to follow. If there is dirty work to be done, this group has to roll up its sleeves and get after it.

“And, though we are leading from the top down,” Proud continues. “We are actually playing from the bottom up. We are relying on the bottom guys and bringing them up, and everyone is looking to do their share.”

The other side effect of last year’s graduation was a reduced set of expectations on this year’s team. This year’s USLIA Pre-Season poll marked first time in several years that the Bears were ranked out of the top ten- they were No. 11 and have worked themselves up to No. 9 presently. But this is just fine with Proud. “We have no expectations at all. No longer is the scoreboard the measure of our success. We are competing with ourselves everyday, trying to get better than the day before and to reach our full potential. Everyday, we have a game- Cal vs. Cal at 4pm.”

There are some days, he acknowledges, where you can do your best and the other team still walks off victorious. “But, that’s okay,” he says. “If we play our hardest and play the best lacrosse we can as a group, we can rest easy at night. We’re getting back to the substance, not the image of it.”

A renewed sense of urgency, a revitalized sense of purpose, and a rejuvenated team spirit has the Bears playing some of the best team lacrosse in years. And Proud is having the most fun of his six-year coaching career. “And, I’m saying that coming off of one of the worst losses [17-8 vs. Michigan last Friday] of recent memory,” he acknowledges.

Lacrosse is a metaphor for life. Moreover, Proud says, “lacrosse is life.” Success, true success, on the field is predicated on ideals and commitments whose scope is not limited to the sporting arena. Dedication, perseverance, selflessness, teamwork, and group pride are far-reaching concepts whose impact extends well beyond the end lines. Based on their inspired work ethic, their commitment to one another, and their drive to succeed together, it is clear that the 2002 Golden Bears are champions both on the lacrosse field and in life.

 

Saturday, March 23, 2002
Parker Nets 9 as
California Outguns Texas A&M, 23-14

By Brian Hanson
WCLL Correspondent for USLIA.com

Berkeley, CA: After a 17-8 loss at Michigan, Cal had two weeks to prepare for their second half of the season. From the looks of the offensive laser light show displayed at Kleeberger Field tonight, the Golden Bears used their time wisely.

“We got beat like drums at Michigan. It seemed like Michigan won every face-off and our offense was timid and the attack was tight, forcing bad looks inside,” explained Cal head coach Joe Proud. “Today we stayed spread and moved the ball well, forcing their slides. Also, Matt Smith’s father is a high school coach and he came to practice and helped our guys work on their face-offs. That really paid off as well.”

“Tonight was a good sign for us. We took a real bad beating a couple of weeks ago and to see the guys play like this and make improvements in the areas that needed it…I’m psyched,” added Proud.

A good sign indeed. The Golden Bears have not looked this explosive against a team as good as Texas A&M in some time. Cal’s usual ball control offense was on Spring Break and the high-powered version stepped in for its time in the sun.

California opened the scoring at 12:20 in the first with a Jerem Stothers dodge and shoot just outside the crease. Under a minute later, Todd Parker scored his first goal of the day to put Cal ahead 2-0.

Now it was time for Texas A&M to steal the show. The Aggie attack is something special. No-look passes, backside feeds, and quick dodges with bullet passes leading to frozen rope scores seem to be the norm for Justin Thomas, Jason Dunn, and all-USLIA attackman Chris Pike. Texas A&M scored the next 4 goals, including 2 from Justin Thomas, to take a 4-2 advantage.

Cal Jumped right back into the lead—5-4 at the end of one quarter--with 3 goals in 3 minutes. That would set up a fantastic second quarter that would see-saw back and forth until David Dean of Cal tied the score at 8’s on a beautiful fast break goal off a pass from Parker with 2:10 left in the half. Stothers scored again; Greg Guy picked up his own face-off ground ball and finished with a cannon to the top left corner. That goal ended the first half scoring with Cal leading 10-8.

“After our disappointing loss at Michigan, we focused on getting more aggressive on the offense end. We knew Texas A&M is a great transition team,” said Cal’s senior attackman Parker. We knew we’d have to play well in transition to stay with these guys.”

The run-n-gun transition continued into the third quarter, as neither team appeared to feel they needed to hold the ball very long. The Aggies scored four of the next six goals—including a sick cross-field arrow from Pike that Dunn finished with an impressive corner rocket to tie the game at 11.

As the goals kept mounting, the resulting face-offs proved to be the game decider. Led by Greg Guy, Cal controlled the face-offs in the second half winning 16 of 19. “We got smoked on the face-offs at Michigan so we worked hard on them all week,” said Guy.

The momentum clearly shifted to the Bears after such a tight game deep into the third. At the 2:18 mark of the third quarter, Cal would outscore the Aggies 9-1 to finish the game. Parker, who is averaging 4.17 points a game, scored 5 of his career best 9 goals in that span. “I’ve never had a game like this,” said Parker. “It feels good. A lot of my teammates were with me every step of the way. I really had fun tonight.”

The Golden Bears, who had a short history of fading at the end of tight contests, looked like they had fresh batteries all night and stayed strong through the end of the contest. “I was happy to see our guys keep their intensity to the end of the game. It was still a two-goal game in the third and our offense stayed aggressive and kept the pressure on,” said Proud. “We never felt safe even with a six goal lead in the fourth—their attack is that good. I was proud of our offense.”

"In the second half, Cal did the things to win the ball game. I felt we were evenly matched as the first half displayed. But in the second, we didn’t do the job facing off, in the cage or on midfield defense,” said Texas A&M head coach Tony Scazzero.

The Aggies must get over this game quickly. The No. 1 team in the USLIA looms Saturday. “We’ll sleep in tomorrow; we had a long day today. Tomorrow’s another day. This will be a good lesson for these young athletes to learn how to put yesterday behind us. We still have 2 more games on the West coast,” added Scazzero.

Game notes: Cal received their new gloves from Brine and they are sweet. The blue and gold gloves go great with their new uniforms…Attendance was 150…Rain all day in the Bay Area but not a drop during the game, although the field was slick…Another nicely officiated game with very few penalties called…Cal improves to 9-4, Texas A&M drops to 10-2…The Aggies started their day at 5:30am to come to Cali…Sonoma State coach Doug Carl was at the game…Cal started their Spring Break today.

Box Score
Texas A&M: 4 - 4 - 5 - 1 = 14
Cal: 5 - 5 - 7 - 6 = 23

Scoring report:
Texas A&M — Poorman 1G; Sarvarian 2G; Pike 3G,2A; Dunn 4G,4A; Thomas 4G,2A.
Cal — Stothers 4G; Parker 9G,2A; Guy 4G,2A; Dean 3G,1A; Terry 1G,3A; Hammond 2G; Huang 1A; Woodhams-Roberts 1A.

Face-offs: Cal 24/37
Saves: Texas A&M 11, Cal 9 (Wilson)
Man-up: Texas A&M 1-3, Cal 1-2
Shots: Texas A&M 33, Cal 47

Officials: Alabaster, Kunzel, Boone

 

Monday, March 25, 2002
Cal takes Division 3 MIT at the Pit in Santa Barbara

Special to USLIA.com
By Nathanial S. Badder


Santa Barbara, CA: Two unfamiliar foes squared off today as the Engineers of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology took a spring break from their NCAA Division III Pilgrim League schedule to travel to Santa Barbara to play the University of California-Berkeley Golden Bears.

Both teams looked drained from their Friday night action - Cal outgunned Texas A&M 23-14 and MIT lost a gut wrenching, double-overtime game 8-7 to UCSB- and they looked a bit out of sorts on the neutral ground known endearingly as “The Pit.” As a result, play was a bit sloppy early, but cleaned up as both teams rekindled their sense of urgency. A stiff wind and a rock solid and splotchy grass field added to the appearance that the ball was on the ground more often than it was in the players’ sticks. In the end, however, USLIA No. 10 Cal was able to execute more efficiently than MIT and rallied to an encouraging 13-8 victory.

Cal cracked into the score books early when attackman Todd Parker dodged from behind the goal, beating his man and a slider before dumping the ball over MIT goalie Chris Ng midway through the first quarter. Undeterred, MIT fired right back. David Cantor found the net after some nifty ball movement culminating in a feed from Isaac Taylor. Then Cantor dished to Matt Van Horne, MIT’s all-time leading goal scorer, who unleashed a sidearm left-handed rocket that whizzed past Cal goalie Damon Wilson.

Riding their 2-1 lead out of the break, Cantor and Van Horne connected again to start the second quarter. But this was the last lead that MIT would have as Cal middie Kevin Terry then intercepted an errant MIT clearing pass before waltzing through the crease and tossing a shot passed a surprised Ng. Game ball recipient, Mark Huang, then collected a garbage goal off a loose ball around MIT’s crease and Parker the scored of his game-high five goals to complete a three-goal run and give Cal a 4-3 lead heading into halftime.
To open then second half, MIT middie Eli Weinberg inverted behind the cage and took advantage of a short-stick match-up to knot the score at 4-4. But, Cal retaliated in quick succession: Parker face-dodged his way to another score; Kevin Terry found the goal with a lefty shot to Ng’s offside hip; Jerem Stothers buried an outside shot on a man-up opportunity; and Matt Hammond found an open net after a full-field clearing pass that broke MIT’s ten-man ride. All of a sudden the Bears were up by 4 and looked poised to pull away. But, MIT refused to quit and Carter Powers found attackman Rich Webber on a picture-perfect fast break just before the end of the third quarter to bring them within three at 8-5.

The fourth was a high-scoring quarter, but MIT was never able to get any closer than this three-goal deficit. Relying on swift ball movement up the field and within the offensive zone to take advantage of a tired MIT defense, the Bears outscored the Engineers 5-3 in the final period and pushed their lead to 13-8.

After the game, Cal Coach Joe Proud conceded that the win was good, but not great. Acknowledging the uncharacteristically slow beginning, he pointed out, “We started flat. I think we were still on a high from our Texas A&M game, and at first we were sloppy on offense, and got no offensive flow.” The Bears did improve their play throughout the game and got more into their game plan with each quarter.

Acknowledging that they will need to put forth a much more consistent and enthusiastic effort to take down No. 4 UCSB on Tuesday, Proud is excited about the opportunity. “It’s going to be a great game. We have two teams with similar styles. We both like to control the ball and play a good half-field game on offense and defense. So if we start slow or waste opportunities early, that could be the difference. We have a ton of respect for them. It will come down to who wants it more and who can execute better.” MIT now heads south to match up against the UCSD Tritons on Friday.

Box Score
Team: 1st - 2nd - 3rd - 4th = FINAL
Cal: 1 - 3 - 4 - 5 = 13
MIT: 2 - 1 - 2 - 3 = 8

Points (Goals, Assists):

Cal- T. Parker (5,0), K. Terry (2,1), M. Huang (1,0), G. Guy (1,1), M. Hammond (1,2), D. Dean (1,3), J. Stothers (2,0).

MIT- D. Cantor (1,2), I. Taylor (0,1), M. Van Horne (2,0), E. Weinberg (2,0), R. Webber (1,0), C. Powers (2,1), B. Maddigan (0,1).

 

Wednesday, March 27, 2002
Cal Upends UCSB & the USLIA Rankings

Special to USLIA.com by Nathaniel Bladder

ISLA VISTA, California: In a thrilling, back and forth, match-up of bitter, in-state WCLL rivals, the No. 10 University of California-Berkeley Golden Bears overcame some offensive miscues and a tenacious Gaucho defense to squeak out an impressive 8-7 win over host No. 4 University of California-Santa Barbara.

Cal set the tone for the game early in the first quarter with a relentless riding effort and a series of bone-crushing body checks at both ends of the field. The first big hit by midfielder Jerem Stothers on a UCSB defenseman right in front of the Gauchos’ goal resulted in a loose ball that Stothers was able to slap, hockey-style, into the cage to record the game’s first goal. Cal improved its lead to 2-0 when attackmen Todd Parker took a shot from the left wing that UCSB goalie Ryan Brittain saved, but then carelessly dropped into the net.

UCSB finally cracked its scoring ice in the second quarter when attackman Hank Caulkins gobbled up a loose ball that had just been ripped from his stick by a bevy of Cal defenders and fired a shot past Cal goalie Damon Wilson’s left hip. Caulkins then brought the Gauchos even with another big lefty crank on a feed from attackman Luke Wilson.

Not to be outdone, the Cal attackmen notched up their riding effort and the added hustle allowed Parker to pick off a misguided UCSB clearing pass and dump the ball into an open goal. Leading 3-2, Cal looked to settle the ball down on the offensive end. Hoping to confuse the Gaucho defenders, Cal switched between different offensive sets and midfielder Kevin Terry eventually found attackman Dave Dean open by the crease for an easy left-handed finish. The pair connected again just before halftime as the Bears came out of a time out with a set play that asked Terry to sweep across the top of the field and look for Dean on the backside by the goal. The play worked just like it was drawn up and Cal walked into the halftime break leading 5-2.

UCSB started the second half scoring when Wilson dodged from the right wing, drew a slide, and dumped the ball up-top to midfielder Rory Moore who was able to sneak a wormburner from way out past Wilson. Greg Guy won the ensuing face-off for the Bears, and the “Dave Dean Show” continued as the senior attackman scored his third goal in a row off of a textbook fast break feed from Parker. Ben Schooler brought the Gauchos back to within one by scoring back-to-back goals- one off of a nifty box fake from behind the goal and the second on a nice outside bounce shot after another nice feed from Wilson. Cal had a great chance to extend their lead- attackman Matt Hammond crushed Brittain as he was trying to clear the ball and then lobbed the ball at the UCSB goal, but defenseman Tycho Suter smartly stepped between the pipes to knock the shot away.

Up by one heading into the fourth quarter, Cal thought that their luck might have run out when defensive midfielder Brian McNabb’s stick came up a half of an inch to short and the Bears were forced to play the first three minutes of the last period man down. The Gauchos capitalized on this opportunity scoring twice as both Caulkins and Moore scored on big outside shots- giving UCSB their first lead of the game.

But the Bears looked determined and Hammond created enough space behind the goal to get his hands free and find Parker in front of the cage who knotted the score at 7-7 on a rightie shot. Not yet finished, the Bears got the go-ahead goal a few minutes later after defenseman Sam Woodham-Roberts cleared the ball and triggered a three-pass fast break that Parker finished and put the Bears up for good.

The Gauchos had their chances down the stretch and got off a number of good shots in the deciding period. But, it looked like Wilson was saving beach balls in the cage as he blocked seven shots in the final quarter. After the game, he said, “I was just seeing the ball really well. The defense did a great job- allowing only low angle shots.”

Cal Coach Joe Proud was hooting and hollering after the game, ecstatic that the Bears had finally toppled a top-notch team. Recognizing a great team effort on defense and acknowledging a scrappy offensive showing, Proud commented, “It didn’t go smoothly on offense and we had to work hard to get any offensive flow going.” Impressed by his team’s composure especially following the penalty that started the fourth quarter and was overjoyed by his goalie’s play, Proud was happy to give his troops a few days off before matching up with St. Mary’s next Friday, April 5. UCSB is also on break and the Gauchos next square off with San Diego State on Tuesday, April 2.

Box Score:
Cal: 2 - 3 - 1 - 2 = 8
UCSB: 0 - 2 - 3 - 2 = 7

Player Statistics (Goals, Assists):
Cal- J. Stothers (1,0), T. Parker (4,1), D. Dean (3,1), K. Terry (0,2), M. Hammond (0,1).

UCSB- H. Caulkins (3,0), L. Wilson (0,3), R. Moore (2,0), B. Schooler (2,1).

Saves:
Cal- D. Wilson 12
UCSB- R. Brittain 12

Team Statistics:
Groundballs:
Cal- 30
UCSB- 44

Face-Offs:
Cal- 8
UCSB- 11

 

Monday, April 29, 2002
2002 Natiional Championship Tournament Field is Set!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 29, 2002

The US Lacrosse Men’s Division Intercollegiate Associates Council announces its 2002 National Championship Tournament Field!

1 seed: Sonoma State
2 seed: Auburn
3 seed: Colorado State
4 seed: Michigan
5 seed: BYU
6 seed: Stanford
7 seed: California - Santa Barbara
8 seed: Arizona
9 seed: California
10 seed: Buffalo
11 seed: Texas A&M
12 seed: Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo
13 seed: Virginia Tech
14 seed: Washington
15 seed: Minnesota - Duluth
16 seed: New Hampshire

LaxWorld, together with Sports Her Way and manufacturing partner STX, are the presenting sponsors for this year's Intercollegiate Associates National Championships that will be held from May 8-11, 2002 in St. Louis, Missouri. The men’s portion of the tournament will begin on Wednesday morning, May 8th. The tournament will conclude with the 2002 National Championship game on Saturday afternoon, May 11th.

Tournament Director Doug Horn previewed the final tournament seedings. “This year’s tournament field has many compelling first round matchups. I’m excited to see four different programs participate in this year’s tournament that were not here last year. I’m sure we will see several high-powered offenses compete with hard-hitting defensive teams in St. Louis. These matchups should make for exciting contests to watch.”

The top seeded Sonoma State Cossacks (2002 Western Collegiate Lacrosse League Champions) will take on the 16th seeded New Hampshire Wildcats (2002 Pioneer Collegiate Lacrosse League Champions) in opening round play. Sonoma State defeated Stanford by 4 goals in San Diego on Sunday to capture the ’02 WCLL crown for the second year in a row. New Hampshire beat upstart Connecticut on Sunday in Easton, MA to earn the Pioneer League title for the 2nd time in 3 years.

2nd seeded Auburn completed an undefeated regular season yesterday in Chattanooga, site of the SELC Championship Tournament. The Tigers will face-off with 15th seeded Minnesota – Duluth. UM-Duluth won the 2002 Upper Midwest Lacrosse League championship for the 2nd year in a row with a 4-goal victory over Minnesota.

The third seeded and defending national champions, Colorado State Rams, will take on the 14th seeded Washington Huskies. Colorado State earned the 2002 Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Lacrosse League Championship on Saturday evening over host BYU in Provo, Utah. The Huskies, making their first appearance in St. Louis, capped an undefeated regular season by capturing the 2002 Pacific NW Lacrosse League Championship with a 4-goal victory over the Oregon Ducks in Tacoma, Washington on Sunday afternoon.

4th seeded Michigan (2002 Central Collegiate Lacrosse Association Champions) will battle Virginia Tech (# 13 seed) from the SouthEastern Lacrosse Conference. The Wolverines defeated Buffalo in Indianapolis on Sunday to earn their fourth consecutive CCLA title. This game is a rematch of a regular season, neutral site contest on March 15 in Nashville, Tennessee. Michigan defeated Virginia Tech that day, 7 to 5.

In their fifth consecutive national championship appearance, the # 5 seed BYU will battle the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Mustangs (# 12 seed) from the WCLL. Cal Poly SLO is making their first appearance in St. Louis at the National Championship Tournament. BYU hopes to rebound from a tough loss at home against arch-rival Colorado State in the RMILL championship.

The 6 seed vs. 11 seed matchup has the Stanford Cardinal colliding the Aggies of Texas A&M. Stanford, who lost in the 2001 National Championship game to Colorado State last year in St. Louis, fell to top seeded Sonoma State on Sunday in the WCLL Championship. Texas A&M won their third consecutive league championship two weekends ago in Austin, Texas over arch-rival Texas and their third consecutive appearance in St. Louis.

The 7th seeded UC-Santa Barbara Gauchos will battle the CCLA runner-up Buffalo Bulls (# 10 seed). The Gauchos will be making their third appearance in St. Louis in five years while the Bulls will be making their first appearance. Buffalo lost the CCLA Championship to Michigan by 2 goals yesterday afternoon in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The 8 vs. 9 game has Arizona taking on league rival California. The two squads did not meet during the 2002 regular season, but will face at the National Championship Tournament in St. Louis. Arizona secured 3rd place in the WCLL yesterday with 7-goal victory over UC-Santa Barbara. California has made five consecutive appearances at the National Championships while Arizona has been to St. Louis three out of the last five years.

The US Lacrosse Intercollegiate Associates are a group of traditional college club programs from virtually every region of the country. There are more than 140 men’s intercollegiate associates teams competing this year and more than 100 women’s teams. This year will mark the sixth consecutive year that the men’s national championship has been played in St. Louis and this will be the second women’s championship. Colorado State defeated Stanford to win last year s men’s championship and Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo defeated Navy to win the inaugural women’s championship.

This year’s tournament will include 16 men s teams and eight women s teams competing for national championships. The tournament is held at the Anheuser-Busch Sports Centre and is hosted by the St. Louis Chapter of US Lacrosse.