Water polo upsets second-ranked Stanford
The No. 5 ranked California men’s water polo team, led by goalie Russell Bernstein, scored a 7-4 upset victory over No. 2 ranked Stanford (4-2) in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match Saturday on the Stanford campus.
Senior Eldad Hazor led the Golden Bears with three goals, while Bernstein chalked up 11 saves.
The Bears jumped to a 3-1 first period lead, thanks to goals by Hazor, Jerry Smith and Joe Kaiser. Cal then extended the lead to 6-2 at halftime with goals by Hazor, Adam Metzger and Smith.
Stanford mounted a rally in the second half, cutting the Cal lead to 6-4 with 1:34 in the third period on goals by Mark Amott and Peter Hudnut.
But Hazor’s third goal of the game (and the only goal for both teams in the fourth period), sealed the victory for Cal,which is now 4-3 overall and 1-0 in the MPSF.
Cal comes out on top after penalty strokes
Stanford (4-6, 3-2 NorPac) and California (5-3, 3-0 NorPac) played a grueling field hockey match that came down to penalty strokes to give the Golden Bears a 1-0 victory. Neither team was able to score during regulation or the two sudden-death overtime periods.
Cal led off the first series of strokes and after Stanford goalkeeper Rebecca Shapiro stopped the first shot, the next three Cal strokers scored.
Three Stanford players attempted and missed shots before the team was mathematically eliminated by a score of 3-0.
The Cardinal out-shot the Golden Bears 23 to 11 and recorded 10 penalty corners to Cal’s two.
Volleyball falls to No. 6 USC
The University of California women’s volleyball team lost to No. 6 ranked USC, three games to none (15-9, 15-7, 15-7), Saturday night at the RSF Fieldhouse in Los Angeles.
Cal had its best shot to win a game against the Trojans in game one. The Bears jumped out to a 7-2 lead with the help of blocks by freshmen Gabrielle Abernathy and Heather Diers, an ace by Abernathy, a couple of kills by Alicia Perry and a kill by Diers, but USC (9-0, 4-0) came back, won the game 15-9 and never looked back, capturing games two and three by the score of 15-7.
Perry led Cal (5-5, 1-3) with 19 kills and 11 digs. USC was led by Katie Olsovsky and Jennifer Pahl with 11 and 10 kills, respectively. The Trojans had a .336 hitting percentage for the match.