They’re loud, they’re fast and they’re not afraid. The ground during practice time at Underhill quakes under their collective movement, and you can barely hear your own thoughts amongst the intense direction of coaches and captains. After months of practicing 3 nights a week, plus film sessions and weight lifting, they’re on their way to national recognition. And it’s time for you to know what they’re all about.
*Leading Off…It’s a Four-Peat!*In the pantheon of Cal sports no one team has ever been as dominant as the rugby team, especially when you look at it in this era of Bears sports.Sure, the current teams consistently place in the top 25, save for a couple. Sure, the current teams make deep postseason runs. But not one team is as dominant as Jack Clark’s rugby team.Evidence? When you’ve just won your fourth national title in a row and defeated both opponents in the final four by a combined score of 100-38, we’re going to say that’s just pure dominance.By the way, it was also the 23rd championship for this rugby team. No other team on this campus has more than 15.*Who is this Cal baseball team? Part II*Last week, we pondered whether or not Esquer’s Bears were En Fuego.Well, they were, until they dropped yet another game to San Francisco (it’s the Dons guys, not the Giants. We’re sure you can beat USF eventually). To make matters worse, Cal dropped the first two games of its series against fUCLA.But then those Bears that were En Fuego returned Sunday, as Cal blasted the Small Dickless Bears 16-0. We have to ask, will the real Cal baseball team please standup?*Bears Finish MPSFs in Fourth*Not all teams saw success last weekend. The Cal lacrosse team (the women mind you, the men’s team is merely a club team, not too important), lost its semifinal and then its third-place game by one goal each.It seemed like the Bears couldn’t recovered from the midseason mini-collapse it had, going against some of the best teams in the country. But then again, we guess the best teams do recover from midseason collapses or just don’t have them.*Cal Second Place in Director’s Cup*Well, we knew this day was going to come. Last fall, the Cal Athletic Department found itself in first-place in the Director’s Cup.What’s the Director’s Cup? It’s a way to measure which school’s athletic program is the best in the country, and last fall, after a top 15 finish in football and a national championship in water polo, the Bears were in first place for the first time ever.But then Stanfurd, which has won the Director’s Cup every year for the last 12 years, reared it’s ugly head again and now sits atop the Director’s Cup standings after the winter season. But not to worry, the Bears are right there in second, over 200 points off the lead (which is a lot).*Warriors Mania*Golden State starts its second-round series with the Utah Jazz (we still don’t get why they’re called the Jazz) today in the SLC.Our big question: Will the Warriors be able to use it’s athleticism against the Jazz the same way they used it to beat the Mavs?*Golden Bears*_1) The Ruggers_For the seniors on the team, that’s an entire career with only being called National Champs._2) Jack Clark – Rugby_Best coach on this campus. Period._3) Chase Brogan – Rugby_The team captain led the way for this national championship, scoring to bust the game wide open.
*Leading Off…Just TOO Much*
The national collegiate playoffs for rugby are a joke. Especially when the Bears can beat its first two opponents by a combined score of 129-3.
Remember, that’s two games. And in two games, Cal rugby scored more than 100 points and only let one team score three.
We offer that the Bears just get a bye all the way into the semifinals, so that we don’t have to sit through such destruction again.
Losing To Stanfurd, Round 2
A few months ago was the first big Cal versus Stanfurd weekend. The Bears lost to the Indians FIVE times in that time span. Cal did relatively better this time around, only losing three times to ’Furd. But still, that’s way too many times.
Loss Number 1 – Women’s Water Polo
The Bears are young, and this one was close. It was also at home. Maybe next year, huh?
Loss Number 2 – Women’s Tennis
Crumbling under pressure. That’s all we’ve got.
Loss Number 3 – Lacrosse
Well, it was as expected as the other two.
Beating the Indians
While those teams above failed to beat Stanfurd, we actually had a few teams win against our counterparts to the south.
Win Number 1 – Men’s Tennis
NOT EVEN CLOSE. Bears upset the Indians on the Farm for a possible NCAA berth.
Win Number 3 – Baseball
Amazingly, Stanfurd needs three pitchers in the first inning to get three outs and Cal took two of three from the Indians at Evans. It’s nice, but still leaves a bitter taste in our mouths from that sweep back in February.
1) Pierre Mouillon – men’s tennis
Hits the game winner to give the Bears the victory.
2) Rikus Pretorius – rugby
Scored team high three tries in Sunday’s win. But also he has an awesome name. We thought we had to put it in here.
3) Max Fearnow – Stanfurd baseball
Gave up five runs in his start against the Bears on Sunday. He only lasted one out.