Nov. 9, 2012
BERKELEY - In the regular-season finale Friday afternoon, Stanford defeated Cal, 6-1, behind a hat trick from the Cardinal's Adam Jahn. Prior to the contest, the Golden Bears honored their six seniors playing their final game at Cal - Kyle Marsh, Michael Munoz, Ted Jones, John Fitzpatrick, Tony Salciccia and Kyle Lunt.
"We started the game gloriously, and played as well as we have all year," Cal head coach Kevin Grimes said. "Their early goal to start the second half caused us to have to chase the game and take some risks in the back. They did a good job taking advantage of the numerical advantage and made us pay. The seniors should be very proud to bring the program back to a winning season and continue to strengthen the culture of our team. We will miss them dearly."
"It means a lot," Fitzpatrick said about playing his final game at Edwards Stadium. "This is our home. It's unfortunate the way the game went, but nobody can say we didn't fight hard. It was a hard-fought game; just didn't go the way we wanted it to."
With the loss, Cal fell to 8-7-3 (3-5-2 Pac-12), while the Cardinal improved to 9-8-1 (5-4-1 Pac-12).
The Bears got on the board first in the first half, but the Cardinal scored the next six consecutive goals, including five in the second half.
Cal opened up the scoring 15 minutes into the first half when Fitzpatrick took a cross from Salciccia and beat the Stanford keeper in the top corner to put the Bears on the scoreboard, 1-0. It was Salciccia's team-leading 16th point of the season and his sixth assist.
"I was coming down the right side, and Salciccia made a great cross," Fitzpatrick said recalling the goal. "It was a nice diagonal pass. I was able to get it with some space, and I slotted it."
With just over eight minutes remaining in the first half, Stanford evened the game at one goal apiece when Adam Jahn received a pass from Ty Thompson right in front of the net and punched it in. At the outset of the second half, Jahn scored his second goal of the game on a header from Brandon Vincent to give the Cardinal a 2-1 lead.
Aaron Kovar beat Cal keeper Kevin Peach to his right to make it 3-1 Stanford at the 30 minute mark. Later in the half, Eric Verso got behind Peach to make it 4-1 Stanford with 15 minutes remaining in the game. With 12 minutes left in the contest, Jahn scored his third goal to complete the hat trick. In the final minutes of the game, Cal surrendered an own goal that produced the sixth Cardinal tally.
Stanford outshot Cal, 20-8, including an 11-4 advantage in shots on goal.