May 1, 2011
BERKELEY - The No. 2 Golden Bears (24-4) overcame the Bruins (24-6) to earn the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation championship title on Sunday, May 1 at the San Jose State Aquatics Center. This is the first time the Bears have won the MPSF title and this victory earns them an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament May 13-15.
The Bears' early lead gave them an advantage which they maintained throughout the match. Starting the game with two Cal goals, the Bears held the Bruins to zero points in the first. The second quarter saw two more Cal goals to the Bruins' two, giving the Bears a 4-2 lead at the half. The second half saw even scoring by both teams, but the Bears early goals gave them the upper hand for the win, 7-6.
The first quarter saw domination by the Bears with Emily Csikos scoring the first goal of the match at 4:26 left, followed by an Ashley Young goal, giving the Bears a two-goal lead going into the second period. The Bears widened the gap with a goal from Kelly Mendoza who scored with 4:18 left in the half for a Bears lead, 3-0. The Bruins finally got on the board after they drew a man-advantage that Brooke Martin capitalized on. With 1:55 to go in the second period, Kelly Easterday scored for UCLA to bring the team within one goal, but the Bears' Remington Price scored another goal to maintain their lead, 4-2 at the half.
The Bruins scored the first goal of the second half during an exclusion when Priscilla Orozco shot one past the Bears' defense with 4:04 to go in the third quarter. Elizabeth McLaren replied for the Bears with 1:12 left in the third period, followed by a second goal from Ashley Young with nine seconds to go for a tally of 6-3 at the close of the third. The final quarter saw two more consecutive goals from the Bruins to bring them within a single goal once again. However, at the 2: 18 mark, Elizabeth McLaren fired another goal past the Bruin defense to secure the Bears' lead by two goals, 7-5. The final goal of the game came from Gisselle Naranjo of UCLA, but this effort was not enough to overcome the Bears, and Cal won the match 7-6 to earn its first ever MPSF Championship title.
Cal goals: Ashley Young 2, Elizabeth McLaren 2, Emily Csikos, Kelly Mendoza, Remington Price
UCLA goals: Noel Umphrey 2, Sarah Orozco, Priscilla Orozco, Brooke Martin, Kelly Easterday
Cal saves: Peckham (32:00) 4
UCLA saves: Sami Hill (16:00) 5, Caitlin Dement (16:00) 3