No. 3 Cal MWP Powers Past MIT, 17-4
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  09/09/2012

PRINCETON, N.J. - Junior attacker Collin Smith was again an offensive force for No. 3-ranked Cal, scoring six goals in a 17-4 victory over MIT during the final day (Sunday, Sept. 9) of the Princeton Invitational. The Golden Bears improved to 5-0 on the season and outscored their opponents, 82-21, in their east coast trip. Smith finished the five matches with an impressive 19 goals.

Sophomore Matt Russell added three goals against MIT, while senior captain Marin Balarin and sophomore Blake Kelly had three assists apiece.

Over the three day tournament - in which Cal defeated No. 20 St. Francis (16-4), No. 13 Princeton (16-3), Bucknell (20-3), Harvard (13-7) and MIT (17-4) - the Bears had 15 different players score. Besides Smith's scoring barrage, Balarin added 14 goals, redshirt freshman Thomas Agramonte had seven goals, and junior Perry Short and redshirt freshman Colin Mulcahy had six goals apiece.

Senior goalie Justin Parsons ended the tournament with 31 saves in 11 quarters of action, including 12 saves in three quarters versus Bucknell.

The Bears will next return to action when they compete at the NorCal Invitational, Sept. 15-16 (schedule TBA), at Stanford's Avery Aquatic Complex. The NorCal Invite will feature the top teams in the nation, including No. 1-ranked USC, the four-time defending NCAA champions, and No. 2-ranked UCLA. UCLA had upended Cal, 7-6 in overtime, in last year's semifinals of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament.

MIT 1 1 1 1 - 4

California 5 4 4 4 - 17

California Goals: Collin Smith 6, Matt Russell 3, Marin Balarin 2, Colin Mulcahy, Blake Kelly, Luka Ivanovic, Max Bergeson, Hunter Gettelfinger, Miguel Martin de Bustamante

California Saves: Justin Parsons 3 (two quarters), Michael Boggan 3 (two quarters)