Sept. 18, 2011
STOCKTON, CALIF. - No. 2 Cal outscored No. 4 Stanford, 3-1, in the fourth quarter with senior Ivan Rackov breaking a 7-7 tie with 2:23 left in the match for an 8-7 Golden Bear victory Sunday (Sept. 18) in the third-place match of the 2011 NorCal Invitational in Stockton. Cal improved to 5-1 season after falling to UCLA, 8-7, earlier Sunday in the tournament semifinal.
Rackov, the 2010 National Player of the Year, ended the match against the Cardinal leading the Bears with three goals against their Bay Area rivals. Junior goalie Justin Parsons finished with 11 saves, while brothers Luka and Aleksa Saponjic, Collin Smith, Zach Greenwood and Charlie Steffens also scored for Cal.
In the noon match against UCLA, the Bears were led by two goals apiece for Luka Saponjic and Rackov, and a goal from redshirt freshman Blake Kelly. Parsons recorded nine saves in the semifinal versus the Bruins.
The Bears had advance to the NorCal Tournament semifinals by defeating Vanguard, 27-3, and No. 6 Pepperdine, 8-7, on Saturday.
"The NorCal Tournament was a good news, bad news situation for us," said Cal coach Kirk Everist. "We struggled a little bit offensively, which is something we are going to have to shore up. We didn't shoot the ball well this weekend and might have been trying too hard. We are nowhere near where we want to be, but we did get some things going and got some great efforts from our players."
The Bears will next travel back to Stockton to face the University of the Pacific on Saturday, Sept. 24 at 1 p.m. at Chris Kjeldsen Pool.
STAN 2 3 1 1 - 7
CAL 3 1 1 3 - 8
Goals STAN: Smith 3, Bowen 2, Avery, Sefton
Goalkeeper Saves STAN: Pengree 9
CAL: Justin Parsons 11
UCLA 1 2 0 3 - 6
CAL 1 0 2 2 - 5
UCLA: Reynolds 2, Hennessy, Hays, Samuels, Wherry
Goalkeeper Saves CAL: Justin Parsons 9
UCLA: Rapacz 7