BERKELEY - The 2013 fall season was full of superlatives for Cal Athletics. From individual milestones to team success, there was a lot to remember for Cal sports teams during the past four months. The following is a recap of the top ten stories from the fall season at Cal.
10. Women’s Hoops Sets Attendance Record: Cal’s women’s basketball team packed Haas Pavilion on Nov. 10 for its game against No. 2 Duke. Coming off their run to the Final Four the previous season, excitement surrounding the Bears was at an all-time high. It showed when 10,771 fans showed up, setting a record for a Cal women’s basketball game at Haas Pavilion. The crowd eclipsed the previous mark of 10,126, set in 2009 against Stanford.
9. Feller wins 600th: Cal women’s volleyball coach Rich Feller became just the 29th head coach in Division I history to reach 600 wins when the Bears defeated North Carolina 25-20, 25-18, 25-20 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Madison, Wisconsin. Feller now has a career record of 600-332 in 29 years of coaching. He has been at Cal for 15 seasons after spending the first 14 of his career at Colorado State. He is Cal’s all-time winningest coach with a mark of 301-165.
8. Men’s Soccer Team Reaches Elite Eight: The Bears had one of their finest seasons in history, advancing to the NCAA Elite Eight for just the third time ever. And for the first of those three times, Cal was at home. In fact, the Bears never left Berkeley during the postseason, hosting games against and defeating Bradley and Coastal Carolina before falling to Maryland.
7. Kelsey Santisteban Races To Best Cal Finish Ever: Junior cross country runner Kelsey Santisteban placed 10th overall at the NCAA Cross Country Championships in Terre Haute, Ind. It was the best finish ever for a Cal runner, male or female. The finish gave Santisteban All-American honors. She also was named to the All-Pac-12 First Team.
6. Montgomery Passes Wooden: Cal men’s basketball coach Mike Montgomery notched the 665th win of his career on Dec. 14 as the Bears defeated Fresno State, 67-56. The victory moved Montgomery past legendary UCLA coach John Wooden into 27th place on the all-time Division I wins list.
5. Women’s Soccer Beats Stanford For First Time Since 2006: The Bears closed out the 2013 regular season with a thrilling 1-0 overtime win over No. 9 Stanford. It marked the first time in seven years Cal has beat the Cardinal, and it was only Stanford’s fourth home loss since 2007.
4. Cal Partners With Kabam: Cal and Kabam – a leading mobile gaming company – reached a 15-year agreement in December that includes naming rights to the field at California Memorial Stadium. The value of the contract is nearly $18 million. Starting in 2014, the field will be known as “Kabam Field at Memorial Stadium.”
3. Missy Franklin Arrives At Cal: Decorated Olympian Missy Franklin began her career at Cal in the fall, starting her freshman year and immediately making an impact. Franklin set school records in the 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle and helped put Cal’s women’s swim program in the limelight. Franklin won five medals at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
2. Jared Goff Rewrites Record Books: True freshman quarterback Jared Goff turned Cal’s football record books upside down in 2013. Goff broke school single-season record for passing yards (3,508), total offense (3,446), completed passes (320) and passes attempted (531). Goff also set a Cal record for one game with 504 passing yards against Washington State.
1. Men’s Soccer Earns No. 1 National Ranking For First Time: It was a storybook season for the Bears, one that was highlighted by a No. 1 national ranking for the first time in the program’s history. Cal moved into the top position on Sept. 29 after beginning the season 6-0-1, including wins over then-No. 3 Georgetown and then-No. 2 Maryland. The Bears remained atop the poll until early November.