Bears Begin Well in Westwood
LOS ANGELES - California sent 54 student-athletes onto the pitch Saturday for opening day of the Golden Bears spring 15s season, using mixed lineups to defeat UC Santa Barbara, 72-0, UC Davis, 42-5, and UC Riverside, 85-0, at the All-UC Tournament/Dennis Storer Classic hosted by UCLA on the Bruins' North Athletic Field.
Even with abbreviated matches to accommodate a tournament structure, Cal (3-0) managed to score 31 tries and 199 points, good for 10.3 tries per game and 1.65 points per minute over the course of the day, yielding only one try in 120 minutes of play.
"It's great to see everyone get a chance to play, whether you're a seasoned campaigner or a new player trying to make a name for yourself," said Jake Anderson. "We're trying to get started well with our systems and put everything that we've been training for the past two weeks onto the field."
Scrumhalf Nicklas Boyer scored the Bears' first try of the season against UCSB, followed soon after by the first career try by freshman Edward Tandy as Cal blanked Santa Barbara. Josh Tucker and Harry Libarle each scored two of Cal's 12 total tries.
In their second contest, the Bears scored six tries, two from Jesse Milne and all six converted by Harry Adolphus, but a Cal turnover in the waning seconds allowed UC Davis' Ryan Albin to score an unconverted try.
The third match of the day saw nine players notch 13 tries combined, including a hat trick by Cameron Todd and two apiece from Charles Guiraud, Billy Maggs and Karl Thornton, as Jamie Howells connected on 10-of-13 conversions against the Highlanders.
Among the busload of Bears making their season debut was Paul Bosco, who started against UC Davis for his first minutes since sustaining an injury in Feb. 2013. "It's grand to able to play again," he said, "not just for these young guys getting their first opportunity to make a mark in their career, but just as much for older guys like me trying to make our mark, too."
While playing time extended virtually all the way through the Bears' travel roster, minutes were limited to preserve some of Cal's more established players, including captain Seamus Kelly.
Cal will face UCLA at 1:30 Sunday to end its ninth trip to the tournament named for the former coach of the Bruins and U.S. National Team.
The Scoring Timeline vs. UC Santa Barbara
02:00 Nicklas Boyer 5
09:00 Max Shaulis 5
18:00 Josh Tucker 5
Halftime Score: California 36, UC Santa Barbara 0
23:00 Brandon Kraft 5
27:00 Patrick Coleman 5
33:00 Harry Libarle 5
Final Score: California 72, UC Santa Barbara 0
The Team vs. UC Santa Barbara
15. Anderson (c) (Morris @ 20:00), 14. Tucker (Libarle @ 25:00), 13. Okusi (Welch @ 20:00), 12. Harrington, 11. Shaulis, 10. Webb (Kraft @ 20:00), 9. Boyer (Okusi @ 20:00), 1. Mohr (Harmon @ 25:00), 2. Bush, 3. C. Fry, 4. Coleman, 5. Kondrat, 6. Hendrickson (McDonnell @ 20:00), 7. Bruzzone, 8. Tandy
The Scoring Timeline vs. UC Davis
Halftime Score: California 21, UC Davis 0
30:00 Harry Adolphus 5, 2
40:00 UC Davis (Ryan Albin) 5
Final Score: California 42, UC Davis 7
The Team vs. UC Davis
15. A. Salaber, 14. Battaglia (Libarle @ 30:00), 13. Quimson, 12. Braun (Milne @ 25:00), 11. Milne (Chipman @ 25:00), 10. Adolphus (Kraft @ 30:00), 9. Bosco (Boyer @ 25:00), 1. Mohr (C. Fry @ 20:00), 2. Haynes, 3. Vrame, 4. Purdy, 5. Bowman 6. N. Salaber, 7. Gletzer (Frey @ 25:00), 8. De Nysschen (Le Merle @ 30:00)
The Scoring Timeline vs. UC Riverside
14:00 Charles Guiraud 5
Halftime Score: California 40, UC Riverside 0
22:00 Charles Guiraud 5,
25:00 Karl Thornton 5
28:00 Connor Sweet 5
35:00 Jamie Howells 5, 2
Final Score: California 85, UC Riverside 0
The Team vs. UC Riverside
15. Thornton, 14. Guiraud (Chipman @ 25:00), 13. Todd (Drake @ 20:00), 12. Maggs, 11. Hess, 10. Howells, 9. Dunne, 1. Harmon, 2. Ogburn, 3. Baylor, 5. Kozinski, 6. Warnock (Beckerman @ 20:00), 7. Spradling, 8. Sweet