It all began on Friday morning when the team learned that they were to be preserved as a varsity sport at Cal. With each player fulfilling their normal Friday morning requirements of class, discussion section or down time - it was, after all, a game day - news spread quickly as the team celebrated with one another via text messages and phone calls.
Despite the excitement, the Bears had to regain focus to face No. 10 Notre Dame at Witter Rugby Field on Friday afternoon to kick off their 2011 campaign. Although Cal lost that game, it came back strong on Sunday with a commanding 15-11 win over UC Davis in its MPSF conference opener.
So, what is to be made of all of this? Following the win over UC Davis, I caught up with Holslag to discuss the weekend. Check out that interview plus some pictures from the weekend below.
Senior captain Allie Shropshire (number 31) leads the Bears onto Witter Rugby Field.
Sophomore Clemmy Little looks on as her teammates warm up for the Notre Dame game.
Sophomore Gina Holslag is introduced pregame.
The Cal defense huddles around goalie Allie Shropshire during its season opener against Notre Dame.