With the first half of play occurring an incessant downpour, the artificial turf on Witter Rugby Field collected water, the pace of play slowed and simple ball mechanics like scooping ground balls became more difficult.
Before the start of the game, one of Cal's players noted that "weather can be the great equalizer, but it won't be today." Her claim held true as the Bears played impressively and took control of the game early, eventually dropping the Leopards 13-10.
Despite the conditions, we were on hand with Bear Blog photographer James Besser to catch Cal in action. Check out those photos below.
Senior goalkeeper came ready to play, eye black and all.
Sophomore Gina Holslag waits as the official checks to make sure her stick meets all requirements.
The Bears stand for the national anthem under the lights for the first time.
Shropshire, a senior and captain, breaks out her dance moves before taking the field.
Coach Theresa Sherry speaks to her team in the pouring rain.