Jan. 22, 2012
SAN JOSE, CALIF. -Bolstered by two goals apiece from senior Elizabeth McLaren and junior Dana Ochsner, the No. 2-ranked Cal women's water polo team powered to an 11-7 victory over No. 17-ranked UC Santa Barbara Sunday (Jan. 22) in its final game of the Spartan Invitational in San Jose.
The Golden Bears finished the season-opening invitational 4-0, defeating Pacific, 9-4, earlier Sunday. On Saturday, Cal had topped Santa Clara (16-6) and UC Davis (13-5) to conclude its weekend in San Jose outscoring its opponents, 49-22.
Against the Gauchos, the Bears also received single goals from seven other players - senior Jessica Robinson; juniors Breda Vosters and Kirstn Mase; sophomores Ashley Young and Kelly Mendoza; and freshmen Chris Baker and Tiera Schroeder. Junior goalie Lindsay Dorst finished with seven saves.
Cal held a tight 5-3 advantage at halftime, but pulled away in the third period by outscoring UC Santa Barbara, 4-1, to take a 9-4 lead before finally winning, 11-7.
In the Sunday morning win over Pacific, Mendoza and freshman Marisa Purcell each scored two goals and five other Bears scored single goals.
Cal held a 3-2 lead over Pacific after the first period on goals by Vosters, Remington Price and Mendoza. The Bears then controlled to contest by shutting out the Tigers, 2-0, in the second period behind another goal from Mendoza and a score by junior All-American Ochsner.
Cal increased its advantage to 8-3 after three periods on scores from sophomore Emily Turner and freshmen Purcell and Tiera Schroeder. Purcell gave the Bears their ninth goal with a score with 25 seconds left in the match in the fourth period.
Cal will next be hosting the eight-team California Speedo Invitational, Jan. 27-28 at Spieker Aquatics Complex. There will be 11 matches during the Speedo Invitational with no tournament champion. Click here for the tournament schedule 2012 California Speedo Cup Tournament
Cal had a stellar season in 2011 with 26-5 record and coach Richard Corso was named the 2011 MPSF Coach of the Year when he led Cal to the 2011 MPSF Tournament title with a 7-6 win over UCLA and a national runner-up finish at the 2011 NCAA Tournament.
UC Santa Barbara 1 2 1 3 - 7
California 2 3 4 2 - 11
California Saves: Lindsay Dorst 7
Pacific 2 0 1 1 - 4
California 3 2 3 1 - 9