April 29, 2012
STANFORD, CALIF. -Junior Breda Vosters scored on a five-meter penalty shot with 4:30 left in the match to get Cal within, 6-4, but that was as close as the Golden Bears would get, falling to USC in the third place match of the 2012 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament at Stanford's Avery Aquatics Center. Cal (18-9) was led by sophomore Ashley Young's two goals, and junior goalie Lindsay Dorst finished with seven saves.
USC got goals from six different players en route to claiming third place at the MPSF Championship. The Bears had cut an early 4-1 deficit down to one at 4-3 by halftime, with sophomore Kelly Mendoza scoring a last second shot just before halftime to get Cal within one goal. But, USC got goals from Chelsea Silvers and Nicolina McCall in the third period to stretch the lead back to three at 6-3.
The Bears still battled. After junior center Dana Ochsner forced the five-meter penalty shot that Vosters converted on, Dorst had several key blocks and picked up a steal to give Cal the ball back with 1:29 left in the match. However, the Bears were not able to convert on their last couple of possesions.
Trojan goalie Flora Bolonyai, with 10 saves in the match, and the Trojan defense held Cal to just one goal in the second half, Vosters' penalty shot, to pick up the victory.
The Bears finished 1-2 at the MPSF Tournament, defeating Arizona State, 13-12 in overtime, on Friday; before falling to No. 1-ranked Stanford, 12-5, on Saturday.
California - 1 2 0 1 = 4
USC - 2 2 2 0 = 6
USC Goal Scorers - Gilchrist, Jancso, McCall, O'Donnell, Silvers, Vavic
Goalie Saves: - Lindsay Dorst 7 (C); Bolonyai 10 (USC)