Cal Completes Hat Trick During Busy Season Opening Weeknd

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The Cal women's water polo team opened its season with three games in two days, each of them more one-sided than the last.

The No. 3 Bears came out in full swim on Friday in a 16-8 victory over Cal Baptist at Spieker Aquatics Complex. Sophomore Remington Price led the team with four goals - a breakout performance after only scoring a goal in four matches last season as a freshman - while sophomore goalie Lindsay Dorst tallied three saves.

Jumping to a 5-2 lead in the first quarter, the team maintained that margin in what was still the closest game of the weekend. There were a total of nine scorers for Cal (3-0), outscoring the Lancers in each quarter except for the game-ending 3-3 fourth period.

"We were able to use everyone on our roster and I think that provided valuable experience for our team," coach Richard Corso told "I was pleased with our effort."

After their first win, the Bears hosted the California Invitational on Saturday. The tournament featured eight teams, four of which are ranked in the Collegiate Top-20 Preseason Poll. The only ranked opponent Cal faced in the competition was No. 20 Cal State Bakersfield.

While the invitational did not determine a tournament champion - giving it a certain exhibition feel - the Bears ended 2-0 on their day's matches.

The first victory came from a 20-3 rout of the Roadrunners, an inversion of team rankings. Price once again led Cal with a hat trick, tying with freshman Alexandra Hill, who also scored three for the team.

The Bears went for 13 goals before Cal State Bakersfield recorded its first score at the end of the third quarter. Dorst had six saves in the first half and freshman Kristen Stern added four saves in the second half for Cal.

The same ball movement that won Friday's game was even clearer on Saturday, with 13 players scoring for the Bears. They continued that momentum into the final quarter, finishing with seven goals in the fourth.

A second victory came from the aftermath of another one-sided show between Cal and unranked Sonoma State.

The Bears closed their weekend with a 19-2 win with 10 different players scoring for the team, led by sophomore Dana Ochsner and freshmen Kelly Mendoza and Jennifer Talbott with three goals apiece. Goalies Dorst and Stern tallied five and four saves respectively.

Along with Cal, Team Canada finished 2-0 in the tournament. They were the only two teams to go two for two.

The team's next event is the Spartan Invitational in San Jose, Calif., where it will play two matches this weekend.


Samuel Farahmand covers women's water polo. Contact him at [email protected]

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