Bears Overlook Stanford, Suffer Decisive Loss

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Saturday was a beautiful sunny day up at Kleeberger Field.

Unfortunately, the sun didn't shine on the Cal men's lacrosse team. The Bears lost their final home game and regular season match to rival Stanford by a decisive score of 14-7.

The Cardinal reclaimed the lacrosse version of the Axe from the Bears for the first time in more than ten years.

"It just didn't come together like we wanted to," said junior midfielder and club president Greg Guy. "We looked past Stanford in preparation for the playoffs."

With the loss, Cal's record dropped to 13-4, leaving the team in a three-way tie with Stanford and Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo for second place in the Western Collegiate Lacrosse League. But because of point differential, Stanford earned the second seed in this week's quarterfinal playoffs.

Cal will travel north to face No. 1 seed Sonoma State Saturday. Stanford will face third-seed Cal Poly at home, with a chance to avenge its recent loss.

The winners of each game will then face each other and a Cal-Stanford rematch remains a likely possibility.

The Bears took an early 2-0 lead in Saturday's match, but the Cardinal dominated from then on.

"Our offense was not very potent and our defense had some lapses," Guy said. "It was an all around letdown."

Guy led Cal scorers with three goals. Senior midfielder Jerem Stothers and senior attacker Dave Dean each added two more for the Bears. Stanford senior midfielder Ian Weiss led all scorers with seven goals.

The Cardinal effectively shut down Cal's leading scorer Todd Parker. Parker, who averages over two goals per game, was held scoreless.

Regardless of last weekend's outcome, the Bears' 2002 campaign has been a successful one.

After losing a number of All-Americans from last year's team, this season was expected to be a 'rebuilding year.' Cal lost its goalie and high scorers who accounted for 103 combined points last season.


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