Rookies Develop at Stanford 7s Qualifier

Cal finished 4th in the Stanford 7s Qualifier on Sunday, Nov. 15th, 2015 with a largely rookie roster. Considering the team has only been practicing 7s for about two weeks, the improvement from the first game to the last game was tremendous.

Stanford and UC Davis made a very strong showing, coming in first and second respectively. Cal faced a very aggressive UC Davis team (largely resembling last year’s dynamite team) in the first match of the day, falling 0-27. Cal then got the toughest match of the day out of the way with a 0-37 point loss to Stanford. Cal then faced an easier opponent and was able to get some points on the scoreboard to overcome Santa Clara in a 20-12 win. With confidence building, but facing a very hard hitting team, Cal then saw a tie against Chico State in their fourth match of the day (after Chico had just faced UC Davis in a 0-36 point loss). In the 3rd/4th place playoff match, Cal was rematched with Chico and Cal narrowly lost by a last minute Chico State try, 10-15.

Cal is largely rebuilding this fall as veterans Abby Vogel, Ceara Lafferty, Kelly Doran, Caitlin Whiteside, Sydney Moss, Angela Escobedo, and Rebecca Hernandez are all recovering from injuries sustained earlier this fall. Mari Triplett joins as Head Coach and seeks to establish her mark and continue building the Cal Women’s program. 

Some Cal veterans were forced into new leadership roles on the pitch in the absence of veteran 7s players Caitlin Whiteside, Abby Vogel, and Kelly Doran. Kathryn Johnson and Miranda Luarca played pivotal roles in Sunday matches, both defensively and offensively.

From Sunday’s performance, it looks like the Cal rookies have a lot of potential as the team will now begin to build for the 15s season, set to begin in late January.

Stanford 7s Team photo_650w

 

Match Schedule – Stanford 7s Qualifier – Sunday, Nov. 15th, 2015
Game Time Team A Score Team B Bye
1 9:00 AM Cal  0-27 UC Davis Santa Clara
2 9:20 AM Chico State  12-14 Stanford
Break
3 10:00 AM UC Davis  30-0 Santa Clara Chico State
4 10:20 AM Cal  0-37 Stanford
Break
5 11:00 AM Chico State  10-5 Santa Clara Cal
6 11:20 AM Stanford  20-10 UC Davis
Break
7 12:00 PM Cal  20-12 Santa Clara Stanford
8 12:20 PM Chico State  0-36 UC Davis
Break
9 1:00 PM Stanford  missing score Santa Clara UC Davis
10 1:20 PM Cal  15-15 Chico State
Break
11 2:00 PM 3rd Chico State  15-10 4th Cal
12 2:20 PM 1st Stanford  22-12 2nd UC Davis