Cal took the Stanford 7s Qualifier in Palo Alto, Calif. Saturday, notching its second qualifier win of the fall. The Golden Bears dispatched Stanford in injury time 15-10 in a thrilling final.
The Golden Bears finished atop Pool B to set up a semifinal match with a very tough Oregon State team. The game started with a quick try by the Beavers, and Cal had to work hard to knot the score at five a piece. The first half saw each side scoring once more to tie the game at 10-10.
Cal struck first in the second half on a great play by scrumhalf Kelly Doran, who beat all three forwards in the lineout to scoot in for a converted try. The Beavers answered with an unconverted try to bring the score line to 17-15, still in favor of Cal. Throughout the game Cal struggled with the size advantage that the Beavers had but kept working the ball wide, which lead to the final try by speedster Lauren Butler to bringing the final score to 22-15.
Stanford made quick work of Chico State in the other semifinal, jumping out to a big lead and never looking back to set up an all Bay Area final.
In the championship game, Stanford counter-rucked a Cal ball for a turnover and an unconverted try within the first minutes of the game. Cal answered quickly with an unconverted try when scrum half Stacey Wong turned the edge, fended off a tackler and dotted down. Nearing intermission, Stanford executed a switch on the wing that caught the Bears defense flat footed and resulted in an unconverted try to end the half.
The early part of the second half saw both teams playing good defense. Something had to give, though, and with only two minutes remaining in the half Cal sub Kelly Doran went in for an unconverted try to tie the game up 10-10. With time expired and the game looking to go into sudden death Stanford made one final push getting within 10 meters of the try line. Doran again made her presence known by contesting her own tackle to secure a turnover, beating a defender and sprinting for the game-winning try with two Stanford defenders close on her heels. Doran also took come Cal team honors for player of the day capping off a busy day for the sophomore.
Cal will now focus on preparing for trip to Greensboro, NC for USA Rugby’s College 7s National Championship.
Cal 43 UC Davis 0
Cal Tries: Whiteside 3, Yee, Doran 2, Butler
Cons: Ireland 3, Wong 1
Cal 33 Fresno State 10
Cal Tries: Butler 5
Cons: Ireland 4
Cal 29 Chico 12
Cal Tries: Whiteside 2, Doran 2, Wong
Cons: Ireland 2
Cal 22 Oregon State 15
Cal Tries: Whiteside, Doran, Wong, Butler
Cal 15 Stanford 10
Cal Tries: Doran 2, Wong