UC Davis began their 2014 season with a difficult opener against Cal at Treasure Island on March 9th. Cal overcame Davis without too much difficulty and will now have time to regroup before their next game at Davis on April 13th. Davis will travel to Stanford for their next game on April 6th.
Stanford hit the ground running in this year’s CCGAA Northern California Hurling Championship with a comprehensive win over Cal on February 23rd, winning by 2-17 (23) to 0-5 (5). Cal now face an uphill task to get this cup off their cross-bay rivals.
Sunday February 23, 1:00pm – Stanford v Cal @ Stanford
Sunday March 9, 1:00pm – Davis v Cal @ Treasure Island
Sunday April 6, 1:00pm – Stanford v Davis @ Stanford
Sunday April 13, 1:00pm – Cal v Davis @ Davis
Sunday April 27, 1:00pm – Stanford v Cal @ Treasure Island
Sunday May 11, 1:00pm – Stanford v Davis @ Davis
Nationals is this weekend in Indiana!
Schedule for this weekend’s national championship at Purdue (subject to change) is as follows.
Format: Round robin, top two go to final. Any ties settled by scoring difference.
10:00am – Indiana v Purdue
12:00pm – Indiana v Cal
2:00pm – Cal v Purdue
5:00 – Final (if Cal are in the final)
2:30pm – Final (if Cal are not in the final)
5:00pm – NCGAA Annual General Meeting
More exciting college hurling over the weekend!
Stanford and Cal squared off at Treasure Island for the first of their two matches this CCGAA season. The weather was beautiful, but of course the high-quality hurling was even finer on the eyes. Stanford was reeling from the unexpected loss of two of its members before the match, leaving it down a man and at a significant disadvantage. Fortunately, Dariusz Wodziak was ready to fill in as the 9 v 9 game commenced. Cal was also missing two of its most experienced players due to injury.
The early minutes of the first half proved cagey and low-scoring. Stanford missed several mid-range point opportunities, while Cal was unable to convert on a series of frees and 65′s. Both sides played very physically, and with about a quarter gone the score remained a hotly contested Stanford 0-2 | 0-1 Cal. But late in the second half Stanford added two goals and several points to take a halftime lead of Stanford 2-4 | 0-3 Cal.
The second half proved much higher scoring. Cal substituted regularly to remain fresh, but were unable to break past the stalwart Stanford defense and goalkeeping until late in the second half. The Stanford team- without any subs available- began to get winded, but was able to slow the tempo of play thanks to the lead established in the first half. Stanford’s experience also shone through. Solid defensive work from Sean Troxel and Gearoid O’Brien provided the basis for strong scoring plays from Colin Roach and Chris Herries further forward. In the end, Stanford came out with a fine win, final score : Stanford 5-12 | 1-4 Cal.
We are all looking forward to seeing the next round of action- May 4th, back at Treasure Island again.
Be sure to check back for video highlights in a few days!
Hey everyone, lots to catch up on (and sorry for the time between posts!)
Cal and Davis squared off over the weekend in the second of their two regular-season matches. Cal came away with a solid victory back in March, and Davis was eager to avenge that early loss.
Davis came out determined in the first half, with fine playing and points from Mitch Hennessy. However the steadfast goalkeeping of Cal’s Richie Fowler limited Davis to points, with the score Davis 0-10 : 2:3 Cal at halftime. But Cal’s depth really showed in the second half. They were able to gain the lead and hold out until the end, with a convincing final score of Davis 2-14 : 6-8 Cal.
Thanks for reading! See you at the next game, Stanford V Cal at Treasure Island, April 20th!
Just a quick friendly reminder that Davis will be hosting Cal in their first head-to-head matchup of the season. It will all go down at Sandy Motley Field in Davis, starting at 11:30. And, just in time, the video highlights and interviews of the Davis-Stanford game are up and ready for viewing. A big thanks to Eamonn for his work in putting these together.
The next installment of the CCGAA season comes this weekend! Saturday, March 9- UC Davis takes on UC Berkeley in the first match of the season between them. The action will take place at Sandy Motley Field in Davis, with the throw-in at 11:30 AM. Come out and support your UC of choice!
Oh and here’s another link to the CCGAA page as well.
See you on Saturday!
In the first game of the official CCGAA season, Stanford managed to outlast a second-half surge from UC Davis for a final score of Stanford 9-9 Davis 6-10!
Stanford jumped out to an early lead, leading by as many as fifteen points, before Davis closed to within twelve by halftime. The second half proved to be an entirely different beast. Davis was able to capitalize on greater roster depth and fine midfield play until, with four minutes left in the match, Stanford’s daunting halftime lead had dwindled to a mere two points. But Stanford rallied, refusing to allow a comeback on their own home field. A crucial defensive stop led to a counter-attack goal, swinging the momentum in favor of the Cardinal. A final goal in the last two minutes finally put the game fully out of reach for the impressive visiting side.
Interesting fact: UC Davis scored the first-ever hand-striking goal in CCGAA history! The goal was scored when a point attempt by center-midfielder Mitch Hennessey bounced off the crossbar and Kevin Lynch followed it in the air with a quick strike into the goal volleyball-style. A hand strike goal is only legal in hurling when the ball is in flight and the player has not had possession of the ball. A good heads-up play from a forward who clearly knows his hurling rules!
Keep an eye out for highlights, which will be coming soon! And in the meantime, remember to check out the CCGAA, Stanford, and Davis facebook pages for photos of the match and any local announcements.
The CCGAA is excited to announce the start of the college season! The match will be held this Saturday, Feb. 23 starting at 11 am at Stanford’s Sand Hill fields. Come out and see some of the finest college hurlers that the US has to offer. We are excited to follow up on the success of our October 7 v 7 tournament. We had two great 30-minute matches then, with Stanford vs. Cal representing colleges and Na Fianna vs. St Joseph’s representing the Western Division Board (see the video below for some highlights and interviews!) We ended the day with burgers on the grill and an after party at Fibbar Magee’s Irish Restaurant in Sunnyvale. This Saturday promises to have much more of the same craic, so come and check it out!
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Video highlights: CCGAA Fall Sevens Tournament