Daily Archives: October 6, 2010

“REVIVE THE FIVE”: Cal Berkeley Baseball Supporters, Supported By Women’s Lacrosse, To Rally For Reinstatement On Saturday Oct. 9 At Evans Diamond

Supporters of Cal baseball have planned a rally Saturday morning at Evans Diamond and hope to make their first public demonstration of solidarity among the five sports eliminated last week by the university administration.

“Our goal is to reinstate all the sports that have been eliminated,” said Bobby Tulk, who played baseball at Cal in the early 1970s.

In an effort to trim $4 million annually from athletics spending, the university announced on Sept. 28 the elimination of baseball, men’s and women’s gymnastics and lacrosse, along with the demotion of rugby to varsity club status, all effective at the end of the 2010-11 school year.

The baseball rally, prior to Saturday’s afternoon football game against UCLA, will begin at about 9:30 a.m. Supporters are encouraged to bring their baseball gloves and food for what will be a tailgate atmosphere.

Former Cal and major league baseball players Darren Lewis, Kevin Maas and John Baker will be on hand to talk with fans and do media interviews.

Cal lacrosse coach Theresa Sherry said her team “definitely will have a presence” at Evans Diamond and confirmed possible plans to march together to Memorial Stadium to meet with supporters of the rugby team.

The rugby support group is not staging a formal event but plans to distribute flyers directing fans to its Facebook page and its website — www.savecalrugby.com — where rugby boosters are being

encouraged to e-mail chancellor Robert Birgeneau and vice chancellor Frank Yeary and vow not to make donations of any kind to Cal until their sport is reinstated.

Shaun Paga, a former Cal rugby and football player who is helping to organize the rugby support group, said the focus now is about educating the alumni.

“Right now, we’re kind of recording support,” Paga said, “and support is very strong for reinstatement of rugby.”

While rugby has substantial private financial backing, many or all of the affected programs may ultimately organize jointly in their efforts to save their sports.

“The unified message coming from the athletic department is that you can’t bring back one, this is a package deal,” said Andre Hampy, a former two-time gymnastics national champion at Cal and spokesman for Cal Gymnastics Forever. “Until that message changes from the athletic department, I think (banding together) is our only choice.”

“It’s the only way to go,” echoed baseball’s Tulk. “Title IX (gender equity requirements) kind of drives that spirit, too. We feel there’s no sport that’s been eliminated that feels any different than we do.”

Cal baseball alums are gathering Friday in Walnut Creek for a long-planned golf event and reunion dinner. Added to the agenda now is a meeting to discuss options and formulate a strategy for moving forward in the effort to save the sport.

Lacrosse’s Sherry said there has been significant reaction to the cuts among the growing Northern California community in her sport, adding, “I think it’s important for all the sports’ constituents to work together and be on the same page.”

She hopes that a unified group can determine exactly what needs to take place beyond fundraising to revive the programs, then develop a plan.

New Cal men’s gymnastics coach Tim McNeill, hired to a one-year contract on Aug. 25, said everyone involved needed time to digest what happened last week before regrouping.

“It’s hard to say I’m optimistic, but I certainly am hopeful,” he said. “I certainly haven’t given up by any means. No one has given up. We’re definitely going to fight this with everything we have.”

For more:  http://www.insidebayarea.com/cal-bears/ci_16272526

Lacrosse As Fashion: American Fashion Designer Michael Bastian Designed “Fall 2010 Gant Menswear Line” Inspired By The “Elegant” Game Of Lacrosse Where “Scholars Become Primitive” (Video)

GANT has teamed up with noted American fashion designer Michael Bastian, who has designed a menswear collection inspired by the sport of lacrosse – GANT by Michael Bastian F/W 2010.

NCAA Women’s Lacrosse: Cal Berkeley Women’s Lacrosse Recruits Ask “Where Do I Go From Here?”

When Lauren Goerz graduated from Monte Vista High in the spring, she thought Cal was the “perfect place” to continue her lacrosse career. Now Goerz, a high school All-American, may never even play a game as a Golden Bear. She also has no idea where she’ll be a year from now — or if she’ll still be part of a college lacrosse team.

On Sept. 28, just a month into her first year at Cal, Goerz was one of 163 student-athletes to learn that their respective sports will no longer be offered by Cal at the Division I level. In an effort to trim $4 million from its athletic budget, Cal is eliminating women’s lacrosse, baseball, men’s and women’s gymnastics and demoting men’s rugby to “varsity club” status. The cuts are effective after this school year.

The decision left younger athletes such as Goerz, who still have all four years of college eligibility, trying to figure out their next step.

“A lot of girls are kind of in a hole right now, like, ‘Where do I go from here?’ ” said Goerz, the Bay Area News Group’s East Bay Player of the Year the past two seasons. “There are not a lot of options. That’s one of the most frustrating things.”

Of the 30 players on Cal’s lacrosse roster, 22 are freshmen and sophomores. Goerz said some women are looking into transferring at the end of semester and playing for another program in the spring season. If enough players transfer, that might leave Cal with insufficient numbers to play out its final season.

For more:  http://www.insidebayarea.com/sports/ci_16262046

Cal Berkeley Athletics: Cal Berkeley Men’s Rugby Coach Jack Clark Has Led His Team To 21 National Championships Since 1982, And Is Just The 6th Coach In The 128-Year History Of The Storied Program, The Oldest On Campus (Video)

Cal Berkeley Men’s Rugby Head Coach Jack Clark talks about the 128-year history of Rugby at Cal, making it the oldest athletic sport on campus. He is just the 6th coach in the program’s rich history and the Golden Bears have won 21 National Championships since 1984.

California College Women’s Lacrosse: USC Women’s Lacrosse Announces 2011 Schedule Which Includes Santa Clara, California, Utah And Chico State


2011 USC A Team – Schedule


Day Date Opponent Location  
January 2011
Sat 01/22/2011 at UCLA (Scrimmage) Westwood, Calif. 1:00 PM
Sat 01/29/2011 at UCSD San Diego, Calif. 1:00 PM
Sun 01/30/2011 at Chapman Orange, Calif. 1:00 PM
Sat 02/05/2011 at Santa Clara Santa Clara, Calif. 11:00 AM
Sun 02/06/2011 at California Berkeley, Calif. 11:00 AM
Sun 02/13/2011 SAN DIEGO STATE Cromwell Field 1:00 PM
Santa Barbara Shootout (Parents Weekend)
Fri 02/18/2011 Utah Santa Barbara, Calif. tbd
Sat 02/19/2011 Chico State Santa Barbara, Calif. tbd
Sat 02/19/2011 Sonoma State Santa Barbara, Calif. tbd
Sun 02/20/2011 UC Davis Santa Barbara, Calif. tbd
Sun 02/20/2011 tbd Santa Barbara, Calif. tbd
Sat 02/26/2011 SAN DIEGO Cromwell Field 1:00 PM
Sun 02/27/2011 at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Calif. 1:00 PM
Wed 03/09/2011 at UCSB Santa Barbara, Calif. 8:00 PM
Sun 03/27/2011 ARIZONA Cromwell Field 11:00 AM
Wed 04/06/2011 UCLA (Senior Night) Cromwell Field 7:00 PM
Sat 04/09/2011 at Pepperdine Malibu, Calif. 1:00 PM
WWLL D1 Championships
Sat 04/16/2011 tbd (Playoffs) Santa Barbara, Calif. tbd