Gettelfinger's offensive outburst leads Cal to victory against UC Irvine
Bolstered by four goals from junior Hunter Gettelfinger, sixth-ranked Cal defeated No. 9-ranked UC Irvine 12-10 on Thursday night at Anteater Pool in Irvine.
Gettelfinger added four steals as Kirk Everist's squad improved to 11-7 overall and 2-3 in conference play.
Sophomore Aleksa Saponjic was also stellar for Cal with three goals, while sophomore goalie Jon Sibley notched 11 saves. The Bears win against the Anteaters avenged Cal's 13-11 loss to UC Irvine on Sept. 29 at the SoCal Tournament in Santa Barbara.
Senior captain Marin Balarin and junior Collin Smith added two goals apiece, and redshirt freshman Colin Mulcahy also scored for the Bears. Smith and Saponjic are Cal's top two scorers this season with 48 and 33 goals, respectively.
"This match was not pretty, but the guys played strong and got a win," said Everist. "We had to play a lot of five-man defense tonight and made the plays down the stretch that we need to."