Gaels' NCAA tourney run ends in North Carolina


Gaels' NCAA tourney run ends in North Carolina

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- After 18 days, nearly 10,000 miles, 45 travel hours and three victories, the most successful postseason run in Saint Mary's history ended at Fetzer Field today.

Top-seeded North Carolina scored two second-half goals to knock-off the upstart Gaels 2-0 in front of a program-record crowd of 5,810 fans and advance to its fourth straight NCAA College Cup semifinal appearance.

North Carolina improved to 20-2-2 on the season will take on the winner of Saturday's other quarterfinal between UCLA and Louisville at a time to be determined on Friday, Dec. 9 at Regions Park in Hoover, Ala.

Saint Mary's ended its season with an 11-7-5 overall record, the first West Coast Conference championship in program history and the most postseason wins ever for a Gaels sports team.

The two teams battled to a scoreless draw in the first half, with the Tar Heels holding a slight 4-3 edge in shots. The only shot on goal between the two teams was a 60-yard free kick by Doug Herrick that appeared to be sailing directly into the goal, but was just tipped over the crossbar by UNC keeper Scott Goodwin.

Just seven minutes into the second half, North Carolina's Matt Hedges broke free of the SMC defense and headed a far post corner kick past Herrick and into the back of the net to give the Tar Heels a 1-0 lead.

Just more than 12 minutes later, UNC's Ben Speas won a physical one-on-one battle against freshman Bobby Conner, broke into the penalty area and scored the final goal of the game.

Both teams attempted 15 shots in the game with the Gaels' total equaling the third-most for a North Carolina opponent this season. Saint Mary's edged UNC 12-11 in second-half shots. Herrick saved five of the Tar Heels' seven shots on frame in the contest.

The game marked the final contest for eight seniors and junior Patrick Watson, who will be attending engineering school next year.

The Gaels are scheduled to return to Oakland International Airport Sunday at 11:30 a.m. and should arrive on campus at approximately 12:30.

Courtesy Saint Mary's College media services

Limping Love leads Stanford to Big Game win over Cal


Limping Love leads Stanford to Big Game win over Cal


PALO ALTO — Bryce Love rushed for 101 yards and a touchdown despite missing most of the fourth quarter after aggravating an ankle injury, and No. 20 Stanford held off California 17-14 on Saturday to keep its Pac-12 title hopes alive.

K.J. Costello completed 17 of 26 passes for 185 yards and a touchdown, Ben Edwards made a key interception in the fourth quarter and Cameron Scarlett rushed for 49 yards on the final drive in place of Love to help the Cardinal (8-3, 7-2 Pac-12) milk the clock and win its eighth straight Big Game.

Stanford can earn a spot in the Pac-12 championship game against USC but needs some help.

The Cardinal can get there if No. 15 Washington State loses to No. 16 Washington next week. If the Cougars — who beat Stanford 24-21 on Nov. 4 — beat the Huskies, they get the nod because of the tiebreaker.

The nation's leading rusher going into the game, Love was held in check most of the game by Cal's defense and sat out the final 11:43 after re-injuring his ankle that has bothered him for the past month. He did stay on the field long enough to score a 57-yard touchdown — his 11th run of 50 yards or longer this season.

Scarlett, Love's primary backup all season, also came up big for Stanford. Scarlett rushed for 61 yards, the majority coming on the Cardinal's last drive that took the final 7:25. Scarlett's 2-yard gain on 4th-and-1 kept the drive going.

Patrick Laird ran for 153 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries while Ross Bowers passed for 182 yards and a touchdown for California. The Golden Bears (5-6, 2-6) need a win in their final game to become bowl eligible in coach Justin Wilcox's first season.


California: The Bears made the Cardinal sweat and kept the game a lot closer than many thought possible. Wilcox's defense did a good job bottling up Love most of the game but couldn't stop Scarlett on the final drive which was huge. Still, there are plenty of positives for Cal to take out of this one.

Stanford: It wasn't the best game for David Shaw's team but the Cardinal gritted it out and held off a pesky Cal team that had plenty to play for. The conference title can still happen but before that Stanford has a pretty big game coming up against Notre Dame.


California: Ends the regular season at UCLA on Saturday.

Stanford: The Cardinal stay home and will host No. 9 Notre Dame on Saturday. Stanford has won the last two and six of last eight against the Irish.

Former Cal running back suffers scary spine injury, taken to hospital


Former Cal running back suffers scary spine injury, taken to hospital

BUFFALO, N.Y. — The New Orleans Saints say running back Daniel Lasco has feelings in his extremities after suffering a spinal injury making a tackle on a kickoff return during today's game at Buffalo.

Lasco was loaded into an ambulance on the field and taken to a hospital.

He was hurt six minutes into the second quarter when he appeared to lower his head while tackling Bills returner Brandon Tate. 

Lasco played four seasons at the University of California, Berkeley. He gained 1,471 yards from scrimmage with 14 touchdowns his junior year. In 2015 as a senior, Lasco was limited to nine games and only totaled 355 yards. 

The Saints selected Lasco in the seventh round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

The Associated Press contributed to this report