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Mustangs defeat Cal in WCLL League Game

Junior midfielder Michael Paul driving to the cage for one of his two goals

March 4, 2014 - Cal Poly earned their first WCLL league victory of the 2014 season with a 10 – 4 victory over the #16 Cal Bears on Sunday.  

Cal opened the scoring with two unassisted goals - one from attackman Sean Hayden and the second from midfielder Tom Riis – to take a 2-0 lead midway through the first quarter. Mustang attackman Jake Sesti hit two shots in the final minute of the period to tie the game at two apiece. The Cal Poly defense would control the game from that point forward, shutting down the Bears offense in the second quarter and allowing only two more goals in the game.

With the victory, Cal Poly improves their record to 4-1 on the season and held steady in this week’s MCLA Coaches Poll at #13. With the loss, Cal dropped two spots to the #18 ranking.

The game felt a bit like a Mavericks reunion game, with many of the key players hailing from La Costa Canyon High School in Encinitas, one of California’s most powerful high school lacrosse programs. For the Bears, all of their goals came from Mavericks’ alums Hayden (1g,1a) and Riis (3g). For Cal Poly, former Maverick, freshman Jake Sesti had an impressive five point performance (3g, 2a) and earned the game ball. On the defensive end, junior close defenseman Luke Willon covered Hayden all game, limiting him to a single goal, while freshman LSM Cole Tudor chipped in with 3 ground balls and a goal that got wiped off the board due to an untimely timeout call.

The Mustangs host a home double-header this weekend against Southern Methodist and Virginia Tech. Both games will mark only the second meeting between the teams in program history, with Cal Poly owning the 1-0 series advantage over both squads.

#13 Cal Poly vs Southern Methodist University (SMU)
Saturday, March 8th, 2014 at 1:00 p.m.
Location: Cal Poly Upper Sports Complex (Field 1)


#13 Cal Poly vs Virginia Tech
Sunday, March 9th, 2014 at 1:00 p.m.
Location: Cal Poly Upper Sports Complex (Field 1)


The Upper Sports Complex is located on Sports Complex Road past Baggett Stadium. Field 1 is located at the far end of the synthetic turf fields, furthest from the baseball stadium. There is a large seating area on the grass hill adjacent to the field, but there are no bleacher seats available. Admission is free to all CPLAX home games. 

John Solomon dominated the face-off battle on Sunday winning 9 out 13 draws

Freshman attackman Jake Sesti connecting on the first of his three goals

Cal Poly Names Captains for 2014 Season

Senior Defenseman Sebastian Zorn

Junior LSM Chris Nespor

The Cal Poly Lacrosse team named Tim Albo, Matt Dobbs, Chris Nespor, and Sebastian Zorn as captains for the 2014 season on February 1, 2014. Each player was selected by their current teammates to represent them as leaders on and off the field. Albo, Dobbs, and Zorn are all seniors and Nespor is in his junior year. 

Midfielder Tim Albo returns for his final season after taking the 2013 season off. He was a key member of the 2012 squad, tallying 21 points and leading the team in face-offs.

Midfielder Matt Dobbs was the second leading scorer on the Mustangs 2013 squad, and was awarded WCLL All-Conference Honorable Mention.

Long-stick midfielder Chris Nespor led the team in ground balls and turnovers caused in 2013, and was also named to the WCLL All-Conference team.

Sebastian Zorn is one of only a select few Mustang players in program history to be selected captain in two seasons. Zorn, who will anchor the close defense unit, has been named to the WCLL All-Conference 2nd team the past two seasons. 

Senior Midfielder Tim Albo

Senior Midfielder Matt Dobbs


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