The Bruin Men split with Stanford (1-0) and Cal (0-1) this weekend reversing the results from the previous weekend's Nor Cal trip. A OT golden goal struck by CAL's Davis Paul Sunday also ended a couple of unbeaten streaks at Drake Stadium where the Bruins hadn't lost a conference game since Oct. 2007 nor a regular season game since September 2008.
Unfortunately, the disappointing OT loss to the Golden Bears puts Cal in the driver's seat to the 2010 PAC 10 title. With yesterday's loss UCLA (5-2-0) falls one point behind the Bears (5-1-1-) in the PAC 10 Table. What this means is the Bruins will need some help with another team taking points away from CAL and the Bruins running the table during the remainder of the PAC 10 schedule. It won't be easy as the Bruins have three conference games remaining, all of which are on the road with the Golden Bears having the advantage of hosting each of their remaining games in Berkeley.
The Bruins face a hungry CAL State Northridge team Wednesday in Northridge before getting a well deserved bye this coming weekend. At this juncture, with the PAC 10 title unlikely, the Bruins need to be careful playing a team in the Matadors as at this juncture it is all about the NCAA tournament RPI. Tripping up and or playing down and not getting a result versus an unranked low RPI team most likely would erode the Bruin's current RPI of 16* (*may be lower once the new indices reflecting this past weekend's results are released tomorrow) putting additional pressure on the young Bruin squad down the conference stretch.
The Bruins need to find some scoring...and in hurry.