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Sept. 5, 2016 — New, but inhospitable

For the last two years, the field hockey team at the University of California, Berkeley has been engaged in a simmering war of words against its administration because of the university’s seeming inability to give the Bears a home field, after the team’s former home ground, Maxwell Field, was given over to the football team.

But now that the field team has been playing its home matches at the sparkling new Underhill Field, something regrettable has happened.

Cal hasn’t won yet.

The Bears opened this season with a three-game homestand, losing 3-2 to Northeastern University, then followed up this past weekend with a 2-0 loss to Kent State and a 5-0 defeat by Michigan. The Michigan defeat was so comprehensive that Cal did not register a shot on goal in 70 minutes; the Berkeley student newspaper reported that the fans at the game exhibited a momentary yelp of excitement when a shot from outside of the striking circle entered the goal cage.

The task for California doesn’t get any easier; this week sees the team travel cross-country to play in the Terrapin Invitational at the University of Maryland.

Cal doesn’t hit the heart of its season for another month, when it begins its America East schedule against the University of California, Davis. I think the Bears will have all the kinks worked out by then.

 

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