(Photo by Bob White)
ATLANTA – After leading California to one of the biggest wins of this early season, Golden Bears’ senior attackman Jake Pistotnik earned the MCLA Division I Dominant Performance of the Week presented by Warrior for the period ending Feb. 23.
The second-ranked Bears entertained No. 3 Chapman on Saturday afternoon in Memorial Stadium and the Calabasas, Calif., product had a day.
Pistotnik finished with six goals and an assist as Cal took down the Panthers, 16-12.
“Jake’s first goal broke Chapman’s 10-man: a 50-yarder on the run with his weak hand to the center of the net,” said Cal coach Ned Webster. “Like Steph Curry from the logo. Very casual. He scored dodging from up top, behind, the wing, blasting with time and room.
“But more than his goal scoring, I was most proud of his leadership and positivity when Chapman made their run in the fourth quarter. All eyes go to your captains when tides turn, and his confidence and belief resonated throughout the team.”
For his efforts in earning the Dominant Performance of the Week presented by Warrior, Pistotnik will receive a new Warrior Burn 2 – a $90 value. Warrior is a proud supporter of the MCLA.
Warrior Honor Roll
Wiley Bonham, Sr. – Chapman
The Panthers fell to No. 2 California, but Bonham put on a show, scoring six goals in the 16-12 loss. “We couldn’t stop him,” conceded Cal coach Ned Webster.
Hunter Capestany, Jr. – Virginia Tech
The Hokies started the season with wins over West Virginia and George Washington, aided by a combined 10 goals and two apples from Capestany.
Keaton Collier, Jr. – Santa Clara
In a three-win week, including two ranked victories, Collier deposited 11 goals for the Broncos. He had four each against No. 1 Grand Canyon and No. 24 Arizona State.
John Corbolotti, Grad. – Dominican
The Penguins train kept on rolling against Boise State and San Diego State, and Corbolotti racked up seven goals and five assists against the pair.
Brendan Fischer, Jr. – Tennessee
The Vols improved to 5-1 with wins over Arkansas and Ole Miss. Fischer combined to scored eight goals to lead the Tennessee charge.
Kolten Mortimer, Fr. – Florida
The Gators had a great weekend, beating both Auburn and Purdue. The rookie was solid, scoring two goals and adding an assist in the win over the Tigers before two & two against Purdue.
C.J. Nichols, Sr. – Liberty
In wins over East Carolina and No. 12 Michigan State, Nichols struck for 10 goals – six against Sparty – and a dime along with three ground balls.
Matt Oswald, Fr. – Auburn
The Tigers went 2-1, including an upset of No. 15 Utah Valley, bolstered by a combined 11 goals and an apple from Marietta, Ga., native.
Michael Pullen, Sr. – Georgia Tech
Pullen was solid at the dot in a 1-1 week for the Wreck, combining to win 28-of-36 (77.8%) faceoffs against No. 15 Utah Valley and No. 22 Boston College.
Connor Reed, Sr. – Concordia-Irvine
The close defender was a force on the backline for the Eagles in a pair of wins. He totaled 19 ground balls while also chipping in a goal and a dime.
Sam Weis, Jr. – South Carolina
The Gamecocks rallied past No. 7 Florida State thanks to Weis. He opened the fourth with four straight markers, finishing with seven and a helper on the evening.