Cal fell just short of its first trip to the College Cup by allowing a goal with four minutes left in a 2-1 loss to Maryland in an Elite Eight men's soccer game in front 2,330 fans at Edwards Stadium.

Michael Sauers scored in the 86th minute on an assist by Mikias Eticha as the No. 4 Terrapins (16-3-5) avenged a 3-2 overtime loss to Cal in September.

The sixth-ranked Bears (14-5-2) lost in the NCAA quarterfinals for the third time in history, having never reached soccer's Final Four. Stefano Bonomo's sixth goal of the season tied it five minutes into the second half, but Cal failed to convert despite good chances.

"We had point-blank shots, balls cleared off line. It just didn't happen," Cal coach Kevin Grimes said.

  • Christina Higgins had 12 kills and Lillian Schonewise added nine kills and three blocks, but Cal (18-13) lost to host Wisconsin (25-9) in the second round of the NCAA women's volleyball tournament, 25-19, 25-18, 25-21.

  • Pacific (23-4) scored two late goals in an NCAA Championship men's water polo semifinal en route to an 11-10 win over Stanford (22-6) at Avery Aquatic Center. Forrest Watkins put the Cardinal ahead 10-9 with 3:19 left with a lob into the corner. The lead lasted less than a minute as Balazs Erdelyi scored an even-strength goal. The Tigers got a 6-on-5 with 54 seconds left, and Alex Obert took just nine seconds to score a power-play goal. Stanford (22-6) plays St. Francis Brooklyn in Sunday's third-place game at 1 p.m. Pacific faces five-time defending champion USC for the title at 3 p.m.


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    Swimming

    Former Cal stars and Olympic gold medalists Nathan Adrian and Natalie Coughlin won events on the final day of the Winter Nationals in Knoxville, Tenn. Adrian celebrated his 25th birthday by taking the men's 100-yard freestyle in 41.39 seconds. Coughlin won the women's 100 freestyle in 47.19, followed by Amanda Weir (47.37) and Cal's Missy Franklin (47.42). Cal's Elizabeth Pelton took the women's 200 backstroke in 1 minute, 49.59 seconds, edging Franklin (1:51.54).

    Horse racing

    Favored Exit Stage Left earned his second stakes win in as many starts when he rallied in the $75,000 Gold Rush Stakes at Golden Gate Fields. The 2-year-old colt, ridden by Russell Baze, beat Argyle Cut by a length, finishing a mile in 1:38.53. Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer bought Exit Stage Left for $100,000 at the Barretts March Sale and races him in partnership with Mark DeDomenico. Exit Stage Left has earned $75,350 in two starts.

    Staff writer Elliott Almond and the Associated Press contributed to this report.