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.
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).
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.