After breaking seed at Pres Day, the Psychos made the 8 hour drive to Stevinson, CA for Stanford Open as last year's defending Champions. A-team was placed in the power pool on Saturday, facing Victoria, Pacific Lutheran, and Humboldt State; B-team faced Chico State, Occidental, and Stanford-B.
Playing in the afternoon pool, our first game was against Pacific Lutheran, last year's D-III Champions. The Psychos were slow to start and with shortened time caps, Pacific Lutheran's early lead held as the Psychos were able to score the last point on hard cap, but lost 5-8. With strong winds throughout the day, our zone defense was highly effective, causing several turnovers, but we were unable to convert on the red-zone and missed several opportunities to capitalize on offense.
Our next game was against Victoria, a team from Canada. Victoria took half and scored one point in the second half before the Psychos made the best comeback this season. Down 2-8, the Psychos rallied with an inspiration line and scored 8 straight points. Victoria didn't see the end zone against San Diego's dominating 4-man cup defense and the Psychos reached cap to secure the game, 10-8.
With one more game left, our last game was against Humboldt State, a team we lost to at Pres Day Invite. A win in this game determined if we would have to play an extra game in pre-quarters the next day. Again, we fell behind as Humboldt took half, but came back strong and score 5 straight points to tie the game at 8. Zone defense dominated the field once again, forcing key turnovers against Humboldt. As cap was called, it was universe point - the Psychos versus the Hags. Starting on defense, cup forced a turnover, but we were unable to convert on offense so Humboldt had another chance to score. Once again, our zone defense forced another turnover, but this time we scored in the end zone to win on universe. However, a controversial call by Humboldt after play had stopped stole the win as Humboldt argued a questionable stall and then called a turnover. Humboldt scored after this controversial turn and took the game on universe, 8-9.
Placing 3rd in the power pool, games the next day started with cross-town rivals, San Diego State. Games started at 8 am and it was less windy than Saturday, but frost and ice covered the fields. After scoring several points on State, we were unable to hold onto our lead and lost 10-13. This forced us out of the Championship bracket, losing a shot for the Championships.
The next game was against Cal Poly SLO and after winning 13-9, the Psychos played for 9th place against UC Davis, a team we've played countless times and traded wins with this season. After a long weekend, Davis dug deep and beat us 8-12. After a long weekend, we took 10th place and came up short, but with a few weeks before our next tournament in Austin, Texas, the Psychos will be ready to come back strong as the college season playoffs approach.