March 29, 2013
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Despite a huge game from senior attacker Megan Takacs, the California lacrosse team was defeated by Yale, 10-7, Friday afternoon in New Haven, Conn. Takacs scored four goals and added two assists in the loss. The Golden Bears fell to 5-4 overall, while the Bulldogs improved to 5-4 overall.
"We started strong, even in the second half," head coach Ginger Miles said. "We lost our momentum during the second half and we really struggled down the stretch."
Takacs played a role in six of Cal's seven goals. She also led all players with 11 shots and paced the Bears with four draw controls. Now with 123 career goals, Takacs stands fourth on Cal's all-time career goals list, one shy of third and two shy of second.
"Megan had a great first half," Miles said. "She really kept us in it, but we needed bigger contributions from everybody else."
Paige Gasparino, Brynn Gasparino and Melissa Humphrey notched the other three Cal scores. Humphrey also had two assists, and is now three shy of second all-time on Cal's career assists list. Freshman Lizz Lavie garnered an assist, as well.
Paige Gasparino posted seven shots, giving her 55 on the season that ranks second after Takacs' 64. She is also third on the squad in points with 20 after Takacs (31) and Humphrey (26).
Yale jumped out to an early 3-1 lead 10 minutes into the contest behind two goals from Cathryn Avallone. The Bears battled back to score five of the next six goals to to take a two-goal lead, but with five seconds left before halftime, the Bulldogs notched another tally on the board to cut the deficit to one at the break.
The second half was all Yale, as the Bulldogs scored five of the six goals in the second half.
"We played really well in the first half, but we struggled to play our game in the second half," Miles said. "We lost our rhythm, but our girls will take this loss to fuel the fire for the next game."
Although she allowed 10 goals, junior goalkeeper Megan McGinnis tallied 11 saves. It was the third time this season that McGinnis recorded double-digit saves.
Cal briefly returns home to face Stetson on Monday, April 1, at 1 p.m. at Memorial Stadium. Following that match, the Bears hit the road again for three straight road conference games.