April 9, 2013
Sunday, April 14, at San Diego State
12 p.m. PT - Cal (7-4, 4-0 MPSF) at SDSU (8-4, 3-1 MPSF)
Aztec Lacrosse Field - San Diego, Calif.
Series Record: 1-0
Last Meeting: W, 18-9 (3/10/12 at SDSU)
Coverage: Live Video | Live Stats
Winners of four of its last five, the California women's lacrosse team heads to Southern California this week for the final two road games of the 2013 regular season. The Golden Bears square off against USC on Friday, April 12, at 3 p.m. and San Diego State on Sunday, April 14, at noon. The Bears are currently in second place in the MPSF Conference, sporting a perfect 4-0 record in conference play.
A Look at the 2013 Golden Bears
• The Bears have won their last four out of five contests, including a 14-10 victory at Oregon in Cal's last game on April 7.
• With four games remaining in the regular season, Cal is in second place in the MPSF with a perfect 4-0 conference record.
• Scoring 18 goals against Saint Mary's and UC Davis, and 20 against Iona, Cal tallied 18 or more goals three consecutive times for the first time in school history. The last time the Bears notched 20 goals in a game was in the 2010 MPSF Tournament. In addition, Cal is 7-0 when scoring 10 or more goals this season.
• The 2012 MPSF Player of the Year Megan Takacs is once again leading the charge for the Bears. Takacs is the team leader in points (38), goals (33) and draw controls (44). She scored four times and posted 11 draw controls at Fresno State, earning MPSF Offensive Player of the Week honors in the process.
• Takacs and Melissa Humphrey paced the Bears in their 14-10 win at Oregon last week, each notching four points each. Humphrey tallied three goals and an assist. She now has 18 assists, which ties her for the team lead with freshman Lizz Lavie. Humphrey now boasts 63 career assists, which ties for second all time at Cal. She is 20 helpers away from first.
• The Bears are in the midst of a stretch of playing six of seven games on the road. The road tilt at Fresno State on March 19 started the section of the schedule, followed by two games on the East Coast. After a home victory against Stetson, Cal trekked to Oregon and topped the host Ducks. Following this week's road contests, the Bears return home for the final two games of the regular season.
The Bears have won four of their last five contests, getting offensive production from multiple members of the squad. The defense has been pretty solid over this stretch, as well. Cal has not allowed any of its opponents in the last five games to score more than 10 goals. Goalkeeper Megan McGinnis notched 11 saves in a losing effort at Yale and in Cal's victory at Oregon last week. She ranks first in the conference in saves per game and second in save percentage and goals-against average. In addition, defender Grace Parente tallied six ground balls at Oregon. She also notched seven earlier this season against Virginia Tech. She currently ranks fifth in the MPSF in ground balls per game with an average of 2.00.
• This is USC's first season of women's lacrosse, therefore this will be the first-ever meeting between the Bears and the Trojans
• The 6-8 Trojans have lost three of their last four, but defeated Oregon, 12-10, in their last contest
• Caroline de Lyra leads USC in points with 77 (44 goals, 33 assists). The 44 goals is also a team best
• Amanda Johansen boasts 78 draws and 18 ground balls
• Goalie Liz Shaeffer boasts a save percentage of .411 and a GAA of 12.08 - 116 saves, 166 goals against
Scouting San Diego State
• Cal leads the all-time series 1-0. The Bears topped the Aztecs, 18-9, in San Diego last season
• The 8-4 Aztecs have won six of their last eight
• Michaela Jarvis leads SDSU in points with 52 (21 goals, 31 assists), while Bailey Ewing is the Aztecs' leader in goals with 34
• Felice Artuso boasts 32 draws and 12 ground balls, and Madison Wallace leads SDSU with 19 ground balls
• Goalie Sammy Slattery boasts a save percentage of .458 and a GAA of 9.78 - 87 saves, 103 goals against
Takacs, Humphrey Climbing Cal's All-Time Charts
Megan Takacs and Melissa Humphrey were Cal's offensive leaders in 2012 and they're doing it again this year. Takacs is the team leader in points (38) and goals (33). She now boasts 129 career goals which ranks second on Cal's all-time career goals list, 16 tallies away from first. Her 164 career points rank fifth all-time at Cal. Against Fresno State, Takacs posted 11 draw controls for the second time in her career. That total also is tied for the second-most draws in MPSF history. In her most-recent game, Takacs scored four times in Cal's 14-10 victory at Oregon April 7. Humphrey is finding her name in the Cal record book in the assists categories. She now has 63 for her career which ties for second all-time at Cal, and she is 20 away from first. She recorded six against Saint Mary's and has 18 on the season, which is tied for the team lead with Lizz Lavie.
Score 10, Bears Win
Cal has played 11 games thus far in the 2013 season. When the Bears score 10 goals, they are a perfect 7-0. However, when the Bears are held to single-digit tallies, they are winless this season at 0-4. Among the seven wins, four times Cal has reached the 18-goal plateau, garnering 18 goals twice (Saint Mary's and UC Davis), 19 goals vs. Stetson and 20 goals vs. Iona. Cal also notched 16 goals in a win at Fresno State and 12 when it was victorious at Fairfield. Three of the four Cal losses have come on the East Coast (James Madison, UMBC and Yale). The Bears will remain on the West Coast for the remainder of the campaign.
This week's road trip marks the final regular season road games for the Bears in 2013. Next week, Cal returns to Memorial Stadium to face first-place Denver on Friday, April 19, at 5 p.m. Eight days later on Saturday, April 27, the Bears face Stanford on Senior Day at 1 p.m. at Memorial Stadium.
Head coach Ginger Miles and Cal lacrosse student-athletes Casey Reid and Marissa O'Meally are blogging this year to give their fans some behind the scenes insight on the Cal lacrosse team. Miles' blog is called "Mondays With Miles" while the player blog is called "Roll on With Ris and Reid." Stay tuned to CalBears.com for new blog entries throughout the season.
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