March 26, 2013
Wednesday, March 27 at Fairfield
12 p.m. PT - Cal (4-3, 3-0 MPSF) at Fairfield (5-4, 0-0 MAAC)
Alumni Field - Fairfield, Ct.
Series Record: 0-1
Last Meeting: L, 18-14 (3/21/10 at Fairfield)
Coverage: Live Video
Friday, March 29 at Yale
10 a.m. PT - Cal (4-3, 2-0 MPSF) at Yale (4-4, 0-3 Ivy)
Reese Stadium - New Haven, Ct.
Series Record: 0-3
Last Meeting: L, 12-9 (4/16/06 at Yale)
Coverage: Live Video
Winners of four of its last five, the California lacrosse team ventures to the East Coast for the second time this season. The Golden Bears are currently in first place in the MPSF Conference, sporting a 4-3 overall record and 3-0 record in the conference. Cal squares off against Fairfield on Wednesday, March 27, at noon PT. Two days later, the Bears will stay in the state of Connecticut, this time heading to New Haven to square off against Ivy League foe Yale on Friday, March 29, at 10 a.m. PT.
A Look at the 2013 Golden Bears
The Bears have won their last four out of five contests, outscoring their opponents, 80-51, in those five games.
Nearing the halfway point of the season, Cal is in first place in the MPSF with a perfect 3-0 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.
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 (22), goals (20) and draw controls (32). She scored four times at Fresno State, earning MPSF Offensive Player of the Week honors in the process.
Freshman Brynn Gasparino earned Cal's first weekly MPSF honor. She was named the MPSF Rookie of the Week on March 18 after scoring six times in Cal's 20-9 victory against Iona.
While Takacs is the team leader in points with 22, fellow senior Melissa Humphrey is right behind her with 21. Humphrey leads the team with 13 assists and has also chipped in eight goals. She now has 58 for her career which ranks third all-time at Cal. She is five helpers shy of second.
The Bears are in the midst of a stretch of playing six of seven games on the road. The road tilt at Fresno State started the section of the schedule. Following the two East Coast games, Cal returns to Memorial Stadium to face Stetson before heading back on the road for three straight conference road games.
Christman Enjoying Breakout Season<
While Megan Takacs and Melissa Humphrey were tabbed as Cal's two big returning offensive weapons from 2012, Gaby Christman was somebody head coach Ginger Miles picked as a potential breakout player in 2013 after she was named to the MPSF All-Tournament team a year ago. This season, Christman has proved Miles' words to be true, as she is fourth on the team in points (14), second in goals (14) and third in draw controls (15). Christman has garnered her biggest games this season against conference foes. She scored five times against Saint Mary's and three times each against UC Davis and at Fresno State.
This will be the second meeting between Fairfield and Cal. The Stags beat the Bears, 18-14, at Fairfield in 2010
The 5-4 Stags have won three of their last four, and the loss came in overtime
Chloe Mangan is Fairfield's leading scorer with 28 points (22 goals, 6 assists)
Melanie Raso is second on the team in scoring with 21 points (15 goals, 6 assists) and also has 21 draws and 15 ground balls
Goalie Katie Keenan boasts a save percentage of .479 and a GAA of 6.87 - 45 saves, 49 goals against
The 4-4 Bulldogs have lost their last two matches after winning three straight
Yale has won all three of the previous meetings against Cal
Devon Rhodes leads Yale in points with 28 (19 goals, 9 assists)
Christina Doherty currently boasts 20 ground balls and 16 draws
Goalie Erin McMullan currently has a season save percentage of .382 and a GAA of 11.12 - 55 saves, 89 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. After being held off the scoreboard in the first two games of the season, Takacs is now the team leader in points (22) and goals (20). She now boasts 116 career goals which ranks fourth on Cal's all-time career goals list, eight shy of third and nine shy of second. 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. Her efforts helped her be named the MPSF Offensive Player of the Week on March 25. Humphrey is finding her name in the Cal record book in the assists categories. She now has 58 for her career which ranks third all-time at Cal. She is five helpers shy of second. She recorded six against Saint Mary's and has seven in her past three games.
Gasparino Named MPSF Rookie of the Week
Brynn Gasparino was named the MPSF Rookie of the Week on March 18 after scoring six goals vs. Iona on March 13. It was Cal's first conference weekly honor of the season. Gasparino had a breakout game in Cal's victory against the Gaels. After Iona got on the scoreboard first, Gasparino rattled off four straight goals to give the Bears a 4-1 lead halfway through the first half. She would later add two more scores in the second half to give her six for the game on eight shots. The six goals tied her for second on Cal's single-game record list. She also added an assist, a ground ball and a draw control. Against Virginia Tech on March 16, Gasparino scored again, this time on a free position shot.
This week's road contests are the second and third of a stretch where Cal plays six of seven on the road. The Bears return to Memorial Stadium next for a matchup against Stetson on Monday, April 1, at 1 p.m. After that they hit the road for three straight MPSF road games at Oregon, USC and San Diego State.
Head coach 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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