Bears To Face Three Ranked Teams In Michigan

Thu., Sept.23 vs. Ohio University Ann Arbor, MI 4:00 p.m. Sat., Sept. 25 at Michigan State East Lansing, MI 1:00 p.m. Sun., Sept. 26 at Michigan Ann Arbor, MI 1
By Cal Athletics on Tue, September 21, 1999

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Sept. 21, 1999


Thu., Sept.23  vs. Ohio University     Ann Arbor, MI        4:00 p.m.
Sat., Sept. 25 at Michigan State       East Lansing, MI     1:00 p.m.
Sun., Sept. 26 at Michigan             Ann Arbor, MI       12:00 noon 

The Bears pack their bags for Michigan in the team's final road trip of the 1999 season. Cal starts with a game against Ohio University Thursday before facing Michigan State and Michigan over the weekend. Ohio enters this week's play ranked 20th, while Michigan State in 11th and Michigan is 12th. Cal is 0-2 against ranked teams this year, falling to No. 15 Boston University, 2-1, and to No. 10 Iowa, 3-2, both at Stanford.

Cal beat its Bay Area rival by penalty strokes in a non-league game Sunday at Stanford's Varsity Turf Field. The Bears and the Cardinal played a scoreless 70 minutes of regulation, then played an additional 30 minutes of overtime before going into penalty strokes. Deborah Clark, Robin Reschke and Catlin Braucht scored on their strokes for the Bears. Cal goalie Sara Hoehn saved three of the Cardinal's first four attempts to clinch the victory. The two NorPac rivals, who have combined to win every league title during the 1990s, are currently the only two undefeated teams in league play. The rematch will occur on the Bears home turf in Berkeley on Oct. 24 in a game that will decide the regular-season champion. Stanford will host the NorPac Tournament Nov. 5-7. The winner of the league tournament will meet the winner of the Atlantic-10 Conference in an NCAA Tournament play-in game.

Shellie Onstead, a former Cal field hockey All-American who was an assistant for the Bears for 11 seasons, is in her fifth year as head coach. She has a career record of 42-34. Onstead is assisted by Dean and Shawn Nakamura.

Senior Megan Sainsbury, Cal's leading scorer the last three years, has already topped her career high for points in a season after just eight games. Sainsbury has a career-best 10 goals, including five against St. Louis, and 10 assists for 28 points, passing her total for all of 1998 (6 goals, 7 assists). She is tied for seventh on Cal's single-season list for goals. Her 10 goals are the most for a Cal player since Ilse Akkermans scored 17 in 1994. In addition, Sainsbury broke the school career assist record. Entering the season with 17, she now has 27 assists, pushing her past former Cal All-American and current head coach Shellie Onstead, who had 18 from 1980-82.

Cal Career Assist Leaders            Cal Career Points Leaders
1. Megan Sainsbury (1996- )    27    1. Ilse Akkermans (1992-94)   81
2. Shellie Onstead (1980-82)   18    2. Renee Chatas (1980-83)     79
3. Cheryl Swanson (1982-83)    15    3. Megan Sainsbury (1996-)    73
4. Melissa Nerone (1979-82)    12    4. Shelli Onstead (1980-82)   70
5. Kathleen Lavelle (1992-95)  12    5. Melissa Nerone (1979-82)   66

Cal head coach Shellie Onstead was named the U.S. Field Hockey Association's National Coach of the Year Aug. 30. Onstead earned the honor after directing the U.S. Boys' Under-16 National team in 1999. Taking a young team that was not expected to fare well, Onstead led the squad to a 4-4-3 at the Easter Tournament and to a 2-1 record in a series of games against Canada. Onstead received her award this past Saturday in Washington, D.C.


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