Nov. 5, 2010
DAVIDSON, N.C. - The California field hockey team defeated Davidson in a stroke-off in the semifinals of the NorPac Tournament Friday afternoon on the Davidson campus. Cal, the No. 2 seed in the West, topped the No. 1 seed in the East, Davidson, by a final score of 3-2 to move on to the tournament final.
"That was way more exciting than I would have liked it to have been," head coach Shellie Onstead said. "Overtime is always such a chess match when it comes to subs, and the stakes were higher in this game. I have to give credit to the mental toughness of Deanna Kennedy, Megan Psyllos, Lisa Lohre and Shannon Elmitt because I never took them out."
The Bears (10-8) won the stroke-off, 5-3, converting on all five shots they took. Lohre's successful try proved to be the clincher. Psyllos and sophomores Megan Shimojima, Laura Spellman and Rachelle Comeau were also good on their shots in the stroke-off.
Cal had to overcome a 2-1 deficit in the second half to force the game to go into extra periods. After taking an early 1-0 lead in the 13th minute, the Bears allowed two goals in the span of a minute shortly after halftime to go down by one. In the 51st minute, Lohre scored on a rebound of a blocked shot to tie the game at two.
"They got a big lift when they got their first goal," Onstead said. "Then they got another opportunity to score and they did a good job of converting. Our players were angry when they scored their second goal, and we went right back down the field and starting putting pressure on them again."
Shimojima tallied the Bears' first goal when she took a shot from the left inside near post. Shimojima is now second on the team in goals with six and tied for third in points (14).
Junior Maddie Hand made 11 saves on the day, including one in the stroke-off. Hand's season-best save total is 13 (Oct. 4 at North Carolina).
Davidson (14-7) outshot Cal, 23-22. Each team had nine penalty corners.
In a rematch of last year's tournament final, Cal will face Stanford, the No. 1 seed in the West, tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. PT in the championship match. The Bears and the Cardinal are 1-1 against each other this season with the road team winning both times. The last time Cal won the NorPac Tournament was 2006.
"It's going to be a typical match against Stanford," Onstead said. "It's going to come down to heart and guts. It's going to be a very close match."