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No. 16 Cal Prepares For NorPac Conference Tournament
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  11/01/1999

Nov. 1, 1999

BERKELEY, Calif. - The Bears (10-4 overall, 5-0 in the NorPac Conference) will enter the NorPac Conference Tournament held at Stanford Nov. 5-7 as the No. 1 seed, taking a bye on the first day of competition. Cal will face the winner of the No. 3 and 6 seeded game between St. Louis and SW Missouri State on Saturday Nov. 6th. The championship game will be at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 7. The winner of the NorPac tournament advances to play the winner of the Atlantic 10 Conference in a play-in game for a berth in the NCAA Championship.

CAL GAINS TOP SEED HONORS IN NORPAC WITH SHUTOUT AGAINST STANFORD 2-0
With their first NCAA ranking since 1996, senior forward Megan Sainsbury and the No.16 California field hockey team dominated Stanford at Kleeberger Field, shutting out the Cardinal 2-0 in Cal's final home game of the season. The Bears struck quickly, forcing the ball deep into Stanford territory. Seizing the opportunity, Sainsbury connected with sophomore forward Amber Stockstill for the early go-ahead goal. Late in the second half, Elizabeth Harkins broke through the Cardinal defense and passed the ball over to Sainsbury, who promptly raised the California advantage to 2-0.

CAL COACHING STAFF
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 47-36. Onstead is assisted by Dean and Shawn Nakamura.

SAINSBURY DOMINATING THE CHARTS
Senior Megan Sainsbury is now the career record holder in assists and points. With 47 points this season, Sainsbury has accumulated a total of 90 points, outscoring former point leader Ilse Akkerman's 81 points. In addition, Sainsbury's 19 assists this season, which give her a total of 36, have landed her well ahead of former leader and current head coach Shellie Onstead. Sainsbury has a season career-best 14 goals, including five against St. Louis, and 18 assists for 44 points, passing her total for all of 1998 (6 goals, 7 assists). She is currently tied for third with coach Shellie Onstead on Cal's single-season list for goals and is third overall in Cal's career goals with a total of 27. Her 14 goals of the season are the most for a Cal player since Ilse Akkermans scored 17 in 1994.

Cal Career Assist LeadersCal Career Points LeadersCal Season Points Leaders
1. Megan Sainsbury (1996- )361. Megan Sainsbury (1996-)901. Megan Sainsbury (1999)47
2. Shellie Onstead (1980-82)182. Ilse Akkermans (1992-94)812. Renee Chatas (1983)39
3. Cheryl Swanson (1982-83)153. Renee Chatas (1980-83)793. Ilse Akkermans (1994)36
4. Melissa Nerone (1979-82)124. Shelli Onstead (1980-82)704. Shellie Onstead (1981)35
5. Kathleen Lavelle (1992-95)125. Melissa Nerone (1979-82)665. Renee Chatas (1982)28

ONSTEAD NAMED USFHA NATIONAL COACH OF THE YEAR
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 on September 18, 1999 in Washington, D.C.


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