March 13, 2013
BERKELEY - Freshman Brynn Gasparino scored six goals and junior Megan McGinnis made 16 saves as the California lacrosse team defeated Iona, 20-9, Wednesday afternoon at Memorial Stadium. The Golden Bears have now won three in a row, improving their record to 3-2 overall.
The last time Cal scored 20 goals in one game was the quarterfinals of the 2010 MPSF Tournament against Saint Mary's (20-11). In addition, after scoring 18 goals in its previous two contests, this marks the first time in school history that Cal has posted 18-plus goals in three straight games.
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. The six goals tie her for second on Cal's single-game record list. Current Bears Megan Takacs and Alexa Rozelle have also scored six goals in a game at Cal.
"Brynn had quite the breakout game today," head coach Ginger Miles said. "We see her shoot like that at practice every single day, and I'm glad she got this moment to shine today."
Takacs, the 2012 MPSF Player of the Year, scored three goals of her own and also chipped in two assists. She now has 109 career goals that ranks tied for fifth all-time at Cal. She is five goals away from fourth. Her 15 points and 13 goals thus far in 2013 are team highs.
With 90 seconds remaining in the first half, Michaela Guerrera's second straight goal pushed the Cal lead to 10, 13-3. Iona crept back into the game by scoring the next five straight goals on a run that extended into the second half.
Miles called a timeout to regroup her team.
"We got a little too comfortable after halftime, and I had to call that timeout and fire them back up," Miles said. "But after that timeout, we came out and started putting more goals on the board."
Following the timeout, the Bears scored seven of the next eight goals to put the game away.
McGinnis came up big for the Bears more than once today with her 16 saves. The saves total ties her personal best on the single-game record list that ranks sixth all-time at Cal
Other Bears who got on the scoreboard more than once today were Amelia Burke (3), Paige Gasparino (2), Alexa Rozelle (2). Freshman Lizz Lavie, who leads the team in assists this season with nine, notched her first collegiate goal.
Cal closes out its four-game homestand against Virginia Tech on Saturday, March 16, at 4 p.m. at Memorial Stadium.