March 13, 1999
BERKELEY - California fell behind early to visiting Duquesne University and never recovered, dropping a close contest to the Dukes 6-9 Saturday afternoon in Memorial Stadium.
Sophomore Sarah Wheatley continued her scoring dominance on the field with a three goal performance, pushing her season scoring total to 15. Senior Heather Mozdean added a goal and an assist of her own for California (3-3, 3-1 in the Western Women's Lacrosse League), as did freshman Laura Kado. Freshman Halsey Monger returned from a bout of mononucleosis to play for the first time since March 6th, chalking up her 10th goal of the season with 13:56 remaining in the match.
"I think it's a huge factor having Halsey back out there," said California head coach Jill Malko on Monger's return to action. "She does a really good job off the ball. Having her out there really helps the rest of the team."
Duquesne jumped out to an early 4-0 lead, tallying its fourth goal with 22:27 remaining in the first half. Kado then found an answer for the Dukes' defense, pulling in a feed from Mozdean and scoring the Bears' first goal with 12:28 remaining in the half. Wheatley would put up one more California goal before halftime with 6:01 left on the clock.
Senior goaltender Kendra Gragg played an enormous factor in the Bears' constantly strengthening defense, posting a 25 save performance while facing 41 aggressive Duquesne shots.
"We really worked hard on allowing them to take the weak shots," said Malko. "Today we focused on taking away those strong shots. If you can make them take those poor shots, then it's going to help make your goalkeeper look good."
Pulling within three goals on three separate occasions in the second half, California could not break through a very quick and stifling Duquesne defense. The Dukes held the Bears to just 19 shots-on-goal through the afternoon.
"We've been working a lot on the off ball situations," said Malko. "It's creating more shots and opportunities, but we're still not closing off the middle like we used to. I think these loses have helped our team though. It's been more like a wake-up call. We can come out knowing that we can play with these (East Coast) teams."
Returning to action Monday for the second half of its four game home stand, California takes on Marist College at 4:00 p.m. in Memorial Stadium.
California Scoring Summary:
No. Name Goals Time Remaining in Half
12 Wheatley, Sarah 3 6:01 (1st); 18:48 (2nd); 10:17 (2nd)
15 Kado, Laura 1 12:28 (1st)
22 Mozdean, Heather 1 20:40 (2nd)
2 Monger, Halsey 1 13:56 (2nd)
Duquesne Scoring Summary:
20 Hungate, Meghan 1 26:23 (1st)
17 McGarry, Jessica 1 24:51 (1st)
15 Harner, Katie 3 23:27 (1st); 10:53 (1st); 27:26 (2nd)
22 Dutch, Lauren 2 22:27 (1st); 12:05 (2nd)
9 Sakal, Erin 2 9:39 (1st); 16:21 (2nd)
California Goalkeeper Statistics:
No. Name Saves
98 Gragg, Kendra 25
Duquesne Goalkeeper Statistics:
0 Staufer, Becky 7