Bears Visit Pacific In NorPac Matchup
Sept. 7, 1999
Saturday, Sept.11 vs. Pacific Stockton, CA 1:00 p.m.
After winning its first three games of the season on the road, Cal hit a little bump during Labor Day Weekend. While Cal upended Hofstra, the Bears lost by one goal to both Boston University and Iowa. With their home field - Kleeberger Field - undergoing a renovation, the Bears won't play in Berkeley until the first week of October. Instead, Cal will spend its next few weeks of competition away from home, starting against Pacific Saturday. Last year, the Bears lost at UOP 1-0, but won 3-2 in Berkeley.
CAL TOPS HOFSTRA, FALLS TO BOSTON UNIVERSITY AND IOWA
Cal had its fourth consecutive win against Hofstra Friday, shutting down the Flying Dutchwomen 4-1. Unfortunately, the Bears winning streak ended with a double loss to Boston University on Sunday and to Iowa on Monday. Boston edged out Cal by one goal, beating the Bears 2-1. Iowa's Maria Meriuzzi scored against the Bears with 1:05 left in the game, leaving the final score at 3-2. Senior Megan Sainsbury helped Cal in the Hofstra win with one goal and three assists. Sara Baron scored two goals for the weekend.
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 40-34. Onstead is assisted by Dean and Shawn Nakamura.
SAINSBURY OFF TO HOT START
Senior Megan Sainsbury, Cal's leading scorer the last three years, has already topped her career high for points in a season after just six games. Sainsbury has a career-best nine 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 nine 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-) 71 4. Melissa Nerone (1979-82) 12 4. Shelli Onstead (1980-82) 70 Kathleen Lavelle (1992-95) 12 5. Melissa Nerone (1979-82) 66
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.