Cal Hosts Pacific On Home Turf
Sept. 27, 1999
Saturday, Oct. 2
The Bears get ready for their first home game of the year at Kleeberger Field on Saturday against Pacific. Cal has already beaten the Tigers this season, 2-1, in a NorPac Conference game in Stockton. This week's game will not count in the league standings.
CAL EDGES 11TH-RANKED MICHIGAN STATE, BUT FALLS TO OHIO AND MICHIGAN
Cal faced ranked teams this past weekend in Michigan - falling to No. 20 Ohio, 2-1, in overtime (at Ann Arbor), upsetting No. 11 Michigan State, 2-1, in double overtime, and losing to No. 12 Michigan, 4-0. Against Ohio last Thursday, Cal took an early lead when Catlin Braucht scored off an assist by Kelli Mirassou less than 15 minutes into the contest. Ohio then tied the game with 5:32 remaining in the first half. In overtime, Ohio's Ali Johnstone scored with 2:46 left for the victory. With a day of rest, Cal was able to edge out 11th-ranked Michigan State on Saturday in double overtime. In the first half, Bridget Cooper scored for MSU. The Bears tied the game with 2:39 left in the second half after Sara Baron converted on a penalty corner. The game remained tied until well into second overtime. Cal was awarded a penalty stroke with 5:36 remaining when it was ruled that the MSU goalie sat on the ball in front of the Michigan State goal. Cal's Robin Reschke converted the stroke to win the game. The next day, Cal couldn't penetrate Michigan's defense as the Bears managed just three shots to 25 for the Wolverines. Cal is currently 1-4 against ranked opponents this year, with three of the losses by just one goal.
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 43-36. Onstead is assisted by Dean and Shawn Nakamura.
SAINSBURY CLIMBING THE CHARTS
Senior Megan Sainsbury, Cal's leading scorer the last three years, has topped her career high for points in a season this year. Sainsbury has a career-best 10 goals, including five against St. Louis, and 11 assists for 31 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 10 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 29 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- ) 29 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-) 75 4. Melissa Nerone (1979-82) 12 4. Shelli Onstead (1980-82) 70 5. Kathleen Lavelle (1992-95) 12 5. Melissa Nerone (1979-82) 66ONSTEAD 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.