April 12, 2013
LOS ANGELES - Behind four points each from Megan Takacs and Melissa Humphrey, as well as 12 saves from goalie Megan McGinnis, the California women's lacrosse team won the first-ever meeting against USC, 10-7, Friday afternoon in Los Angeles.
With the win, Cal improved to 8-4 on the year and remained undefeated in MPSF contests at 5-0. In addition, the Golden Bears are 8-0 when scoring 10 or more goals.
"Today was another excellent unified effort," head coach Megan McGinnis did a great job of keeping us in it after a scoring drought in the second half. Once our attack got going again, we were able to pull away and not look back. Grace did an incredible job on DeLyra like she has all season long, marginalizing our opponents' top players. Credit to a strong USC team for keeping it tight. I'm proud of our composure and confidence in the midst of adversity. Our growth as a team this year has been remarkable."
Cal got things started off on the right foot, posting the first three goals of the game in the first five minutes. Two of the those three goals were scored by Takacs.
The Trojans then scored three of the next four goals to cut the Cal lead to 4-3. The teams went into the break with Cal leading 6-4.
Scoring appeared to be at a premium at the outset of the second half as only two goals were scored in the first 15 minutes of the half, both by USC to tie the game at 6. However, after that, the Bears dominated the remainder of the contest, scoring four unanswered goals to take control of the game.
With her four goals, Takacs is now 12 goals away from becoming the all-time leader in that category in Cal history. Humphrey's three assists moved her into sole possession of second place on the school's all-time list in career assists. She is 17 helpers away from first.
The other offensives contributors for the Bears today were Amelia Burke and her three goals and Lizz Lavie who posted a trio of assists. Now with 21 goals this season, Burke is second on the team in that category after Takacs (37). Lavie and Humphrey are tied for the team lead in assists with 21 each.
Defensively, the Bears were led by Grace Parente and her six ground balls, as well as 12 saves from McGinnis. The 12 saves by McGinnis are the second most she's tallied in a game this season (16). This was the second straight game in which Parente secured six ground balls.
Cal remains in Southern California this weekend for its final regular-season road game of 2013. The Bears will square off against San Diego State on Sunday, April 14, at noon in San Diego.