Cal Field Hockey Hosts Davidson On Home Turf Friday
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  10/05/1999

Oct. 5, 1999

BERKELEY, Calif. - The Bears (8-4) get ready for their second home game of the year at Kleeberger Field on Friday against Davidson. The Bears have one more non-conference game on Oct. 17 vs. Simon Fraser before hosting NorPac rival Stanford in the season finale.

Cal took advantage of its first home game of the season last Saturday when the Golden Bears shut out Pacific, 6-0, at Kleeberger Field. Despite it being the Bears second win over UOP, the game did not count in the NorPac Conference standings (Cal won, 2-1, in Stockton earlier in the year in the league contest.). Both the Bears offense and defense were vital in the shutout against the Tigers.

Offensively, Cal dominated Pacific, outshooting The Tigers 32-5 inside the circle and scoring three goals in the first half and three more in the second. Senior Sara Baron scored two goals in the first half of play. Megan Sainsbury had a goal for the Bears and added two assists, while Baron also notched an assist. Kelli Mirassou had a goal and a assist, with Amber Stockstill and Annika Kuefer completing the scoring. Defensively, Cal goalkeeper Sarah Hoehn made two saves to aid the Bears in the shutout.

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 44-36. Onstead is assisted by Dean and Shawn Nakamura.

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 11 goals, including five against St. Louis, and 13 assists for 35 points, passing her total for all of 1998 (6 goals, 7 assists). She is tied for fifth on Cal's single-season list for goals. Her 11 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 30 assists, pushing her past former Cal All-American and current head coach Shellie Onstead, who had 18 from 1980-82. Sainsbury is also one point away from moving into second on the list of Cal's career points leaders.

Cal Career Assist Leaders         Cal Career Points Leaders
1. Megan Sainsbury (1996- )   30  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-)  78
4. Melissa Nerone (1979-82)   12  4. Shelli Onstead (1980-82) 70
5. Kathleen Lavelle (1992-95) 12  5. Melissa Nerone (1979-82) 66

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.