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Cal Returns Home After Perfect Road Trip
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  08/31/1999

Aug. 31, 1999

THIS WEEK:
Friday, Sept. 3 vs. Hofstra, Stanford, CA 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 5 vs. Boston University, Stanford, CA 1:00 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 6 vs. Iowa, Stanford, CA 11:00 a.m.

THIS WEEK
After winning its first three games of the season on the road, Cal returns to the Bay Area for three games this weekend on the Stanford campus. 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 Labor Day weekend at Stanford facing Hofstra, Boston University and Iowa.

CAL SWEEPS MISSOURI ROAD TRIP
Cal opened the season with three NorPac Conference games in as many days last week in Springfield, Mo., and came away with a perfect 3-0 record by outscoring its opponents, 22-1. After edging SW Missouri State, 2-0, Saturday, the Bears crushed both St. Louis (8-1) and Davis & Elkins (12-0). Senior Megan Sainsbury led the attack with seven goals, including five against St. Louis Sunday afternoon, and five assists. Lieke Zoete tallied three goals in the victory over Davis & Elkins, while Amber Stockstill also scored three times with one goal in each game. Freshman goalkeeper Emily Rowlan allowed only one goal for a 0.33 goals-against average.

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 39-32. Onstead is assisted by Dean and Shawn Nakamura.

SAINSBURY OFF TO HOT START
Senior Megan Sainsbury, Cal's leading scorer the last two years, has already tied her career high for points in a season after just three games. Sainsbury has a career-best seven goals, including five against St. Louis, and five assists for 19 points, matching her total for all of 1998 (6 goals, 7 assists). After one weekend, she ranks 10th on Cal's single-season list for both goals and points. Her seven 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 22 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- )      22     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. Shellie Onstead (1980-82)   70
4. Melissa Nerone (1979-82)      12     4. Melissa Nerone (1979-82)    66
   Kathleen Lavelle (1992-95)    12     5. Megan Sainsbury (1996 -)    62

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.


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