April 16, 2013
Already having secured one of the four spots in the 2013 MPSF Tournament next month, the California women's lacrosse team finds itself in a battle this week with the top two teams in the MPSF. The first-place Golden Bears (9-4, 6-0) will square off against second-place No. 11 Denver (13-1, 5-0) on Friday, April 19, at 5 p.m. at Memorial Stadium. It won't get any easier for the Bears next week when they welcome 15th-ranked Stanford to Berkeley. These will be Cal's first two games against ranked opponents this season.
A Look at the 2013 Golden Bears
• The Bears have won their last six out of seven contests, including a 13-11 victory at San Diego State in Cal's last game on April 14.
• With two games remaining in the regular season, Cal is in first place in the MPSF with a perfect 6-0 conference record. The Bears have secured one of the four spots in the 2013 MPSF Tournament.
• One more win will give Cal 10 wins for the first time since 2005.
• Scoring 18 goals against Saint Mary's and UC Davis, and 20 against Iona, Cal tallied 18 or more goals three consecutive times for the first time in school history. The last time the Bears notched 20 goals in a game was in the 2010 MPSF Tournament. In addition, Cal is 7-0 when scoring 10 or more goals this season.
• The 2012 MPSF Player of the Year Megan Takacs is once again leading the charge for the Bears. Takacs is the team leader in points (47), goals (42) and draw controls (55). She scored four times and posted 11 draw controls at Fresno State, earning MPSF Offensive Player of the Week honors in the process. Takacs is now seven goals away from becoming Cal's all-time leader in that category. Now with 173 career points, Takacs ranks third in that category, four shy of second.
• Takacs and Melissa Humphrey paced the Bears in their 13-11 win at San Diego State last week. Humphrey, a native of nearby Coronado, Calif., tallied seven points on four goals and three assists. She now has 24 assists, which leads the team. Humphrey now boasts 69 career assists, which ranks second all time at Cal. She is 14 helpers away from first.
The Bears have won six of their last seven contests, getting offensive production from multiple members of the squad. The defense has been pretty solid over this stretch, as well. Goalkeeper Megan McGinnis ranks first in the conference in saves per game (8.54) and second in save percentage (.498) and goals-against average (9.11). In the national rankings, McGinnis ranks fifth in save percentage and19th in saves. She notched 12 saves in a 10-7 victory at USC last Friday. She had previously secured 11 saves in the game before at Oregon. In addition, defender Grace Parente tallied six ground balls at Oregon and at USC. She also notched seven earlier this season against Virginia Tech. She currently ranks third in the MPSF in ground balls per game with an average of 2.31. A testament to the team defensive effort, in the past seven games, Cal has only allowed one opponent to score more than 10 goals.
Gameday Fan Information
Admission is free for all home Cal lacrosse games. Fans should enter the stadium through Gate 1 on the north end where they will be directed onto the concourse level and into available seating in the lower area of sections EE, F, FF and G. Fans are not allowed onto the field.
• Cal leads the all-time series against Denver by a slim margin of 10-9
• Denver is currently enjoying an 11-game winning streak, having not lost since Feb. 24
• Jill Remenapp leads Denver in points with 74 (25 goals, 49 assists). The 49 assists are also a team best
• Kiki Boone has collected 55 draws
• Goalie Hannah Hook boasts a save percentage of .500 and a GAA of 8.69 - 117 saves, 117 goals against
Takacs, Humphrey Climbing Cal's All-Time Charts
Megan Takacs and Melissa Humphrey were Cal's offensive leaders in 2012 and they're doing it again this year. Takacs is the team leader in points (47) and her 42 goals leads the conference. She now boasts 138 career goals which ranks second on Cal's all-time career goals list, 7 tallies away from first. Her 173 career points rank third all-time at Cal, four away from second. Against Fresno State, Takacs posted 11 draw controls for the second time in her career. That total also is tied for the second-most draws in MPSF history. In her most-recent game, Takacs scored five times in Cal's 13-11 victory at San Diego State on April 14. Humphrey is finding her name in the Cal record book in the assists categories. She now has 69 for her career which ranks second all-time at Cal, and she is 14 away from first. She recorded six against Saint Mary's and has 24 on the season, which leads the team. In the national rankings, Takacs ranks 11th in goals per game and 18th in draws. Humphrey ranks 24th in assists.
Score 10, Bears Win
Cal has played 13 games thus far in the 2013 season. When the Bears score 10 goals, they are a perfect 9-0. However, when the Bears are held to single-digit tallies, they are winless this season at 0-4. Among the nine wins, four times Cal has reached the 18-goal plateau, garnering 18 goals twice (Saint Mary's and UC Davis), 19 goals vs. Stetson and 20 goals vs. Iona. Cal also notched 16 goals in a win at Fresno State and 12 when it was victorious at Fairfield. Three of the four Cal losses have come on the East Coast (James Madison, UMBC and Yale). The Bears will remain on the West Coast for the remainder of the campaign.
The regular season finale will take place on Saturday, April 27. The Bears will face Stanford on Senior Day at 1 p.m. at Memorial Stadium. Please note that game will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks, therefore, there will be no live feed on CalBears.com for that match. The following week will be the MPSF Tournament from May 2-4 from Eugene, Ore. Cal has secured one of the four spots in the tournament.
Head coach Casey Reid and Marissa O'Meally are blogging this year to give their fans some behind the scenes insight on the Cal lacrosse team. Miles' blog is called "Mondays With Miles" while the player blog is called "Roll on With Ris and Reid." Stay tuned to CalBears.com for new blog entries throughout the season.
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