Sainsbury Named NorPac Player of the Year
Nov. 6, 1999
BERKELEY - Senior Megan Sainsbury, who has set a Cal record with 47 points this season (15 goals, 17 assists), has been named the NorPac Conference Player of the Year. In addition, Cal head coach Shellie Onstead was voted NorPac Coach of the Year and Lieke Zoete was selected NorPac Rookie of the Year.
Sainsbury has led Cal in scoring all year and has firmly imprinted her name atop the Cal record charts. She holds the No. 1 spot on Cal lists for assists in a season (17 in 1999), points in a season (47 in 1999), assists in a career (34) and points in a career (90). Sainsbury also ranks third in goals for a season (15 in 1999) and in goals for a career (28). She is the first Cal player to earn Player of the Year honors since Ilse Akkermans in 1994.
Onstead is in her fifth season at Cal and has guided the Bears to a 12-4 record and a No. 16 national ranking. Her Bears were a perfect 5-0 during the NorPac regular season and captured the conference tournament title with a 1-0 win over Stanford Nov. 7. She is the first Cal coach to earn the honor since Donna Fong in 1994.
Zoete, a freshman midfielder/forward from the Netherlands, has six goals and three assists on the season for the Bears.
Additionally, two other Bears joined Sainsbury and Zoete on the All-NorPac team - senior back Sara Baron and senior back Robin Reschke.