May 1, 2013
BERKELEY - Senior attacker Megan Takacs was named the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Player of the Year award for the second straight year and was one of five Golden Bears to earn spots on the All-MPSF teams, the conference announced Wednesday afternoon. Takacs joined goalie Megan McGinnis, midfielder Gaby Christman and defender Grace Parente on the All-MPSF first team, while attacker Melissa Humphrey garnered All-MPSF second-team status for the second straight year.
Takacs became the third player in MPSF history to win back-to-back player of the year honors. Current assistant coach Lauren Schmidt also accomplished this feat at Stanford in 2009 and 2010. Takacs is the only Cal player to garner MPSF Player of the Year honors.
Takacs, who earned her third straight All-MPSF first-team honor, is the team leader in points (53), goals (48) and draw controls (66). She scored four times and posted 11 draw controls at Fresno State on March 19, earning MPSF Offensive Player of the Week honors in the process. Takacs needs two goals to set the new school record in career goals and move into fourth all-time in MPSF history. Now with 179 career points, she ranks second in that category, as well.
The native of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, ranks ninth in goals per game and 14th in draws in the national rankings. Takacs ended the regular season leading the conference in goals per game and shots per game, while rankings second in draws.
McGinnis has come up huge in net all season long for Cal. She currently ranks first in the conference in saves per game (9.27) and second in save percentage (.500) and goals-against average (9.73). In the national rankings, McGinnis ranks fifth in save percentage and seventh in saves per game. She has notched double-digit saves in four of the last five games, including a career-high tying 16 in last week's 14-13 loss to No. 14 Stanford. She came up with some critical saves late in the second half when the game was tied at 13.
McGinnis wasn't the only strong defender for Cal in 2013, though. Parente has proven to be a stingy defender for the Bears all year long. She tallied six ground balls at Oregon and at USC. She also notched seven earlier this season against Virginia Tech. She currently ranks second in the MPSF in ground balls per game with an average of 2.20. McGinnis and Parente's efforts helped Cal enjoy a stretch of six straight games of not allowing its opponents to score more than 10 goals.
Initially making her presence felt when she was named to the MPSF All-Tournament team last year, Christman was somebody who head coach Ginger Miles predicted would have a big season. Tied for third on the team in points with 29, Christman's 28 goals this season rank second to Takacs' 48. She has converted on 12 of her 14 free-position attempts, as well. Proving to not only be a solid contributor on offense, Christman has also recorded 21 ground balls, 24 caused turnovers and 33 draws.
Like Takacs, Humphrey has her name all over the Cal record books. She is currently 10 assists away from becoming the school's career leader in that category. Her 28 assists this season, highlighted by six vs. Saint Mary's, rank fifth in the conference and 24th nationally. She paced the Bears in their last victory, a 13-11 win at San Diego State on April 14. Humphrey, a Southern California native, tallied seven points on four goals and three assists. Humphrey did everything she could to help Cal defeat Stanford last week, as she tallied five points on three goals and two assists.
Cal (9-6) is the third seed in the four-team MPSF Tournament and will play No. 2 seed Stanford on Thursday, May 2 at 7 p.m. at Pape Field in Eugene, Ore.