April 30, 2013
Thursday, May 2 vs. Stanford
7 p.m. PT - Cal (9-6, 6-2 MPSF) vs. Stanford (11-5, 6-2 MPSF)
MPSF Tournament Semifinals - Eugene, Ore.
Series Record: Stanford leads series, 25-6
Last Meeting: L, 14-13 - April 27, 2013, at Cal
Coverage: Live Video
Live Stats - TBA
After a close, one-goal loss at the hands of Stanford last week, the California lacrosse team will get a chance to get even when these teams meet in the semifinals of the MPSF Tournament on Thursday, May 2, at 7 p.m. in Eugene, Ore. The Golden Bears (9-6, 6-2) are the No. 3 seed in the four-team tournament. Regular season MPSF champion Denver will square off against USC in the other semifinal contest.
A Look at the 2013 Golden Bears
The last time Cal beat Stanford was in 2008, although the Cardinal barely edged the Bears in their last two meetings, winning both games by one goal.
Currently boasting nine victories, Cal is vying for its first 10-win season since 2005.
The Bears have won the MPSF Tournament one time in school history, defeating Stanford in the 2004 final. At the time, the MPSF tournament champion did not get an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament so Cal is still seeking its first-ever appearance in the national tournament.
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 9-2 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 (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. Now with 179 career points, Takacs ranks second in that category, as well.
Takacs and Melissa Humphrey 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. She has 28 assists this season, which leads the team. Humphrey now boasts 73 career assists, which ranks second all time at Cal, and she is 10 helpers away from first.
The Bears have won six of their last nine 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 (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 now 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. 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 second in the MPSF in ground balls per game with an average of 2.20. A testament to the team defensive effort, in the past nine games, Cal has only allowed three opponents to score 10 or more goals.
Stanford leads the all-time series against Cal, 25-6
Stanford edged Cal last Saturday, 14-13, when the Cardinal scored the game-winning goal with seven seconds left
Rachel Ozer leads Stanford in points with 62 (43 goals, 19 assists). The 43 goals and 19 assists are also team highs
Lucy Dikeou has collected 27 ground balls, 25 draws and 19 caused turnovers
Goalie Lyndsey Munoz boasts a save percentage of .391 and a GAA of 11.39 - 107 saves, 167 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 (53) and her 48 goals leads the conference. She now boasts 144 career goals which ranks second on Cal's all-time career goals list, one tally away from first. Her 179 career points rank second all-time at Cal. 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 three times in Cal's 14-13 defeat at the hands of No. 14 Stanford on April 27. Humphrey is finding her name in the Cal record book in the assists categories. She now has 73 for her career which ranks second all-time at Cal, and she is 10 away from first. She recorded six against Saint Mary's and has 28 on the season, which leads the team. In the national rankings, Takacs ranks ninth in goals per game and 14th in draws. Humphrey ranks 24th in assists.
Score 10, Bears Win
Cal has played 15 games thus far in the 2013 season. When the Bears score 10 goals, they are 9-2. 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 six Cal losses have come on the East Coast (James Madison, UMBC and Yale). Last Friday's 13-10 loss to No. 11 Denver was the first time this year that the Bears reached double-digit goals but lost.
Cal in the MPSF Tournament
The Bears have won one MPSF Tournament championship in the history of the program, defeating Stanford, 11-10, in the 2004 title game. Cal is 10-13 all-time in the tournament. In the 2012 tournament, the Bears fell to Oregon, 14-11. The regular season champion hosts the conference tournament the following year, therefore, Denver will host the 2014 MPSF Tournament. Cal is 1-8 all-time against Stanford in the MPSF Tournament. The Bears and the Cardinal have met five times in the championship match with Stanford winning four of those five meetings.
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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