April 23, 2013
Saturday, April 27 vs. Stanford
1 p.m. PT - Cal (9-5, 6-1 MPSF) vs. No. 14 Stanford (10-4, 5-1 MPSF)
Memorial Stadium - Berkeley, Calif.
Series Record: Stanford leads series, 24-6
Last Meeting: L, 9-8 - April 20, 2012, at Cal
Coverage: Pac-12 Networks
Seeking its' first 10-win season since 2005, the California women's lacrosse team takes on No. 15 Stanford in the "Lacrosse The Bay Rivalry" on Saturday, April 27, at 1 p.m. at Memorial Stadium. The game will be broadcast live on the Pac-12 Networks. The Golden Bears (9-5, 6-1) will also say goodbye to its seniors as the 2013 class will play for the final time in Berkeley. Cal and Stanford (10-4, 5-1) are playing for the second seed in next week's MPSF Tournament. Both the Bears and the Cardinal have already secured spots in the four-team tournament.
A Look at the 2013 Golden Bears
The last time Cal beat Stanford was in 2008, although the Cardinal barely edged the Bears last season, garnering a 9-8 win in Berkeley.
Cal and Stanford are playing for the second seed in the MPSF Tournament next week. Denver has already locked up the top seed. The Pioneers are the only conference opponent to defeat Cal thus far this season.
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 9-1 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 (50), goals (45) and draw controls (60). 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 five goals to set the new school record in career goals. Now with 176 career points, Takacs ranks third in that category, one shy of second.
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. She has 26 assists this season, which leads the team. Humphrey now boasts 71 career assists, which ranks second all time at Cal, and she is 12 helpers away from first.
The Bears have won six of their last eight 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 (8.79) and second in save percentage (.496) and goals-against average (9.41). In the national rankings, McGinnis ranks fifth in save percentage and12th in saves per game. She has now notched double-digit saves in three of the last four games, including 12 in last week's 13-10 loss to No. 11 Denver. 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 2.21. A testament to the team defensive effort, in the past eight games, Cal has only allowed two opponents to score 10 or more 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.
Scouting No. 14 Stanford
Stanford leads the all-time series against Cal, 24-6
Stanford has won eight of its last 10, including a season-high 23 goals in its last contest, a victory over San Diego State (23-16)
Rachel Ozer leads Stanford in points with 57 (39 goals, 18 assists). The 39 goals and 18 assists are also team highs
Lucy Dikeou has collected 24 ground balls, 20 draws and 18 caused turnovers
Goalie Lyndsey Munoz boasts a save percentage of .401 and a GAA of 11.07 - 93 saves, 139 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 (50) and her 45 goals leads the conference. She now boasts 141 career goals which ranks second on Cal's all-time career goals list, four tallies away from first. Her 176 career points rank third all-time at Cal, one 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 three times in Cal's 13-10 defeat at the hands of No. 11 Denver on April 19. Humphrey is finding her name in the Cal record book in the assists categories. She now has 71 for her career which ranks second all-time at Cal, and she is 12 away from first. She recorded six against Saint Mary's and has 26 on the season, which leads the team. In the national rankings, Takacs ranks 10th in goals per game and 18th in draws. Humphrey ranks 24th in assists.
Score 10, Bears Win
Cal has played 14 games thus far in the 2013 season. When the Bears score 10 goals, they are 9-1. 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). 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.
Regardless of the outcome of this week's game against Stanford, Cal has secured a spot in the four-team MPSF Tournament from May 2-4 in Eugene, Ore. Denver will be the No. 1 seed in the tournament, while Cal and Stanford are battling for the No. 2 seed and USC and San Diego State are vying for the No. 4 seed. Since Denver won the regular-season championship, the Pioneers will host the 2014 MPSF Tournament.
Head coach Ginger Miles and Cal lacrosse student-athletes 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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