MATCH 3: DARTMOUTH Big Green (0-0) Friday, Aug. 30 | 4 p.m. Maxwell Family Field | Berkeley, Calif. Live Stats/Blog: CalBears.com Broadcast: Pac-12 Networks
MATCH 4: LIBERTY Flames (1-0) Sunday, Sept. 1 | 2 p.m. Maxwell Family Field | Berkeley, Calif. Live Stats/Blog: CalBears.com
ONSTEAD ON THE WEEKEND “Dartmouth hasn’t had a game yet, so it’s like last Friday night where you throw the ball out and do your best (with no scout). They’re good. Liberty is new to the conference and field hockey, and two years in and they are very good. They finished second in the conference last year, so we’re not taking them lightly.”
“I’m really trying to get Shannon (Elmitt) back in the attack. She’s holding down the fort for us in the back as a center midfielder, but she’s really valuable to us in the attack. She did great at center mid, but our attack suffered a bit, so we’re trying to get others to manage that position.”
HENDRICKSON NAMED NORPAC DEF POW Junior goalkeeper Courtney Hendrickson was named the NorPac West Defensive Player of the Week after recording 11 saves with a 1.24 goals against average in her two starts against Michigan State and No. 4 UConn, including 7 saves against the high-powered Huskies. In the opener against the Spartans, Hendrickson posted four saves in 100 minutes of action before guiding the Bears to a 3-2 shootout decision. Hendrickson staved off seven of MSU’s nine shootout strokes – including the last five in a row – to propel the Bears to victory. She backed that performance up with seven saves in 70 minutes against No. 4 UConn – the most saves a goalkeeper has collected against the Huskies in a regulation match since Northeastern had 13 on October 13, 2012.
ANDREA EARLE RETURNS Senior Andrea Earle played only two end-of-the-season games in 2012 due to injury after a successful 2011 campaign that saw her become the 11th player in Cal Field Hockey history to earn All-American honors. Earle was second in the NorPac Conference in goals per game (.80, 24th in the NCAA) and points per game (1.85, 31st NCAA) in 2011 but returns at full force this season.
KRUGGEL ON THE SIDELINE Reigning NorPac West Offensive Player of the Year Lara Kruggel missed the opening weekend matches against Michigan State and No. 4 UConn due to injury, but the junior is hopeful for an early return. Last season, Kruggel led the Golden Bears with 18 goals and 44 points - both good for fifth in the Cal record book - and was second on the team with eight assists en route to also being named the NorPac West Offensive Player of the Year. She finised the season 11th in the nation in points per game at 2.20.
BEARS DEFEAT MSU IN PENALTY STROKES California defeated Michigan State in the season opener, 2-1, thanks to a 3-2 advantage in a penalty stroke shootout - the first shootout for the Bears since Cal opened the 2006 season against American University with a 4-3 win courtesy of a 4-2 penalty stroke advantage after four rounds (Aug. 6, 2006). In last Friday’s opener, the shootout went nine rounds before the Bears came out victories, thanks to Courtney Hendrickson’s 7-of-9 saves.
COACHING CHANGES Head coach Shellie Onstead announced in August the addition of two new coaches to her staff after Andy Smith departed to become the new head coach at Pacific. For 2013, Onstead has added former U.S. Men’s National Team member Malachi Mahan as an assistant coach and welcomes former U.S. Women’s National Team member Jill Dedman back to Berkeley as a volunteer assistant coach specializing with the goalkeepers.
ON THE HORIZON The Bears host Liberty Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. The Flames open their season two days prior against UC Davis at Maxwell Family Field.