Saturday, March 8, at UC Davis 12 p.m. PT – Cal (1-1, 1-1 MPSF) at UC Davis (2-0, 0-0 MPSF) Toomey Field – Davis, Calif. Series Record: 17-11, California Last Meeting: W, 18-12 (3/10/13 in Berkeley) Coverage: Live Stats | Live Video
BERKELEY – For the third time in as many games, the California women’s lacrosse team will be facing an MPSF conference opponent to begin the 2014 season. This week, the Golden Bears will face UC Davis on Saturday, March 8, at noon from Toomey Field in Davis, Calif. Cal is 1-1 after topping Saint Mary’s in the season opener and falling to San Diego State in overtime last Friday night in the home opener. The Bears had a tremendous comeback against the Aztecs, scoring the last three goals in regulation to send the game into overtime before SDSU came away with the victory. Through two games this season, true freshman Bella Huther is the early team leader in points with nine, all of which have come on goals. Sophomore Lizz Lavie leads the team in assists with six. Lavie has also notched two goals. Cal is 17-11 all-time against the Aggies, and the Bears have won the last three meetings.
A Look at the 2014 Golden Bears • Head coach Ginger Miles and the Bears emphasized their overall team depth as one of their strong suits at the outset of this season. Through two games this season, Cal has had 10 different goal scorers, and seven of those 10 have scored more than one goal. • The first two games have resulted in the emergence of true freshman Bella Huther, who currently leads the Bears with nine points on nine goals. After scoring four times in the season opener against Saint Mary’s, Huther tallied five more goals against San Diego State last week. Her efforts against the Aztecs earned her MPSF Rookie of the Week honors. • In addition to the production from Huther, senior Paige Gasparino has also been doing her part. One of Cal’s 2014 team captains, Gasparino ranks third on the team in points with seven (four goals, three assists). Gasparino came up clutch in Cal’s late second half comeback against SDSU. She collected all three of her assists on all three goals the Bears’ scored in the final four minutes of regulation. • Another impressive start to the season has come from sophomore Lizz Lavie. Miles had stated Lavie would be taking over Melissa Humphrey’s old role of dishing out the helpers, and Lavie has done just that. She leads the team in assists with six and is second on the squad in points with eight. She had a goal and two assists vs. SDSU last week. • Ginger Miles is in her third season as head coach at Cal. She previously coached Claremont-Mudd-Scripps for two seasons, leading CMS to NCAA Tournament second-round appearances both years. The Bears have been in the MPSF Tournament in both of her previous seasons at Cal, and Miles also guided former standout Megan Takacs to become the first All-American in the history of the program.
Bears Make Valiant Comeback, But Fall to SDSU in Overtime, 14-11 Cal made a valiant comeback in the second half of last week’s game against San Diego State, scoring a game-tying goal with five seconds remaining in regulation, but the Golden Bears fell to the Aztecs in overtime, 14-11, at Kabam Field at Memorial Stadium. Freshman Bella Huther notched five goals, while senior Paige Gasparino also had five points. With five and a half minutes remaining in regulation, SDSU scored to increase its lead to three at 11-8. The Bears rallied and scored the next three consecutive goals in the final five minutes - two of which were scored by Huther and all three assisted by senior Paige Gasparino - to send the game into overtime.
Scouting UC Davis • UC Davis picked up two road victories to start the campaign at George Mason and Old Dominion • The Aggies’ leading scorers through the first two games are Melissa Kellan (12 points - 10 goals, 2 assists) and Carly Voris (6 points on 6 goals) • Defensively, Voris has notched 10 draws, seven ground balls and one caused turnover, while Mary Doyle has registered five caused turnovers and four ground balls. • Through two games, keeper Kai Murphy has made 31 saves on 14 goals against. • Cal holds a 17-11 advantage over UC Davis in the all-time series, and the Bears have won the last three in a row.
Huther Named MPSF Rookie of the Week The first two games have resulted in the emergence of true freshman Bella Huther. Coming to Cal after having previously been named one of ESPN’s Top 100 as a prep star, Huther currently leads the Bears with nine points on nine goals. After scoring four times in the season opener against Saint Mary’s, Huther tallied five more goals against San Diego State last week. Huther accounted for nearly half of Cal’s scoring against the Aztecs. In addition, Huther’s goals also came at clutch times. Two of her five goals came in the final four minutes of the regulation, including one with five seconds remaining, to send the game into overtime. Huther also scored two goals early in the contest, helping Cal jump out to an early 3-1 lead. Her efforts against the Aztecs last week earned her MPSF Rookie of the Week honors.
Last time vs. UC Davis Cal rebounded from an early 4-1 deficit against UC Davis to defeat the Aggies, 18-12, in the 2013 matchup. Megan Takacs tied her personal best with six goals to lead Cal. The Bears’ adjustments following the early Aggie lead proved to do the trick as they went on to outscore the Aggies, 7-2, for the rest of the first half to give Cal an 8-6 lead at the break. At the outset of the second half, UC Davis notched the first score of the half to cut the deficit to one, but five consecutive Cal goals gave the Bears the lead for good. Lizz Lavie who recorded three assists, while Gaby Christman and Paige Gasparino also contributed to the offensive production, netting three goals each. Paige’s younger sister, Brynn Gasparino, notched her second goal of the season, as well.
Next Time Cal returns to Berkeley for a brief two-game homestand. The Bears host Siena first on Wednesday, March 12, at noon. Eight days later, Cal will host No. 11 Towson at Kabam Field at Memorial Stadium on Thursday, March 20, at noon.
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