Cal Opens 15th Season at Saint Mary's

Bears look to maintain their dominance over the Gaels
By Cal Athletics on Tue, February 18, 2014

Thursday, Feb. 20 at Saint Mary’s
6 p.m. PT – Cal (0-0, 0-0 in the MPSF) at Saint Mary’s (0-0, 0-0 in the MPSF)
Saint Mary’s Stadium – Moraga, Calif.
Series Record: 21-1
Last Meeting: W, 18-9 (3/5/13 in Berkeley)
Coverage: Live Video | Live Stats 

BERKELEY – Celebrating its 15-year anniversary this season, the California women’s lacrosse team looks to get its campaign off on the right foot against Saint Mary’s, a team that the Golden Bears have had a lot of success against in the history of their program. The Bears will face the Gaels on Thursday, Feb. 20, at 6 p.m. in Moraga. Cal leads the all-time series, 21-1. The season opener is one of three MPSF conference games the Bears have slated to start the year with.
In addition to this being the 15-year anniversary of the history of the program, it’s also the 10-year anniversary of Cal’s lone MPSF championship back in 2004.
“This being our 15 year anniversary, we’re a relatively young program in comparison to some of our counterparts across the country,” third-year head coach Ginger Miles said. “We’re really proud to be where we are. To look back at our history and see how far we’ve come, and to be a team that we think is capable of competing every year for an MPSF Championship is pretty remarkable. We’re at our 10 year anniversary of winning our first title back in 2004. We’d love to get our second one this year.”

A Look at the 2014 Golden Bears
• Miles and the Bears emphasize their overall team depth as one of their strong suits this season. Miles likes the even mix of returning veterans and the addition of 10 incoming freshmen.
• The 2014 team captains are seniors Paige Gasparino and Marissa O’Meally, and junior Gaby Christman.
• Christman and senior Grace Parente are back in 2014 after being named to the All-MPSF first team a year ago. Parente will anchor the defense along with fellow senior O’Meally and Jacqueline Pelletier
• Gasparino, Christman and senior Amelia Burke are returning offensive threats from a year ago. Gasparino notched 30 points (23 goals, 7 assists), while Burke and Christman each tallied 29 points (28 goals, one assist).
Ginger Miles begins 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.
• Miles’ 2014 staff includes the return of newly-promoted associate head coach and recruiting coordinator Allison Comito, an erstwhile NCAA champion and All-American at Maryland, and second-year assistant Lauren Schmidt, a former Stanford All-American who started all four years on The Farm and competed in two NCAA Tournaments with the Cardinal.

Cal Fifth in MPSF Preseason Rankings
In the 2014 MPSF Preseason Coaches’ Poll, Cal garnered a fifth-place standing in the now 10-team league with the addition of Colorado this season. The Golden Bears tallied 47 points in the poll for the second consecutive season. For the fifth straight year, Stanford topped the poll with 78 points and seven first-place votes. Rounding out the top three were defending MPSF-champion Denver with 74 points and two first-place votes and USC in third with 66 points and one first-place vote.

Scouting Saint Mary’s
• SMC was picked ninth in the MPSF Preseason poll
• The Gaels will be looking to fill the void of the departed Amanda Cross (43 points - 27 goals, 16 assists) and Jillian Chong (39 points - 31 goals, 8 assists) who were the Gaels’ leading scorers last season
• The top returning offensive standouts for SMC are Krista Morgan (24 points - 8 goals, 16 assists in 2013), Allie DeBruhl (22 points - 20 goals, 2 assists), Rachel Minarovich (22 points - 12 goals, 10 assists) and Jaclyn Biggers (20 points - 19 goals, 1 assist).
• Playing in every game in the cage a year ago, Katherine Herzog posted a GAA of 14.73 with a save percentage of .371

Christman/Gasparino/O’Meally Named 2014 Team Captains
California third-year lacrosse head coach Ginger Miles announced seniors Paige Gasparino and Marissa O’Meally, and junior Gaby Christman as the team captains for the 2014 season, as voted on by the players.
Christman, a midfielder, was named to the All-MPSF First Team last season, as well as garnering MPSF All-Academic honors. She ended her sophomore campaign second on the team in goals with 28.
Gasparino, a midfielder, finished third on the team with 23 goals, and also added 7 assists, 22 ground balls, 5 draws and 16 caused turnovers in 2013.
O’Meally, a defender, was selected to the MPSF All-Academic team last season after collecting seven ground balls, five draws and three caused turnovers on the year.

Miles Inks 10 Newcomers For 2015 Season
Ginger Miles recently announced the signing of 10 recruits to National Letters of Intent. The future Golden Bears will join the program next fall.
Chloe Carnes (goalie, Richmond, Va.), Camille Doan (midfield, San Diego, Calif.), Parker Garrett (midfield, Chevy Chase, Md.), Bridget Grubb (midfield, Carlsbad, Ca.), Meredith Haggerty (midfield, Bel Air, Md.), Chloe Landry (midfield, Lafayette, Calif.), Kate Mattimore (attack, Tiburon, Calif.), Alexandra Robertson (attack/midfield, Belvedere, Calif.), Melissa Rubin (midfield, Long Beach, N.Y.), Hannah Stapp (defense/midfield, Pleasanton, Calif.)

Next Time
Cal opens its home schedule by welcoming San Diego State to Kabam Field at Memorial Stadium on Friday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m.

Blogging Bears
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 for new blog entries throughout the season.

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