Thursday, March 20 vs. No. 18 Towson
4 p.m. PT – Cal (2-2, 1-2 MPSF) vs. No. 18 Towson (3-4, 0-0 CAA)
Kabam Field at California Memorial Stadium – Berkeley, Calif.
Series Record: First Meeting
Coverage: Live Stats | Live Video
BERKELEY – Picking up a convincing 16-6 victory over Siena last week, the California women’s lacrosse team will need that momentum as the Golden Bears welcome No. 18 Towson to Kabam Field at Memorial Stadium this week. The Bears will face the Tigers on Thursday, March 20, at 4 p.m. Cal (2-2, 1-2 MPSF) will be wrapping up its brief two-game homestand before hitting the road for its first cross-country trip of the season. This will be the first-ever meeting between Cal and Towson.
Through four games this season, the Bears have five players with at least 10 points, led by the 13 by senior Paige Gasparino. True freshman Bella Huther is the team leader in goals with 12, while sophomore Lizz Lavie’s 10 assists lead the squad. Junior Gaby Christman has 10 goals thus far, and also leads the Bears in draws (16) and caused turnovers (8).
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 four games this season, Cal has had 11 different goal scorers, and eight of those 11 have scored more than one goal.
• Through the first four games, true freshman Bella Huther has emerged as Cal’s leader in goals with 12. She scored four times in the season opener against Saint Mary’s, and tallied five more goals against San Diego State before adding her 11th and 12th goals last week vs. Siena. Her efforts against the Aztecs earned her MPSF Rookie of the Week honors.
• In addition to the production from Huther, junior Gaby Christman burst onto the scene last week vs. Siena, notching a personal-best five goals. Christman currently leads her team in draws with 16 and caused turnovers with eight.
• Senior Paige Gasparino currently leads the team in points with 13 on nine goals and four assists. Last week against Siena, Gasparino tallied a hat trick and an assist. She also assisted on all three of Cal’s late goals against SDSU to send the game into overtime.
• Another big contributor this season has been Lizz Lavie. Miles stated during the preseason that 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 10 and is tied for second on the squad in points with 12. She had a goal and two assists vs. SDSU before adding two more helpers at UC Davis and vs. Siena 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.
Cal Lacrosse Set To Celebrate 15-Year Anniversary
Cal fans are invited to come celebrate the 15-year anniversary of California women’s lacrosse on Sunday, April 6, prior to Cal’s 1 p.m. game vs. USC. The event starts at 11 a.m. at the Lisa and Douglas Goldman Plaza. Pregame festivities include food, photo sessions, raffles and much more. Also included will be a tour of the Simpson Center for Student-Athlete High Performance. Please contact Associate Director of Development Brian Raney for more information - (510) 643-0888, firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Towson is currently 3-4, picking up a win over Monmouth in its most-recent game.
• The Tigers’ leading scorers thus far are Andi Raymond (29 points - 17 goals, 12 assists) and Ashleig Rohrback (27 points - 13 goals, 14 assists).
• Defensively, Katie Leech has notched 15 draws, 12 ground balls and seven caused turnovers, while Kaitlin Sheridan has 17 ground balls and nine caused turnovers.
• Keeper Kelsea Donnelly has a save percentage of .535 and a goals-against average of 8.40.
Bears Pick Up 10-Goal Win Over Siena, 16-6
California notched a convincing 16-6 victory over Siena last week from Kabam Field at Memorial Stadium. In the first-ever meeting between these teams, the Golden Bear veterans led the way to get the team back in the win column with five goals coming from junior Gaby Christman, four from senior Amelia Burke and three from senior Paige Gasparino.
Just two minutes into the game, Christman notched her first goal of the day to give the Bears the early 1-0 advantage. That goal kick started the scoring barrage as the Bears went into the locker room with a 12-0 halftime lead.
Huther Making Immediate Impact
Through the first four games, true freshman Bella Huther has emerged as Cal’s leader in goals with 12 (2nd in the MPSF). She scored four times in the season opener against Saint Mary’s, and tallied five more goals against San Diego State before adding her 11th and 12th goals against Siena last week. Her performance against SDSU led her to be named the MPSF Rookie of the Week on March 3. It was her first weekly honor and Cal’s first weekly conference honor this season.
Christman Leads Bears With Five Goals vs. Siena
Gaby Christman burst onto the scene last week vs. Siena, notching a personal-best five goals. Christman currently leads her team in draws with 16 and caused turnovers with eight. One of this seasons’ team captains, Christman currently leads her team in draws with 16 and caused turnovers with eight. Her 24 shots leads the MPSF, as well. Along with the 13 draws from freshman Caroline Schlegel and 10 from Amelia Burke, the trio’s efforts have led Cal to currently lead the MPSF in that category with an average of 16.0 per game.
Cal heads to the East Coast next week for three games, facing La Salle, Lehigh and Yale.
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.”
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