Thursday, April 10, at Detroit
1 p.m. PT – Cal (2-8, 1-4 MPSF) at Detroit (1-10, 0-2 A-Sun)
Titan Field – Detroit, Mich.
Series Record: First Meeting
Coverage: Live Stats
BERKELEY – California hits the road again this week, hoping to snap its current losing skid. The Golden Bears will be facing two 1-10 teams, as they vie to snap their six-game losing streak. Cal will play at Detroit first on Thursday, April 10, at 1 p.m. before playing at Michigan on Saturday, April 12, at 10 am. PT. This will be the first-ever meeting between Cal and both of these teams. With six games left in the regular season, Cal will have to play five of them on the road with two of them taking place in Michigan and two in Colorado.
The Bears currently have four players with at least 20 points, led by true freshman Bella Huther who is having a breakout rookie campaign. Huther has scored all of her points with goals and has 30 on the year. Following Huther is Paige Gasparino with 25 points (17 goals, 8 assists), Gaby Christman with 24 points (17 goals, 7 assists) and Lizz Lavie with 20 points (6 goals, 14 assists). Lavie also leads the team in assists with 14, while Nicole Beck is right behind her with 13. Christman leads the team in draws (34), caused turnovers (23) and ground balls (21).
A Look at the 2014 Golden Bears
• The Bears have struggled to pick up wins recently, entering Thursday’s contest on a six-game losing streak. In Cal’s last contest, the Bears rallied back from a seven-goal deficit against USC to take the lead, but eventually fell to the Trojans, 20-15.
• The Bears will have to be road warriors for the rest of the season. Five of the final six games of the regular season will take place on the road, including this week’s pair in Michigan and two more in the state of Colorado against Denver and Colorado. The regular-season finale will be at Stanford.
• Last Sunday’s game against USC also marked the 15-year anniversary celebration of the history of the Cal lacrosse varsity program. There was a pregame tailgate event, followed by a halftime on-field ceremony and a postgame dinner event. Alumnae from the program going all the way back to the first year in 1999 attended the event.
• Bella Huther is Cal’s leader in goals with 30 (2nd in the MPSF). Against USC, she became the fourth player in school history to score seven goals in a game, which also tied the school single-game record. Huther scored a goal on every shot she took. She also scored four times in the season opener against Saint Mary’s, and tallied five more goals against San Diego State Her performance against SDSU led her to be named the MPSF Rookie of the Week on March 3. During Cal’s East Coast road trip two weeks ago, Huther scored seven goals in the three games, including four against La Salle.
• Head coach 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.
• Detroit is currently 1-10, picking up its lone win over Delaware on March 11 (19-6).
• The Titans’ leading scorers thus far are Tessa Keuler (19 points - 9 goals, 10 assists) and Kylie Birney (16 points - 15 goals, 1 assist).
• Defensively, Birney has 23 ground balls and 11 caused turnovers, while Morgan Miller has notched 18 ground balls and 11 caused turnovers
• Keeper Lexie McCormick has a save percentage of .430 and a goals-against average of 14.02.
• Michigan is also 1-10, picking up its lone win over UC Davis, 13-12, in double overtime.
• The Wolverines’ leading scorers thus far are Anna Schueler (26 points - 20 goals, 6 assists) and Tess Korten (18 points - 15 goals, 3 assists).
• Defensively, Schueler has notched 15 ground balls and 11 caused turnovers, while Kelly Kubach has five draws, 10 ground balls and 10 caused turnovers.
• Keeper Allison Silber has a save percentage of .353 and a goals-against average of 16.37.
Huther Places Her Name in Cal Record Book With Seven Goals vs. USC
Bella Huther is Cal’s leader in goals with 30 (2nd in the MPSF). Against USC, she became the fourth player in school history to score seven goals in a game, which also tied the school single-game record. Huther scored a goal on every shot she took. She also scored four times in the season opener against Saint Mary’s, and tallied five more goals against San Diego State Her performance against SDSU led her to be named the MPSF Rookie of the Week on March 3. During Cal’s East Coast road trip two weeks ago, Huther scored seven goals in the three games, including four against La Salle.
Christman Racking Up Ground Balls and Caused Turnovers
While Bella Huther has been scoring most of Cal’s goals this season, Gaby Christman - one of the 2014 team captains - has been contributing in many other ways on the field. Still with 24 points this season on 17 goals and 7 assists, Christman also currently leads the team in a number of statistical categories like draws (34), caused turnovers (23) and ground balls (21). She currently leads the MPSF in caused turnovers with an average of 2.3 per game. Christman’s offensive highlight this season was scoring five goals on nine shots against Siena earlier this season.
Cal returns to Kabam Field at Memorial Stadium for the final home game of 2014 on Tuesday, March 15, at 3 p.m. vs. Fresno State.
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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