STANFORD, Calif. - The California women's lacrosse team held a 3-1 lead with 10 minutes left in the first half, but No. 17 Stanford went on a big run and gained control for the rest of the game, en route to an 18-7 victory Thursday afternoon at Maloney Field at Stanford. The Golden Bears' finished the 2014 campaign with an overall record of 5-11 and an MPSF record of 3-6.
Despite the losing season, head coach Ginger Miles is pleased with how much the Bears have improved in the final five games of the season.
"We've done a really tremendous job of moving the ball as an offensive unit," Miles said. "All of our players have a greater expectation for what we want on offense. Defensively, I think we really came together as a unit. Katie [Gutierrez] made some nice saves in goal and gave our defense the confidence to make plays out there."
There wasn't a lot of scoring in the first half. The Bears played strong in that initial half, taking a 3-1 lead at the 10:27 mark. Schlegel scored Cal's first goal with an assist from Christman before Huther and Paige Gasparino each scored on free-position shots.
Following a Stanford timeout, the Cardinal took control of the game and never looked back. Stanford went on a 12-1 run into the second half to take a commanding 13-4 lead with 17:35 left in regulation. The Bears kept fighting, scoring the last two goals of the game, but Stanford's lead was too large to overcome.
"Against a good team, you can't give them second chances and you can't give them the ball back," Miles said. "We had too many turnovers, a lot of them unforced, and mental mistakes against a good team like Stanford, they're going to capitalize on that."