Feb. 23, 2013
BERKELEY -Junior Paige Gasparino netted two goals and senior Melissa Humphrey scored her 50th career goal, but it wasn't enough for the California lacrosse team to garner its first win of 2013. The Golden Bears fell to UMBC, 7-5, on Saturday in Baltimore.
"We struggled today with getting it in the back of the net," head coach Ginger Miles said. "Our shot selection was poor, and that came back to haunt us with this being such a close game. We had plenty of offensive looks but we didn't capitalize. UMBC capitalized on their opportunities, and that's the story of the game right there. We couldn't find any rhythm."
Cal (0-2) tallied the first goal of the game when Humphrey scored her second goal of the season and the 50th of her career at the 25-minute mark. Humphrey ended the day with four shots, three of which were on goal, and three ground balls. Senior Sarah Milik also had three ground balls to lead the Bears in that category.
Following a UMBC goal by Lindsay Cox, Gasparino scored the first of her two scores at the 17-minute mark. The Retrievers would add two more first-half goals and went into the break leading, 3-2.
Cox was strong for UMBC all day, as she went on to score three more times and also added an assist. In the first three minutes of the second half, Cox scored two more of her four goals, giving UMBC a little distance from the Bears.
Trailing 6-2 with 20 minutes remaining in regulation, Gasparino scored her second goal to cut the deficit to 6-3. With just over seven minutes remaining, Junior Amelia Burke scored to cut UMBC's lead to 6-4. Freshman Lizz Lavie garnered an assist on the score.
UMBC put the game away with its seventh goal of the game. Sophomore Gaby Christman scored with 30 seconds left, but it was too little, too late to try to spark a Cal comeback.
Two days after securing eight saves at James Madison, junior Megan McGinnis posted nine saves against the Retrievers. UMBC goalie Kendall Mason notched eight saves.
"We were great defensively once again," Miles said. "We made some great stops and Megan had another great game."
Megan Takacs paced the Bears with five shots and four shots on goal, but the 2012 MPSF Player of the Year has been kept off the scoreboard through the first two games of the season.
"Megan is struggling right now to find the right angles, but she's getting a lot of looks," Miles said. "We're encouraging her to take lots of shots because we know eventually the goals will come."
UMBC outshot Cal, 28-22, and registered four free position shots to just one for the Bears. Cal caused 12 turnovers to UMBC's eight. Ground balls were even at 16 each.
Cal has next week off to regroup and prepare for the home opener on Tuesday, March 5, vs. Saint Mary's at 4 p.m. at Memorial Stadium.