Dec. 13, 2012
BERKELEY -California second-year lacrosse head coach Ginger Miles announced a pair of seniors as team captains for the 2013 season, as voted on by the players. 2012 MPSF Player of the Year Megan Takacs and Sarah Milik will serve as the Golden Bears' team captains for the 2013 season.
"We have extraordinary leaders on this team and Sarah and Megan are terrific examples of that leadership," Miles said. "They lead by example day in and day out, both on the field and in the classroom. They have also been unafraid to motivate their teammates and are both wholly committed to this team's success. Sarah and Megan are both fierce competitors who have battled through adversity, and they will do an outstanding job of seeing that this team reaches its full potential in 2013."
Takacs, the 2012 MPSF Player of the Year, finished a 2012 breakout season as Cal's leader in goals (53), draw controls (63), game-winning goals (4) and free-position goals (11). She ranked second on the team in points (60) and now ranks sixth in school history for most points in a single season. She also set California's single-season goals record of 53 despite missing the Golden Bears' last three games due to injury. Takacs was also named to the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association West/Midwest Region First Team.
"Megan's evolution as a leader on this team has been remarkable," Miles said. "A far cry from the timid freshman she used to be, Megan is now someone her teammates can rely on in any situation. Megan's poise and confidence will serve as a great example for our younger players striving to accomplish the same great feats that Megan already has. As she has diligently rehabbed this fall, Megan has been able to evolve from not just an on-field leader, but she also has a strong voice and presence in the locker room as well. Her experience with adversity has only given her more perspective and appreciation to lend her teammates when she returns to the field this spring."
Milik, a 2012 MPSF All-Academic selection, participated in all 16 games last season, collecting 14 ground balls. Milik's leadership and experience will be invaluable this year for the Bears as she is the only senior defender on this year's squad.
"Sarah is one of our most-dedicated players and someone who truly connects with her teammates," Miles said. "She is someone our players trust and someone that brings out the best in her peers. Sarah is a true competitor and motivates her teammates to work just as hard as she does every day. Without a doubt, she is someone her teammates look up to for not just her on-field presence but her ability to do so with amazing grace and cheer. Sarah will be an anchor for us defensively, and she is someone this team will lean on for inspiration and motivation throughout the season."