Cal Berkeley Women’s Lacrosse To Play #3 Duke In Denver On Saturday


California plays third-ranked Duke at 11 a.m. PT on Saturday, Feb. 15, in a neutral-site game hosted by fellow MPSF team Denver at the Pioneers’ Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium. The Golden Bears have a 1-0 record going into this non-conference match. The Blue Devils will play in their season opener against Denver at 4 p.m. PT on Friday, Feb. 13, before playing Cal in the first meeting between the programs.

Scouting the Blue Devils

dukewomenslacrosseDuke, which is ranked third in the Feb. 8 Inside Lacrosse Division I media poll, ended last season with a 9-8 overtime loss to Penn in the NCAA semifinal round.

While Duke has not played any regular-season college opponents in 2009, the Blue Devils are coming off a 15-11 victory in a scrimmage with the England national team on Feb. 6 in Durham, N.C. Senior midfielder/attacker Carolyn Davis, a 2008 IWLCA/U.S. Lacrosse first-team All-American, led the way with four goals and senior attacker Megan Del Monte, a 2008 third-team All-American, scored three against England. Senior attacker/midfielder Caroline Cryer and sophomore midfielder Sarah Bullard, members of the United States’ 2009 World Cup roster, tallied two goals each against England.

Last season, Davis led Duke in points (76) and goals (61), Del Monte ranked second in points (66) and goals (41) and led the Blue Devils in assists (25) in 2008, and current senior goalkeeper Kim Imbesi posted a 10.08 goals-against average.

Kerstin Kimel, a former U.S. player, is in her 14th year as head coach of Duke.

Price Named MPSF Player of the Week

Cal senior attacker Sam Price

earned an MPSF Player of the Week honor in the first week of the season, the conference office announced on Feb. 9. Price scored a career- and game-high seven points (4 goals, 3 assists) in a season-opening 19-0 rout of first-year program Fresno State on Feb. 7 in Fresno, Calif.  

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