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
Duke, 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.
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.
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.