Some home cooking was just what the doctor ordered for the California lacrosse team’s sluggish offensive start to the 2013 season. After scoring a combined 10 goals in the first two games of the season, the Golden Bears scored 18 goals in back-to-back games in wins over Saint Mary’s and UC Davis last week at Memorial Stadium. Cal will try to extend the offensive outburst this week against Iona and Virginia Tech to wrap up its four-game homestand. Cal and Iona will meet on Wednesday, March 13, at 3 p.m. at Memorial Stadium and will face Virginia Tech on Saturday, March 16, at 4 p.m. at Memorial Stadium.
A Look at the 2013 Golden Bears
• Cal defeated Saint Mary’s 18-9 and UC Davis 18-12 in the first two games played at Memorial Stadium since 2010 last week.
• For the third time in her career, Megan Takacs scored six goals in one game, and now has 10 goals on the year, which is tied for the team lead. Takacs’ 30 shots leads the MPSF Conference.
• Takacs is tied for the team lead in goals with sophomore Gaby Christman, a player whom head coach Ginger Miles predicted to have a breakout season in 2013. Christman notched five goals vs. Saint Mary’s and added three more vs. UC Davis. She has converted on all five of her free-position attempts, which ranks second in the MPSF.
• Earlier in the week against Saint Mary’s, Melissa Humphrey notched a career-high six assists for the second time in her career and the second straight time against the Gaels. Humphrey tied her own single-game school record in the process. Humphrey scored four goals against UC Davis to make her the current leader on the team in points with 12.
• Cal defeated Saint Mary’s, 18-9, and UC Davis, 18-12. The last time the Bears posted 18 goals in back-to-back contests was last season when they defeated Detroit and San Diego State both by the score of 18-9. Cal scored a season-high 18 goals four times last year.
• This will be the first-ever meeting between Cal and Iona
• The 2-3 Gaels have seen their last two contests go into overtime – a double OT loss vs. Quinnipiac and triple OT win vs. Cincinnati
• Kylie Gregory is Iona leading scorer with 18 points (13 goals, 5 assists)
• Mary Kate McCormick has posted 14 draw controls and six ground balls with her 9 points (6 goals, 3 assists)
• Goalie Maria Ortiz boasts a save percentage of .436 and a GAA of 10.42 – 34 saves, 44 goals against
Scouting Virginia Tech
• The 3-4 Hokies have lost two of their last three matches
• Virginia Tech and Cal have only met once before, a victory for the Hokies in 2000
• Megan Will leads VT in points (18) and goals (14)
• Meg Bartley currently boasts 28 draw controls and 7 ground balls
• Goalie Alex Gale currently has a season save percentage of .392 and a GAA of 15.66 – 38 saves, 59 goals against