Picking up a convincing 16-6 victory over Siena last week, the California women’s lacrosse team will need that momentum as the Golden Bears welcome No. 18 Towson to Kabam Field at Memorial Stadium this week. The Bears will face the Tigers on Thursday, March 20, at 4 p.m. Cal (2-2, 1-2 MPSF) will be wrapping up its brief two-game homestand before hitting the road for its first cross-country trip of the season. This will be the first-ever meeting between Cal and Towson.
Through four games this season, the Bears have five players with at least 10 points, led by the 13 by senior Paige Gasparino. True freshman Bella Huther is the team leader in goals with 12, while sophomore Lizz Lavie’s 10 assists lead the squad. Junior Gaby Christman has 10 goals thus far, and also leads the Bears in draws (16) and caused turnovers (8).
A Look at the 2014 Golden Bears
• Head coach Ginger Miles and the Bears emphasized their overall team depth as one of their strong suits at the outset of this season. Through four games this season, Cal has had 11 different goal scorers, and eight of those 11 have scored more than one goal.
• Through the first four games, true freshman Bella Huther has emerged as Cal’s leader in goals with 12. She scored four times in the season opener against Saint Mary’s, and tallied five more goals against San Diego State before adding her 11th and 12th goals last week vs. Siena. Her efforts against the Aztecs earned her MPSF Rookie of the Week honors.
• In addition to the production from Huther, junior Gaby Christman burst onto the scene last week vs. Siena, notching a personal-best five goals. Christman currently leads her team in draws with 16 and caused turnovers with eight.
• Senior Paige Gasparino currently leads the team in points with 13 on nine goals and four assists. Last week against Siena, Gasparino tallied a hat trick and an assist. She also assisted on all three of Cal’s late goals against SDSU to send the game into overtime.
• Another big contributor this season has been Lizz Lavie. Miles stated during the preseason that Lavie would be taking over Melissa Humphrey’s old role of dishing out the helpers, and Lavie has done just that. She leads the team in assists with 10 and is tied for second on the squad in points with 12. She had a goal and two assists vs. SDSU before adding two more helpers at UC Davis and vs. Siena last week.
• Ginger Miles is in her third season as head coach at Cal. She previously coached Claremont-Mudd-Scripps for two seasons, leading CMS to NCAA Tournament second-round appearances both years. The Bears have been in the MPSF Tournament in both of her previous seasons at Cal, and Miles also guided former standout Megan Takacs to become the first All-American in the history of the program.