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Cal Berkeley Women’s Lacrosse Names Brooke Eubanks As Head Coach; Long-Time Stanford Assistant Coach & Canadian National Team Player


Brooke Eubanks, a long-time assistant coach at Stanford who won multiple medals as a player for the Canadian Senior National Team, has been named head coach for women’s lacrosse at the University of California, Berkeley. “Lacrosse is my passion,” Eubanks said. “It's the game I love to play and the game I love to coach. Being fortunate enough to play lacrosse in college and in three World Cups was too short-lived. I knew early on that I wanted to be a head coach and continue enjoying this great sport. I can't imagine a better place, a better university or a better time to be a head coach than right now at Cal. I am thrilled for this opportunity, and I promise not to disappoint.”

Brooke Eubanks, a long-time assistant coach at Stanford who won multiple medals as a player for the Canadian Senior National Team, has been named head coach for women’s lacrosse at the University of California, Berkeley.
“Lacrosse is my passion,” Eubanks said. “It’s the game I love to play and the game I love to coach. Being fortunate enough to play lacrosse in college and in three World Cups was too short-lived. I knew early on that I wanted to be a head coach and continue enjoying this great sport. I can’t imagine a better place, a better university or a better time to be a head coach than right now at Cal. I am thrilled for this opportunity, and I promise not to disappoint.”

During her time at Stanford, Eubanks served as the team’s offensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator with responsibilities such as in-game play calling, scouting opponents and coordinating practices. With her help, the Cardinal won four Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) championships, garnered multiple national top-10 rankings, set a school record for the most wins in a season in program history (16, 2011) and produced four MPSF Players of the Year and one MPSF Rookie of the Year. In addition, Stanford earned IWLCA Division I Merit Squad recognition in 2011.

“Brooke has demonstrated a commitment to high achievement on the field and in the classroom for more than a decade as both a player and a coach at the collegiate level, and I believe that she will be a wonderful fit for our lacrosse program, our department and our university,” said Interim Director of Athletics Mike Williams. “Brooke brings a passion for lacrosse as well as a desire to create a strong team culture and positive atmosphere that should clearly benefit our student-athletes. I am excited to welcome her to Cal.”

Prior to her tenure at Stanford, Eubanks was an assistant coach at George Mason from 2006-08. During that span, George Mason collected the school record for wins in a season (12, 2008) and garnered the team’s highest national ranking in school history at No. 9. Eubanks served under current Stanford head coach Amy Bokker at both Stanford and George Mason.

“We’re very happy for Brooke in taking the next step in her coaching career,” Bokker said. “Brooke has been a dedicated part of Stanford Lacrosse. I certainly appreciate all she has done to help build the program. Now, she is prepared and ready to lead her own. Cal is getting a quality coach and person and we wish her the best.”

As a player, Eubanks was a member of the Canadian Senior National Team from 2003-13, playing in three World Cups. Canada won the silver medal in 2013, with Eubanks serving as team captain. She was second on her team in scoring in the 2009 World Cup, helping the Canadians capture the bronze medal.

Eubanks enjoyed a successful collegiate career at James Madison from 2002-06 where she was a four-year starter and led the squad to three Colonial Athletic Association championships. The Patriots advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament in 2004 and ’06. Individually, Eubanks was an all-conference second-team selection and a member of the CAA all-tournament team in both 2005 and ’06. She was also named to the 2006 Virginia Sports Information Directors’ Association All-State Team.

Raised in Englewood, Colo., Eubanks is the daughter of 1980 Pittsburgh Penguin NHL draft pick Steve McKenzie and was born in Corner Brook, Newfoundland, Canada, while her father was playing minor-league hockey there.

Brooke and her husband, Eric, have a daughter, Olive.

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Cal Berkeley Men’s Lacrosse 50th Anniversary (1964-2014) Celebration Video From LyneisFilm


Claude Lyneis cmlyneis@gmail.com

Claude Lyneis
cmlyneis@gmail.com

CAL men’s lacrosse was born in 1964, the same year that the Free Speech movement rolled through Berkelely.

A celebration of the 50th anniversary of that event with some highlights from the past and present. Video was shown on the CAL Jumbotron during CAL’s defeat of Stanford in the lacrosse big game April 26, 2014.

Cal Men's Lacrosse 50th Anniversary

Video Highlights Of Cal Berkeley Men’s Lacrosse 15-12 Win Over Stanford In “The Big Game”


Claude Lyneis cmlyneis@gmail.com

Claude Lyneis
cmlyneis@gmail.com

The CAL Bears host the Stanford Cardinal in the 50th Big Game. This rivalry goes back to 1964 the year CAL men’s lacrosse was founded. Stanford leads early in the game before Cal has a huge second quarter. In the third Stanford battles back and pulls to within 1 goal at 10-9. Cal dominates the fourth and wins 15-12.

 

Cal Berkeley Women’s Lacrosse (2-6) Hosts Oregon (5-4) And USC (5-4) On April 3, 6; Bears Celebrate Program’s 15th Year Anniversary On Sunday


This week is primed to be a memorable week for the California women’s lacrosse program. The Golden Bears welcome Oregon first to Kabam Field at Memorial Stadium for a game that will be televised live on the Pac-12 Networks. The Bears will face the Ducks on Thursday, April 3, at 7 p.m. Cal (2-6, 1-2 MPSF) will then honor its seniors for Senior Day as well as honoring former players with a 15-year anniversary halftime ceremony when the Bears host USC on Sunday, April 6, at 1 p.m.   At the halfway point of the season, the Bears have three players tied at the top of the team leaderboard with 21 points each - Paige Gasparino, Gaby Christman and Bella Huther. Huther, a true freshman, has scored all of her points with goals. Lizz Lavie leads the team in assists with 12, while Nicole Beck is right behind her with 10. Christman leads the team in draws (29), ground balls (16) and caused turnovers (17).  A Look at the 2014 Golden Bears • The Bears have struggled to pick up wins recently, entering Thursday’s contest on a four-game losing streak. Cal had a three-game East Coast road trip last week and suffered a pair of tough losses to La Salle (10-6) and Lehigh (9-7) before Yale beat the Bears, 17-6.  • Through the first half of the season, Bella Huther is Cal’s leader in goals with 21 (3rd in the MPSF). She scored four times in the season opener against Saint Mary’s, and tallied five more goals against San Diego State Her performance against SDSU led her to be named the MPSF Rookie of the Week on March 3. It was her first weekly honor and Cal’s first weekly conference honor this season. During Cal’s East Coast road trip last week, Huther scored seven goals in the three games, including four against La Salle. She has scored at least two goals in four of Cal’s last five games.  • In addition to the production from Huther, Gaby Christman and Paige Gasparino are tied with Huther for the team lead in points with 21. Christman has 17 goals while Gasparino has 14 with seven assists. Gasparino tallied a hat trick and an assist in Cal’s most-recent victory against Siena. Christman is also the team leader in three other categories - draws (29), ground balls (16) and caused turnovers (17).  • While Huther, Gasparino and Christman have been scoring most of the goals this season, Lizz Lavie (12) and Nicole Beck (10) are the team assist leaders thus far. Beck also has five goals this season. • Head coach 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. Scouting Oregon • Oregon is currently 5-4, picking up a 10-5 win at Cincinnati in its most-recent game. • The Ducks’ leading scorers thus far are Shannon Propst (44 points - 20 goals, 24 assists) and Carly O’Connell (41 points - 18 goals, 23 assists). • Defensively, O’Connell has notched 48 draws, 15 ground balls and 14 caused turnovers, while Nikki Puszcz has 20 draws, 14 ground balls and 13 caused turnovers. • Keeper Caroline Federighi has a save percentage of .483 and a goals-against average of 7.67. Scouting USC • USC is currently 5-4, picking up MPSF wins over San Diego State and Fresno State in its most-recent contests. • The Trojans’ leading scorers thus far are Caroline de Lyra (22 points - 12 goals, 10 assists) and Alex Moore (18 points - 16 goals, 2 assists). • Defensively, Amanda Johansen has notched 27 draws, 14 ground balls and seven caused turnovers, while Michaela Michael has 20 draws, eight ground balls and two caused turnovers. • Keeper Liz Shaeffer has a save percentage of .325 and a goals-against average of 10.00. Cal Lacrosse Set To Celebrate 15-Year Anniversary Cal fans are invited to come celebrate the 15-year anniversary of California women’s lacrosse on Sunday, April 6, prior to Cal’s 1 p.m. game vs. USC. The event starts at 11 a.m. at the Lisa and Douglas Goldman Plaza. Pregame festivities include food, photo sessions, raffles and much more. Also included will be a tour of the Simpson Center for Student-Athlete High Performance. Please contact Associate Director of Development Brian Raney for more information - (510) 643-0888, braney@berkeley.edu. Huther Sparks Cal’s Offense True freshman Bella Huther has emerged as Cal’s leader in goals with 21 (third in the MPSF). She scored four times in the season opener against Saint Mary’s, and tallied five more goals against San Diego State. Her performance against SDSU led her to be named the MPSF Rookie of the Week on March 3. It was her first weekly honor and Cal’s first weekly conference honor this season. During Cal’s East Coast road trip last week, Huther scored seven goals in the three games, including four against La Salle. She has scored at least two goals in four of Cal’s last five games.

This week is primed to be a memorable week for the California women’s lacrosse program. The Golden Bears welcome Oregon first to Kabam Field at Memorial Stadium for a game that will be televised live on the Pac-12 Networks. The Bears will face the Ducks on Thursday, April 3, at 7 p.m. Cal (2-6, 1-2 MPSF) will then honor its seniors for Senior Day as well as honoring former players with a 15-year anniversary halftime ceremony when the Bears host USC on Sunday, April 6, at 1 p.m.
At the halfway point of the season, the Bears have three players tied at the top of the team leaderboard with 21 points each – Paige Gasparino, Gaby Christman and Bella Huther. Huther, a true freshman, has scored all of her points with goals. Lizz Lavie leads the team in assists with 12, while Nicole Beck is right behind her with 10. Christman leads the team in draws (29), ground balls (16) and caused turnovers (17).
A Look at the 2014 Golden Bears
• The Bears have struggled to pick up wins recently, entering Thursday’s contest on a four-game losing streak. Cal had a three-game East Coast road trip last week and suffered a pair of tough losses to La Salle (10-6) and Lehigh (9-7) before Yale beat the Bears, 17-6.
• Through the first half of the season, Bella Huther is Cal’s leader in goals with 21 (3rd in the MPSF). She scored four times in the season opener against Saint Mary’s, and tallied five more goals against San Diego State Her performance against SDSU led her to be named the MPSF Rookie of the Week on March 3. It was her first weekly honor and Cal’s first weekly conference honor this season. During Cal’s East Coast road trip last week, Huther scored seven goals in the three games, including four against La Salle. She has scored at least two goals in four of Cal’s last five games.
• In addition to the production from Huther, Gaby Christman and Paige Gasparino are tied with Huther for the team lead in points with 21. Christman has 17 goals while Gasparino has 14 with seven assists. Gasparino tallied a hat trick and an assist in Cal’s most-recent victory against Siena. Christman is also the team leader in three other categories – draws (29), ground balls (16) and caused turnovers (17).
• While Huther, Gasparino and Christman have been scoring most of the goals this season, Lizz Lavie (12) and Nicole Beck (10) are the team assist leaders thus far. Beck also has five goals this season.
• Head coach 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.
Scouting Oregon
• Oregon is currently 5-4, picking up a 10-5 win at Cincinnati in its most-recent game.
• The Ducks’ leading scorers thus far are Shannon Propst (44 points – 20 goals, 24 assists) and Carly O’Connell (41 points – 18 goals, 23 assists).
• Defensively, O’Connell has notched 48 draws, 15 ground balls and 14 caused turnovers, while Nikki Puszcz has 20 draws, 14 ground balls and 13 caused turnovers.
• Keeper Caroline Federighi has a save percentage of .483 and a goals-against average of 7.67.
Scouting USC
• USC is currently 5-4, picking up MPSF wins over San Diego State and Fresno State in its most-recent contests.
• The Trojans’ leading scorers thus far are Caroline de Lyra (22 points – 12 goals, 10 assists) and Alex Moore (18 points – 16 goals, 2 assists).
• Defensively, Amanda Johansen has notched 27 draws, 14 ground balls and seven caused turnovers, while Michaela Michael has 20 draws, eight ground balls and two caused turnovers.
• Keeper Liz Shaeffer has a save percentage of .325 and a goals-against average of 10.00.
Cal Lacrosse Set To Celebrate 15-Year Anniversary
Cal fans are invited to come celebrate the 15-year anniversary of California women’s lacrosse on Sunday, April 6, prior to Cal’s 1 p.m. game vs. USC. The event starts at 11 a.m. at the Lisa and Douglas Goldman Plaza. Pregame festivities include food, photo sessions, raffles and much more. Also included will be a tour of the Simpson Center for Student-Athlete High Performance. Please contact Associate Director of Development Brian Raney for more information – (510) 643-0888, braney@berkeley.edu.
Huther Sparks Cal’s Offense
True freshman Bella Huther has emerged as Cal’s leader in goals with 21 (third in the MPSF). She scored four times in the season opener against Saint Mary’s, and tallied five more goals against San Diego State. Her performance against SDSU led her to be named the MPSF Rookie of the Week on March 3. It was her first weekly honor and Cal’s first weekly conference honor this season. During Cal’s East Coast road trip last week, Huther scored seven goals in the three games, including four against La Salle. She has scored at least two goals in four of Cal’s last five games.

Cal Berkeley Women’s Lacrosse (2-2) Hosts #18 Towson On March 20; Bears Then Head East For 3-Games Vs La Salle, Lehigh & Yale On March 24-28


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.

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.

Cal Berkeley Women’s Lacrosse Leads 12-0 At Halftime, Rolls To 16-6 Win Over Siena On March 12


California responded in a big way after suffering two tough defeats in its last two games with a convincing 16-6 victory over Siena on Wednesday afternoon from Kabam Field at Memorial Stadium. Golden Bear veterans led the way to get the team back in the win column with five goals coming from junior Gaby Christman, four from senior Amelia Burke and three from senior Paige Gasparino. Christman recorded nine shots, Burke was 3-for-4 with free-position attempts and Gasparino also chipped in an assist, two ground balls, a draw and a caused turnover.  Cal (2-2, 1-2, MPSF) set the tone early and shut out the Saints through the first half.  "We knew this game was a critical turning point of our season," head coach Ginger Miles said. "We wanted to set the tone early and maintain the momentum throughout the game. We needed to clean up the mental mistakes that we had made in the two previous games. We did a great job today in all facets of the game." Just two minutes into the game, Christman notched her first goal of the day to give the Bears the early 1-0 advantage. That goal kick started the scoring barrage as the Bears went into the locker room with a 12-0 halftime lead.  "Gaby came out on fire," Miles said. "She really wanted to set a tone. Often times she is the spark on offense and defense, and she has made her mark causing turnovers and utilizing her speed on offense too." The huge first-half lead gave Miles and her coaching staff a chance to get more players off the bench and into the game for some valuable playing time.

California responded in a big way after suffering two tough defeats in its last two games with a convincing 16-6 victory over Siena on Wednesday afternoon from Kabam Field at Memorial Stadium. Golden Bear veterans led the way to get the team back in the win column with five goals coming from junior Gaby Christman, four from senior Amelia Burke and three from senior Paige Gasparino.
Christman recorded nine shots, Burke was 3-for-4 with free-position attempts and Gasparino also chipped in an assist, two ground balls, a draw and a caused turnover.
Cal (2-2, 1-2, MPSF) set the tone early and shut out the Saints through the first half.
“We knew this game was a critical turning point of our season,” head coach Ginger Miles said. “We wanted to set the tone early and maintain the momentum throughout the game. We needed to clean up the mental mistakes that we had made in the two previous games. We did a great job today in all facets of the game.”
Just two minutes into the game, Christman notched her first goal of the day to give the Bears the early 1-0 advantage. That goal kick started the scoring barrage as the Bears went into the locker room with a 12-0 halftime lead.
“Gaby came out on fire,” Miles said. “She really wanted to set a tone. Often times she is the spark on offense and defense, and she has made her mark causing turnovers and utilizing her speed on offense too.”
The huge first-half lead gave Miles and her coaching staff a chance to get more players off the bench and into the game for some valuable playing time.

UC Davis Women’s Lacrosse (3-0) Stage Second-Half Comeback To Defeat Cal 8-7 On March 8


 Sophomore Mary Doyle scored on an eight-meter with 17 seconds remaining in regulation while junior Elizabeth Landry tallied a game-high four goals to lift UC Davis to an 8-7 comeback victory over California in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation women's lacrosse action at Aggie Stadium Saturday afternoon.  The Aggies, picking up their first win over the Golden Bears since 2010 and only their second in the past decade, remain unbeaten at 3-0.  Landry had three of her goals in UC Davis' 5-0 comeback run in the second half. Doyle scored two, both after the break. Freshman Melissa Kellan and junior Troy Cragen each tallied one. Cragen's goal, her first in almost exactly two years, equalized the game at 6-6 after what had been a 5-1 Cal lead in the first half. In all, UC Davis shot 6 of 8 on free positions.  Paige Gasparino netted two goals to lead six Golden Bear scorers. Lizz Lavie had two assists.  UC Davis surrendered four unanswered goals in the first half to spot its guest a 5-1 lead through the first 21 minutes. Landry cut the deficit to 5-2 with her eight-meter goal in the 30th minute. Neither team managed to alter the board until Lavie fed Gaby Christman for a goal in the 42nd, boosting the Cal lead to four.  The Aggies answered with a flurry of goals during a five-minute span. Landry and Doyle each connected on unassisted drives in the 46th minute, cutting the margin to 6-4. Landry struck again in the 49th with her eight-meter, than Cragen planted the game-tying goal in the 50th. Landry finally gave UC Davis its first lead with yet another free-position conversion with 7:26 remaining, but Burke won the ensuing draw and Gasparino promptly tied the game at 7-7.

Sophomore Mary Doyle scored on an eight-meter with 17 seconds remaining in regulation while junior Elizabeth Landry tallied a game-high four goals to lift UC Davis to an 8-7 comeback victory over California in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation women’s lacrosse action at Aggie Stadium Saturday afternoon.
The Aggies, picking up their first win over the Golden Bears since 2010 and only their second in the past decade, remain unbeaten at 3-0.
Landry had three of her goals in UC Davis’ 5-0 comeback run in the second half. Doyle scored two, both after the break. Freshman Melissa Kellan and junior Troy Cragen each tallied one. Cragen’s goal, her first in almost exactly two years, equalized the game at 6-6 after what had been a 5-1 Cal lead in the first half. In all, UC Davis shot 6 of 8 on free positions.
Paige Gasparino netted two goals to lead six Golden Bear scorers. Lizz Lavie had two assists.
UC Davis surrendered four unanswered goals in the first half to spot its guest a 5-1 lead through the first 21 minutes. Landry cut the deficit to 5-2 with her eight-meter goal in the 30th minute. Neither team managed to alter the board until Lavie fed Gaby Christman for a goal in the 42nd, boosting the Cal lead to four.
The Aggies answered with a flurry of goals during a five-minute span. Landry and Doyle each connected on unassisted drives in the 46th minute, cutting the margin to 6-4. Landry struck again in the 49th with her eight-meter, than Cragen planted the game-tying goal in the 50th. Landry finally gave UC Davis its first lead with yet another free-position conversion with 7:26 remaining, but Burke won the ensuing draw and Gasparino promptly tied the game at 7-7.

UC Davis Women’s Lacrosse (2-0) Hosts Cal Berkeley On March 8 In MPSF Home Opener


 An unbeaten weekend on the opposite coast followed by a bye from competition prepares UC Davis women's lacrosse for its first homestand of the 2014 season, and an unusually busy stretch of games to finish out the university's winter quarter.  The Aggies play five games in a span of nine days, starting with Saturday's home opener against Cal. They follow with contests against Siena on Monday night and Robert Morris on Wednesday, followed by a weekend road trip to USC and San Diego State on March 14 and 16.  UC Davis' opening weekend, which featured a 9-8 victory over George Mason and a more convincing 12-6 win at Old Dominion, provided head coach Kate Henwood with areas of encouragement... and places for improvement. "I think it was a great first weekend for the 2014 season. Coming home 2-0 is exactly what our goal was," said Henwood. "We wanted to make a statement to ourselves and set the tone for the level of expectations. We weren't 100 percent satisfied with our play. We made a lot of mistakes, but we still won despite them. That's the difference between a great team and a mediocre team. The team never doubted for a second that we would win."  The brightest lights of that opening weekend were rewarded with a sweep of the MPSF weekly honors back on February 24. Freshman Melissa Kellan captured both Offensive Player and Rookie of the Week accolades, while junior goalkeeper Kai Murphy was chosen as Defensive Player of the Week. Kellan shot a combined 10-for-13 on the offensive end, while Murphy posted 31 saves with 12 goals against in the two contests.

An unbeaten weekend on the opposite coast followed by a bye from competition prepares UC Davis women’s lacrosse for its first homestand of the 2014 season, and an unusually busy stretch of games to finish out the university’s winter quarter.
The Aggies play five games in a span of nine days, starting with Saturday’s home opener against Cal. They follow with contests against Siena on Monday night and Robert Morris on Wednesday, followed by a weekend road trip to USC and San Diego State on March 14 and 16.
UC Davis’ opening weekend, which featured a 9-8 victory over George Mason and a more convincing 12-6 win at Old Dominion, provided head coach Kate Henwood with areas of encouragement… and places for improvement. “I think it was a great first weekend for the 2014 season. Coming home 2-0 is exactly what our goal was,” said Henwood. “We wanted to make a statement to ourselves and set the tone for the level of expectations. We weren’t 100 percent satisfied with our play. We made a lot of mistakes, but we still won despite them. That’s the difference between a great team and a mediocre team. The team never doubted for a second that we would win.”
The brightest lights of that opening weekend were rewarded with a sweep of the MPSF weekly honors back on February 24. Freshman Melissa Kellan captured both Offensive Player and Rookie of the Week accolades, while junior goalkeeper Kai Murphy was chosen as Defensive Player of the Week. Kellan shot a combined 10-for-13 on the offensive end, while Murphy posted 31 saves with 12 goals against in the two contests.

NCAA Lacrosse: San Diego State Women’s Lacrosse Earn 14-11 OT Win Over Cal Berkeley On Feb 28; Bears Rally From Down 9-4 In Second Half


San Diego State Women's Lacrosse vs Cal

The San Diego State women’s lacrosse team earned a thrilling overtime road victory over California, 14-11, in its Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) opener on Friday night at Memorial Stadium.
Junior Grace Korandovich scored a goal in each of the two three-minute overtime periods, the first coming just 38 seconds into the first overtime, to help the Aztecs defeat the Golden Bears for the first time in the program’s three-year history. It’s also the first time SDSU (3-0, 1-0 MPSF) has been undefeated through three games of the season.
“It was a very physical game, and we didn’t find our groove until overtime,” head coach Kylee White said. “We kind of beat ourselves on a couple things, but we stayed united, mentally tough and fought hard to get the win.”
Korandovich scored a career-high four goals to go with two draw controls and a caused turnover, while senior Meris Walsh recorded three goals with an assist, and junior Bailey Ewing finished with three goals.
Junior Lauren Maack added two scores for the Aztecs, while junior Lauren Paul came up big defensively with four caused turnovers and three groundballs. In addition, freshman goalkeeper Katrina Reeves tallied a career-high 10 saves, and sophomore Felice Artuso had five draw controls.
San Diego State ended the first half on a five-point scoring run, and Korandovich scored the first goal of the second half to push the Aztecs’ lead to 7-3 with 27:16 remaining. After consecutive goals from Walsh and Maack extended the lead to 9-4, Cal scored three straight to pull within two.
A Korandovich goal off an assist from freshman Vickie Porter put SDSU ahead, 11-8, but the Golden Bears (1-1, 1-1 MPSF) scored three goals in the final four minutes of regulation, capped by freshman Bella Hunter’s goal with five seconds left, to send the game into overtime. Hunter finished with a game-high five goals, while senior Paige Gasporino had two goals and three assists.
“We took (overtime) more as a new game,” White said. “We knew we didn’t play well the last 15 minutes (of regulation), but overtime was a fresh start to play our game. We came out ready to put them away.”
San Diego State continues its road trip through Northern California on Sunday, as the Aztecs take on Saint Mary’s at SMC Recreational Field beginning at 1 p.m. PT.

MCLA: Cal Berkeley Men’s Lacrosse Celebrates 50th Anniversary As Club Sport In 2014


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By Martha Morrissey, The Daily Clog (Cal+Blog)
This season marks the 50th anniversary of Cal men’s lacrosse as a club sport. To celebrate this milestone, local high school and youth lacrosse players from all over Northern California will create a human “50″ on the field during the club’s March 7 game against University of Florida, which will take place at 7 p.m. at California Memorial Stadium.

Born in 1963, Cal men’s lacrosse was started by Rick Rickerson and C. Hackett Bushweller, two graduate students at UC Berkeley. Interested players responded to an ad in The Daily Californian, Cal’s head football coach outfitted the men in old football jerseys and Stanford’s team provided some old practice gear and the team was born.

Rick Rickerson, co-founder of the Cal men’s club lacrosse team.

Rick Rickerson, co-founder of the Cal men’s club lacrosse team.

To create publicity for the young team, Rickerson persuaded Abercrombie and Fitch to sponsor the team’s very first scrimmage against Stanford.  Agreeing, Abercrombie and Fitch created a “broken-stick trophy” that would be awarded to the winning team, reminiscent of “The Axe.” Much to Stanford’s surprise (but not ours), Cal’s team was victorious! The game became an annual tradition, but unfortunately, the original trophy was lost. However,  a new “broken-stick trophy” has been created for this year’s Cal vs. Stanford game, which Cal will host on April 26.

In 198o, Cal’s team played an integral role in forming the Western Collegiate Lacrosse League. Since then, Cal’s team accomplishments include seven WCLL championship titles and a national championship title in 1998. Historic rivalries that continue today include those with Stanford (within the WCLL) and the University of Colorado.

But Cal’s lacrosse program  has more than just history to celebrate  the players are still an impressive group on and off the field. The team is made up of a diverse group of talented athletes, including a current Cal football player, a former rower and a fifth-year senior who is a NASA patent signatory. The combination of student leadership, alumni network, parent support and consistency in coaching staff are crucial components of the team’s success. The team sees all of its players graduate and has been named sports club of the year twice in the past five years. Last season, one player received the prestigious designation of second team All-American, and the team had an average GPA of 3.33.

The team’s goals for this landmark season include “making it to Nationals by winning conference,” according to head coach Daniel Nourse. Last year, the team finished 14th nationally, missing the national tournament by just one spot. In the future, an ultimate goal of the team is to become a varsity team. “We strive to work as hard as a D1 team,” said senior and team captain Eric Soenksen.

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Contact Martha Morrissey at mmorrissey@dailycal.org
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