February 23, 2011

Cal Hits Road Against Longwood, Davidson

from press release

BERKELEY – California hits the road for the first time in the young season with games at Longwood on Friday, Feb. 25, and at Davidson on Sunday, Feb. 27. The Golden Bears (2-1 record, 2-0 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation) are starting a stretch of nine nonconference games with Longwood (0-0) and Davidson (0-2) before returning to MPSF action in April. In Longwood, Cal will face its fourth straight opponent that will open its season against the Bears, who play the Lancers at 1 p.m. PT Friday at the Athletics Complex in Farmville, Va. Davidson will host Cal at Richardson Stadium at 9 a.m. PT Sunday in Davidson, N.C.

Scouting the Golden Bears

Cal won two straight MPSF games – 15-11 over UC Davis on Feb. 13 and 14-6 over Saint Mary's on Feb. 19 – after opening the season with a 20-6 loss to then-No. 10 Notre Dame. Sophomore midfielder Megan Takacs and junior attacker Tara Arolla are currently tied for the team lead in goals with seven apiece, though Takacs leads the Bears in points (9 to Arolla's 8). Each player has scored one game-winning goal. Takacs is tied with sophomore midfielder Alexa Rozelle for the team-high in assists (2). Senior goalkeeper Allie Shropshire has posted a goals-against average of 11.48 in three starts.

Theresa Sherry is her fourth year as head coach of the Bears.

Last Time Out

Alexa Rozelle notched a career-high five points to lead Cal to a 14-6 conference victory over Saint Mary's on a cold and rainy Feb. 13 afternoon at Witter Rugby Field. With the win, the Bears upped their record to 19-1 in the all-time series with the Gaels.

Both teams got off to a slow start in the wet conditions, as they tied 2-2 at halftime. The Bears outshot the Gaels, 15-6, in the first half. Saint Mary's goalkeeper Kathleen Worsdale made six of her game-high 10 saves in the first 30 minutes to keep her team in the game. Cal took control of the match in the second half, scoring the first six goals of the period and taking a lead it would never relinquish. Rozelle scored all five of her points – including the game's last two goals – in the second half.

Scouting the Opposition

Cal has a 1-0 record in the brief all-time series with Longwood, which posted a 10-8 record last season (6-0 in the National Lacrosse Conference). The Lancers defeated Davidson, 17-9, to win the 2010 NLC Tournament title. Senior midfielder and co-captain Kesley Dean ranked third in points for Longwood in 2010 (48 points, 31 goals, 17 assists) and senior co-captain Julie Liebig posted a 12.22 GAA in 16 starts in goal last year.

Missy Ackerman is in her second year as head coach and fifth year overall at Longwood.

The Bears have a 2-1 record in the all-time series with Davidson. The Wildcats opened this season with nonconference losses to Cincinnati (13-10 Feb. 18 in Davidson) and Navy (15-5 Feb. 20 in Annapolis, Md.). They host Virginia Tech on Wednesday at 3 p.m. PT before taking on Cal on Sunday. As of Tuesday, sophomore midfielder Alanna Parker paces her team with five goals and five points, while sophomore goalie Jessica Melby has compiled a 14.00 GAA in 120 minutes of action.

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Next Time
Cal ends its road trip with a visit to No. 2 Northwestern on March 11 in Evanston, Ill.

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