March 5, 2013

Cal Opens MPSF Play, Tops Saint Mary's

from press release

BERKELEY - The California lacrosse team is happy to be home at Memorial Stadium. The Golden Bears garnered their first win of the 2013 season, an 18-9 win over Saint Mary's, Tuesday afternoon at Memorial Stadium. Cal had four players score three goals or more led by five goals from Gaby Christman, while Megan Takacs and Amelia Burke each scored four goals and Alexa Rozelle netted three. With the win, the Bears improved to 1-2 overall and 1-0 in the MPSF Conference. The win over Saint Mary's was the first match of a four-game homestand for Cal at Memorial Stadium.

In addition to the 18 Cal goals, Melissa Humphrey posted six assists for the second straight time against Saint Mary's. She accomplished the same feat in the 2012 season opener in Moraga. The six assists ties her own record for the most assists in a single game at Cal. Humphrey, who scored her 50th career goal in the season opener at James Madison, now has 51 career assists to her credit. That total ranks fifth all-time at Cal. She is five assists away from fourth (Halsey Monger - 56) and six away from third (Laura Cavallo - 57).

Freshman Lizz Lavie gathered some assists herself, racking up three. She now has four through the first three games of the season.

After being held off the scoreboard in the first two games, Takacs, the 2012 MPSF Player of the Year, boasted her first big game of the 2013 campaign with four goals on seven shots with two ground balls and four draw controls.

Christman, who ended the 2012 season with six career goals, already has seven tallies in 2013. Two of her scores against Saint Mary's came on free-position shots. Christman ended the day with five goals on seven shots, two ground balls and three draw controls. She also helped the Bears get the day started on the right foot, notching the first two goals of the contest.

Rozelle scored on all three shots that she took, including two back-to-back goals in the middle of the first half.

Paige Gasparino and Nicole Beck were the other Bears to get on the scoreboard. For Gasparino, it marks three consecutive games with a goal. Beck, a freshman, earned her first collegiate goal against the Gaels.

Cal held Saint Mary's to three first-half goals behind stellar defense once again from goalie Megan McGinnis. In 53-plus minutes of work, McGinnis tallied eight saves before giving way to freshman Helen Hansen in the game's final minutes.

Cal returns to action on Sunday, March 10, against UC Davis at 2 p.m. at Memorial Stadium.

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