March 10, 2013

Takacs Leads Cal to Comeback Victory over UC-Davis

from press release

BERKELEY, Calif. - The California women's lacrosse rebounded from an early 4-1 deficit against UC Davis to defeat the Aggies, 18-12, Sunday afternoon at Memorial Stadium. The Golden Bears improved to 2-0 in MPSF Conference play and evened their overall record to 2-2. Senior attacker Megan Takacs was back to her old form, tying her personal best with six goals to lead Cal. Today's performance by Takacs marks the third time in her career that she has scored six goals. The other two times came last season against Detroit on March 8 and Boston on March 14. The 2012 MPSF Player of the Year is now tied for the team lead in goals (10) with Gaby Christman.

It took Cal a little while to get things in motion offensively, though, on Sunday.

Just four minutes into the match, UC Davis had jumped out to an early 4-1 lead. Cal head coach Ginger Miles called a timeout to regroup her Bears.

"We knew we just needed to make some defensive adjustments," Miles said. "I think we came out a little flat for the first few minutes of the game, but our girls did a really good job of picking up the energy and making those adjustments that we asked them to make in the huddle. We came back and were able to close the margin."

The Bears' adjustments proved to do the trick as they went on to outscore the Aggies, 7-2, for the rest of the first half to give Cal an 8-6 lead at the break.

At the outset of the second half, UC Davis notched the first score of the half to cut the deficit to one, but five consecutive Cal goals gave the Bears the lead for good.

Takacs wasn't the Cal player finding the scoreboard. Fellow senior Melissa Humphrey notched four goals, three of which came in the second half. Humphrey is the team leader in points with 12 (6 goals, 6 assists).

Humphrey is usually playing the role of collecting assists, but today that job went to freshman Lizz Lavie who recorded three assists.

Christman and Paige Gasparino also contributed to the offensive production, netting three goals each. Paige's younger sister, Brynn Gasparino, notched her second goal of the season, as well. Paige is the only Cal player to score in all four games this season.

Cal scored five goals each in the first two games of the season. The Bears then followed that with 18 goals each in their last two consecutive games. Miles said the offensive turnaround has been fantastic.

"I think in our first two games of the season, our offensive production was lacking and we put a lot of time and energy in practice on that. As you can see from the scoreboard, we've been doing a good job of finding ways to get balls in the back of the net."

Cal continues its homestand on Wednesday, March 13, against Iona at 3 p.m. at Memorial Stadium.

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