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Big Game: Field Hockey Edition Open Thread

Want another chance to see underdog good guys possibly triumph over evil when the odds are stacked against them? This may play out tonight as the Cal Field Hockey (5-10, 1-3) tries to defeat No. 13 Furd (9-6, 3-0) down at the Farm in the second leg of the Field Hickey Big Game (they need to come up with a name for this...submit your suggestion in the comment). GO BEARS!

This field hockey photo is rather Tron like.
This field hockey photo is rather Tron like.
Daniel Berehulak

When: 7 PM PT

TV/Online: Pac-12 Networks (online for subscribers only)


After starting the season with a string of home matches, the Cal Field Hockey team has been road warriors in the past two months, playing many matches out East in Indiana, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina. Bears are back in the Bay Area this week with tonight's match against Stanfurd and the home finale against UC Davis on Friday for Senior Day.

After that, Cal will travel to Virginia for the NorPac tournament where they would need to pull off some upsets and retain their NorPac championship to advance to the NCAA tournament.

Despite the spotty record, Bears have been victimized by 8 one goal losses against many top 25 team, with 3 from OT. One of these loss was the 2-1 final at home against Furd almost a month ago. So despite being on the road and the difference in record, I would not be shocked to see the Bears leaving the Farm with a W.

While there is no trophy at stake (unlike football or men's water polo), a lot of pride is at stake tonight.

Key Bears:

  • Sophomore Lara Kruggel leads the Bears on the season with 15 goals through 13 games.
  • Freshman Goalie Joelle van Hoorn's GAA of 1.49 and save percentage of .778 are first in the NorPac. Nationally, the GAA is good for 17th and her save percentage ranks 9th. She has won NorPac Defensive Player of the Week honor twice already this year.
  • Junior Deanna Kennedy now holds sole possession of first place in the Cal record book with 37 career assists.
  • Junior Jordan O'Reilly was NorPac Offensive Player of the Week for the week ending in Sept. 17th.