Unfortunately, the losing streak to Stanford continued.
Ninth-ranked Stanford scored 11 seconds into the game and never gave up control, as the Cardinal defeated the California women's lacrosse team, 19-5, Monday afternoon from Stanford.
The Golden Bears dropped to 3-10, 1-5 on the season.
Not sure to what extend is Jenny Wilkens injured, but to miss THE rivalry game means that she must be really hurt. Such is the luck for Cal Lacrosse.
California Golden Bears (3-9, 1-4 in MPSF) at No. 10 Stanford Cardinal (8-2, 3-0 in MPSF)
When: Monday, April 11 | 5:00 pm PT |
Where: Maloney Field at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium | Stanford, CA
Live Stats: http://stats.statbroadcast.com/statmonitr/?id=125768
TV: Pac-12 Networks
Series History: Stanford leads, 28-6
Last Meeting: Stanford 25, at Cal 9 (April 26, 2015)
Last Meeting at Stanford: at Stanford 18, Cal 7 (April 24, 2014)
Current Win Streak: Stanford - 12
Cal Lacrosse is due for a win against Stanford, having fallen short in the last 12 meetings dating back to 2008. Bears are also looking for the first road win on the year and the first win over a ranked opponent since 2006.
With several games to go, the Golden Bears have already matched the win total from last year. Unfortunately, the home portion of the schedule is now over.
I asked Head Coach Brooke Eubanks few weeks ago. She is optimistic about the progress of the program since taking over before last season.
Bears have a start in the making in freshman goalkeeper Jenny Wilkens, who has won MPSF Defensive Player of the Week honor in addition to Rookie of the Week honor. Wilkens make double digit saves in every game - a sign of also the Bears allowing way too many shots.
Bears have also found several strikers to replace Bella Huther, leading scorers from the past two seasons who left the program at the beginning of this season. Elizabeth Pellechi's lead the team with 22 points. Meredith Haggerty is second with 21 points and Jena Fritts is third with 20. Not far behind is Chloe Landry with 16 points. Haggerty has scored six goals in the last three games, and Pellechi has scored in every game this season. Earlier this season, Chloe Landry posted eight points (seven goals, one assist) in Cal's two wins over Longwood and Vermont to earn the MPSF Offensive Player of the Week Honors.
Stanford are perfect at home so far this year. Anna Salemo and Kelsey Murray each have 20 goals with Murray leading the team with 32 points. Interestingly, their game note for this match says that their winning streak over the Bears is merely 11. Whatever, it is time for those Trees to be chopped down.