An early 1st half lead was not enough for the Golden Bears. Bears had leads of 2-0, 4-1, and 5-3 but Stanford rallied to make it an 8-8 game at the half. Stanford came out on fire in the beginning of the 2nd half, winning the bulk of the face-offs to retain possessions. Ultimately, Stanford held on consistently to their 2-3 goal lead to win 15-12, snapping the modest two game winning streak by the Bears.
Caroline Corzel had another brilliant game with 4 goals. Senior Elizabeth Pellechi added a hat trick (3 goals) to continue lead the team in goals in conference play. Senior Jena Fritts scored 2 more goals for the Golden Bears.
Here are some goals scored by the Bears:
With the loss, the Bears (4-11, 2-5 in MPSF) really need to beat Fresno State next to have a shot of the MPSF Tournament (need to finish in the top 6). Bears will close the regular season against No.9 Colorado (amazing how fast that program has risen).
Miss Memorial Stadium since the Football season? Head there this late afternoon (at 6 pm PT) for the annual Big Stick - the women’s lacrosse rivalry between Cal and Stanford (I don’t think I made up the “Big Stick” moniker but I also don’t see this match being called that on the Cal Bears social media).
Golden Bears are coming off back-to-back wins after dominating St. Mary’s in a 20-10 rout and followed that up with a big 15-12 MPSF win over UC Davis. Since only the top 6 teams advance to the MPSF Tournament, Bears’ win over UC Davis keeps that hope alive. Bears will probably need to win two of the remaining three matches, all against MPSF foes - Stanford, Fresno State, and Colorado, to move up from 7th place in the conference standings.
Of course, tonight’s match has even more importance than a postseason berth. Bears are looking to snap a long 13 match losing streak to Stanford.
Looking to improve their record from last year, the Bears have already matched the win total for last season (4), with 3 more matches to go. It would be super sweet to improve on last years’ win total by beating Stanford.
Sophomore goalie Jenny Wilkens is a star for the Bears. She has had 13 career double digit saves in her young career (one can argue that she’s faced way too many shots given the porous Cal defense). The Cal offense is led by senior Jenna Fritts who has 48 points from 35 goals and 13 assists. Fellow senior Elizabeth Pellechi is 2nd on the team with 24 goals (and lead the team with 10 goals in conference play). True freshman Susie Ropp is 3rd with 21 goals to go with 11 assists. Redshirt freshman Kirsten Swanson (who did not play a Vampire Slayer in a movie) is next with 19 goals. Of course, sophomore Caroline Corzel had a huge game for the Bears against UC Davis.
Stanford is led by seniors Kelsey Murray (39 goals, 19 assists for 58 points) and Elizabeth Cusick (30 goals, 6 assists). Juniors Dillon Shoen, Kelly Myers, and redshirt senior Anna Salemo have 21, 19, and 19 goals, respectively. Junior Allie DaCar is their starting goalkeeper.
Sure, Stanford are the heavy favorites in this one, but the Golden Bears are playing their best lacrosse of the season right now. I would not be shocked if the Bears have a breakout match today on national TV.
California Lacrosse (4-10, 2-4 in MPSF) vs. Stanford (9-4, 2-1 in MPSF)
Where: Kabam Field at California Memorial Stadium
When: 6 pm PT
TV: Pac-12 Networks