Hot Start Not Enough In 21-11 Loss To Arizona State
BERKELEY – Cal (1-4, 0-2 Pac-12) jumped out to an early 3-0 lead and Quinnlyn Mason scored three goals to extend her multi-goal streak to 11 straight games dating back to last year, but it wasn't enough in a 21-11 loss to Arizona State on Sunday at California Memorial Stadium.
The Bears scored the game's first three goals when Ashley Ward's tally on an assist from Megan Mix at 27:40 was followed shortly after with unassisted goals from Nikki Zaccaro (27:20) and Marisa Kuberra (25:57).
Arizona State answered with back-to-back unassisted goals from Kylie Kroeger (24:58) and Carley Adams (24:31) to get within 3-2 but Cal came right back with an unassisted goal from Maya Lawliss at 24:11 and Mason's first goal on assist by Zaccaro with 21:04 remaining in the first half to reestablish a three-goal advantage at 5-2.
"We had such a tremendous start today,' said Cal head coach Brooke Eubanks. "That's the mental training that we need to continue working on … to build up off of that momentum, to be confident and keep it going."
"We've done a really job this year of starting faster," Mason added. "It's trying to hold that momentum throughout the game that we need to work on."
Most of the remainder of the afternoon would belong to the Sun Devils, who would run off the next six goals to go ahead 8-5 with 5:04 to go before the break and never look back. Emily Glagolev accounted for three consecutive goals during the run with Katie Brodsky assisting on each. Maddy Hunter started the 6-0 stretch with a goal on a Kroeger assist at 18:53, while Brodsky (7:24) and Kaylon Buckner (5:04) ended the run by following Glagolev's three straight goals on assists from Kroeger and Adams.
Olivia Dey got Cal back within two goals when she scored on an assist by Ward with 4:17 remaining to make it 8-6 Arizona State before an unassisted goal from Tess Keiser with 1:27 to go made it 9-6 Arizona State at the break.
The Sun Devils would score the first two goals of the second half and seven of the first eight to extend their lead to 16-7 when Emily Munro scored on an assist from Kerri Clayton with 14:39 remaining.
Mason had each of Cal's first two goals in the second half, tallying at 25:31 on an assist by Sophia Cerino and unassisted at the 14:07 mark to end Arizona's 6-0 run. Kuberra (13:23) and Mix (12:35) scored on an assist by Zaccaro and unassisted as Cal crept back to within 16-10 but the Sun Devils iced the game with the next four goals as Clayton scored three in a row (12:11, unassisted, 11:08; assist Glagolev; 7:39) before Brynn Holohan tallied unassisted at 4:53.
Amanda Morse would register Cal's final goal unassisted with 2:35 to go before Buckner had the last goal of the game on an assist by Buckner at the 2:07 mark.
Clayton finished with a game-high seven points on four goals and three assists, while Glagolev equaled her four goals and added one assist for five points. Eleven players scored the Sun Devils.
Kuberra's pair of goals made her the only Cal player other than Mason with more than one goal. Zaccaro equaled Mason's team-high-tying three points on one goal and two assists to give her 100 career points on 41 goals and 59 assists.
Cal was able to stay in Sunday's contest much of the way thanks to a sizeable 20-14 advantage in draw controls with Marina Smith's game-high seven and six from Kennedy Goss leading the way. Goss was in the center circle for the majority of the draw controls.
"The draw was probably our shining moment of the day," Cal head coach Brooke Eubanks said. "Kennedy [Goss] came in and she did a fantastic job of either battling it for herself and getting the draw control or putting it into a spot that her teammates could get it."
The game also featured plenty of lively action with 67 fouls and seven cards (six yellow, one green) including two yellows on Smith that earned her an ejection with 6:58 to play.
After playing four of its first five games at home, Cal plays its next three and five of its next six on the road beginning with a game at winless Oregon (0-4, 0-0 Pac-12) on Saturday (1 pm PT).
- The start of Sunday's game was delayed 25 minutes by a fire alarm at California Memorial Stadium at 11:52 am PT. The originally scheduled 12:05 pm start time was moved back to 12:30 pm.
- Cal's last two games Sunday against Arizona State and this past Friday against USC were part of the team's social justice weekend to show support for and bring awareness to the Black Lives Matter movement. Cal's lacrosse student-athletes, coaches and staff wore special t-shirts to bring awareness to the need for social justice. A social justice statement was also read over the California Memorial Stadium's public address system just before the national anthem was played.
- Sunday's contest was Cal's first televised by Pac-12 Bay Area and was the team's first televised game of the season. The Bears are scheduled to next be televised on Pac-12 Networks at Colorado on Monday, Mar. 22 (2 pm MT/1 pm PT).