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Cal Battles Stanford On Senior Night This Week

Oct 19, 2021
Cal Will Play Its Final Game At Underhill Field This Season On Friday

BERKELEY - Playing in Berkeley one final time this season, the California field hockey team rekindles its rivalry with Stanford on Friday, Oct. 22, at 5 p.m. from Underhill Field. The game will also feature the annual Pack The Stands event to welcome back alumni and supporters of the program, and Senior Night for the Golden Bears' seven seniors - Maggie Blundi, Maddie Cleat, Makaela Hoang, Ryan Poe, Lyndsay Swanston, Anne Van Hoof and Brynn Zorilla.  

The Bears are currently tied for second in the AE standings with their record of 8-4 overall and 4-1 in conference play. Stanford is currently in sixth place with a record of 3-5 and 2-3 in conference play. 

Through the first 12 games of the season, Van Hoof is Cal's leading scorer with 10 points (five goals). Rachel Buttinger and Cleat are right behind Van Hoof with eight points each. Kiki de Bruijne is Cal's assist leader (4), and Jane Onners has scored in the last two games. 

Fan Attendance Policy
Cal Athletics follows all state and local public health guidelines to mitigate risk and support the health and well-being of those who attend Cal athletic events. Under these policies, fans attending outdoor events on campus are strongly encouraged to wear facial coverings in outdoor areas. Facial coverings are required at all times in indoor spaces (i.e., restrooms) for guests ages 2 and up regardless of vaccination status, unless actively eating or drinking. Masks will be available at entrances for fans upon request.
Individuals who are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms or are under a quarantine or isolation order should not attend. These protocols are subject to change based on local, state and national guidelines.

Bears Earn Tourney Bid
• Cal earned a berth into the America East Conference Tournament after defeating UC Davis, 2-0, last Sunday in Davis. Megan Connors notched three points and Jane Onners scored for the second straight game. Cal will return to the conference tournament for the first time since 2019.    
Offense Dominates In Wins
• In Cal's eight wins this season, the Bears have outscored their opponents, 16-4, with five shutouts. Sixteen of the Bears' 18 goals this season have come in victories. Cal has also out shot its opponents, 115-71, in wins. Seven of the eight wins were either shutouts or one-goal victories, including an OT winner on Sept. 26 at UMass-Lowell.   

Cato Recognized Once Again 
• For the second time this season, Cato Knipping was named the America East Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 19 after shutting out UC Davis on three saves last Sunday. Knipping earned her seventh and eighth career shutouts in the last two weeks. Knipping ranks second in the America East in goals-against average at 1.36, while her five shutouts pace the league. She also ranks third in save percentage (.740).
Cal All-time Vs. Stanford
• The Bears are 54-59-5 all-time vs. Stanford, and the Cardinal have won six of the last seven meetings. Cal won the most-recent meeting, though, in the season opener. The Bears defeated then-No. 25 Stanford, 1-0, on The Farm on Aug. 27. Maddie Cleat scored the only goal of the game in the third quarter. The last time Cal beat Stanford in Berkeley was in 2017, a 4-2 victory.     
Cleat Carries Cal
• Enjoying her fifth season at Cal as a graduate student with the extra year granted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, team captain Maddie Cleat is leaving it all on the pitch during her final collegiate campaign. Cleat scored two of the Bears' three goals in their most-recent east coast road trip, including an impressive backhanded shot after getting around her defender at Vermont. She currently ranks tied for second on the team in points with eight (three goals, two assists). The Scotland native also ranks second on her squad in shots (26) and shots on goal (16).       

Smart Bears
• A program-record group of 23 Cal field hockey student-athletes were honored with 2020 Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Division I National Academic Squad laurels. Cato Knipping, Natalie Moore, Sara Stone and Kaiden Stanley were tabbed NFHCA Scholars of Distinction with Knipping earning the honor for the second straight year. Cal was also once again tabbed an NFHCA National Academic Squad. In addition, 22 Bears earned America East Honor Roll accolades, with 16 picking up AE Commissioner's Honor Roll stature (3.5 GPA or better). Earlier this week, Cal won the Newmark Award for the highest GPA (3.603) among Cal's large women's programs.  

Next Up
• Cal heads back to the east coast for the final weekend of the regular season. The Bears square off against Monmouth and UAlbany on Oct. 29 and Oct. 31. The first-place team at the conclusion of the regular season will host the America East Conference Tournament.