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Cal Opens 2022 Season Friday At Navy

Feb 10, 2022
Senior Quinnlyn Mason and the Golden Bears open the 2022 campaign Friday at Navy.

— Cal is the first Pac-12 team to play in 2022 and one of three from the league to play on opening day of the Division I lacrosse season Friday when the Golden Bears visit Navy
— Cal and Navy have played twice previously with the teams splitting their two meetings with Cal a 13-6 winner in Berkeley the first time the clubs met on Mar. 17, 2011, while Navy won, 15-5, in Annapolis the following season on Mar. 28, 2012
— Cal's most recent season-opening victory was an 11-9 win at UC Davis on Feb. 9, 2018

— The following players are candidates to see action for the Golden Bears in Friday's opener at Navy
Attack — Lily Berger, Olivia Dey, Kaia Evans, Quinnlyn Mason, Megan Mix, Kate Rothman, Liz Scott, Nikki Zaccaro
Midfield — Kennedy Goss, Maya Lawliss, Kennedy Mason, Kelly McIntyre, Amanda Morse, Kacie Riggs, Catherine Roxas, Belle Tiesi
Defense — Brooke Baker, Simone Holland, Kalena Johnson, Mira Majure, Sydney Southworth, Mckenna Vranicar
Goalkeeper — Riley Drullinger, Alicia Souliotis
— Cal has a pair of fifth-year student-athletes in Scott and Zaccaro, while its remaining 35-player roster includes eight seniors (Bailee Monjazeb, Berger, Evans, Mix, Quinnlyn Mason, Molly Neach, Catherine Roxas, Vranicar), nine juniors (Baker, Siena Davies, Dey, Drullinger, Lawliss, McIntyre, Morse, Riggs, Brooke Williams), seven sophomores (Hanna Deringer, Goss, Ella Greene, Holland, Caroline Roxas, Rothman, Sara Russell) and nine freshman (Devin Alsup, Isabel King, Kalena Johnson, Majure, Kennedy Mason, Souliotis, Sydney Southworth, Tiesi, Mya Wang)  
— Cal has two transfers in Scott (Loyola) and Caroline Roxas (Wagner)
— Cal has two sets of sisters (Caroline and Catherine Roxas; Kennedy and Quinnlyn Mason)  

— Cal has the following game dedications planned in 2022 with the schedule subject to change
Feb. 20 (Denver) — StephStrong, Oakland Lacrosse; Mar. 13 (LIberty) — Oakland Lacrosse, Gear Drive; Apr. 1 (Oregon) — Oakland Lacrosse; Apr. 3 (Colorado) — Bears United; Apr. 8 (at USC) — Bears United; Apr. 10 (at Arizona State) — Bears United; Apr. 23 (Stanford) — Senior Day, One Love; TBA — HEADstrong, Morgan's Message            

— Denise Wescott was promoted to associate head coach on Jan. 26, 2022, after serving for three seasons as an assistant coach with the Golden Bears from 2019-21
— Nikki Zaccaro is Cal's active leader in career games played (62) and games started (52), points (127), goals (54), assists (73), shots (168) and shots on goal (112)
— Cal's draw control unit that has won more draw controls than its opponents in each of last three seasons
— Cal had a team bonding trip early in its 2022 training camp in which the team went "glamping" at the Costanoa Lodge in the coastal town of Pescadero just under 70 miles from Berkeley 
— Cal continues its two-game East Coast road trip at No. 11/11 Virginia on Sunday, Feb. 13 (Noon EST/9 am PST) 
— Cal begins a three-game homestand by hosting San Diego State in its first home game of the 2022 campaign on Friday, Feb. 18 (5 pm PST), followed by contests against No. 14/14 Denver (Sunday, Feb. 20, Noon PST) and UC Davis (Saturday, Feb. 26, 2 pm PST)

— Cal finished 2-16 overall and 0-10 in the Pac-12 in 2021 but seven of the Bears' losses were by two goals or less including four by a single goal and one in overtime 
— Six of Cal's final nine losses in 2021 were decided by two goals or less including a string of five in a row to begin the stretch and its regular-season finale contest against Pac-12 champion and then unbeaten No. 12/13 Stanford