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Cal Returns To Action In Pac-12 Opener Friday At Stanford

Mar 11, 2022
Liz Scott and the Golden Bears open their Pac-12 season Friday at Stanford.

CAL RETURNS TO ACTION IN PAC-12 OPENER FRIDAY AT STANFORD
— After nearly two weeks out of game action, Cal will return to the field Friday at Stanford in the Pac-12 opener for both teams with first draw scheduled for 2 pm PT
— Friday's contest will be the first of four Cal games in 2022 scheduled to air on Pac-12 Networks and/or one of its seven regional networks
— Friday's contest is the first of two scheduled meetings between Cal and Stanford in 2022 with the other slated for the regular-season finale for both teams April 23 on Senior Day in Berkeley
— Cal has started the 2022 campaign with five consecutive losses (at Navy, at No. 11/11 Virginia, San Diego State, No. 15/15 Denver, UC Davis) 
— Stanford holds an all-time lead in the series against Cal, 38-7, and has won 17 in a row against the Golden Bears with the last Cal win coming in Berkeley in 2008, while the last Cal win at Stanford was to win the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation in the league's championship title game in 2004          
— Friday's forecast at Stanford calls for a gametime temperature of 69 degrees with sunny skies and winds out of the northwest at seven miles per hour 
  
AMANDA MORSE AND LIZ SCOTT LEADING THE OFFENSE
— Amanda Morse and Liz Scott have combined for 17 of Cal's 31 goals through the first five games with Morse's team-high 10 followed by Scott's seven
— Morse and Scott have both garnered the first two hat tricks of their career in 2022 with Morse getting three goals at Navy and against San Diego State, while Scott also had three at Navy and then again against No. 15/15 Denver

STRONG STARTS
— Cal has started strong in three of its first five games, holding a 3-2 lead early in the second quarter at Virginia, a 3-1 margin after the first quarter against San Diego State, and scoring three of the game's first four goals against UC Davis  

BEARS HOLDING THEIR OWN IN ON DRAW CONTROLS
— Cal's 64 draw controls are four shy of their opponents' 68 with the Golden Bears holding a 19-10 advantage in the season-opener at Navy and equaling the 13 registered by San Diego State
— Cal came into 2022 having outdrawn its opponents in each of the past three seasons

2022 DEDICATION GAMES
— Cal's next dedication game will take place when the Golden Bears honor late Duke lacrosse player Morgan Rodgers, who committed suicide in 2019, in their "Morgan's Message" game against USC in their Pac-12 home opener on Friday, March 18
— Morgan's Message strives to eliminate the stigma surrounding mental health within the student-athlete community and equalize the treatment of physical and mental health in athletes, while aiming to expand the dialogue on mental health by normalizing conversations, empowering those who suffer in silence, and supporting those who feel alone
— Cal dedicated its February 26 game to the late Stephanie Smith, a former Cal lacrosse player who passed away from cancer in 2018
— Cal also has remaining 2022 dedication games to honor and recognize Oakland Lacrosse (April 1), Bears United (April 3 and 10) and One Love (April 23), with details of each still to be announced            

OTHER NOTES
— Nikki Zaccaro is Cal's active leader in career games played (66), games started (56), points (130), goals (56), assists (74), shots (178) and shots on goal (115)
— Riley Drullinger leads the Pac-12 in saves (46) and saves per game (9.20)
— Cal has a pair of sisters on the roster (Caroline and Catherine Roxas; Kennedy and Quinnlyn Mason) 
  
NEXT UP: CAL TO HOST LIBERTY SUNDAY IN BERKELEY
— After opening Pac-12 action at Stanford on Friday, the Golden Bears return home to begin a three-game homestand by hosting Liberty in a non-conference game at FTX Field at California Memorial Stadium on Sunday, Mar. 13 (Noon PT), with the contest to be streamed live on the Cal Live Stream-3 channel and Cooper Perkins making his Cal lacrosse debut on the mic