Lawliss Scores Four Goals In Loss At Stanford
STANFORD – Maya Lawliss scored four goals for the first time in her Cal career but the Golden Bears dropped their Pac-12 season opener, 20-8, on the road to Stanford (2-4, 1-0 Pac-12) at Cagan Stadium. Lawliss also added an assist on Kate Rothman's first career goal for a career-high five points. Rothman finished with a pair of goals while Nikki Zaccaro and Liz Scott had one each. Olivia Dey had an assist on Rothman's second goal.
"Maya had a huge game," head coach Brooke Eubanks said. "In addition to her offense, she also had a huge defensive task as well being marked up on Stanford's leading point-getter and also got a draw control. Maya was an all-star today. She emptied the tank and gave the offense, draw team and defense a really great performance."
"I hate losing so it's hard to look at it that way [positively]," Lawliss said. "There are some positives overall, but I much would have preferred a different outcome."
Cal stayed close in the first quarter with unassisted goals from Zaccaro (9:44), Lawliss (5:06) and Scott (1:30) keeping the Bears within 5-3 at the end of the first 15 minutes.
Lawliss scored her second (8:47) and third (3:42) goals in the second quarter before adding another in the third period to establish her career high, but she was the only Cal player to tally in either period while Stanford scored eight times in the second to take a 13-5 halftime advantage and picked up four more in the third to extend its lead to 17-6.
Both of Rothman's goals came in the fourth period with 11:35 and 5:39 to go in the game.
Eight different Stanford players scored with Annabel Frist and Ailish Kelly tallying four goals each to share game-high honors with Lawless. Katy Gilbert and Ashley Humphrey adding three goals apiece, Ali Baiocco and Jay Browne each scored twice, and Kelsey Myers and Caitlin Chicoski picked up one apiece. Humphrey and Brown also each had four assists, while Baiocco, Chicoski and Sarah Jaques got one each.
Riley Drullinger, who leads the Pac-12 with 54 saves this season, had a game-high eight.
Cal used 28 players in the contest with three – Devin Alsup, Isabel King and Caroline Roxas – making their Cal debuts.
"The shining moment of the game was definitely the fourth quarter and seeing some underclassmen step in and show some grit and composure at the same time," Eubanks said. "It was really exciting to see freshmen, sophomores and other new faces execute the game plan. There were definitely moments where people showcased great execution defensively, in transition or in the offense. They definitely had a positive impact on the game. It's also a big confidence builder for them. Hopefully that momentum can translate to practices, which is game prep moments. And it also potentially gives us a lot more options as well."
Cal (0-6, 0-1 Pac-12) begins a three-game homestand Sunday by hosting Liberty (3-4). First draw is scheduled for Noon PT.