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Cal Drops Pac-12 Road Game At Oregon, 12-9

Mar 25, 2022
Maya Lawliss equaled a career-high with four goals in Cal's 12-9 loss at Oregon on Friday.

EUGENE, Ore. – Liz Scott and Maya Lawliss scored four goals apiece but it wasn't enough for Cal in a 12-9 loss at Oregon (3-6, 1-3 Pac-12) in a Pac-12 game Friday at Papé Field. The Golden Bears had a first-half lead for the sixth time in 10 games this season including a 5-4 advantage with just under six minutes to go in the opening half but the Ducks scored four of the final five first-half goals to lead 8-6 at the break then added the first two goals of a defensive-oriented second half to increase their lead to 10-6. Cal never cut the margin to fewer than three goals the remainder of the contest.

Nikki Zaccaro assisted on two of Cal's goals to run her career total to 82 and within one of the Bears' all-time record of 83 established by Colleen O'Mara from 2001-04. Quinnlyn Mason added one goal and one assist, while Kennedy Goss had a career-high nine draw controls to help Cal to a 15-10 advantage as the Bears won the battle in the center circle for the sixth time in 2022. Freshman Kalena Johnson also contributed four draw controls in her first collegiate start.

Morgan McCarthy and Hanna Hilcoff led Oregon with three goals apiece, while the Ducks got two from Gabby Cleveland as well as one each by Bailey Smith, Hailey Taylor, Shonly Wallace and Alyssa Wright. Wallace also had the Ducks' lone assist, while McCarthy picked up a team-high four draw controls.

Cassidy Eckert stopped six of Cal's shots on goal and earned the win between the pipes for the Ducks, while Riley Drullinger took the loss for the Bears despite making 10 saves on Oregon's 22 shots on goal.

Scott's goal 46 seconds into the game on assist from Mason got the Bears on the scoreboard first. After Oregon answered with unassisted goals from Morgan McCarthy (12:52) and Haley Taylor (4:51) to go in front, 2-1, Lawliss tied the game at 2-2 on an unassisted tally with 21 ticks to go in the first quarter.

Scott put the Bears back into the lead 45 seconds into the second quarter when she scored on an assist from Zaccaro. Oregon would go back in front, 4-3, on unassisted goals from Smith and Wallace before Scott and Zaccaro connected again for Scott's third goal of the opening half that tied the score again 8:03 before the break. The high-scoring first half continued when Mason (7:27) and Lawliss (3:03) bookended goals by McCarthy (5:56) and Cleveland (4:01) to keep the score knotted at 6-6.

But Oregon seized momentum of the game and built a 10-6 lead with four goals in a row by Cleveland (1:40) and Wright (0:09) to end the first half before McCarthy (11:46) and Hilcoff (10:13) notched the first two of the second with all four goals unassisted. The Bears outscored the Ducks, 3-2, over the game's final 25 minutes but were never able to close the gap to any closer than three goals. Scott scored her fourth goal of the game and 11th in the last two contests unassisted with 9:21 remaining in the third while Lawliss found the back of the net with 2:42 to go in the third and 1:40 in the fourth. Oregon's final two goals came from Hilcoff on an assist from Wallace with 6:03 remaining in the third and unassisted with 6:29 to go in the game.

Cal (0-10, 0-4 Pac-12) returns to action Sunday in a Pac-12 game at Colorado (7-2, 2-2 Pac-12). First draw is scheduled for 1 pm MDT/Noon PDT. The contest will be telecast live via the Colorado Live Stream.