Big Win For The Bears
BERKELEY – There was electricity in the air Friday night for the Cal Lacrosse Youth Inclusion & Awareness Game at FTX Field at California Memorial Stadium and the Golden Bears sent the season-high crowd of 598 home happy with a hard-fought 14-12 Pac-12 victory over Oregon. Maya Lawliss scored a career-high-tying four goals including the game-winner that snapped a 12-12 tie with 3:35 to go in the contest.
"It was super exciting and a big team win," Lawliss said. "We really connected the dots up and down the field. Having all the kids here was awesome. It was good for them to see it. It was exciting."
"What a huge performance by Maya today," head coach Brooke Eubanks added. "She's a finisher and not afraid to have the ball in pivotal key moments. For me as a coach, I want that player that says give me the ball at the time that it's needed the most."
Liz Scott was one of eight different Cal players to register goals as she scored a team-high and game-high-tying five points on a pair of goals and a career-high three assists. Amanda Morse registered a hat trick with three goals, while Catherine Roxas and Nikki Zaccaro each added one goal and one assist. Kennedy Goss, Quinnlyn Mason and Kate Rothman also scored once apiece with Goss picking up a career-high 10 draw controls. Goalkeeper Riley Drullinger had eight saves and a game-high five ground balls.
Cal held a sizeable advantage in nearly every primary team statistic including shots (34-24), shots on goal (28-20), ground balls (16-11), draw controls (19-11) and caused turnovers (4-1).
"No single person won that game," Lawliss said with emphasis.
Shonly Wallace had five points on four goals and one assist to lead Oregon's scoring but was one of only five Ducks in the scoring column. Lillian Stadium added three goals, Hanna Hilcoff had two goals and one assist, Morgan McCarthy had two goals and Haley Taylor put up one. Goalkeeper Cassidy Eckert equaled a career best with 14 saves.
Wallace got the scoring started at 14:22 of the opening quarter with an unassisted goal but the Bears answered would three goals in a row over the next 4:18 and led the rest of the contest. Goss scored Cal's first goal on an assist by Roxas with 13:03 to go in the first quarter followed by back-to-back unassisted goals from Amanda Morse at the 10:51 and 10:04 marks. The teams then went nearly 10 minutes without either scoring before Wallace's second of the game with 0:05 remaining in the first period to cut Cal's lead to 3-2 after 15 minutes.
Cal scored the first three goals of the second period unassisted by Zaccaro with 14:21 to go before halftime followed by back-to-back scores from Lawliss just over a minute apart from each other at 7:34 and 6:33. In the meantime, Cal's defense allowed only one goal over a span of 24:30 between Wallace's first goal and her third with 5:02 to go in the first half on assist from Hilcoff. Oregon got a fourth and final goal in the opening half unassisted by Lillian Stump with 2:53 remaining before the break but Scott answered it with an unassisted goal of her own at the 0:42 mark to give Cal a 7-4 lead at the intermission.
"Our defensive locked it down," Oregon has a lot of athletic and dynamic attackers that beat us 1-on-1 in round. We talked a lot about how it was going to be our team defense that was going to make the difference."
Scott assisted on the first two goals of the third quarter by Lawliss (13:43) and Roxas to extend Cal's lead to 9-4. Oregon rallied to tie the game at 12-12 on an unassisted goal by Hilcoff with 4:21 remaining capping an 8-3 Oregon run.
But Lawliss answered with her game winner into a small opening in the upper left-hand corner of the net 46 seconds later and Rothman added an insurance goal on an assist from Zaccaro with 2:18 to go before running out the remainder of the clock.
"I was so proud of them," Eubanks said after the Bears' first victory of the 2022 season. "It is not easy to grind and keep moving forward when you're not getting the wins in the previous games. To be able to keep working and not give up is huge. I think that shows our character and our culture, and I think we've opened the floodgates for what's coming next."
"We talked about this pregame," Eubanks added. "This is the time to rewrite our story. Not every conference, not every sport gets the opportunity to play your conference opponents twice. It's a special opportunity and you've got to take advantage of it. We definitely started a new story today."
Cal (1-11, 1-5 Pac-12) hosts No. 24 Colorado (8-3, 3-3 Pac-12) on Sunday in a game to be televised live by Pac-12 Mountain. First draw is scheduled for 1 pm PT. The Bears will also second meetings at No. 15 USC (Friday, Apr. 8, 4 pm PDT), Arizona State (Sunday, Apr. 10, Noon MST/PDT) and UC Davis (Saturday, Apr. 16, 1 pm PDT) before concluding its regular season by hosting No. 25 Stanford for its One Love Game and Senior Day (Saturday, Apr. 23, 2 pm PDT, Pac-12 Bay Area. The Pac-12 Championship runs May 4-7 in Tempe.
— Cal Lacrosse, the Oakland Lacrosse Club and Cal's Cameron Institute for Student-Athlete Development hosted the Lacrosse Youth Inclusion & Awareness Game against Oregon on Friday to expand opportunity. build community and promote the development of girls lacrosse across the East Bay
— Delta Breeze, Berkeley Lacrosse Club, KIPP Bridge Academy Panthers, Richmond College Prep Lions and the Summit K2 Dragons were in attendance
— Activities included a college tour, pizza party, halftime clinic and scrimmage, public address statements, words of wisdom from Cal lacrosse student-athletes and a post-game autograph session