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Cal Visits Arizona State On Sunday

Apr 9, 2022
Nkki Zaccaro and the Golden Bears battle Arizona State on Sunday in Tempe.

CAL VISITS ARIZONA STATE ON SUNDAY
— Cal faces No. T25 Arizona State on Sunday in the middle game of its current three-game road trip that started Friday at No. 13 USC and concludes at UC Davis on Saturday, April 16
— Arizona State holds a 6-4 advantage in the all-time series against Cal that began in 2018 and has won each of the last five meetings between the teams including a wild 21-18 comeback win in Berkeley earlier this season on March 20 when the Golden Bears led 11-8 at halftime before being outscored 10-2 in the third quarter in a contest in which Liz Scott equaled Cal single-game records for both goals (7) and points (9) with both career bests
— Cal had won the previous four games in the series including a three-game sweep in 2019 with victories in the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 Championship in Eugene for their lone win in the event that began in 2018, as well as regular-season matchups in both Berkeley and Tempe            
— Sunday's forecast in Tempe calls for a gametime temperature of 83 degrees with mostly sunny skies and winds out of the west/southwest at seven miles per hour

ZACCARO ON VERGE OF CAL CAREER GAMES PLAYED MARK
— Fifth-year senior Nikki Zaccaro has played in 75 career games at Cal and will break the school record she currently co-holds with Ella Annest (75, 2017-21) the next time she steps on the field for the Golden Bears
— The games played mark will be the second career record for Zaccaro, who became Cal's all-time assists leader March 27 when she moved past former record holder Colleen O'Mara (83, 2001-04)
— Zaccaro is Cal's active career leader in games played (75), games started (64), goals (64), assists (87), points (151), shots (198) and shots on goal (128)           

BIG WIN FOR THE BEARS
— There was electricity in the air at FTX Field at California Memorial Stadium on April 1 for the Cal Lacrosse Youth Inclusion & Awareness Game and the Golden Bears sent a season-high crowd of 598 home happy with a hard-fought 14-12 Pac-12 victory over Oregon that was Cal's first of the 2022 season
— 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, while 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, and Kennedy Goss had a career-high 10 draw controls to help the Golden Bears win the draw control battle, 19-11 
  
SCOTT LEADING THE OFFENSE
— Liz Scott leads Cal in goals (32), points (39), shots (74) and shots on goal (53)
— Scott has had multiple-goal games in seven of her last eight contests including her career highs of of seven goals and nine points that equaled all-time Cal single-game records against Arizona State on March 20 and a career-high three assists in Cal's April 1 win over Oregon 
  
LAWLISS COMING ON STRONG
— Maya Lawliss is second on Cal behind only Liz Scott in nearly every major offensive category including goals (25), points (31), shots (52) and shots on goal (45), while her six assists are third behind only Nikki Zaccaro's team-leading 14 and Scott's seven
— Lawliss has at least one goal in each of Cal's last 10 games including multiple goals in seven of those contests after not scoring a goal in any of the first four games of the campaign 
    
STRONG SCHEDULE
— Nine of Cal's first 14 games have been against seven teams in the IWLCA/Inside Lacrosse Top 25 at some point in 2022 with all seven of those teams currently in the poll (No. 8 Denver, No. 13 USC, No. 16 Virginia, No. T22 Stanford, No. 24 Navy, No. T25 Arizona State, No. T25 Colorado)
— Cal has already played Colorado and USC twice and among its three remaining regular-season games two are against teams currently in the poll in Arizona State and Stanford
  
STRONG STARTS
— Cal has started strong and led in either the first or second period (or both) in eight of its first 14 games at Virginia, vs. San Diego State, vs. UC Davis, vs. USC, vs. Arizona State, at Oregon, vs. Oregon and at USC