WHAT A WIN! Big Comeback Lifts Cal Over UC Davis
DAVIS – Cal scored the final six goals in a 16-15 comeback non-conference road victory at UC Davis (5-6) on Saturday. Amanda Morse had a career-high five goals at UC Davis Health Stadium to lead nine different players with either a goal or an assist and scored three of the game's final six goals including an unassisted game-winner with 0:40 remaining to cap Cal's closing run. Olivia Dey had a career-high three goals including two during the final run and one assist for a career-high four points, while Nikki Zaccaro also had three goals to equal her career high. Kaia Evans and Liz Scott had two goals each with Evans' a career best, while Maya Lawliss contributed one score. Kennedy Mason, Quinnlyn Mason and Kennedy Goss each had one assist while Goss also equaled a career high with 10 draw controls for the second time in the last five contests.
Cal held advantages in nearly every team stat including shots (47-27), shots on goal (26-19) and draw controls (23-11) with the shots and draw controls season bests. The Golden Bears also won the ground ball battle, 15-10.
"This was a huge team win," head coach Brooke Eubanks said. "We got 47 shots and had nine different point getters while decisively winning the draw control and ground ball wars. Our team was gritty and relentless and had a never give up attitude and effort. Everybody did their part today."
"That was an incredible team win," Morse said. "Both the offense and defense did their part, and as a team we were able to chip away and get the win. The fourth quarter really says it all. We truly played for each other."
Cal trailed 15-10 when Dey started the comeback by converting a free position shot with 7:36 remaining in the contest. Morse then added back-to-back unassisted goals with 6:20 and 5:36 remaining to get Cal within 15-13. Dey struck again at 4:39 on an assist by Quinnlyn Mason to cut the Aggies' lead to one and Zaccaro tied the contest with an unassisted goal at 3:11 before Morse's unassisted game-winner with 0:40 to go.
Cal won five of the final seven draw to key its late run and Riley Drullinger saved a UC Davis shot by Alex Agnew with five seconds remaining to secure the win.
The game had been tied 8-8 almost midway through the third period with both teams holding leads of two goals at least once before UC Davis scored six consecutive goals of its own to establish the biggest lead for either team at 14-8 with Ella Brislin's goal on an assist by Agnew with 1:21 remaining in the third period capping the Aggies' run. Cal got two goals in the final 30 seconds of the third period when Evans found the net unassisted and Lawliss scored on an assist from Goss.
Kendall Seifert scored on an assist from Agnew the game's only goal of the first 7:24 of the fourth quarter before Cal began its comeback.
Agnew finished a game-high eight points on four goals and four assists, while Seifert had three goals and one assist. Grace Gebhardt and Brislin added two goals each with Gebhardt also picking up an assist. Mia Lawrence, Brooke Long, Natalie Markman and Natalie Wilson had the other UC Davis goals.
Cal (2-14, 1-8 Pac-12) will next host No. 21 Stanford (9-6, 7-2 Pac-12) on Senior Day in the final regular-season contest for both teams at FTX Field at California Memorial Stadium on Saturday, April 23 (2 pm PDT). The contest will also serve as Cal's One Love dedication game and be televised live by Pac-12 Bay Area.