Cal Plays Strong In 18-11 Senior Day Loss To No. 21 Stanford
BERKELEY – Saturday marked the final home game for the 2022 Cal senior class and the Golden Bears stayed within four goals of No. 21 Stanford as late as just under 10 minutes remaining in the contest before eventually falling, 18-11. The Cardinal clinched a co-Pac-12 title and the top seed at the Pac-12 Championships next month with the victory.
Liz Scott led the Cal offense with five goals while Maya Lawliss added a pair for the Golden Bears. Nikki Zaccaro, Kaia Evans, Lily Berger and Quinnlyn Mason each scored once. Lawliss and Zaccaro added a pair of assists each, while Catherine Roxas and Amanda Morse picked up one apiece. Goalkeeper Riley Drullinger tied a career high by picking up 14 saves for the fourth time in her career.
Stanford's Ashley Humphrey had a game-high eight points on a pair of goals and six assists, while Ali Baiocco tallied a game-high six goals. Humphrey is the Pac-12's leader in assists and points in 2022, while Baiocco has the most goals in the league. Annabel Frist added four goals and an assist for the Cardinal, while Ailish Kelly had a hat trick, Galen Lew scored twice and Caitlin Chicoski picked up a single goal. Lew and Chicoski also each had a single assist as did Jay Browne for a Cardinal squad that assisted on 10 of its 18 goals.
"I think our team played really well," head coach Brooke Eubanks said. "I'm really proud of the team for being able to put three strong quarters together against a really talented team."
Both Cal (2-15, 1-9 Pac-12) and Stanford (10-6, 8-2 Pac-12) concluded their regular season Saturday and will next be in action May 4-7 at the Pac-12 Championships. Cal will be the No. 6 seed in the event and open with a quarterfinal matchup against host and No. 3 seed Arizona State (9-7, 7-3 Pac-12) on Wednesday, May 4 (7 pm MST/PDT), while top-seeded Stanford has a quarterfinal bye and will face the winner of a quarterfinal game between No. 5 Oregon (3-13, 1-9 Pac-12) and No. 4 Colorado (10-5, 5-5 Pac-12) on Thursday, May 5 (4:30 pm MST/PDT). Every game of the Pac-12 Championships will be broadcast live on Pac-12 Networks and the Pac-12 Now app.
The winner of the Pac-12 Championships will receive the conference's automatic bid to the 29-team NCAA Tournament that begins May 13 at campus sites.
An extended recap will follow.