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Bears Back On The Road

Oct 6, 2022
The Bears head back to the East Coast for a pair of America East contests this weekend.

BERKELEY – The California field hockey returns to the East Coast this weekend, taking on America East foes Maine and New Hampshire.
Friday's Golden Bear and Black Bear tilt is slated for a noon pacific start time and will feature live video and live stats. Sunday's contest against the Wildcats will also feature live video and live stats and is scheduled for a 9:00 a.m. PT start.

Date/Time: Oct. 7, 2022 – 12:00 p.m. PT
Opponent: #22 Maine Black Bears (8-3, 3-0 AE)
Site: UMaine Field Hockey Complex (Orono, ME)
Live Video: ESPN+ 
Live Stats:
Date/Time: Oct. 9, 2022 – 9:00 a.m. PT
Opponent: New Hampshire Wildcats (5-6, 1-2 AE)
Site: Memorial Field (Durham, N.H.)
Live Video:
Live Stats:


  • Winner Winner: With last Friday's game knotted up at 1-1 graduate transfer Luzi Persiehl picked an excellent time to notch her first game-winning goal of the season. Persiehl broke the tie in the 50th minute giving the Bears the win. It was Persiehl's eighth career game-winning goal, first at Cal, she had seven at Fairfield.
  • Heating Up: Junior midfielder Kiki de Bruijne is heating up, scoring her second goal in as many games. The native of the Netherlands scored the game's opening goal in the 2-1 win over UC Davis last Friday. It was de Bruijne's second of the season and seventh of her career. She scored two goals in 17 games as a sophomore and three goals in 10 games as a freshman.
  • Second Half Impact: In the win over UC Davis last Friday Cal scored the game-winner late in the fourth quarter. This season, the Golden Bears scored 17 goals – 14 of them after the break, eight in the third quarter, and six in the fourth.
  • National Numbers: Cato Knipping ranks 10th in the nation in saves per game at 6.33. Against the Aggies she notched five saves in the win, giving her 57 for the year. The Bear's stalwart keeper has 218 career saves, averaging 5.1 saves a game.

Maine enters Friday's contest ranked No. 22 in the latest NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll. The Black Bears are riding a seven-game winning streak after defeating Merrimack 13-0 last Sunday and are currently sitting atop the America East standings at 3-0. As a team, Maine is averaging 3.45 goals per game which ranks fifth in the nation, in seven of their 11 contests this season they have scored at least two goals. Junior Poppy Lambert leads the team with 11 goals this season, she scored four in the win over Merrimack.

Friday will be the 10th meeting between the Golden Bears and Black Bears. All-time Maine owns a 6-3 advantage in the series that dates back to Oct. 6, 1988, when Maine defeated Cal 3-2 in double overtime. Last time out, No. 25 Maine defeated Cal 4-1 on Oct. 8, 2021, in Orono, ME.   

New Hampshire enters this weekend one spot below the Golden Bears in the America East Standings. The Wildcats are 5-6 overall and 1-2 in the America East, however, they are 4-1 at home and are riding a two-game winning streak after defeating Bryant 5-0 last Friday and Dartmouth 5-2 last Sunday. As a team, the Wildcats are averaging 2.45 goals per game which ranks 24th in the nation and fourth in the AE. Freshman forward Tasmin Cook has been a breakout star, leading the team with 11 goals – including two hat tricks.

Sunday marks the 11th meeting between the two teams. Cal first faced New Hampshire on Nov. 20, 1980, at the AIAW National Championships with Cal winning that contest 2-0. The Bears are riding a four-game winning streak against the Wildcats which includes two games last season, including a 2-1 win in the opening round of the America East Tournament on Nov. 4.
The Bears return to the Bay Area next week but will stay on the road when they make the short trip to the Farm to take on rival Stanford. The Bears and Cardinal are slated for a 6:00 p.m. start time and will be televised on Pac-12 Bay Area.

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