Bears Begin Final Road Trip To East Coast
BERKELEY – The California field hockey travels to the East Coast for the final weekend of America East play this weekend. Cal takes on UMass-Lowell before taking on Vermont in the regular season finale on Sunday.
The Bears and River Hawks will square off on Friday at 11:00 a.m. PT at Wicked Blue Field in Lowell, Mass. On Sunday, the Bears will make the trip to Burlington, TV to take on the Catamounts at Moulton Wider Field on Sunday at 9:00 a.m. PT. Both contests will feature live video streamed on AE.tv and live stats.
GAME 14 INFORMATION
Date/Time: Oct. 28, 2022 – 10:00 a.m. PT
Opponent: UMass-Lowell River Hawks (11-5, 5-2 AE)
Site: Wicked Blue Field (Lowell, MA)
Live Stats: goriverhawks.com
GAME 15 INFORMATION
Date/Time: Oct. 30, 2022 – 9:00 a.m. PT
Opponent: Vermont Catamounts (12-4, 4-3 AE)
Site: Moulton Winder Field (Burlington, VT)
Live Stats: uvmathletics.com
AT A GLANCE
- On The Road Again: Cal is back on the road this week; the Bears are 2-5 in road contests this season. Last time out, Cal defeated rival Stanford 1-0 in a thrilling shootout. As a team, Cal is averaging 1.86 goals per game and 8.0 shots per contest. Rachel Buttinger and Sara Stone are the Bears leaders on the road, scoring three goals and two goals respectively.
- Turning Up The Defensive Intensity: Over the last five games, the Bears have allowed 12 goals, averaging 2.4 goals a game. In the previous five games, the Bears allowed 21 goals (4.2 a game).
- National Numbers: The Bears rank in the top-15 in the nation in two categories. Cal is sixth in the nation in defensive saves with six. They are 15th in the nation with 6.38 saves a game. Jane Onners is eighth in the nation with four defensive saves, while keeper Cato Knipping 19th in the nation with 5.62 saves per game.
- Penalty Corners: Against James Madison last Sunday, the Bears were 1-for-2 on penalty corner attempts. Onners scored the goal for the Bears in the middle of the fourth quarter against the Dukes. For the season, Cal has scored six goals off their 77 corners.
- Checking the Standings: Heading into the final weekend of America East play, the Bears are in a battle for one of the final two spots in the America East Tournament. Maine, UAlbany, UMass-Lowell, and Vermont have taken the top four spots. Stanford, Cal and New Hampshire are all battling for the final two spots. Cal and Stanford are tied in the standings at 3-3, New Hampshire trails with a 2-3 record.
ABOUT THE RIVER HAWKS
The River Hawks enter Friday's contest with an 11-5 overall record and are 5-2 in the America East. UMass-Lowell has won three of its last five including two straight. Last time out, the River Hawks defeated Bryant 4-1 at home. As a team, UMass-Lowell has outscored its opponents 39-23 – with 15 players scoring at least one goal. Leading the team in scoring is midfielder Jenna Berger who has scored seven goals this season.
Friday will be the fourth time these two teams have met. Cal owns a 2-1 series advantage, which includes a 1-0 win in overtime at the Wicked Blue Field last year. In that contest, Cato Knipping had four saves in the shutout win over the River Hawks.
ABOUT THE CATAMOUNTS
Last weekend, Vermont earned 4-0 win over Dartmouth with the win the Catamounts improved to 12-4 on the year. The 12 wins match the 2007 team for the most wins in a single season in program history. At home this year, Vermont is 6-1 with wins over UC Davis and Stanford. As a team, the Cats are averaging 13.1 shots per game and 2.44 goals per game. Leading the team in scoring are forwards Alina Gerke and Maddie Moran with six goals apiece.
Sunday will be the fifth time the Bears and Catamounts have tangled. All-time the Bears own a 3-1 advantage in the series with Cal winning two straight. Last time out, Cal defeated the Catamounts 2-0 with Jane Onners getting the game-winning goal and Knipping tallying six saves in the clean sheet.
Should Cal finish in the top six in the AE standings they will advance to the America East Tournament beginning Thursday, November 3 hosted by Maine at the Maine Field Hockey Complex.