March 16, 2017
Thursday, March 16
CALIFORNIA 18, Marquette 11
Recap by Cal
BERKELEY - Behind six points on five goals from Jena Fritts, the California women's lacrosse team snapped its losing streak and defeated Marquette, 18-11, Thursday afternoon from Kabam Field at California Memorial Stadium. The Golden Bears improved to 2-7 on the season.
"It was definitely a team attack," head coach Brooke Eubanks said. "They were targeting our more veteran players. They were really aware of them sliding early, so our other players really stepped up and each put a couple in the back of the net. That was huge. We looked at a lot of film of ourselves, as opposed to just focusing on the opponent. We really focused on what we needed to change, and not so much who we were going up against."
In its last four games combined, Cal has scored 61 goals.
"It's ironic because we're coming off of three games in six days, so you'd think this would be our most tired game," Eubanks said. "But they were energetic and hard-working. It was definitely a battle of heart and hustle today."
Cal came out determined, scoring six of the first seven goals. Fritts and Kate Mattimore scored four of those six tallies. Mattimore ended the day with a hat trick.
Marquette got back in the game with a four-goal streak from the end of the first half into the beginning of the second half. The Eagles cut the Cal lead to one at 8-7 with 25 minutes remaining in regulation. The Bears followed suit with four straight goals of their own to maintain control of the game.
The Bears outshot the Eagles, 38-29, collected 19 draws to Marquette's 12 and garnered 18 ground balls to 16 for the Eagles.
In goal, Jenny Wilkens collected 12 saves, her 11th career double-digit save performance and her fifth this season.
"She is the backbone of the team, whether it's going our way or not." Eubanks said. "She gives us a ton of opportunities. She's composed. We rely on her a ton, not only to keep the ball out of the net, but also to be the spark for our offense and getting it down to their end."
Fritts continues to be the team leader in points, now with 33 on the season. Her 26 goals also pace the Bears.
Meredith Haggerty was once again a workhorse, defensively. She ended the day with four ground balls, three draws and caused two turnovers. Chloe Landry led the Bears in draws with five.
Freshman Caitlin McCarthy scored her first career goal on a free-position shot at the 23:14 mark in the second half.
The Bears have next week off before heading to Southern California for their next three games. Cal faces San Diego State on Sunday, March 26, at 12 p.m.
"It's perfect timing because, besides Brown, we're going into conference games now," Eubanks said. "We've reached the midpoint and we have a week off now. We were 2-7 in the first part of the season, and I'm hoping to get more wins than losses in the second half."
FRESNO STATE 9, Quinnipiac 8
Recap by FS
FRESNO, Calif. – The Fresno State women's lacrosse team had a record breaking win over Quinnipiac Thursday afternoon in the Fresno State Soccer and Lacrosse Field.
The Bulldogs 9-8 win over the Bobcats marks the sixth win of the 2017 season, which is the most wins in a single-season in Fresno State lacrosse program history.
"We are thrilled to get this win over Quinnipiac," said head coach Jessica Giglio. "They are a strong team and they played a great game today. I'm proud of our team for staying strong at the end of the game and pulling out the win. We are very excited that we made history when we are only eight games into the season, but we are far from done. We are going to clean up our mistakes from today's game and keep moving forward as a team."
Sarah Bloise led the Bulldogs with four goals. Kayla Galet and Tiffiny Wallace scored a pair of goals each and Nicole Ortlieb added a goal to round out scoring.
'Dogs pick up pace at the end of the first half
Junior Nicole Ortlieb opened up scoring to put Fresno State up 1-0 with 27:26 left in the first half.
The 'Dogs and the Bobcats traded goals for the remainder of the first half, until Fresno State went on a 3-0 run sparked by Sarah Bloise at the end of the half.
Fresno State had a 6-3 lead over Quinnipiac at halftime.
'Dogs defense outlasted the Bobcats
Quinnipiac opened up the second half scoring back-to-back goals, to cut the deficit to one (6-5).
Fresno State responded with a pair of back-to-back goals from Sarah Bloise and Tiffiny Wallace to put the Bulldogs lead back to three.
After trading goals, the Bobcats scored a second pair of back-to-back goals with eight minutes left in the game to put Quinnipiac back within one (9-8).
The Bulldogs' defense held the Bobcats scoreless for the last eight minutes of the game to lock in the record-breaking win.
Sophomore Alex Romanowski led Fresno State's defense with two ground balls, two draw controls and a team-high two caused turnovers.
Goalkeeper Laurel Maunder defended the cage for the Bulldogs for all 60 minutes of the contest. The freshman recorded a career-high 15 saves.
Maunder improves to 6-2 on the season.
As a team, Fresno State had a 12-7 advantage over Quinnipiac in draw controls.
"Laurel Maunder was huge for use in the cage, she really anchored our defense today with 15 saves," Giglio said. "Sarah Bloise had another great game for us today, shooting 4-for-6 and leading us in draw controls."
Fresno State returns home Wednesday, March 22 to host Saint Francis at 5 p.m. PT in the Fresno State Soccer and Lacrosse Stadium.
Admission and parking for all Fresno State women's lacrosse games are always free of charge.
Columbia 14, UC DAVIS 13
Wednesday, March 15
No. 7 COLORADO 18, Winthrop 6
Recap by CU
BOULDER — Colorado extended its season opening win streak to eight games with an 18-6 victory against Winthrop (2-4) on Wednesday afternoon.
The Buffs (8-0), who are ranked fourth in the Inside Lacrosse media poll and are seventh in the IWLCA Coaches Poll, had four individuals with three goals or more for the third time this season. Darby Kiernan, Cali Castagnola, Blair Sisk and Katie Macleay each had a hat-trick and Kiernan led the Buffs with five points, adding two assists in the win.
WHAT HAPPENED: Colorado got on the board quickly (27:56) with Amanda Salvadore's first goal of the season off a pass from Miranda Stinson. Winthrop answered quickly, less than 90 seconds later (26:32) with a goal of its own, but then it was all Buffs the rest of the half as CU recorded 13 unanswered goals to give them a commanding 14-1 halftime lead.
Sisk finished her hat-trick with the first goal of the second half, extending CU's run to 14-0. The Eagles tallied three straight goals after that to cut the Buffs' lead to 11 (15-4), but CU responded with three consecutive goals of its goal, including a pair by Caroline Perry, her firsts of the season, to go up 18-4. Winthrop finished the game with two more goals.
Colorado's defense performed well in the win. WU had 10 turnovers in the game, six of which were caused by the Buffs. Sophia Gambitsky, who made the start in net for Colorado, recorded a career-best seven saves (four in the first half and three in the second half).
KEY STATISTICS: The Buffs out-shot the Eagles 33-19 and was a perfect 11-11 on clear attempts. CU also led in draw controls (19-7), nine that were earned by Kiernan.
SAN DIEGO STATE 12, New Hampshire 11 (OT)
Recap by SDSU
SAN DIEGO – Sophomore Harlowe Steele scored the game-winning goal with just over a minute elapsed in overtime to give San Diego State a dramatic 12-11 victory over visiting New Hampshire Wednesday in a non-conference matchup at Aztec Lacrosse Field.
SDSU (5-2) twice rallied from two-goal deficits to help extend its winning streak to five games, while the Wildcats (0-8) came up empty for the eighth straight outing this year.
In a contest that featured seven ties and five lead changes, the Aztecs found themselves trailing 11-9 after UNH fashioned a 4-0 run during a span of 9:26 in the second half. However, SDSU senior Kristen Hickey found the back of the net on a free position shot with 12:03 remaining, while freshman Taylor Sullivan scored off an assist by senior Kayla Deitz at the 5:23 mark to even the score at 11-11.
The Aztecs had a chance to win in regulation, but senior Vickie Porter’s shot with 27 seconds left was just wide. Moments later, SDSU snuffed out the Wildcats last threat when junior Mackenzie Lech caused a turnover on UNH’s Amy LeBel with just eight seconds on the clock, setting the stage for Steele’s heroics in overtime.
Deitz led the Aztecs with three goals on the afternoon, including a pair of strikes 27 seconds apart early in the first half that gave the host school a 2-1 advantage. The Wildcats responded with two tallies by Carly Wooters sandwiched around a free position goal by SDSU’s Sullivan to level the game at 3-3 by the 17:18 mark of the period.
UNH outscored the Aztecs 3-1 over the next 5:46, with Marissa Gurello, Wooters and Teagan Northrup supplying goals to put the visitors in front 6-4. However, SDSU displayed its resiliency with three straight markers as Deitz completed her hat trick, while freshmen Meg Morgan and Morgan Taylor bookended the run with their first collegiate goals to help the Scarlet and Black reclaim a 7-6 advantage.
The Aztecs appeared to be headed into intermission with the lead, but the Wildcats knotted the game on Devon Croke’s goal with seven ticks left on the clock.
Unfazed, SDSU went back to work in the second half, as senior Ijeoma Ikpe and sophomore Natalie Peel hit pay dirt with a pair of goals to put the hosts up 9-7 by the 23:12 mark. However, UNH seized the momentum at this juncture with four straight tallies, including two by Krissy Schafer, before the Aztecs fought themselves off the ropes with their aforementioned late rally.
In addition to Deitz’s production, Steele and Sullivan finished with two goals apiece, while sophomore Jill Haight posted a career-high seven draw controls. The Aztecs also received a stellar effort from senior goalkeeper Katie Merritt, who came off the bench to post eight saves, including seven in the second half, while Lech finished with three ground balls and three caused turnovers.
Despite getting outshot 31-27, SDSU maintained a 22-20 edge in shots on goal, while maintaining a 15-9 advantage in draw controls.
San Diego State continues its busy month on Saturday, March 18, when Ivy League member Columbia pays a visit to Aztec Lacrosse Field. Game time is set for 3 p.m. PT.
Tuesday, March 14
Connecticut 17, CALIFORNIA 8
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BERKELEY - Kirsten Swanson collected a hat trick and Susie Ropp scored twice, but the California women's lacrosse team lost to Connecticut, 17-8, Tuesday night from Kabam Field at California Memorial Stadium. The Golden Bears fell to 1-7 on the year.
After the Huskies jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the first 10 minutes of the game, Cal started to make some noise on the scoreboard, as well, with Swanson's first goal at the 19:44 mark. Ropp scored both of her goals in the first half, but the Huskies still went into the locker room with a 9-4 lead.
The Bears best offensive stretch of the game was at the start of the second half when Swanson scored back-to-back goals. Four minutes later, Kate Mattimore scored to cut the UConn lead down to three at 10-7.
With just under eight minutes remaining, a tally from Eliza Christman made it 11-8, but the Bears couldn't get any closer as the Huskies scored the final six goals of the contest.
Jenny Wilkens made 10 saves, with seven coming in the first half, good for her fourth double-digit save performance of the season. Adding to the defensive effort was Sara Nolte, who collected three ground balls and three draws. Wheatley Raabe also garnered three ground balls.
The Bears close out their five-game homestand against Marquette on Thursday, March 16, at 3 p.m. from Kabam Field.