Antal On Top of Cal's All-Time Scoring

Dora Antal, California (Photo Courtesy Catharyn Hayne)
Dora Antal, California (Photo Courtesy Catharyn Hayne)
Jan. 30, 2018

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DORA ANTAL OF CALIFORNIA MPSF/KAP7 PLAYER OF THE WEEK

California senior Dora Antal (Eger, Hungary) had a dominant weekend at the Cal Cup (Jan. 27-28). She scored 15 goals, while adding five assists, two blocks, two steals and two earned exclusions across three Golden Bear wins. Against No. 11 UC Davis, Antal scored six goals on seven shots – one of two MPSF players to have a six-goal game this year. In a win over No. 7 UC Irvine, she added four goals on five shots, before scoring five more in a victory over No. 22 Fresno State. Antal’s final goal moved her into a tie atop Cal’s all-time scoring list and her six-goal game is tied for third-best all-time at Cal. This is the fifth career MPSF weekly honor for Antal, owning three newcomer (2014) and two player of the week awards. Others Nominated: Emily Skelly (UCLA); Makenzie Fischer (STAN); Amanda Longan (USC)

ARIA FISCHER OF STANFORD MPSF/KAP7 NEWCOMER OF THE WEEK

Stanford freshman Aria Fischer (Laguna Beach, CA/Laguna Beach HS) accumulated seven goals across three Cardinal wins at the Cal Cup (Jan. 27-28). Fischer scored once against No. 7 UC Irvine, twice against No. 22 Fresno State, and fired in four in the win over No. 16 San Jose State. She has eight goals on the year, only behind older sister Makenzie for the team lead. This is the first career MPSF honor for Fischer. Others Nominated: Lexi Liebowitz (UCLA); Paige Hauschild (USC)……

ANTAL ON TOP OF CAL’S ALL-TIME SCORING LIST

CALIFORNIA (0-0 MPSF, 6-0 Overall) Dora Antal accumulated 15 goals to lead the Bears in sweeping through its own Cal Cup this past weekend (Jan. 27-28), 15-6 over No. 11 UC Davis, 10-8 over No. 7 UC Irvine, and 19-6 over No. 22 Fresno State. Antal’s scoring output, which included tying the 2018 MPSF single-game high of six goals vs. UCD, placed her into a first-place tie on Cal’s all-time scoring list with 216 career goals (Emily Csikos; 2009-13). Her next goal will also put her into the MPSF’s all-time top-25 list. Carly Carrega nailed a hat trick vs. UCI, as did Elle Protopapas vs. Fresno State. The Bears take on San Jose State, Michigan, UC Davis, and a fourth opponent at the Stanford Invitational this weekend (Feb. 3-4).

STANFORD (0-0 MPSF, 4-0 Overall) swept its competition at the Cal Cup this past weekend (Jan. 27-28), 12-2 over No. 7 UC Irvine, 22-5 over No. 22 Fresno State, and 15-4 over No. 16 San Jose State. Makenzie Fischer poured in a career-high tying five goals for the third time in her career in the UCI game, totaling nine in the three games. Younger sister Aria Fischer put away four of her seven goals against SJSU. No. 1 Stanford hosts its annual invitational this weekend (Feb. 3-4), playing Pacific and Long Beach State as well as a third countable match Sunday.

UCLA (0-0 MPSF, 9-0 Overall) wrapped up an undefeated January in year one of the Adam Wright era, sweeping through the Michigan Invitational (Jan. 27-28). The Bruins defeated No. 24 Marist 18-8, No. 8 Michigan 9-5, No. 20 Wagner 14-7, and No. 9 Pacific, 10-4. Emily Skelly tied the MPSF season-high six goals against Marist. Maddie Musselman scored a hat trick vs. the Tigers, and is up to 16 goals on the year after putting away nine in the invitational. Lexi Liebowitz accumulated three goals, two assists, two earned exclusions, three steals and three field blocks in the four wins. UCLA is off this week, next in action in the UC San Diego Invitational (Feb. 10-11).

USC (0-0 MPSF, 3-0 Overall) won a doubleheader in Riverside this past Saturday (Jan. 27), blanking the host Cal Baptist 20-0, followed by a 21-3 rout of Pomona-Pitzer. With the shutout of the Lancers and a first half blanking of Pomona, the Trojans went over 80 minutes without allowing a goal to start the season (factoring in the first win over LMU). It Brianna Daboub recorded a career-high five goals against Pomona, while Kelsey McIntosh tied her career-best four goals. Amanda Longan stopped 12 shots in game one, becoming the first Trojan all-time to post consecutive shutouts. Paige Hauschild and Elise Stein scored four times. USC is off this week, and is next in action at the UCSD Invitational (Feb. 10-11).

SAN JOSE STATE (0-0 MPSF, 2-3 Overall) picked up a 6-5 win over No. 22 Fresno State at the Cal Cup this past Saturday (Jan. 27). Lili Urvari put away the game-winner with 3:36 left in regulation, while Tayler Peters collected seven saves in the complete game. Urvari is the Spartan scoring leader through January with eight goals. The Spartans face California, UC Davis, Michigan, and a fourth opponent at this weekend’s Stanford Invitational (Feb. 3-4).

ARIZONA STATE (0-0 MPSF, 3-0 Overall) was off last week and hosts the Cross-Conference Challenge this weekend (Feb. 2-4). ASU opened the year at the UCSB Invitational (Jan. 20-21) with three wins. The Sun Devils knocked off No. 25 Cal Baptist 12-3, followed by No. 13 Indiana 10-3, and No. 8 Michigan, 5-3. Alkistis Benekou and PJ Allin each had four goals vs. the Lancers. Benekou accumulated nine goals over the three wins, including another hat trick vs. Michigan. Mia Rycraw collected 14 saves (.824) vs. Michigan, after saving nine of 12 shots on goal (.750) in the Indiana game.