Cal Goes to 2-0 in the MPSF

MPSPORTSDOTORG Stephanie Peckham picked up 11 saves to lead California to a 2-0 start in MPSF play.
MPSPORTSDOTORG
Stephanie Peckham picked up 11 saves to lead California to a 2-0 start in MPSF play.
MPSPORTSDOTORG

Feb. 15, 2010

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CALIFORNIA (10-1 Overall/2-0 MPSF) picked up another conference victory on Saturday, 10-5 over San Jose State. Eight different Bears' tallied in the home game, with Emily Csikos and Breda Vosters leading the charge with two goals each. Stephanie Peckham collected 11 saves in goal. Though only Feb. 20, Cal will play its final home game of the year this Saturday, taking on UCLA in another MPSF contest.

STANFORD (8-0 Overall/0-0 MPSF) improved to 8-0 overall with a 17-6 win over Sonoma State this past Saturday. The Cardinal used a 10-1 second-half to put it away. Pallavi Menon recorded a team-high four goals while Victoria Kennedy added three. Vee Dunlevie, Melissa Seidemann, and Jillian Garton scored two goals apiece. All told, nine different Stanford players found the back of the cage. The MPSF opener is Saturday at San Jose State.

USC (5-1 Overall/0-0 MPSF) picked up a 9-2 home-opening win over No. 7 Loyola Marymount Saturday. Nadia Dan and Joelle Bekhazi scored a game-high two goals each. Tumua Anae had four of her eight saves in goal during the final quarter, as the Trojans recorded a 6-0 second half. USC visits UC Irvine Saturday (Feb. 20).

UCLA (6-3 Overall/0-0 MPSF) won its home opener over No. 13 CS Northridge Saturday, 9-5, as junior Megan Burmeister and Priscilla Orozco scored a team-high two goals apiece. Sophomore goalkeeper Caitlin Dement picked up a season-high 11 saves. The Bruins travel to California for their MPSF opener Saturday (Feb. 20).

SAN DIEGO STATE (8-3 Overall/0-0 MPSF) split a pair of road games against the Big West over the weekend, edged by No. 12 UC Irvine (6-5) before beating Long Beach State (8-5). Ashley Novack, Leanne Ford, and Meaghan Poland recorded two goals each in the win, while goalkeeper Kelly Campoli collected nine saves. Campoli also picked up 13 saves against the Anteaters. The Aztecs return to action Feb. 27-28 at the UC Irvine Invitational.

SAN JOSE STATE (7-5 Overall/0-1 MPSF) dropped its MPSF opener at California on Saturday, 10-5, as Adrianna Vogt picked up the Spartan hat trick. San Jose State competes in its home opener Saturday (Feb. 20) against top-ranked Stanford.

HAWAII (5-4 Overall/0-1 MPSF) placed sixth at the Stanford Invite (Feb. 6-7) in its last outing, with its win coming against Arizona State (11-7) on day one. Leonie van der Molen tallied four goals in the win. The Rainbow Wahine is off until visiting USC Feb. 25, followed by the UC Irvine Invitational (Feb. 27-28).

ARIZONA STATE (4-3 Overall/0-0 MPSF) won the seventh-place game over San Jose State (11-3) at the Stanford Invite (Feb. 6-7) in their last outing, as Lynlee Smith posted a hat trick and Dana Harvey collected 10 saves in goal. The Sun Devils are off until the UC Irvine Invitational (Feb. 27-28).

PALLAVI MENON MPSF MIKASA PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Stanford sophomore driver Pallavi Menon (Palo Alto, CA/Sacred Heart) scored a team-high four goals as the top-ranked Cardinal defeated Sonoma State last Saturday, 17-6. She is second on the squad with 15 goals, helping the team to an 8-0 start, and ranks fourth in the MPSF with 1.88 goals per game.

VICTORIA KENNEDY MPSF MIKASA NEWCOMER OF THE WEEK
Stanford freshman driver Victoria Kennedy (Newport Beach, CA/Corona Del Mar HS) recorded her first collegiate hat trick in the win over Sonoma State. Kennedy is one of four freshmen to be ranked amongst the conference scoring leaders early in the season.