Cal Outguns Saint Mary's in MPSF Tournament

DENVER Vail Horn scored a school-record tying seven goals to power California's 20-11 rout of Saint Mary's in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament quarterfinal round on Thursday, earning the Golden Bears a semifinal spot opposite rival and 15th-ranked Stanford on Friday, April 30.

Second-seeded Cal improved its record to 8-9 after the win at the University of Denver's Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium. Cal, which set a season-high goals total with 20 today, improved to 18-1 in the all-time series with Saint Mary's.

The Bears last met the Gaels just six days ago, beating Saint Mary's in a tighter game, 12-4, in Moraga, Calif.

"We knew it would be different," Cal head coach Theresa Sherry. "But the play was a little bit unexpected on both ends of the ball. I'm happy with the way the attack played. It played very well, and we had times when we won a lot of draws in a row. On the defensive end we played uncharacteristically, allowing that many goals and having a lot of lapses. Our best defense today was on offense. The girls down there did a good job making it happen, getting us the win and giving us a good rhythm going into the game tomorrow."

Cal battles the Cardinal at 2:30 p.m. PT/3:30 p.m. MT on Friday and is ultimately playing for a berth in the NCAA Tournament, as the MPSF Tournament champion will host an NCAA play-in game on May 8 against Atlantic-10 Tournament winner Massachusetts. The Minutewomen clinched their spot by beating Richmond, 12-10, in the A-10 final.

Horn tied the Cal single-game goals record set by Sarah Wheatley in 2000 and tied by Molly Brady in 2004, with Denver the opponent both times. Both of those previous games took place in Berkeley.

The sophomore midfielder's previous single-game personal record for goals was five.

"She had a lot of personal motivation," Sherry said of Horn. "She had some shots miss last week against Saint Mary's. This time, she got possession for us and used her speed to score as well. She did a much better job seeing the net, and that carried on the whole game. We've been trying to get her to put 60 minutes together, and she did that today."

Horn converted seven of eight shots this time, after scoring on two of seven shots on April 23.

On Thursday, Bears senior attacker Alyse Kennedy scored five points (4 goals, 1 assist) and junior goalkeeper Allie Shropshire made four saves. Goalie Whitney Campitiello also made four saves for the Gaels.

The Bears produced their highest-scoring half of the year with their 12 goals in the first 30 minutes against the Gaels. Horn scored a game-high four goals and Kennedy notched a hat trick in the opening stanza.

Stanford defeated seventh-seeded Fresno State, 16-1, in the first quarterfinal of the MPSF Tournament on Thursday. The Cardinal's Dana Lindsay scored a game-high six points (5 goals, 1 assists) and goalie Annie Read made 10 saves.


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