La Salle Suffers One-Goal Loss to Cal

The Explorers gave up two goals in the last five and a half minutes of play against California to fall 10-9 to the Bears under the lights on Friday at McCarthy Stadium.

Sophomore Melanie Sarcinello notched four goals for La Salle, while junior Taylor Ruland added a pair. Junior Nora McGurkin contributed four assists.

With 5:27 remaining in the second half, Cal's Tara Arolla converted on a free position attempt to lock the score at 9-all.

The Explorers lost the ensuing draw, but played four minutes of tough defense, fending off four California shots, before Arolla put the game-winner past La Salle goalie Megan Corliss with 1:31 to play.

Arolla would finish the evening with four goals for the Bears.

The Explorers trailed 5-4 at the break, and then 6-4 after a Cal goal two minutes into the second half. La Salle then rattled off four unanswered goals on two scores by Sarcinello and one each by Ruland and sophomore Jackie Roebuck to take an 8-6 lead with 18:19 left in regulation.

Cal tied the contest at 8-all with 12:46 to play, but La Salle got back on top less than a minute later after a goal by Lauren McDermott.

Corliss made eight saves in La Salle's loss. Jackie Donato had three ground balls and caused as many turnovers for the Explorers.

La Salle will have a week before its next game, which is the Explorers' Atlantic 10 opener against Saint Joseph's. The first draw is set for 4:00 p.m. on April 1.

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PHILADELPHIA With California trailing 8-7 in the second half, Tara Arolla scored three of the game's last four goals to lead the Golden Bears to a 10-9 nonconference win over La Salle on Friday evening at McCarthy Stadium. The Bears improved their record to 7-4. The Explorers fell to 4-5.

Arolla shared game-high goalscoring honors with La Salle's Melanie Sarcinello, with each player scoring four goals.

Cal has put together a 2-1 record so far on this spring break road trip, which began with a 16-4 loss at Ohio State and continued with a 9-8 win at Drexel.

"The Ohio State game and this whole week has been character building for the team, and we have a young group," Cal head coach Theresa Sherry said. "We've been trying to tighten up things on the defensive and attacking ends this week. To be able to pull out close games against Lafayette and La Salle was good for this group. Everything hasn't been pretty, but we have been able to get the job done, finish it out and get wins in the last two game. I'm proud of the players."

Junior midfielder Vail Horn put Cal on the scoreboard first by scoring 51 seconds into the game. Sarcinello knotted the match at 1-1 at 2:18.

The first half featured ties at 1-1, 2-2, 3-3 and 4-4. Sophomore midfielder Clemmy Little converted an eight-meter shot at 23:58 for Cal's fourth goal. Sophomore midfielder Melissa Humphrey scored another eight-meter goal at 25:46 to give Cal a 5-4 lead it took into halftime.

Horn also scored the first goal of the second half, this time at 31:54, to put Cal ahead two goals at 6-4.

But the Explorers went on a 4-0 run, capped by Sarcinello's free-position goal, to give the host team an 8-6 lead at 41:41.

Amelia Burke scored at 43:48 to cut into that lead; Cal trailed 8-7. The freshman midfielder played a big role in Cal's possession game, as she grabbed a team-high six draw control, including the one after her goal. Arolla scored her second of the game at 47:14 to knot the game at 8-8.

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