California Outlasts UC Davis in MPSF Action

DAVIS, Calif. -- Junior attacker Megan Takacs scored a game-high five goals with 11 draw controls while Melissa Humphrey posted five assists, boosting California to a 15-10 win over UC Davis in MPSF action at Aggie Stadium Wednesday night. Elizabeth Datino, Stephanie Guercio and Elizabeth Landry each netted two goals for the Aggies.

UC Davis moves to 5-6 for the year and drops to 2-1 in MPSF games. The Golden Bears improve to 6-5 overall and 3-2 in conference play.

Datino also had two assists for four total points. Freshman Allie Lehner scored a goal with two assists for three points. Landry added two ground balls, two draw controls and three caused turnovers to her offensive output.

For Cal, Alexa Rozelle chipped in a hat trick while Humphrey, Vail Horn and Paige Gasparino each tallied two goals. Sophomore goalkeeper Megan McGinnis had 10 saves and a steal in front of the Bears' cage. Despite her lofty scoring production, Takacs' major contribution was on the draw, which helped Cal capture exactly two-thirds of the game's 27 draw controls. She scored three in the first 13 minutes, boosting the Golden Bears to a 6-1 start.

However, UC Davis rallied late in the first half, enjoying a 4-1 run over the final nine minutes to close the halftime gap to a 7-5 deficit. After Amelia Burke traveled some 40 yards for an unassisted transition drive early in the second period to bump the Cal lead back to three, Aggie junior Anna Geissbuhler assisted freshman Charlotte Morris on a fast-break finish, bringing the lead to 8-6.

The Golden Bears responded with four unanswered goals, winning the draw each time, to restore their lead to 12-6 with roughly 12 minutes remaining in the contest. Cal maintained roughly that margin the rest of the way. Datino scored on a drive with 11:34 left to bring the score to 12-7, only to see the lead swell to seven on Horn's eight-meter chance five minutes later.

UC Davis slipped to just .370 shooting (10 for 27) and largely struggled in transition, committing five of its 12 turnovers on clear attempts.

The Aggies continue MPSF play in their final regular-season road action of the year, traveling to Oregon for a 1:00 p.m. game on Sunday.

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DAVIS, Calif. California bolted out to a 6-1 lead and never looked back in its eventual 15-10 win over UC Davis on Wednesday night at Aggie Stadium. The Golden Bears improved their record to 6-5 (3-2 in the MPSF) after the conference win, while the Aggies fell to 5-6 (2-1 MPSF).

"I thought it was a great all-around team effort," Cal head coach Ginger Miles said. "It started in the back. Megan McGinnis made huge saves for us. Defensively we did a good job creating turnovers, getting the ball to the middies, who got the ball to the attackers and let them do their magic."

McGinnis, Cal's sophomore goalkeeper, made a game-high 10 saves in 60 minutes of work. Jordan Majka made eight saves for the Aggies. The Cal defense kept Elizabeth Datino in check. The junior attacker who entered the week ranked second in the nation in points (65) and points per game (6.4) led the Aggies with four points (2 goals, 2 assists) tonight.

Cal junior attacker Melissa Humphrey led the way offensively with seven points from two goals and a game-high five assists, while junior attacker Megan Takacs scored six points from a game-high five goals and one assist.

"Megan Takacs game in and game out has been a point and goal leader for us," Miles said. "Once again Megan Takacs came to play today. She played with a tremendous amount of heart and effort. Melissa is somebody we've asked to step up this year with Tara Arolla going down before the season. She's stepped into that role admirably, and she's been a leader on the attacking end. Our whole attacking unit did a great job tonight moving the ball around, being patient and creating opportunities."

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