Catamounts Drop Shootout to Golden Bears

BURLINGTON, Vt. – Freshman Jessica Roach scored a career-high five goals and sophomore Sydney Mas netted her 100th career goal, but it was not enough for the Catamounts as Vermont fell, 15-12, to California in non-conference women's lacrosse action at Virtue Field on Thursday.

At the 10:06 mark of the first half, Marcie Marino and Mas scored on back-to-back goals to bring the Catamounts even with the Golden Bears, 5-5. California closed out the half with three goals to take an 8-6 lead into the break despite a 20-11 edge in shots for Vermont in the half.

Allison Pfohl scored 45 seconds into the second half to cut the lead to one, 8-7, but the Golden Bears scored three straight goals to push their lead back to four, 11-7 with 25:32 remaining in the game.

UVM climbed back within two with just over 20 minutes remaining behind back-to-back goals from Roach. Cal answered again with a pair of goals to push its lead back to four.

Roach, again, was able to find the back of the net twice in a three-minute span with a pair of unassisted tallies to cut the lead to two, 14, 11 with 10:05 remaining.

The Golden Bears answered with consecutive goals by Hayley Olsen and Alexa Rozelle to maintain the four-goal advantage. Rozelle's goal came with 7:45 left on the clock and was Cal's final goal of the game.

Cal goalkeeper Megan McGinnis came up with a big save in the final five minutes, stopping Mas from point-blank range. However Mas was able to finish off an 8-meter shot with 3:36 left to bring UVM within three, 15-12, but that would be the final score of the game.

Cal's Vail Horn won the draw following the goal by Mas and the Golden Bears were able to run out the clock to earn the victory.

Mas finished the day with three goals and became the fourth Catamount to reach the 100-career goal milestone. Samantha Stern added to her single-season school record assist mark with four more helpers (35 total) and Adison Rounds collected six draws. Laura Barber was credited with seven saves in the Vermont net.

Megan Takacs, the national leader in goals per game, reached her average with four tallies. Rozelle also finished with four goals and Melissa Humphrey added four assists. McGinnis finished the game with 14 saves for Vermont.

California improves to 8-5 overall, while Vermont falls to 8-6 on the season. The Catamounts return to America East action on Saturday (April 14) when they travel to Baltimore, Md. to take on UMBC. The game is scheduled to begin at 12:00 p.m.

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BURLINGTON, Vt. – Megan Takacs scored four goals to set California's single-season goalscoring record and lead the Golden Bears to a 15-12 nonconference win over Vermont on Thursday afternoon at Virtue Field. The junior attacker now has 53 goals, surpassing the previous record of 49 she shared with former Bear Sarah Wheatley. Cal improved to 8-5, while the Catamounts fell to 8-6.

This marks Cal's first win in a game when the margin of victory was three goals or less. Cal has twice lost by one goal – at Oregon, 10-9, on Feb. 26 and against Boston University, 14-13, in Berkeley on March 14 – and once by three goals – to Denver, 16-13, on March 21 in Berkeley.

“One of those things we talked about was redemption,” Cal head coach Ginger Miles said. “We came out to the East Coast to redeem ourselves after those close losses. Like I've said in my blog, we've been working on building and learning from past mistakes. And now I think we've learned how to win those close games.”

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