March 23, 2011

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Humphrey Has Hot Hand, Cal Wins on Road

from press release

PHILADELPHIA -- Sophomore midfielder Melissa Humphrey scored a career-high four goals to lead California to a 9-8 victory over Drexel on a rainy Wednesday afternoon at Vidal Field. The Golden Bears improved their record to 6-4, while the Dragons fell to 5-2 after the nonconference match, the first between the two programs in women's lacrosse.

After Drexel's Jaclyn Klunder scored just 44 seconds into the game, Humphrey recorded her first career hat trick with the next three goals at the 3:53, 9:13 and 15:37 marks, giving Cal a 3-1 lead.

The Dragons then scored four of the last five goals of the first half, with Kelly Joran striking at 16:29 and 16:44 and Charlotte Wood (22:25) and Kristin Kopenhaver (25:41) converting eight-meter shots to take a 5-4 lead into halftime. Junior midfielder Vail Horn scored at 21:17, with an assist by junior attacker Tara Arolla, for Cal's lone goal during that span.

Freshman midfielder Amelia Burke claimed two of the first four draw controls of the second half, and Cal scored the first four goals of the period to take an 8-5 advantage. Humphrey collected her fourth goal at 30:55, Arolla scored her first at 34:09, sophomore midfielder Megan Takacs notched her first at 40:54 and Horn scored her second at 45:32 for the Bears.

Drexel finished strongly again, scoring three of the last four goals of the game, as Joran earned a hat trick with a free-position goal at 45:57 and Kaitlin Harris (51:42) and Emily Kane (58:28) also scored. Arolla scored the eventual gamewinner on an unassisted strike at 57:51.

Freshman midfielder Paige Gasparino grabbed the last draw control of the game, and the Bears held on for the 9-8 result.

Senior goalkeeper Allie Shropshire made six saves for the Bears, as Drexel outshot Cal., 23-17. The Bears had a 17-8 advantage in ground balls, with Arolla and Burke each grabbing a game-high three. Burke also corralled a game-high four draw controls, though the Dragons held a 12-7 advantage in that category.
"I'm really proud of the team effort that we put together," Cal head coach Theresa Sherry said. ""We knew going into this game that Drexel's a very good team. Not everything went perfectly today, but we fought through.

"Our middies ran the field, Amelia Burke made a difference on the draws, Mel Humphrey obviously had a great game finishing when we needed her to. Five of our nine goals were assisted, which is great. Tori Harrison did a great job in her matchup, since their leading scorer [Charlotte Wood] only had one goal in the game. We felt very good with our defensive effort and attacking effort today."

Cal continues its road trip on Friday, March 25, with a 4 p.m. PT game against La Salle in Philadelphia.


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