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APRIL 05, 2023

After a 12-day hiatus, Cal lacrosse returned to the field hoping to get rid of the bad taste in its mouth left by a 3-20 drubbing against Colorado. Despite an intense game against USC, the Pac-12’s first-place team, and a respectable performance against Arizona State, Cal ended the weekend winless.

The Trojans looked right at home on the Cal Memorial field, scoring the first five goals of the opening quarter. Those opening goals served as a wake up call for the Bears, as they responded by scoring the next four goals of the game. Thereafter, the Trojans clamped down on defense and prevented the Bears from scoring until the game’s fourth period.

Cal cycled goalkeepers, with senior goalkeeper Riley Drullinger posting eight saves with six goals allowed, and sophomore Alicia Souliotis recording one save with five goals allowed.

After their 11-6 victory, the Trojans’ overall record increased to 9-2.

Following Friday’s loss, the blue and gold stayed in Berkeley to host Arizona State. Cal ultimately fell in a very tight game, with a final score of 9-13.

After a competitive first quarter that ended 3-2, the Sun Devils took a huge lead during the second period, accumulating seven goals while the Bears could only score three. With a 10-5 lead, Arizona State shut up shop: The Sun Devils won by holding on to their lead and outlasting the Bears’ second-half comeback efforts.

Senior Maya Lawliss was Cal’s scoring leader, generating her fourth hat trick of the season. Senior Amanda Morse came in at second with two goals. Clara Page, Mya Wang, Kate Rothman and Quinnlyn Mason each scored one goal, but time expired before Cal could make up for its huge deficit.

Despite the loss, Cal can still come out with positives from its Sunday outing. The Bears outshot Arizona State 30-23 and equalled their opponent in shots on goal with 21.

Still, the Sun Devils’ offensive dominance in the first half should ring alarms for Cal. Arizona State had two players acquire hat tricks, sophomore Bella Ingrao and junior Mina Scott. It hit a season high in assists and marked its second game this season with 10 goals in the first half. Arizona State had seven different players contribute with goals.

The Sun Devils outscored the Bears in three of the four quarters.

Both teams’ overall season records are almost identical, as the Bears maintain a record of 3-8 and the Sun Devils stand at 3-7. This game marked the Sun Devils’ eighth straight win against the blue and gold.

After two competitive games, Cal will face both USC and Arizona State again this week, as it heads to Los Angeles and Tempe for games on April 7 and 9, respectively.

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APRIL 05, 2023