Cal ends home slate with 16-14 loss to Ducks

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When a match is just not going a team's way, the squad can at the very least control two things: hustle and conviction.

The Cal lacrosse team was not on its game on Friday afternoon against Oregon, but it was the Bears' lack of passion and intensity that led to their 16-14 loss at Witter Field.

"I don't know if we were too cocky, or too nervous," redshirt sophomore Mackellar Violich said. "I don't know, but we were bummed."

The defeat was disappointing for Cal (8-6, 2-2 in the MPSF) in more ways that one. Not only was it the final home game of the season, but it also marked the last ever home game for the squad's three seniors - Emily Abbood, Chapin Jackson and Allie Shropshire.

"It's really, really hard to end my playing days in Berkeley with a loss," team captain Shropshire said.

After a three-game winning streak, the Bears lost last weekend to Stanford which led to a long and grueling week of training before Friday's game.

Sophomore Megan Takacs scored 8:32 in to cap a three-goal run and give Cal its biggest lead of the match at 4-2 in the first half.

Oregon (5-6, 2-0) responded with six straight goals and led 8-7 at halftime. The Bears struggled to maintain their intensity and trailed the Ducks for the remainder of the match.

"We couldn't catch the ball and even when we did, we couldn't hold on to it," junior midfielder Vail Horn said.

The break didn't make much of a difference. Each team scored one goal apiece before Cal allowed five unanswered, creating an insurmountable 14-8 deficit. The Bears' frustration was apparent as they were in desperate need for a draw.

"We couldn't stop the bleeding," coach Theresa Sherry said. "That's hard to recover from."

Not even junior attacker Tara Arolla's five goals, which tied a career-high, were enough to see Cal come away with the victory.

"We had moments of good lacrosse, but not 60 minutes and that's what we needed," Arolla said.

Shropshire, the goalkeeper, made six saves and Jackson, a midfielder, tallied one goal and one assist. Abbood is sitting out the season due to injury.

The self-proclaimed underdogs are now in danger of not qualifying for the MPSF Conference Tournament. Even with Sunday's 15-2 demolition of last-place Fresno State on the road at Bulldog Stadium, Cal still needs to win Saturday against Denver to ensure its spot in the tournament.

"We just have to throw everything into this next game," Shropshire said, "Try to win the MPSF Tournament and keep the season going for me to be happy."


Contact Camellia Senemar at [email protected]

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