MORAGA, Calif. - The Saint Mary's lacrosse team dropped its season opener to California by an 18-6 score on Sunday afternoon at Saint Mary's Recreation Field. The Gaels were led by Jaclyn Biggers and Amanda Cross with two goals apiece.
The Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match-up saw the Golden Bears score the first seven goals of the game before Cross broke through for SMC at the 11:34 mark. After two more Cal goals, Biggers scored with 1:15 left before half as the squads entered the break down 9-2.
In the second half, Cal scored the first two goals of the period before Caroline Mahony and Cross scored goals to answer. The Golden Bears would add two more scores to go ahead 13-4, but the Gaels would respond with goals by Biggers and Anna Turpit at the 12:27 mark to pull within 13-6.
The Gaels played even in the first part of the second-half as the teams had four goals apiece. Cal would end up scoring the final five goals to make the final 18-6.
Cal was led by Alexa Rozelle with six goals, while Melissa Humphrey and Megan Takacs scored three apiece. Megan McGinnis got the win in goal with six saves.
Cal outshot Saint Mary's 37-19 and led 18-8 in draw controls. Cal committed 13 turnovers, but just three in the second half while the Gaels committed 15 in the game. Kathleen Worsdale had six saves in goal for SMC.
Saint Mary's had 12 ground balls, led by Jillian Chong, Rachel Minarovich and Anna Maria Carabini with two apiece.
Saint Mary's is back in action when it hosts UC Davis on Thursday, February 23 at 7:00 p.m. at Recreation Field. The match-up will be the first-ever collegiate night game on campus.