BERKELEY, Calif. (March 9, 2007) - Senior Shannon Burke (Camillus, N.Y.) tallied four goals and four assists as the University of Connecticut women's lacrosse team staved off a second-half comeback to earn the 13-12 win over California Friday afternoon at Memorial Stadium.
With the victory, the Huskies stay a perfect 6-0 in the state of California and move to 4-1 on the season, while the Bears pick up their first loss of the year and fall to 3-1 overall.
UConn was also led by fellow seniors Kristin Link (Slingerlands, N.Y.) and Janet Williams (Reisterstown, Md.), who each tallied hat tricks, and sophomore Kim McGinty (East Rochester, N.Y.) with her third consecutive multi-goal game. On defense, Laura Trzasko (Plainsboro, N.J.) dominated play for the Huskies, causing three turnovers, while freshman goalkeeper Jenna Moulton (East Rochester, N.Y.) was stellar between the pipes, making a career-high 13 saves.
The Bears pulled out to an early 3-0 lead over the first 9:19 of action, but the Huskies went on a 4-0 run to pull ahead by one with 7:01 to go in the opening period. Burke scored two goals in this stretch, putting back an unassisted tally and a free position opportunity just :36 apart. After another goal for the Bears, the teams then entered halftime tied at 4-4.
Cal came out of the intermission with a vengeance, rattling off four quick goals to pull ahead 8-5 at the 25:30 mark in the second half. After that, UConn outscored Cal, 9-1, to grab a 13-9 lead with 10:14 to play in the period. During this stretch, the Bears went without a goal for 14:23, while four different Husky attackers found the back of the net.
Laura Cavallo led Cal with four goals on the day. The Bears finished with a 31-23 advantage in shots and a 20-8 lead in draw controls.
UConn returns home to Storrs Mar. 14 to take on Harvard at 3 p.m. at the George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex. This begins a four-game homestand with contests against Loyola (Mar. 17), Towson (Mar. 21) and Syracuse (Mar. 24) coming up on the docket.