The Bears face UMass-Lowell and Vermont this weekend.
Cal competes against UMass-Lowell and Vermont in crucial AE competitions
BERKELEY – California field hockey travels to the East Coast this weekend for America East’s final game weekend. Cal takes on UMass-Lowell before taking on Vermont in the regular-season finals on Sunday.
The Bears and River Hawks will face off Friday at 11:00 a.m. PT at Wicked Blue Field in Lowell, Massachusetts. On Sunday, the Bears travel to Burlington, TV to compete for the Catamounts at Moulton Wider Field on Sunday at 9:00 p.m. PT. Both competitions feature live video streamed on AE.tv as well as live statistics.
GAME 14 INFORMATION
Date/Time: October 28, 2022 – 10:00 am PT
Opponents: UMass-Lowell River Hawks (11-5, 5-2 AE)
Location: Wicked Blue Field (Lowell, MA)
Live Stats: goriverhawks.com
GAME 15 INFORMATION
Date/Time: October 30, 2022 – 9:00 am PT
Opponents: Vermont Catamounts (12-4, 4-3 AE)
Location: Moulton Winder Field (Burlington, VT)
Live Stats: www.uvmathletics.com
AT A GLANCE
- On The Road Again: Cal is on the road again this week; the Bears are 2-5 in street competitions this season. Last time out, Cal defeated rival Stanford 1-0 in a thrilling shootout. As a team, Cal averages 1.86 goals per game and 8.0 shots per competition. Rachel Buttinger and Sarah Stone are the bear leaders on the road and score three and two goals respectively.
- Increase Defensive Intensity: In the last five games, the Bears have conceded 12 goals for an average of 2.4 goals per game. In their five games so far, the Bears have conceded 21 goals (4.2 per game).
- National Numbers: The Bears rank in the top 15 in the nation in two categories. Cal is sixth in the nation with six saves. you are 15th in the nation with 6.38 saves per game. Jane Onners is eighth in the nation with four saves while as a goaltender Cato Knipping 19th in the nation with 5.62 saves per game.
- Penalty Corners: The Bears were 2-1 on penalties against James Madison last Sunday. Onners scored the Bears goal midway through the fourth quarter against the Dukes. For the season, Cal has scored six goals from his 77 corners.
- The standings at a glance: Before the final game weekend of America East, the Bears are fighting for one of the last two spots in the America East Tournament. Maine, UAlbany, UMass-Lowell and Vermont took the top four spots. Stanford, Cal and New Hampshire are all battling for the last two spots. Cal and Stanford are tied 3-3 overall with New Hampshire Trails a 2-3 record.
ABOUT THE RIVER HOOKS
The River Hawks go into action Friday with an 11-5 aggregate record and a 5-2 lead in America East. UMass-Lowell has won three of his last five, including two in a row. Last time out, the River Hawks defeated Bryant 4-1 at home. As a team, UMass-Lowell has bested their opponents 39-23 – with 15 players to have scored at least one goal. Top scorer is midfielder Jenna Berger, who has scored seven goals this season.
On Friday, these two teams meet for the fourth time. Cal owns a 2-1 advantage in the series, including a 1-0 win in overtime at Wicked Blue Field last year. At this competition Cato Knipping had four saves in the shutout win over the River Hawks.
ABOUT THE CATAMOUNTS
Last weekend, Vermont clinched a 4-0 win over Dartmouth, with the Catamounts’ win improving to 12-4 from last year. The 12 wins equates to the 2007 team for most wins in a single season in program history. At home, Vermont is 6-1 this year with victories over UC Davis and Stanford. As a team, the Cats average 13.1 shots per game and 2.44 goals per game. Strikers Alina Gerke and Maddie Moran are the top scorers with six goals each.
Sunday will be the fifth time the Bears and Catamounts get tangled. All-time, the Bears have a 3-1 advantage in the series, with Cal winning twice in a row. Last time, Cal defeated the Catamounts 2-0 Jane Onners the game-winning goal and Knipping scored six saves in clean sheets.
Should Cal finish in the top six in the AE standings, they will advance to the America East Tournament hosted by Maine at the Maine Field Hockey Complex on Thursday, November 3rd.
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