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Women's Lacrosse Returns to MPSF Play against Cal and Denver This Week

April 4, 2005

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This Week in Women's Lacrosse:
The Saint Mary's women's lacrosse team will continue Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play with the Gaels travel to California on Tuesday. The game between the Gaels and the Golden Bears will begin at 4:00 p.m. from Memorial Stadium in Berkeley, CA. The Gaels will then travel to Denver, Colorado to take on the Denver Pioneers in another MPSF contest on Saturday. The game between SMC and the Pioneers will begin at 1:00 p.m.

Scouting the California Golden Bears:
California is currently 6-5 on the season and is coming off an 11-10 MPSF loss to Stanford. With the loss to the Cardinal, Cal is currently 1-1 in MPSF play, with its conference win coming against Denver (7-6) on March 5. This season the Bears led by Laura Cavallo who has tallied 36 points with 23 goals and 13 assists. Molly Brady is second on the team with 19 goals while Liz Reifsnyder has 12 assists, second on the team, and 15 goals. In total, five Bears have scored double digits in goals as Jocelyn Paul has 16 and Leanne Zilioli has 12.

Scouting the Denver Pioneers:
The only game of the week for Denver will have the Pioneers playing the Gaels on Saturday. Denver comes into the match with a 2-10 overall record and 1-1 in MPSF play. Denver defeated Oregon 17-12 on Feb 24 then lost to Cal 7-6 on Mar. 5. Denver has lost seven of its last eight games. Highlighting the Pioneers' play is Steph Greenlees who has 33 points in 12 games. Greenlees has a team leading 27 goals this season and has dished out six assists. Crystal Jack is second on the team in points with 21 and goals with 17. Also scoring double figures in goals are Megan Carver with 14 in six games, and Kate Broderick and Tanya Fuchs have 12 a piece.

A Look at Head Coach Brandon Badgley:
Brandon Badgley was announced as the head women's lacrosse coach on December 10, 2003. Badgley finished his first year with a 5-20 record. He came to Saint Mary's from San Luis Obispo, CA where he was the head coach for the Cal Poly women's lacrosse club team from 2000-03. Over that time, Badgley coached the Mustangs to a 70-13 overall record, which included three straight US Lacrosse Women's Division Intercollegiate Associates (WDIA) national championships in 2001, 2002 and 2003. Badgley was named the WDIA National Coach of the Year in 2003.

Last Week In Review:
The Gaels played just one game last week, resulting in a 19-2 defeat to the Duquesne Dukes on Monday. The Gaels trailed 11-2 at halftime and were held scoreless in the second half. The two goals were scored Alex Oetken and Molly Wagner.

Jackie Spencer Tops Gaels in Scoring:
Jackie Spencer, who scored 43 goals as a freshman and finished second on the team, currently leads this year's team in points (17) and goals (15). Spencer has scored two or more goals in five of the last six games before being held scoreless in the game against Duquesne. Spencer has scored a hat trick in three of the eight games she's played this season.

Freshman Utley Scores Four Times Against Marist:
Jen Utley made a huge impact in the Gaels' win over Marist as she scored four times against the Red Foxes. The four goals by Utley against Marist are the most in one game for any SMC player this season.

Saint Mary's to Host 2005 MPSF Championship:
Saint Mary's will host the 2005 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Women's Lacrosse Tournament on May 5-7. The MPSF is home to Stanford, California, UC Davis, Denver, Oregon, and Saint Mary's. This year's championships will be held in Saint Mary's Stadium and will open on Thursday, May 5 with the four and five seeds playing at Noon followed by the three and six seeds playing at 2:00 p.m.

What's on the Slate for Next Week:
Saint Mary's will return home next week when the Gaels host the Oregon Ducks on Saturday, April 16 at Saint Mary's Stadium. It will be senior day for the Gaels as nine players will make their final home appearance.