Cal starts the Pac-12 on Wednesday against host Arizona St.

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Nikki Zaccaro and the Golden Bears start the Pac-12 Championships Wednesday against host Arizona State.


First tie game between Golden Bears and Sun Devils scheduled for 7:00 p.m. PDT.

CAL STARTS PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIPS AGAINST HOST STATE ARIZONA

– Cal begins the 2022 Pac-12 Championships by taking on host Arizona State in a quarterfinal matchup between the No. 6 seeded Golden Bears and the No. 3/No. 3 seed. 23 Sun Ranked Devils
– The two teams have met in the quarterfinals in each of the last two Pac-12 tournaments with the Bears winning at Eugene in 2019 and the Sun Devils winning at Stanford in 2021
– Arizona State holds a 7-4 advantage in the all-time series against Cal which began in 2018 and has won each of the last six meetings between the teams, including both competitions this season with a wild 21- 18 at Berkeley on March 20 and 18-10 win at Tempe on April 10
– Cal had won the previous four games in the series, including a three-game sweep in 2019

CAL’S HISTORY AT THE PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIPS

– Cal has an all-time record of 1-3 at the Pac-12 Championships with a loss to Oregon in the first event quarterfinals in 2018 and a loss at the hands of USC in the 2019 semifinals on top of that of the split against State of Arizona

DRULLINGER, GOSS, ROTHMAN, SCOTT AND ZACCARO HONORED THIS WEEK

Kennedy Goss, Liz Scott and Nikki Zaccaro were honored by the Pac-12 on Wednesday with second-team All-Pac-12 selections of Goss and Scott while Zaccaro was the Pac-12 Lacrosse Scholar-Athlete of the Year
– Drullinger and Rothman were recognized at Cal’s Academic Awards Luncheon on Monday, with Drulliner winning a Walter A. Haas Jr. Community Service Award for his work with Bears United and Rothman receiving a Golden Bear Achievement Award for having the Highest team GPA. in 2021-22

BIG GAINS

– Cal’s two wins this season have been spectacular and exciting, with the Bears scoring the final six goals in a 16-15 non-conference road win at UC Davis on April 16 and with electricity in the air at FTX Field at California Memorial Stadium on April 1 for Cal Lacrosse’s youth inclusion and outreach game when the Golden Bears turned away a season-high crowd of 598 happy with a hard-fought 14 -12 Pac-12 vs. Oregon

ZACCARO CAL’S CAREER LEADER IN GAMES PLAYED AND ASSISTANCES

— Fifth-year senior Nikki Zaccaro broke Cal’s career records for both games played and assists in 2022 with a current total of 78 games played and 91 assists, while also Cal’s active career leader in games started (67), goals (70), points (161), shots (208) and shots on goal (136)

THE QUARTET LEADING THE OFFENSE

Liz Scott, Maya Lawliss, Amanda Morse and Nikki Zaccaro combined to score 115 of the team’s 169 goals (68.0%), contribute 39 of 65 assists (60.0%) and total 154 of 234 points (65.8%)

CAL, GOSS GOOD AT DRAW CONTROLS

– Cal is looking to win the draw control battle for the fourth straight season, with the Golden Bears and their opponents having won 257 draw controls
Kennedy Goss Cal pace and co-leads the Pac-12 with 74 draft checks to tie for fourth on the Golden Bears’ all-time list in a single season and fell within seven of the all-time high single-season times of 81 set by Eliza Christman in 2019
– Goss had 10 career draw checks in 2,022 wins over both Oregon and UC Davis

SOLID CALENDAR

– Eleven of Cal’s first 17 games have been against seven IWLCA/Inside Lacrosse Top 25 ranked teams at some point in 2022 (Arizona State, Colorado, Denver, Navy, Stanford, USC, Virginia)

GOOD STARTS

– Cal has led in the first or second period (or both) in 10 of its 17 games this season at Virginia, vs. San Diego State, vs. UC Davis, vs. USC, vs. Arizona State, at Oregon, vs. Oregon, at ‘USC, at UC Davis and against Stanford

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