Theresa Sherry was named 2008 MPSF Coach of the Year one season after starting her career at Cal as an assistant coach.
May 1, 2008
BERKELEY - California first year head coach Theresa Sherry was named the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Coach of the Year and three of her players - senior attacker Danni Zuralow, senior attacker Brittany Aungier and sophomore midfielder Alyse Kennedy - were named to the All-MPSF team by the conference office today. It was a busy Thursday for the Golden Bears, who fell to rival Stanford, 11-8, in an MPSF Championship semifinal at home in Memorial Stadium.
Although her inaugural season as the Golden Bears' boss is not quite over - Cal will play Oregon at 1 p.m. on Friday in the conference's third-place game - Sherry has led her squad to a 9-8 overall record that is already an improvement on last year's mark. Her team also produced six MPSF Player of the Week awards along with a 4-1 conference record.
Only a few years away from her own collegiate playing days, the former Cal assistant coach (in 2007) encouraged and inspired creativity among her Bears both on the offensive and defensive ends of the field. The former Princeton All-American and U.S. under-19 star has also encouraged her players to become obsessed with the sport of lacrosse and to aspire to reach and win the "Natty C," or national championship, as she did twice at Princeton. Sherry is building upon a good foundation as Cal seeks to become the first true western team to reach that goal.
Zuralow is Cal's leading scorer with 55 points (39 goals, 16 assists); she scored twice in Cal's semifinal loss to Stanford. The product of Fairfax, Va., earned three MPSF Player of the Week honors this season and paces the Bears with three game-winning goals. She earned her third MPSF Player of the Week honors for her play in the Bears' 13-11 win over George Washington on March 20. She scored a game-high four goals, including the game winner and the last two goals of the game. Zuralow also earned MPSF Player of the Week honors for her play against Northwestern (career-high 6 points) on Feb. 17 and Stanford (career-high 5 goals) on Feb. 23.
Aungier, who claimed one MPSF Player of the Week honor in 2008, is Cal's second-leading scorer with 44 points (25, 19). The Syracuse, N.Y., product collected seven of those points (2 goals, 5 assists) in a 16-13 win at Connecticut on April 18. Her five assists tied her for the school record with former Bears star Colleen O'Mara and with Kennedy. Aungier's career-high seven-point total tied her for fourth place on Cal's all-time single-game scoring list.
Kennedy, another MPSF Player of the Week honoree this year, is Cal's third-leading scorer with 34 points (26, 8) and is the Bears' draw controls leader (33). The Scituate, Mass., product scored two goals, added one assist and snared four draw controls against the Cardinal today. Kennedy scored a career-high eight points in a 21-10 rout at UC Davis on April 5. Her five assists in that game tied the school record.