University of Calif - Berkeley

Cal Berkley Athletics
2227 Piedmont Avenue Berkeley, CA 94704
Division 1 California Southwest
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Brooke Eubanks

Brooke Eubanks, who won multiple medals as a player for the Canadian Senior National Team, recently completed her fifth season as head coach at Cal in 2019.

For the fifth consecutive season, every year in the Eubanks' era, Cal improved its overall season win total in 2019. Eubanks guided the Bears to the semifinals of the Pac-12 Tournament before losing to eventual Pac-12 champion USC. She helped Cal win its first conference tournament game since 2010 with a quarterfinal victory over Arizona State, the third-straight win over the Sun Devils that season, including a 12-11 comeback overtime win in Tempe.

Eubanks philosophy of multiple goal scorers was another successful strategy in 2019 with seven Bears scoring at least 10 goals and three with at least 30.

Multiple Bears set records in 2019. Eliza Christman set the school single-season record for draw controls with 81, the second consecutive season this record had been set. Jenny Wilkens set the school records for career ground balls (170) and single-season ground balls (54).

In 2018, Eubanks guided Meredith Haggerty and Kirsten Swanson to second-team All-Pac-12 honors, and Eliza Christman was named to the Pac-12 All-Tournament team. Cal featured 13 different goal scorers as Eubanks emphasized an offensive attack that did not feature one or two main scorers. On the defensive end, Elizabeth Koehler set the school single-season record with 76 draws, while Haggerty finished right behind her with 74.

Eubanks led the 2017 Golden Bears into the MPSF Tournament for the first time since 2013. She helped Meredith Haggerty and Jena Fritts garner first-team all-conference honors, as well, while Susie Ropp and Jenny Wilkens each picked up weekly conference honors during the campaign. Academically, the Bears were tabbed an IWLCA Academic Honor Squad for the fourth year in a row, and nine Bears were named to the MPSF All-Academic team.

In 2016, Eubanks helped then-freshman goalie Jenny Wilkens and defender Sara Nolte to be named to the All-MPSF second team. Academically, a program-best 15 Bears were named to the MPSF All-Academic team and Cal garnered All-Academic Squad honors for the third year in a row.

In her first year as head coach in 2015, Eubanks guided Bella Huther and Gaby Christman to All-MPSF honors, as well as garnering 13 Bears on the conference's all-academic squad.

In addition, Cal has earned IWLCA Academic Honor Squad recognition every year she's been at the helm for the Bears.

Prior to coming to Cal, Eubanks served as an assistant coach at Stanford. While on The Farm, Eubanks served as the team’s offensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator with responsibilities such as in-game play calling, scouting opponents and coordinating practices. With her help, the Cardinal won four Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) championships, garnered multiple national top-10 rankings, set a school record for the most wins in a season in program history (16, 2011) and produced four MPSF Players of the Year and one MPSF Rookie of the Year. In addition, Stanford earned IWLCA Division I Merit Squad recognition in 2011.

Prior to her tenure at Stanford, Eubanks was an assistant coach at George Mason from 2006-08. During that span, George Mason collected the school record for wins in a season (12, 2008) and garnered the team’s highest national ranking in school history at No. 9. Eubanks served under current Stanford head coach Amy Bokker at both Stanford and George Mason.

As a player, Eubanks was a member of the Canadian Senior National Team from 2003-13, playing in three World Cups. Canada won the silver medal in 2013, with Eubanks serving as team captain. She was second on her team in scoring in the 2009 World Cup, helping the Canadians capture the bronze medal.

Eubanks enjoyed a successful collegiate career at James Madison from 2002-06 where she was a four-year starter and led the squad to three Colonial Athletic Association championships. The Patriots advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament in 2004 and ’06. Individually, Eubanks was an all-conference second-team selection and a member of the CAA all-tournament team in both 2005 and ’06. She was also named to the 2006 Virginia Sports Information Directors' Association All-State Team.

Raised in Englewood, Colo., Eubanks is the daughter of 1980 Pittsburgh Penguin NHL draft pick Steve McKenzie and was born in Corner Brook, Newfoundland, Canada, while her father was playing minor-league hockey there.

Brooke and her husband, Eric, have two daughters, Olive and Johnie.

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Paige Soenksen

Paige Soenksen, a 2017 All-American at Colorado, has joined the California women's lacrosse coaching staff for the 2018 season. Soenksen led the Buffaloes to a 16-4 overall record, including a perfect 8-0 record at home, last season and the program's first berth in the NCAA Tournament.

Soenksen was one of the original Buffaloes when the program first started four years ago. Over the course of her career, she was a major catalyst in taking the program to a national top-10 ranking in 2017.

In addition to her All-America honors, Soenksen was named to the all-region and MPSF All-Conference first teams after leading the conference in save percentage, while her goals-against average ranked second in the MPSF. She led Colorado to the third best scoring defense in the nation. Soenksen started 19 of CU's 20 games last season, and has started 73 of 74 games in program history.

Soenksen will bring a wealth of experience and accolades from her collegiate career with her to Berkeley. In addition to her honors earned as a 2017 senior, she also earned All-MPSF honors as a freshman and a sophomore, while garnering second-team MPSF All-Conference honors in 2016. She was also named to the IWLCA All-Region team in both her freshman and sophomore seasons.

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Denise Wescott

With over 25 years of coaching experience, Denise Wescott was added to the Cal lacrosse coaching staff in the summer of 2018.

During her career of over 30 years of Division I collegiate coaching, Wescott has served as the head women's lacrosse coach for Monmouth (2009-14), Mount St. Mary's (2004-09), Delaware (1993-2004), Rutgers University (1991-93) and Drew University (1989-90). Also, from 1996-2005, she served as the head coach for the German National and World Cup teams.

Since 2014, Wescott has served as the Director of Lacrosse for the Capital Lacrosse Club in Alexandria, Va.

Her coaching accolades include being named the IWLCA Mid-Atlantic and Northeast Conference Coach of the Year. In 2006, Wescott was inducted into the Lacrosse Hall of Fame in New Jersey, and she also won the IWLCA Diane Geppi-Aikens Lifetime Achievement College Coaching Award.

As a player, Wescott was a four-year starting goalkeeper and captain at Maryland in field hockey and lacrosse. During the span of her collegiate career, the Terrapins went 50-11-1 and advanced to the AIAW tournament three times. She totaled 519 career saves and a 6.99 goals-against average. She was named to the USWLA All-Star team and USWLA Final Four All-Tournament team in 1980.

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