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University of Calif - Berkeley

Cal Berkley Athletics
2227 Piedmont Avenue Berkeley, CA 94704
Division 1 California Southwest
Public Very Large National competitor

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Brooke Eubanks

Brooke Eubanks is in her eighth season at the helm of the Golden Bears in 2022 with Cal improving its win total in each of her first five seasons before the team's 2020 season was shortened to seven games due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Bears also picked up their first win in the Pac-12 Championship with a quarterfinal victory over Arizona State in 2019 before the run ended with a loss eventual conference champion USC in the semifinals.


The team has also been strong in the classroom under Eubanks and most recently in May of 2020 recorded its fourth consecutive perfect score of 1,000 in its multiyear Academic Progress Rate. Nikki Zacarro followed that later in the month by earning CoSIDA Academic All-District® honors in the Women's At-Large Division and by her selection is automatically a candidate for the organization's Academic All-America® team to be announced in June. Thirteen Cal student-athletes were honored on the Pac-12's All-Academic squad in 2019. Cal has also been an Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association Honor Squad for each of the first six seasons under Eubanks with the 2020 group scheduled to be announced in July.


On the field in 2020, the Bears barely got going before COVID-19 canceled the remainder of the season after just seven games on March 11 just one day before the Bears were scheduled to play three straight and six of its final 10 contests at home. Cal finished 2-5 overall and 0-2 in the Pac-12. Zaccaro (23 points, 11 assists) and Quinnlyn Mason (16 goals) were the team's points and goals leaders. A balanced scoring attack featured five players with double-digit goals.


Eubanks philosophy of multiple goal scorers was a successful strategy in 2019 with seven Bears scoring at least 10 goals and four with at least 30. Multiple Bears set records in 2019 including Eliza Christman for single-season draw controls with 81 to mark the second consecutive season this record had been set. Jenny Wilkens also set the school records for career ground balls (170) and single-season ground balls (54). As a team, the Bears set a new school mark with 259 draw controls. Christman and Lizabanks Campagna were first-team All-Pac-12 selections while Kristen Swanson was a second-team pick for the second consecutive season. Christmas and Swanson were both also Pac-12 All-Tournament selections.


In 2018, Eubanks guided Meredith Haggerty and Swanson to second-team All-Pac-12 honors, while Christman was named to the Pac-12 All-Tournament team for the first of two straight years. Cal featured 13 different goal scorers led by Swanson's 56 points and 43 goals as Eubanks emphasized a balanced offensive attack. On the defensive end, Elizabeth Koehler set a then school record with 76 draw controls, while Haggerty finished right behind her with 74.


Eubanks led the 2017 Bears into the MPSF Tournament for the first time since 2013 as Haggerty and Jena Fritts garnered first-team and second-team All-MPSF honors, respectively, with Haggerty also garnering a MPSF All-Tournament team selection while Susie Ropp and Wilkens each picked up weekly conference honors during the campaign.


In 2016, Eubanks helped a then-freshman goalie in Wilkens and defender Sara Nolte earn All-MPSF second-team honors. Academically, a program-best 15 Bears were named to the MPSF All-Academic squad.


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


Prior to her arrival at Cal, Eubanks served as an assistant coach at Stanford 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 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.


Before her tenure at Stanford, Eubanks was an assistant coach at George Mason for three seasons 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 Ohio State head coach Amy Bokker at both Stanford and George Mason when Bokker was the head coach at those schools.


As a player, Eubanks participated in three World Cups (2005, 2009, 2013) and won multiple medals as a player for the Canadian Senior National Team from 2003-13. 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 2006. Individually, Eubanks was a second-team All-CAA selection and a member of the CAA All-Tournament team in both 2005 and 206. She was also named to the 2006 Virginia Sports Information Directors' Association All-State squad.


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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Denise Wescott

Denise Wescott is in her fourth season as an assistant coach at Cal in 2022. Wescott was a head coach at five schools starting a 26-year run in the role with Drew (1989-90) before she moved on to Rutgers (1991-93), Delaware (1994-2004), Mount St. Mary's (2005-09) and Monmouth (2010-15). She also served as the head coach for the German National and World Cup teams from 1996-2005. From 2014, Wescott served as the Director of Lacrosse for the Capital Lacrosse Club (Alexandria, Va.) from 2015-18 before joining the Cal program in the fall of 2018 in her current role.


Her long list of coaching accolades include being named the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association Mid-Atlantic Regional and Northeast Conference Coach of the Year in 2013.


In 2018, Wescott was inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame after earlier inductions to Lacrosse Halls of Fame in the states of Delaware and New Jersey. 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 on the lacrosse field and advanced to the AIAW tournament three times. She totaled 519 career saves and a 6.99 goals against average. Wescott was named to the USWLA All-Star team and USWLA Final Four All-Tournament squad in 1980.

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Caroline Corzel

Caroline Corzel is in her first season as an assistant coach at Cal in 2021. Corzel spent four seasons as a lacrosse student-athlete at Cal from 2016-19 before serving as an assistant coach at Quinnipiac in 2020, where her first season of collegiate coaching was cut short after seven games due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


"I am thrilled to have Caroline coming back to Cal," Eubanks said after the announcement of Corzel's hiring on August 5, 2020. "She has gained experience and knowledge while away from Berkeley and proven to be a great lacrosse mind. Caroline will have an immediate impact on our team and continue to help us grow into better students, athletes and people. There is no one else out there we could have brought in who has more loyalty, knowledge and passion for the Cal lacrosse program than Caroline."


"I am extremely excited to return to Cal," said Corzel, who filled a position vacated by Paige Soenksen after she accepted an offer to attend Air Force Officer Training School. "I would like to thank the University of California, Cal Athletics and coach Eubanks for the opportunity to coach at Cal. I am looking forward to learning from coach Eubanks and coach [Denise] Wescott, and adding to the success of the program. It is an honor to coach at my alma mater and in the Pac-12 Conference."


Corzel had a record-setting season as a team captain in her final campaign as a student-athlete in Berkeley in 2019, starting all 19 games and taking a single-season school record 127 shots while scoring 40 points (34 goals, 6 assists) to rank second on the squad. Corzel scored a career-high-tying five goals against Colorado, while adding four in wins over UC Davis and Arizona State. She also had five goals and a career-high seven points in a win over the Aggies as a 2017 sophomore. Corzel finished her career at Cal with 93 points on 80 goals and 13 assists over 56 games played and 31 starts. She took 271 career shots including 179 on goal with her average of 4.84 shots per game the most in school history.


"We are so excited to have Caroline back at Cal to coach," senior Kamryn Lanier said. "Caroline was a great teammate, leader and attacker, and these skills will assist her in being an impactful coach. She will be a great addition to the coaching staff and will be committed to continuing the growth of Cal lacrosse. We can't wait to see all she accomplishes and we are lucky to have her."


Corzel was a prep standout at Merion Mercy Academy in Merion, Pa., where she is a member of the school's Blue and Gold Club Hall of Fame. Her honors included first-team All-American and Catholic Academy League MVP as a 2015 senior, as well as four consecutive Montgomery County All-Main Line selections. She led her team to Catholic Academy League titles in 2015 as well as her 2013 sophomore campaign while adding a share of the conference crown as a 2014 junior.

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