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, who won multiple medals as a player for the Canadian Senior National Team, is set for her third season as head coach at Cal in 2017.


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.


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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Jennifer Porretto

Jennifer Porretto, a two-time team captain at Ohio State, is in her first season as an assistant coach at Cal. Porretto previously served as a volunteer assistant coach for the Buckeyes for the 2016 season.


Porretto was part of the winningest class in program history with 45 victories. She helped the Buckeyes to back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances for just the second time in program history during her junior and senior campaigns.


An All-Big Ten performer in 2015, Porretto was second on the team with 41 goals and third with 59 points and 18 assists. She had 15 multiple-point games, including six in a row to end the season, four of those against ranked teams. She scored three goals and had one assist in an upset win over then-No. 1 Maryland in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals.


Porretto finished her career with 101 goals and 31 assists, and she was a two-time member of the IWLCA Academic Honor Roll.

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