BERKELEY, Calif. - Jessie Groszkowski (Reisterstown, Md.) scored her fifth goal of the game to tie the score at 10 with 3:45 remaining in regulation, but Cal's Leanne Zilioli broke the deadlock 21 seconds later and it proved to be the game-winning goal in the Golden Bears' 11-10 women's lacrosse victory Sunday afternoon against the University of Hampshire.
UNH is now 0-2 and California is 2-0.
The Wildcats trailed 7-6 at halftime and fell behind 8-6 before rallying to tie the game, 8-8, on goals by Jess Burnap (New Canaan, Conn.) at 37:23 and Groszkowski at 43:43. Cal regained the lead on Emily Edwards' third strike of the day with 15:09 to play. Meg Marshall (Highham, Mass.) scored her second goal at 49:15 for the fourth tie of the game, 9-9, but Kally Perkins scored 15 seconds later to give the Golden Bears their fourth lead of the game, 10-9.
Groszkowki's fifth goal of the game - and team-high eighth of the season - then tied the game and Zilioli netted the game-winner moments later.
UNH goalkeeper Danielle Martin (Ellicott City, Md.) was credited with 14 saves and Cal's Eden Coelho stopped 11 shots.
The Wildcats took a 2-0 lead in the first half on tallies by Kelly Blaney (Stony Brook, N.Y.; goal, two assists) and Groszkowski. The Golden Bears pulled within one goal on two occasions (2-1 and 3-2) before consecutive goals by Marshall and Sarah Cahill (Lexington, Mass.) gave New Hampshire its largest lead of the game, three goals, at 5-2.
Cal responded with four consecutive goals in a two-minute span to take its first lead of the game, 6-5. Groszkowski potted her third goal of the first half to tie the game but Molly Brady scored with 3:52 remaining in the opening half to give the home team a 7-6 halftime lead.
New Hampshire returns to action March 1 (1 p.m.) at Dartmouth. UNH is scheduled to play its home opener March 5 (4 p.m.) against Yale University.