by Admin.

Berkeley, CA - Established in 1964, Cal Men's Lacrosse will celebrate its 60th Anniversary this spring, featuring an appropriate return to their former home on newly refurbished Maxwell Family Field (aka. Kleeberger) where spectators will be treated to an up close and action-packed game day atmosphere. 

The Golden Bears' Schedule offers a balanced six home games and six away, highlighted by six opponents in the Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association's (MCLA) Preseason Top 25 Poll, three voted into in the Top 10: #3 Chapman, #4 Georgia Tech and #10 Simon Fraser.

"We're practicing smarter and more competitively, and we've elevated how we operate in all phases of the game," said head coach Ned Webster. " I'm really proud of how we're gelling on and off the field as a unit. (The players and coaches) are eager to compete."

The season begins on February 3rd when the Bears bus south to Bay Area opponent, Santa Clara, to play the Broncos in a Western Collegiate Lacrosse League (WCLL) game, before hosting long-time rival and preseason #13 ranked UCSB, the 2023 WCLL Champions, on Saturday, February 10th. Stakes for the first two games will be high as the results will help determine seeding for the post-season WCLL Tournament.

The Bears then fly south for the annual President's Day weekend trip to Orange County (and Los Angeles) to face preseason #3-ranked, Chapman University, a 2023 MCLA Tournament semifinalist. The Bears defeated the Panthers last spring in a classic game on Maxwell, 9-8, and have now defeated their in-state rival four straight times dating back to 2017. The next day, the PAC-12 Shootout tradition on the UCLA campus continues as the Bears battle the USC Trojans.

The following three weeks, the Maxwell Family Field synthetic turf will be warm with Bay Area lacrosse fans as they witness the Bears hosting #10 Simon Fraser (Feb. 23), Purdue (Mar. 2), #4 Georgia Tech (Mar. 8) and #15 Texas (Mar. 10)- all four of which won their respective conference tournaments in 2023 and competed in the MCLA Tournament. This challenging stretch will prove the Bears' mettle to the selection committee for the MCLA Tournament (Round Rock, TX, May 6-11).

The final third of the season features a bus trip south to face WCLL rival, #17-ranked Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo (Mar. 17), followed by games versus Nevada (Mar. 23) and Sonoma State (Apr. 6, Senior Day) before playing the regular season finale at Stanford (Apr. 13) for the Sadtler-Miller Trophy (est. 1974), which the Bears have won each year since 2016. The Bears will then compete for the WCLL Championship at Los Gatos High School (Apr. 27-28).

"We want to hoist the hardware," said Webster. "We're ready to battle. We're ready to earn it."

Color on the Bears' talented 2024 Roster coming soon.

Viewing space on Maxwell Family Field is limited and in high demand, so fans are encouraged to arrive early. 

Admission is $10. Cal students and parents are FREE.