Lacrosse Welcomes Oregon and Colorado to Tempe
TEMPE, Ariz. – Sun Devil Lacrosse continues a three-game homestand with a pair of Pac-12 Conference matchups this weekend.
Arizona State (5-2, 2-1) is in the midst of a seven-game conference stretch, entering one of the most important parts of the season. First up, Oregon comes to Tempe for a Friday showdown at 1 pm MST. Watch the game via live stream at the following link with live stats provided here. The second game of the weekend features Pac-12 power Colorado, taking place on Sunday at 1 pm MST. The contest will be broadcast via live stream at the following link with live stats provided here.
Coach McCormack's team is 3-0 at home so far this season and he is 5-1 overall at Sun Devil Soccer/Lacrosse Stadium since taking over. ASU is outscoring opponents 64-30 at home in 2021.
KNOW YOUR FOES
Oregon comes into the contest with a 1-5 record, defeating California back on March 20 for their lone conference win. They are coming off a tight loss against No. 17 Stanford, battling the Cardinal to a 14-9 score. The Ducks are led by Head Coach Chelsea Hoffmann, who is in her third season in Eugene.
Hanna Hilcoff paces the Ducks attack with 22 goals scored in six games this season. Lillian Stump and Lindsay Clarke join her in the double figure mark in points. Goalkeeper Alle Dunbar has started all six games in net and played 347 of a possible 365 minutes, making 61 saves at a 43% clip.
On Sunday the Sun Devils take on perineal Pac-12 power for a huge conference showdown. The Buffaloes are 3-3 and 1-1 in conference play, with two of their losses coming in overtime. They have already defeated a Top-25 Denver team and won their last contest against California 15-5. Longtime leader in Boulder Ann Elliot Whidden has put together another excellent team in her eighth season as the Head Coach. She has compiled a 79-40 record during that time and have qualified for the NCAA Tournament for three straight years.
Charlie Rudy leads CU with 24 points, 23 of those coming from goals. Sadie Grozier is second on the team with 20 points (14g, 6a). She is tied with Ashley Stokes for the team lead in assists as they both have six. Julia Lisella has been solid in goal for the Buffs through 363:29 minutes. While allowing 50 goals, she has an 8.25 goals against average this season. Lisella has also made 64 saves this season for a 56.1 save percentage.
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
"Berkeley has been an unreal ball stopper consistently over the past few weeks," Assistant Coach Dorrien Van Dykeobserved. "She is the backbone of our defense making stops and giving us momentum going into our offensive end. She's making a lot of saves and having a lot of fun doing it."
"Kerri had a great weekend playing Sun Devil Lacrosse," Assistant Coach Nicole Graziano reflected. "She has an impact wherever she is on the field and competes for a full 60 minutes. Collectively, we played our tempo, kept it simple and had a lot of fun playing together."
"We definitely like to see scoring and strong defense from multiple players," Coach McCormack mentioned after the game. "Having seven threats to score and options on the back end is definitely beneficial for us."
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Sun Devil Lacrosse swept the Pac-12 Player of the Week honors for the second consecutive week and third time this season, the conference announced.
Kerri Clayton was selected as the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week for the fourth time in her career, while Berkeley Bonneau earned Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week distinction for the fourth time as well. Arizona State has now had ten individuals receive the top weekly conference honor in Head Coach Tim McCormack's two seasons, after previously only winning the award three times in the two prior seasons.
2021 PAC-12 LACROSSE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Defensive Player of the Week Offensive Player of the Week
Mar. 23 Berkeley Bonneau, ASU Kerri Clayton, ASU
Mar. 15 Berkeley Bonneau, ASU Kerri Clayton, ASU
Mar. 8 Riley Hertford, USC Carley Adams, ASU
Mar. 2 Anna Collawn, Colorado Ali Baiocco, Stanford
Feb. 23 Berkeley Bonneau, ASU Carley Adams, ASU
LAST TIME OUT
Sun Devil Lacrosse earned their third straight victory, defeating UC Davis 19-14 at Sun Devil Soccer/Lacrosse Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Coming off a 2-2 road trip that ended with the biggest win in program history over No. 20 USC, Arizona State (5-2) showed no signs of a letdown. Head Coach Tim McCormack's team took the lead early in the first half and never looked back, leading the 58 of the 60 minutes.
The Sun Devils picked up their third consecutive win and move to 3-0 at home, outscoring opponents by a total score of 64-30 at Sun Devil Soccer/Lacrosse Stadium. ASU received contributions from throughout the roster, as eight different players scored a goal, 12 collected a ground ball, and eight caused a turnover.
HOW TO FOLLOW
The Sun Devils remain at home this weekend for a pair of games, beginning a stretch of seven straight Pac-12 conference games. First up, Oregon comes to Tempe for a Friday showdown at 1 pm MST. Watch the game via live stream at the following link with live stats provided here.
The second game of the weekend features Pac-12 power Colorado, taking place on Sunday at 1 pm MST. The contest will be broadcast via live stream at the following link with live stats provided here.
*There has been an update in the Sun Devil Athletics fan attendance policy. For some of our smaller Olympic sport venues, student-athlete family and guest tickets remain the priority and we will accommodate additional fans the day of if we are not already at capacity.
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