Sun Devils Defeat Oregon for Fourth Straight Win
TEMPE, Ariz. – Sun Devil Lacrosse picked up their fourth straight victory, defeating Oregon 18-6 at Sun Devil Soccer/Lacrosse Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Coming off arguably the biggest weekend in program history, Arizona State (6-2, 3-1) took care of business from the start. Head Coach Tim McCormack's team captured the lead early in the first half and never looked back, leading the 59 of the 60 minutes.
The Sun Devils pick up a win in their first Pac-12 Conference game at Sun Devil Soccer/Lacrosse Stadium in 2021 and move to 4-0 at home, outscoring opponents by a total score of 82-36. The offense was sharp from the start, building a lead and the defense took care of the rest. Arizona State allowed only two goals over the final 30 minutes and held the Ducks scoreless for a 27-minute stretch of the second half.
"Our defense locked it down today," Coach McCormack remarked. "They played tough for 60 minutes. We were able to get a bunch of ground balls out of that end which kick started our transition. Overall It was a solid effort for that unit today!"
Emily Glagolev led the way with a record-setting day, finishing with eight points. Six of those points came in the form of assists, as she matched her own school-record for single-game helpers. Glagolev was setting up the dynamic Sun Devil playmakers, including Kaylon Buckner and Carley Adams, who each scored four goals. Arizona State caused a season-best 12 turnovers and forced Oregon into an inefficient clearing percentage and 26 total turnovers.
"The coaches and the team put a big emphasis on playing fast and free and I believe our offense clicked so well today because we were able to do that and just have fun," midfielder Kaylon Buckner remarked. "Every player that steps on the field is a threat and we all have complete confidence and trust in each other which is key."
With the stakes high in the first of seven Pac-12 conference games for the Sun Devils, the visiting Oregon side came ready to play. It was a 3-3 game midway through the first half, which is when Arizona State kicked it into high gear. Seven of the next eight and 15 of the next 16 goals came off the sticks of the Maroon & Gold, as they completely suffocated the Oregon attack. A combination of intense riding in the midfield and excellent effort and communication in the defensive zone allowed the Sun Devils to shut down the Ducks and create chances for the offense.
- Arizona State is on a four-game win streak which is now the longest in program history, outscoring opponents 78-40 during that span.
- The six goals allowed are the fewest against a Pac-12 opponent in program history, with the previous low being 10 against Oregon in 2019. The Maroon & Gold held the Ducks to just two goals in a dominant second half effort.
- Emily Glagolev was brilliant all afternoon, matching her own Arizona State record with six assists. She now three or more assists in 14 career contests.
- The Sun Devils have scored 16+ goals in 12 of the 16 games under Coach McCormack. Prior to his arrival, the program reached the mark just four times in 36 games.
- For the third time in her career, Kaylon Buckner scored four goals. Adding an assist, Buckner matched her Sun Devil best with five points.
- Carley Adams scored four goals, reaching the mark for the fifth time in eight games this season. She has reached the 30-goal mark in eight games, the fastest in program history.
- Emily Munro matched a career-high with three goals, her second consecutive hat trick.
- The Sun Devils pressure defense caused a season-best 12 turnovers, forcing a total of 26 Ducks turnovers. Bella Gaspar and Maria Villanti led the way with three caused turnovers each.
- Four different Sun Devils recorded 3+ ground balls, Bella Gaspar, Emily Glagolev, Berkeley Bonneau, and Sydney Payne.
- Arizona State dominated the draw control thanks to a team effort, with six different players earning a draw control.
"Glag (Emily Glagolev) saw the field very well all game. She played our game and capitalized when her teammates got open," Coach McCormack observed.
"Tremendous effort by Buck today," Coach McCormack added. "She was great on the draw circle as well as both ends of the ball scoring a few and getting an assist while buckling down defensively."
"Our team plays with a chip on our shoulder and defense consistently showed this by playing hard and making big stops," Kaylon Buckner mentioned. "Also, I will give a lot of credit to our scout offense team who were able to prepare our defense this week coming into the game."
"Everyone knows each of us make an impact on the outcome of the game whether they step on the field or not, and it's so cool to see our scout teams take pride in preparing us," Buckner added.
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.
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