Bonneau's 17 Saves Not Enough in Loss to Colorado
BOULDER, Colo. – Sun Devil Lacrosse battled Colorado in a tightly-contested game, but eventually fell 15-11 on the road Sunday afternoon.
Playing without star attackers Kerri Clayton for the entire second half and Carley Adams for the final four minutes, Arizona State did not quit despite being short handed. After trailing by as many as three in the second half, the Sun Devils cut it to one goal on several occasions, but could not complete a valiant comeback effort.
After Colorado took a 4-1 lead thanks to three straight goals, Head Coach Tim McCormack's team settled in and found their stride midway through the first half. They answered a 3-0 Buffaloes' run with a 4-0 run of their own, taking a 5-4 lead. The two sides exchanged goals at the end of the half, with Colorado scoring the final two of the period to capture a 7-6 lead heading into the break.
The Buffaloes scored the first two goals of the second half, extending their lead to three. Every time the home team attempted to create separation, the Sun Devils had an answer. The margin did not surpass three goals until a late Colorado flurry, in which they scored three goals in four minutes, that sealed the victory. Goalkeeper Berkeley Bonneau was brilliant in the cage, making countless clutch stops and directing traffic to keep her team within striking distance.
Despite trailing a majority of the second half, Arizona State showed tremendous fight. The Maroon & Gold went on a crucial 2-0 run to cut the lead to just one goal, putting the pressure on the home side. Colorado had an answer, playing their best stretch of the afternoon to increase their advantage. The Buffaloes went on a 3-0 run stretching from 10:44-1:37 left in the second half, allowing them to go up four goals. The final comeback attempt sparked by a Kaylon Buckner goal just 19 seconds later wasn't enough, as the Sun Devils' five-game winning streak was snapped.
"We fought hard for 60 minutes today," Coach McCormack remarked. "We have some things to review this week, and we are excited to get back out there together on Tuesday."
"Berkeley was great today," Coach McCormack added. "She stepped up when we needed her and gave us a lot of possessions. She is the backbone and certainly played that way today! Defensively we played tough throughout the day."
- Maddy Hunter's three-goal game was her fifth career hat trick and 10th multi-goal performance of her career.
- Katie Brodsky put together her sixth multi-goal game of the season and 10th of her career.
- Berkeley Bonneau enjoyed another double-digit save performance, making 17 stops.
- She now has 32 career double-digit save efforts on her resume.
- During her last two games in Boulder, she has a total of 37 saves.
- It is the sixth time in her career she has finished with 15+ stops.
- 10 of her saves came in the second half, when she attempted to will her team to a victory with several crucial saves.
- Brynn Holohan saw increased playing time and stepped up, scoring her second goal of the season.
- Six of Colorado's 15 goals came via free-position, as Berkeley Bonneau was fantastic when playing behind a set defense.
- Colorado native Emily Munro had a crucial goal, ending a 4-0 Colorado run and getting the Sun Devils on the board in the second half.
- Arizona State locked-in during a 16-minute stretch of the first half, allowing them to go on a 4-0 run. They did not allow a goal from the 23-to-7-minute mark of the first half, as the Buffaloes initially struggled with the Sun Devils' pressure.
- The Maroon & Gold finished with more ground balls (17-14) the Colorado and caused nine turnovers.
- In two past meetings in Boulder under the previous coaching staff, Colorado outscored the Sun Devils 31-6. Arizona State was within one goal with only five minutes left in this matchup.
Arizona State will enjoy a well-earned weekend off next weekend before hosting the Bay Area schools for a pair of rematches. First up, Stanford comes to Tempe for a showdown on Friday, April 16 at 1 pm MST. The Cardinal handed the Sun Devils one of their two conference losses in a matchup on The Farm earlier this season. Catch the action via the live stream at the following link, or follow along via live stats here.
The second game of the weekend takes place on Sunday, April 18 at 1 pm as Arizona State hosts California. Earlier in the season, the Sun Devils picked up their first conference win against the Golden Bears in a 21-11 road victory. The rematch will be broadcasted live at the following link, or with live stats provided here.
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