Seniors to be Honored as Lacrosse Hosts USC
TEMPE, Ariz. – Sun Devil Lacrosse hosts the Pac-12 finale before hitting the road for the last game of the regular season in another pivotal weekend for NCAA Tournament and conference positioning.
Arizona State (8-4, 5-3) is in the midst of a seven-game conference stretch, going 4-2 so far in the most important part of the season. This weekend, they have one home and one road contest to wrap up the regular season.
Another Pac-12 showdown looms, as the Sun Devils will honor a legendary senior class after taking on USC on Friday, April 23 at 3 PM MT. In the first meeting between the two sides, the Sun Devils cruised to a 20-9 victory, their first in program history over USC. The implications for the Pac-12 Conference standings and Pac-12 Conference Tournament seeding are substantial, as both teams will enter with a 5-3 conference record. Catch the action via the live stream at the following link, or follow along via live stats here.
Fans at Sun Devil Soccer/Lacrosse Stadium have been treated to brilliant lacrosse, as ASU is 6-1 at home in 2021, outscoring opponents by a total score of 130-76. During Coach McCormack's tenure, Arizona State is 9-2 at home after going 5-12 in the program's first two seasons under the previous coaching staff.
ASU has a quick turnaround as they will immediately head to Southern California for a rematch with San Diego State. The 1 PM MT contest is scheduled for Sunday, April 25 with a live stream available here and live stats at the following link. The Sun Devils opened the season with a 23-10 win over San Diego State at home, and will now return the trip to San Diego where they lost a thrilling 19-18 game in 2020.
SENIOR DAY CEREMONIES
Sun Devil Lacrosse will honor a total of 14 student-athletes who were all foundational pieces of the program. In a pre-game ceremony, Sun Devils for life Kristina Coppinger and Mia Harp will be properly honored, after not receiving a senior day last season. The duo was a crucial part of building Sun Devil Lacrosse, a part of the program from the very beginning.
After the game, 12 current seniors will be honored on the field. A legendary group that will has cemented their legacy within the program will play at Sun Devil Soccer/Lacrosse Stadium one last time. Berkeley Bonneau, Kerri Clayton, Maura Cissel, Taylor Carson, Kate Dougherty, Avery Hamill Haley Gorke, Graci Fulkerson, Hanna Schuler, Campbell Poe, Caryn Takeuchi, and Brittany Chamberlain will be recognized for their contributions and dedication to the program.
*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.
KNOW YOUR FOES
USC comes to Tempe for the first time since 2019, with the contest taking place on Friday at 3 PM MT. The two teams are currently tied for second at 5-3, with the winner earning the two-seed in the conference tournament and the loser qualifying as the four seed.
The Trojans are led by Lindsay Munday, who is in her ninth season at the helm in Los Angeles. USC is 8-6 overall, coming off a split of the Bay Area schools. In the first matchup between the two teams, Arizona State defeated USC for the first time in program history. The 20-9 victory snapped the Trojans' eight-game home winning streak.
Izzy McMahon leads the way offensively, recording 47 points (28 goals, 19 assists) in 14 games. Kelsey Huff and Ella Heaney are also over the 30-point plateau for an offense that averages 14.1 goals/game. In the cage, Riley Hertford has started 13 of 14 games, playing 760 of a possible 844 minutes. Hertford has 108 saves and a save percentage at 41%.
Arizona State travels to San Diego State for the third time in four seasons, losing the previous two matchups by a total of two goals. Last season, the Sun Devils fell in heart-breaking fashion 19-18. They were able to get some revenge in 2021, opening up the campaign with a 23-10 win over the Aztecs at home.
San Diego State is led by Kylee White, who is in her tenth season as the head coach in San Diego. They have a 5-7 record so far, having defeated Pac-12 opponents California (2x), Oregon, and USC. The Aztecs picked up a win over Fresno State last Saturday and will not play this week before taking on the Sun Devils.
The San Diego State offense is paced by Emily Resnick, who has 20 goals and 21 assists in 12 games. Bailey Brown and Lexi Tan each have 25+ points of their own for an offense that averages 10.7 goals per game. In net, Katy Sharretts has started all 12 games, making 136 saves at a 46% clip.
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
"It is a fantastic accomplishment for Emily to reach 100 assists, but I know she would tell you it feels even better that it came in a win," Coach McCormack remarked after Sunday's game. "She impacts the game for us in so many ways and her passing ability is unique."
"The defense was spectacular and Berkeley held it all together," Coach McCormack added. "They were relentless in their ride and pursuit of the ball, using the communication and trust they have established to their advantage."
"Sunday's performance was just another great game day and a day to get better," Olivia Hood reflected. "As a defensive unit we really locked it down, we were all playing on house money."
"I was glad that I could get down on the attack end for a quick second, I miss those girls during the game haha, but it wouldn't have been possible without the defensive unit helping clear that ball over," Hood added.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Olivia Hood was selected as the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week for the first time in her career. Arizona State has now had 12 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.
Of the possible 18 recipients of a Pac-12 Player of the Week award in 2021, nine have been Sun Devils. ASU has earned six offensive and three defensive player of the week selections, an indication of the balance of the team.
She finished the weekend with four ground balls and four caused turnovers, helping Arizona State earn a split with the Bay Area schools.
In the 11-7 victory over Cal, Hood and the Sun Devil defense overwhelmed the Golden Bears' attack, giving up only seven goals, including one over the final 14 minutes. Hood's aggressiveness and relentless pursuit of her matchup were big factors in containing the Cal offense.
She also provided a spark offensively, clearing a ball and taking it coast-to-coast to earn a free-position attempt. Hood cashed in on the opportunity, scoring her first goal of the season and sixth of her career.
2021 PAC-12 LACROSSE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Defensive Player of the Week Offensive Player of the Week
Apr. 19 Olivia Hood, ASU Ali Baiocco, Stanford
Apr. 12 Eliza Cahill, Colorado Charlie Rudy, Colorado
Apr. 5 Julia Lisella, Colorado Sadie Grozier, Colorado
Mar. 29 Genesis Lucero, Stanford Emily Glagolev, ASU
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 a weekend split with the Bay Area schools, defeating California 11-7 last Sunday afternoon.
Arizona State (8-4, 5-3) swept the season series with Cal for the first time behind the strength of an overpowering defensive effort. The Sun Devils allowed seven goals, with only two coming over the final 28 minutes of the game. Head Coach Tim McCormack's team scored six of the final seven goals to take control of the game and earn their third straight win over the Golden Bears.
The team was led by Gigi Gaspar, Bella Gaspar, Sydney Payne, Olivia Hood, and Mallory Martel, who each executed their role perfectly allowing the Sun Devil defense to lockdown the opposing attack. Cal committed 21 total turnovers, 10 of which were forced by the aggressiveness and hustle of the defensive unit. The group also helped ASU maintain a 25-21 advantage in ground balls.
Offensively, the Sun Devils received contributions from a number of players, but a special assist stands out amongst the rest. Emily Glagolev fed Maddy Hunter for a goal with 3:48 left in the game, representing the 100th assist of Glagolev's career. She becomes the first Sun Devil to reach the mark, doing it in only 55 career games. She finished with three points on the day, which matched teammate Carley Adams for the team lead. Adams scored another hat trick, tying Kerri Clayton's single-season program record with 44 goals. Lia Willis was one of eight Sun Devils to score, with her two clutch second half goals providing a spark for the strong finish.
HOW TO FOLLOW
We will be honoring our senior class all week long on our social media channels. Follow our Twitter and Instagram accounts (@SunDevilWLax) and like our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/sundevilwlax/). Visit our website, TheSunDevils.com, for the latest updates and information on the program.