Cissel Helps Lacrosse Control San Diego State
SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Sun Devil Lacrosse defeated San Diego State on the road, 20-11, on Sunday afternoon at Aztec Lacrosse Stadium.
The victory gives Arizona State (9-5, 5-4) the sweep of the season series with San Diego State, outscoring them 43-21 in two games. The Sun Devils pick up their first win at Aztec Lacrosse Stadium in three tries, losing each of the previous two games by one goal. Head Coach Tim McCormack's team will now turn their attention to the Pac-12 Conference Tournament, taking place May 5-8 with seeding details coming out soon.
The Sun Devil attack was unstoppable, led by the usual cast of characters. Carley Adams and Kerri Clayton each finished with five goals and two assists, forming a dynamic duo that caused San Diego State trouble all game. Emily Glagolev finished with five assists, orchestrating the offense at a high level. Katie Brodsky was the fourth Sun Devil to record four or more points, as the attacking unit came through in a big way.
Sophomore goalkeeper Lindsey Spies earned her first collegiate start and was fantastic, with her quickness and instincts on full display. Spies finished with nine saves and earned her first career win, allowing only four second half goals.
Maura Cissel and the draw control unit were flat out dominant, creating the biggest difference in the game. Arizona State had a 27-6 advantage in the draw control category, allowing them to control the tempo and pace of the game. Cissel shattered her own single-game program record of 12 draw controls, finishing with 17 during an incredible afternoon.
The Sun Devils played well in all facets of the game, ending the regular season on a high note. Returning to California where they played prep lacrosse, Kylie Kroeger, Sydney Payne, Tess Keiser, and Campbell Poe all saw action and made contributions in the win.
Arizona State took a slim 8-7 lead into the halftime break, with the game going back and forth as both team's attempted to establish a rhythm. The Sun Devils extended their lead to 11-8 early in the second half, but San Diego State would have another answer. The Aztecs scored three consecutive goals over four minutes to tie the game up at 11 with 17:36 left in the contest.
The Maroon & Gold took over from there, putting together an incredible stretch of lacrosse. Coach McCormack's squad ended the game on a 9-0 run, not allowing the Aztecs to score another goal for the final 17:36. During this time, Arizona State put together a stretch in which they scored four goals over the course of 67 seconds. It was all Sun Devils down the stretch, as the continued to gain possession and execute their offense. By the time it was over, ASU had claimed a comfortable 20-11 victory.
"Maura was dialed in from the first whistle today. She competed hard for 60 minutes. Getting 17 draw controls as a team is an accomplishment, to do it as an individual is incredible," Coach McCormack remarked in reference to Maura Cissel's school record.
"Her communication was awesome all day as well, she was able to set our circle girls up for success on the ones she didn't get herself," Coach McCormack added. "She's been working hard all year on the craft and to have today's success is a great reflection of that. We are all excited for our next opportunity to be on the field together."
"It was awesome being on the field with the team," Goalkeeper Lindsey Spies reflected after the win. "Genuinely one of the best feelings and the support from my teammates and coaches is unmatched. They give me the confidence to go out there and show out for everyone. Today's win was a team effort and these girls make me want to work harder every day .I'm looking forward to what the rest of this season brings with this squad."
- The Sun Devils scored 20 goals for the sixth time this season and the eighth time in the 22 games of the Coach McCormack era.
- ASU has scored 16+ goals in 25 of the 33 games under Coach McCormack. Prior to his arrival, the program reached the mark just four times in 36 games.
- Kerri Clayton was brilliant once again, finishing with five goals and two assists.
- She scored at least five goals and seven points for the 12th time in her career and third time in the past four games.
- She has reached the 60-point plateau for the first time, setting a new career-high in points.
- With five goals this afternoon, Carley Adams added to her program record for goals in a single season.
- Her 63 points this season are also a single season program record.
- She now has 51 goals in 2021, the most in the Pac-12.
- This was her eighth time she has scored 4+ goals and sixth time with 5+ in 14 games this season.
- After scoring 13 goals in her first 33 games as a Sun Devil, Adams has accounted for 69 goals in her last 22 games.
- Katie Brodsky's breakout 2021 campaign continues, as she finished with four goals and an assist.
- She now has eight career performances with four or more points, seven coming this season.
- This was her third 4+ goal effort and she now has multiple points in 13 of 14 games.
- After compiling 16 points in 11 games during her first two seasons, Brodsky has now scored 27 goals and dished out 18 assists in 14 games this year.
- The unselfishness of Emily Glagolev was on full display, as she finished with five points, all coming on assists.
- It is the third time this season she has had five or more assists and the fifth time in her career.
- Glagolev has a point in every game and is the third Sun Devil to have already reached the 60 point mark.
- The Sun Devils dominated the draw control, claiming a 27-6 advantage.
- A big reason why was the performance of Maura Cissel, who earned a program record 17 draw controls.
- That is the highest mark in the conference this season and tied for the second most by any Pac-12 player.
- Six different Sun Devils finished with a draw co
- Arizona State moves to 3-3 all-time and 2-1 under Coach McCormack against San Diego State, sweeping the season series.
Stanford will host the 2021 Pac-12 Women's Lacrosse Tournament on May 5-8. Arizona State finished fourth in the regular season standings at 5-4 and will await to hear their fate when the seeding details are released this week. Broadcast and coverage information on Pac-12 Networks will be announced prior to the tournament. For information on the fan attendance policy for the Pac-12 Tournament, visit the following link.
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