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Ranked Opponents Await Lacrosse in Highly Anticipated Weekend

Mar 24, 2022

TEMPE, Ariz. – Sun Devil Lacrosse prepares for arguably the toughest stretch in program history, heading back to California to play USC on Friday before returning home to host Florida on Sunday.

Arizona State starts the weekend with a 4 PM MST match up on Friday, Mar. 25 against No. 18 USC. The game against the Trojans will be broadcasted via the USC Live Stream, with live stats also available. Two days later, Arizona State is back home to take on No. 11 Florida at 11 AM MST on Sunday, Mar. 27. The showdown with the Gators will be broadcasted through the ASU Live Stream, with live stats also available. 

LAST TIME OUT 
Sun Devil Lacrosse fell to Stanford in their Pac-12 road opener last Friday night at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium. Arizona State found themselves trailing a majority of the game, but put forth a valiant comeback effort to pull to as close as three goals, before eventually losing 19-11.

Emily Glagolev and Carley Adams attempted to take over the game, each delivering a spectacular offensive performance. They both eclipsed the 100-career goal mark in style, finishing with a combined 10 points. Katie Brodsky and Taylor Pinzone joined them in scoring 3+ points, allowing ASU to keep pace with Stanford through two and a half quarters.

Sun Devil Lacrosse showed resiliency and toughness in a 21-18 comeback win over California on Sunday. Arizona State (4-3, 3-1) was down by three goals at halftime, but rallied behind a gritty second half effort to earn the win in a shootout. Contributions from throughout the roster allowed the Sun Devils to come roaring back with a 10-2 advantage in the third quarter. 
 
Emily Glagolev continues to play at an elite level, leading the offense with a massive 10-point effort. That included a single-game program record seven assists, breaking the record of six that she previously held. Glagolev was consistently finding teammates like Carley Adams (five goals), Taylor Pinzone (four goals), Emily Munro (three goals), and Mina Scott (three goals), as five different Sun Devils recorded a hat trick, including Glagolev.
 
Defensive adjustments made in the second half by Head Coach Tim McCormack allowed the Sun Devils to slow down the California offense, leading to lucrative counter attacks. One of those changes was in net, as goalkeeper Flynn Murphywas inserted in the second half. She did not miss a beat, finishing the rest of the game, looking comfortable in the cage. Murphy was credited with her first collegiate win, making five saves while also causing a turnover.
 
The Sun Devils get their first road victory of the season and move to 3-1 in Pac-12 play, scoring a season-high 21 goals in the process.

QUOTES OF THE WEEK
Head Coach Tim McCormack
On the resiliency of the team
"We got challenged for 60 minutes today and were able to step up when we needed to. We got better in all areas throughout the 3rd quarter which was awesome to see. It was big to show some resiliency after halftime."
 
On Mina Scott's first goal and hat trick
"Mina is someone else who is always ready to go. We've seen her make plays like this every day at practice and today was no different. She's playing with a ton of confidence and getting better every day."
 
On Emily Glagolev setting the program record for assists in a game
"Glag has been an incredible leader for us this season and over the last 3 years. She makes her teammates better across the board and is playing great lacrosse right now. She's playing free, and having fun and it is paying off."
 
Attacker Mina Scott

On scoring the first hat trick of her career
"It was definitely super exciting to get on the board for the first time this season. The ball was loose in the middle of the eight and I saw an opportunity to get it in the back of the net."

On the team road win
"It was awesome to be able to contribute to our victory today. We supported each other all over the field and were able to come together to get the job done."

On the hard work in practice paying off

"Our team has been working so hard all season long so being able to get another win under our belt is extremely rewarding. We are all ready to get back to it at practice this week. Forks up!"

Goalkeeper Flynn Murphy

On what was going through her head when getting the call in the second half
"My mindset was just to get better and have some fun out there with my best friends. I felt super fortunate to have the opportunity to help my team." 

On getting comfortable in the game
"I felt pretty settled in when I took the field because I have a lot of trust in the people in front of me. The first save just confirmed my confidence and let me play loose."

On trusting her teammates
"The support was constant in front of me - from Bella (Gaspar) to (Olivia) Kroah to Sydney (Payne) to Paige (McGlothlin). Feeling really thankful who they are as people and their ability to help me keep my mind clear. Also huge shout out to Big Zo (Zoe Mazur) for keeping my head in the game every time I take the field. Super thankful for her little pep talks."

KNOW YOUR FOES

USC
A huge test awaits on Friday, Mar. 25 at 4 PM MST, when ASU travels to Los Angeles for a showdown with USC. The Trojans are 6-2 this season and 3-1 in conference play, most recently ranked No. 18 by Inside Lacrosse. Like the Sun Devils, they split a road trip to the Bay Area, defeating California on Friday before losing to Stanford in overtime on Sunday.

USC had the opportunity to play one home games at Untied Airlines Field at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, home of USC Football and an iconic sports venue. They chose the matchup with Arizona State, an indication of the magnitude of the game. The Trojans own wins over two ranked teams, including a road victory at No. 18 Jacksonville. The Pac-12 rivals split a pair of games last season, each winning on each other's home field.

This year's USC squad is led by the duo of Kelsey Huff and Isabelle Vitale, who each have 35+ points on the season. Huff is the team's leading goal scorer, finding the back of the net 32 times. Vitale has dished out a team-high 15 assists. USC is extremely tough in the draw control area, with three individuals collected 25+ draw controls. Goalkeeper Kait Devir has started all eight games in net, providing a stabilizing presence. She has all six wins and has made 52 saves at a 41% clip. 

FLORIDA
For the first time, two of the largest universities in the nation will matchup on a lacrosse field. The Florida Gators come to Tempe for a 11 AM MST showdown on Sunday. Florida currently sits at 5-4 and is the No. 11 team in the nation according to Inside Lacrosse. The Gators have arguably played one of the nation's toughest schedules, already facing #2 North Carolina, #5 Maryland, #5 Stony Brook, #9 Loyola (MD), and #3 Syracuse. 

Head Coach Amanda O'Leary will go up against another one of her former players, as Sun Devil Lacrosse Assistant Coach Nicole Graziano was a star attacker for the Gators from 2012-16. She was a part of several decorated Florida teams and the program continues to win.

The 2022 Florida team will be a handful, as they are extremely balanced on both offense and defense. Danielle Pavinelli leads the way with 41 points and 30 goals, with Emma LoPinto not far behind with 39 points and 17 assists. The Gators play disciplined team defense and only allow a little over 10 goals/game, despite the tough schedule. Goalkeeper Sarah Reznick has started all nine games in the cage, credited with all five wins. She has made 67 saves at a 42% clip, playing 490 of a possible 540 minutes.

CAREER MILESTONE WATCH

  • Katie Brodsky is 3 goals shy of 50 goals
  • Kaylon Buckner is 4 goals shy of 50 goals
  • Mallory Martel is 10 ground balls shy of 50 ground balls
  • Emily Glagolev is 1 caused turnover shy of 25 ground balls
  • Olivia Kroah is 1 ground ball shy of 25 ground balls
  • Maria Villanti is 8 goals shy of 50 goals
  • Paige McGlothlin is 4 goals shy of 25 goals
  • Lia Willis is 5 goals shy of 25 goals
    • Lia Willis is 10 caused turnovers shy of 50 caused turnovers
  • Maddy Hunter is 7 assists shy of 25 assists
    • Maddy Hunter is 8 ground balls shy of 100 ground balls
    • Maddy Hunter is 7 caused turnovers shy of 50 caused turnovers
  • Olivia Hood is 1 ground ball shy of 25 ground balls
    • Olivia Hood is 4 caused turnovers shy of 25 caused turnovers
  • Kylie Kroeger is 8 goals shy of 50 goals
    • Kylie Kroeger is 6 assists shy of 25 assists
  • Carley Adams is 10 points shy of 150 points
    • Carley Adams is 4 ground balls shy of 4 ground balls
    • Carley Adams is 4 draw controls shy of 25 draw controls
  • Sydney Payne is 9 ground balls shy of 50 ground balls

PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIP COMING TO TEMPE
The Sun Devils are coming off a season in which they nearly earned a NCAA tournament berth last year and will face a 2022 slate filled with opportunities to build their postseason resume. The schedule consists of 16 regular season games and the Pac-12 Lacrosse Tournament, hosted by Arizona State in Tempe. Of those 16 games, nine of them are against teams ranked in the Top-20 of at least one major preseason poll. The Sun Devils have arguably the toughest non-conference schedule in the nation, featuring matchups filled with connections to the ASU coaching staff.

Arizona State earned the chance to host the 2022 Pac-12 Lacrosse Championships, running May 4-7 in Tempe. Two first round matchups will take place on Wednesday, May 4 with the two semifinal showdowns following on Thursday, May 5. The Pac-12 Championship comes after an off day, hosted at Sun Devil Lacrosse/Soccer Stadium on Saturday, May 7. 
 
HOW TO FOLLOW
Friday's game against the Cardinal will be broadcasted via the USC Live Stream, with live stats also available. The showdown with the Gators will be broadcasted through the ASU Live Stream, with live stats also available. For in-game updates, follow our Twitter and Instagram accounts (@SunDevilWLax). Like our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/sundevilwlax/) for content throughout the season. Visit our website, TheSunDevils.com, for the latest updates and information on the program.