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Second Half of Pac-12 Play Awaits Sun Devil Lacrosse

Apr 7, 2022

TEMPE, Ariz. – Sun Devil Lacrosse begins the second half of Pac-12 Conference play by hosting Oregon and Colorado at Sun Devil Soccer/Lacrosse Stadium.
 
No. 25 Arizona State starts the weekend with a 4 PM MST match up on Friday, Apr. 8 against No. 22 Stanford. The game against the Cardinal will be broadcasted via the ASU Live Stream, with live stats also available. Two days later, Arizona State welcomes California to Tempe for an 12 PM showdown on Sunday, Apr. 10. The contest with the Golden Bears is also on the ASU Live Stream (2), with live stats provided here. Don't miss out on two more chances to check out the 2022 Sun Devil Lacrosse team at home. Under Head Coach Tim McCormack, Arizona State is 12-4 overall and has outscored opponents 256-168 at home.

LAST TIME OUT
Sun Devil Lacrosse earned a dramatic comeback victory on the road over No. 14 Rutgers at SHI Stadium last Sunday. Arizona State (5-6, 3-2) picked up their first victory over a Top-15 opponent in program history, handing the highly-touted Scarlet Knights only their second loss of the season. Carley Adams scored the game-winning goal in the first sudden death overtime period, sending the strong contingent of Sun Devil fans that had made the trip into a frenzy.
 
The Sun Devils were down by as many as four goals at several points of the game in less than ideal weather, but showed resiliency and toughness in mounting a valiant comeback effort. Arizona State was responsible for the final three goals of the game, stunning the home crowd and earning the program's first victory over a Big Ten opponent.
 
"It was huge for the team," Head Coach Tim McCormack remarked. "We were behind by a few multiple times today and never stopped battling back."
 
Goalkeeper Katie Vahle made several crucial saves to keep the game within striking distance, switching momentum to the visitor's side with her timely stops. The offense was responsible for eight goals in the second half against a stingy Rutgers defense, featuring a balanced effort with six players responsible for two or more points.

KNOW YOUR FOES

STANFORD
On Friday, Apr. 8 at 4 PM MST, the Sun Devils take on current Pac-12 leader Stanford. The Cardinal are 8-5 overall, boasting a 6-1 conference record. They were ranked at No. 22 in the latest Inside Lacrosse Top-25 and represent another significant test for ASU. 

Stanford is the lone Pac-12 team that the Sun Devils have not beaten, coming extremely close in the home matchup last season. The back-and-forth game in 2021 ended in a 22-21 Cardinal victory. 

This year's Stanford team is led once again by attacker Ali Baiocco, who has a team-high 38 goals. She is often set up by attacker Ashley Humphrey, who leads the nation with 55 assists. Kara Rahaim has been the starter in net for all 13 games for the Cardinal, making 126 saves at a conference-best 49% clip.

CALIFORNIA
On Sunday, Apr. 10 at 12 PM MST, Arizona State plays the second game of the weekend against the other Bay Area program. California is 1-12 on the season, recently picking up their first victory, defeating Oregon 14-12 at home.

In the first contest between the two teams this season, the Sun Devils earned a 21-18 victory in Berkeley. It was the fifth-straight win over California, the longest win streak for the program against one team. All five of those wins have come in the past three seasons under Coach McCormack, as ASU was only 1-4 against the Golden Bears in the previous two seasons.

California is led by attacker Nikki Zaccaro, who recently became the program's all-time assist leader. Attacker Liz Scott has a team-high 30 goals, while midfielder Maya Lawliss has tallied 24 goals. Goalkeeper Riley Drullinger has started all 13 games in net, making 103 saves. 

PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Sun Devil Lacrosse's Taylor Pinzone was named the Prime Time Lacrosse National Player of the Week, Inside Lacrosse announced on Tuesday. Pinzone becomes just the second player in program history to win a National Weekly Award, the first since Kerri Clayton accomplished the feat back in 2018 following the first week of the Sun Devils' inaugural season. She beat out some stiff competition for the award, as North Carolina's Jamie Ortega, Syracuse's Meaghan Tyrrell, and USC's Kelsey Huff were also nominated. 

Since arriving in Tempe, Taylor Pinzone has blossomed into one of the best midfielders in the conference. Through 11 games of her Sun Devil career, she already has 23 goals and seven assists (30 points). In 50 games at Northwestern, she had 34 goals and six assists (40 points).

When the Sun Devils needed her the most, Taylor Pinzone came through in the 13-12 overtime road victory over No. 14 Rutgers. She was brilliant back in Big Ten territory, finishing with five points (two assists and three goals). None of those points were bigger than the one that came with less than a minute left, as she showed fearlessness in pursuit of the game-tying goal. She dodged several defenders on her way to closing the distance on the goalkeeper. What happened next will go down in Sun Devil lore, as she tied the game up at 12 with a massive goal. Pinzone wasn't done hurting the Scarlet Knights, as she was credited with the assist on Carley Adams' game-winning goal. Thanks to her efforts, she was named National Player of the Week by Inside Lacrosse.

QUOTES OF THE WEEK
Coach McCormack recognizes the importance of what graduate transfer Taylor Pinzone brings to the table.

"Pinz has been a tremendous addition to Sun Devil Lacrosse," Coach McCormack reflected. "She brings great experience having played in many big games. She is one of the most fierce competitors I've ever coached which we see every day in everything we do. Pinz has ultimate trust in her teammates as well, understanding that she can rely on them at any turn. On Sunday, she stepped up in all areas of the field and finished her shots. She's someone who embodies our core values and has helped set the tone for Sun Devil Lacrosse."

Not only has the coaching staff notice the influence Pinzone has had on the program, so have her teammates. She has made a seamless transition to Arizona State, fitting in the locker room and immediately establishing herself as a leader.

"Her impact has been huge, she brings high energy and competitiveness to every practice," redshirt senior attacker Emily Glagolev remarked. "Everyday at practice she comes wanting to win no matter what drill we are doing and that competitiveness spreads to each person on the team."

Several Sun Devils took the time to give a shout out to the Sun Devil fans who made the trip to the East Coast last weekend.

"Sun Devil Lacrosse fans give all of their energy into each game and it's starts with the sidelines. Today it felt like there were only Sun Devils in the stand" - Carley Adams

"Our fans were out of this world. So many families and friends came out. It honestly felt like we were playing at home. When we were heading into overtime, the stadium was just screaming ASU and I knew we had it. The support we have is unreal. SDL (Sun Devil Lacrosse) is a really special place to play and I'm so proud and blessed to be a part of it!" - Bella Gaspar

CAREER MILESTONE WATCH

  • Katie Brodsky is 2 goals shy of 50 goals
  • Katie Brodsky is 10 assists shy of 50 assists
  • Mallory Martel is 10 ground balls shy of 50  ground balls
  • Emily Glagolev is 4 points shy of 250 points
  • Maria Villanti is 7 goals shy of 50 goals
  • Maria Villanti is 3 points shy of 50 points
  • Paige McGlothlin is 4 goals shy of 25 goals
  • Lia Willis is 4 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 6 ground balls shy of 100 ground balls
  • Maddy Hunter is 6 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
  • Kylie Kroeger is 9 draw controls shy of 100 draw controls
  • Carley Adams is 2 ground balls shy of 4 ground balls
  • Carley Adams is 4 draw controls shy of 25 draw controls
  • Sydney Payne is 4 ground balls shy of 50 ground balls

RECENT MILESTONES ACHIEVED

  • Carley Adams now has 150 career points
  • Kaylon Buckner now has 50 career goals
  • Emily Glagolev has 25 career caused turnovers
  • Olivia Kroah has 25 career ground balls
  • Paige McGlothlin has 25 career ground balls

SEASON SNAPSHOT
The Sun Devils are in the midst of another impressive campaign, faring extremely well against a 2022 slate filled with challenges. Arizona State will play in 16 games this season, with 10 of them are against teams ranked in the Top-25 of at least one major preseason poll at the time of the matchup. The Sun Devils faced arguably the toughest non-conference schedule in the nation, featuring matchups filled with connections to the ASU coaching staff. The Maroon & Gold have already claimed two resume-building wins, taking down No. 14 Rutgers on the road and destroying No. 23 Colorado at home. 

PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIP COMING TO TEMPE
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 ASU Live Stream, with live stats also available. Sunday's game with California is also being brodacsted via the ASU Live Stream, with live stats provided. 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.