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Lacrosse Advances in Pac-12 Tournament with Win over Cal

May 4, 2022

TEMPE, Ariz. - Sun Devil Lacrosse kicked off the 2022 Pac-12 Lacrosse Championship in style, cruising to a 17-8 victory over California on Wednesday.

No. 3 seed Arizona State (10-7, 7-3) advances to the semifinal round for the second straight season by earning their seventh consecutive victory over the Golden Bears. In front of a lively crowd during a rare night game at Sun Devil Soccer/Lacrosse Stadium, the Maroon & Gold controlled the action from start to finish. It was a successful first day of hosting for ASU overall, with both games well attended and showcasing highly-skilled lacrosse.

As shown by the upset in the first quarterfinal matchup, anything can happen in postseason play. Sun Devil fans did not have to worry about their team falling victim to this, as Head Coach Tim McCormack had his group ready to play.

"Extremely pleased with how we approached this game," Coach McCormack remarked. "We remained focused and are excited to get another opportunity to play together tomorrow."

The host school was led by a balanced offense attack, with 10 different players scoring at least one goal, including seven finishing with exactly two goals a piece. Not only was the offense clicking, the defense held the Golden Bears in check all evening. Cal managed only eight goals and the Sun Devils were quicker to the ball all night, holding a significant 29-16 advantage in ground balls. 

The Sun Devils move on to play No. 2 seed USC in the Pac-12 Lacrosse Tournament semifinals tomorrow night at 7 PM MST. At 4:30 PM MST in the prior game, the other semifinal pits No. 1 seed Stanford against No. 5 seed Oregon. Every game of the 2022 Pac-12 Lacrosse Tournament be featured live on Pac-12 Networks and the Pac-12 Now App

HOW IT HAPPENED
It was all Sun Devils from start to finish, as the host side proved to be the better side from the opening whistle. ASU took a 1-0 lead courtesy of a Mina Scott goal, as she was responsible for two of the first three goals in helping her team build a 3-1 lead at the start. The lead ballooned to as high as four after back-to-back goals from Kaylon Buckner and Kylie Kroeger. A second Cal goal would make it 5-2 after the first period, with Arizona State firmly in command.

Less than two minutes into the second period, the Sun Devils were already padding their lead. This time, it was a pair of Emily's that teamed up to provide some cushion. First it was an Emily Glagolev goal followed shortly after by an Emily Munro goal and all of the sudden ASU found themselves in front 7-2. Kaylon Buckner would answer a Cal 2-0 run with a goal, as the Sun Devils dominated the second period. The final three goals of the half were scored by the Maroon & Gold, giving them a healthy 11-5 advantage at the break.

Instead of resting on their laurels with a comfortable lead, Arizona State continued to play intense and intelligent lacrosse. The defense took over the third quarter, as Cal scored only one goal, and it came with 5:49 left in the period. ASU's defensive unit was disciplined and aggressive, preventing Cal from ever establishing a rhythm while also creating offensive chances. The Maroon & Gold had a 4-1 advantage in the third quarter, creating separation and extending the lead to 15-6.

With the game in hand and a semifinal matchup looming just 24 hours later, Coach McCormack was able to make some valuable subsitutions in the fourth quarter. Several starters received rest, but this did not stop the Sun Devils from creating a double digit advantage and triggering a running clock. ASU went ahead by as many as 11 before capturing a 17-8 victory in the Pac-12 Lacrosse Tournament quarterfinals.

NOTABLES

  • ASU Earned their 7th straight victory over Cal.
  • It is the econd straight season they have advanced to the semifinal round.
  • The nine-goal margin of victory was the largest by a team at the Pac-12 Tournament since USC defeated Colorado by nine in the 2019 championship game.
  • Arizona State held a 29-16 advantage over the Golden Bears in ground balls.
    • Seven different players finished with at least two ground balls.
  • 10 different players scored at least one goal, including seven finishing with exactly two goals apiece.
  • Allowed only one Cal goal the entire third period.
  • Tim McCormack was named Pac-12 Coach of the Year for the second straight season. He is one of only 15 head coaches in the history of Sun Devil Athletics to win back-to-back conference coach of the year honors.
  • Four members of Sun Devil Lacrosse were named First Team All-Conference selections. Attackers Carley Adams and Emily Glagolev as well as defender Bella Gaspar earned the honor for the second consecutive season, while midfielder Taylor Pinzone made the team in her first season as a Sun Devil.
  • Carley Adams continues her tear, scoring at least four points in each of her last seven games.
    • She finished with two goals and two assists giving her 36 points over her last six games (6 points per game).
    • Adams now has 46 goals and 27 assists, scoring at least one point in every game.
    • The development of Carley Adams continues to be fun to track, as her career completely changed after the arrival of Coach McCormack and his staff. 
    • Through her first two seasons, Adams played in 33 games and had 15 points (13 goals & 2 assists). Over her past 41 games, she has 174 points (122 goals & 52 assists).
  • Emily Glagolev did what she does best, getting it done by passing and scoring.
    • She also finished with two goals and two assists, giving her 274 career points (128 goals & 146 assists).
    • Glagolev has at least two goals and two assists in each of her last three games.
    • She is now one of only three players in the nation to have 40+ goals and 35+ assists (42 & 35).
      • Aurora Cordingley (Maryland): 38 Assists and 54 Goals
        Nicole McNeely (Siena): 38 Assists and 45 Goals
  • Katie Vahle allowed only six goals and made nine saves, making stops at a 60% clip. 
    • She now has 34 saves over her last three games, playing her best when the Sun Devils need it most.
    • Vahle now has the fourth most saves by any freshman goalie in the nation:

1. Elise Plamer (William & Mary) 167 saves
2. Anya Waller (Howard) 163 saves
3. Amelia Carlile (Longwood) 141 saves
4. Katie Vahle (Arizona State) 139 saves

  • Attackers Taylor Pinzone and Emily Munro have benefited greatly from the decision to transfer to Arizona State and learn from Coach McCormack. 
    • Northwestern graduate transfer Taylor Pinzone has enjoyed a breakout season in a Sun Devil uniform. Through 17 games of her Arizona State career, Pinzone already has 39 goals and 13 assists (52 points). In 50 games with the Wildcats, she had 34 goals and six assists (40 points).
    • In a similar manner, Emily Munro has taken her game to another level since transferring from Oregon. Through two seasons at Arizona State, Munro has registered 53 points (43 goals and 10 assists). In her prior two seasons with the Ducks, she finished with 12 points (nine goals and 3 assists).

QUOTABLES

Senior midifielder Kaylon Buckner
On liking night games more than a day
"No, I definitely don't think about it but obviously the heat is kind of nice to not have to deal with that, we can handle anything."

On hosting Pac-12's and the energy from the fans
"We have the best fans, even our sideline being able to have our whole sideline out there is a special thing. Definitely thankful for that and having them out there, it feeds the energy and everything."

On clicking and having 10 different goal scorers and scoring two herself
"We always work hard in practice and we have our scout defense to prepare us a week ahead before our games. I definitely think we're clicking but we just keep riding the wave and playing Sun Devil lacrosse."

On losing to USC and what lessons they learned to bring to tomorrow
"I think something we've been really working on is the yellow cards. Definitely think that will help with tomorrow, just buckling down on defense and playing our game for 60-plus minutes. Full go, 100% don't let down."

On holding Cal defensively 
"I will say, our scout offense this past week, I remember playing against them on defense and they did really well. They prepared us very well for this game so that's definitely one thing. We're buckling down on defense, getting the stops that we need to get one possession at a time, playing Sun Devil lacrosse for sure."

On Bella Ingrao
"Bella has been doing an outstanding job. She's a great communicator, she continues to buckle down on the draw, and she fights so hard. I'm very proud of her and to be her teammate."

On not having a day off and recovery]
"I know tonight definitely going to try and get a lot of sleep. Sleep is the most important thing to me personally. Ice bath, cold tub, things like that, and tomorrow just getting my mind ready. I think we will have a walk-through to get loose in the morning and just focus on the next one."

Freshman midfielder Bella Ingrao
On stepping up 
"It was super nerve racking for me, being a player that only really got into blow out games, I never really saw the field a ton but I was just waiting for a moment like this to really capitalize on and I'm happy that it's worked out that way and it's just great to have a ton of draw girl options out there."

On being the person who starts it offensively
"It's definitely a really cool feeling but it's a whole team effort, you feel it down the line from Katie (Vahle) down in goal to the defenders, they're hyping you up, it's totally a team effort. It might be me that's starting the play it's totally a team thing."

On playing at home and the energy
"Oh 100% we have the best fans in the NCAA for sure, everybody shows out, so much cheering it's awesome. It's been a dream of mine to play on our home field so it's really cool. I remember at the beginning of this year it was a really cool feeling to know that we were going to be out here on this field."

On defensively holding cal to low shots and goals
"Our defense absolutely killed it today, they buckled down and did what they had to do and we played our game and it was awesome."

On what goes into USC tomorrow
"Playing our game is definitely the biggest thing, I'm sure you've heard it from everyone. We play our game going into every game knowing that we know what to do and we just have to capitalize on it. Definitely going to be nice having a game behind my back playing USC. Now I've had a whole game against them and have a little more information on how it's going to go."

Senior attacker Emily Glagolev 
On USC tomorrow and what they learned from last game
"I feel like the great thing about the Pac-12 is we get to see each team twice and then in the tournament again for a third time so you just gain so much knowledge from the previous games. Just try to take things to learn from and not focusing on the things we did wrong kind of try to build on the things we did well. We have film in a little bit so just try and get ready quick and head into tomorrow."

On playing a night game 
"Maybe like one but it definitely was cool, the weather was amazing and it was incredible."

On playing at home and the crowd 
"For sure, they're yelling the whole game, it's great to have the sideline going crazy the whole game too, it was awesome."

On offense and multiple goal scorers
"I think it's great, I feel like we're most successful when we get the ball moving and can get everyone involved, it's really hard to stop. I feel like our defense would say that too. You just never know where the balls going to come from, where we're looking, where we're trying to score from so I think that definitely is a big edge we have."

On not having an off day in between games
"I think we're lucky to treat every day at practice as hard as a game would go so I think we kind of get used to that in the season a lot. I think definitely rest up, hydrate a ton, get a good meal in, do all the recovery stuff with the trainers that we need to and we will be ready."

UP NEXT
No. 3 Arizona State moves on to the semifinal round and will take on No. 2 seed and 17th ranked USC on Thursday at 7 PM MST. The game will be broadcast live on Pac-12 Network, with live stats available here.

TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
Thursday, May 5 - Semifinals
Game 3 (4:30 PM MST) - No. 1 Stanford vs. No. 5 Oregon
Game 4 (7:00 PM MST) - No. 2 USC vs. No. 3 Arizona State

Saturday, May 7 - Championship
Game 5 (12 PM MST) - Winner of Game 3 vs. Winner of Game 4

HOW TO FOLLOW
Every game of the 2022 Pac-12 Lacrosse Tournament be featured live on Pac-12 Networks and the Pac-12 Now App. More information can be found at the tournament central page. 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.