Lacrosse advances in Pac-12 tournament with victory over Cal

TEMPE, Arizona — Sun Devil Lacrosse opened the 2022 Pac-12 Lacrosse Championship in style, earning a 17-8 win over California on Wednesday.

Third-seeded Arizona State (10-7, 7-3) advanced to their second straight semifinal round with their seventh straight win 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 an overall successful first day hosting ASU, with both games well attended and featuring high quality lacrosse.

As the excitement in the first quarterfinal game showed, anything can happen in the postseason. As head coach, Sun Devil fans didn’t have to worry about their team falling victim to it Tim McCormack had his group ready to play.

“Very happy with the way we approached this game,” commented Coach McCormack. “We stayed focused and look forward to getting another opportunity to play together tomorrow.”

The home school was led by a balanced offensive attack, with 10 different players scoring at least one goal, seven of whom finished with exactly two goals apiece. Not only the offensive clicked, but also the defense kept the Golden Bears in check throughout the evening. Cal managed just eight goals and the Sun Devils were quicker on the ball all night and had a significant 29-16 advantage on ground balls.

The Sun Devils play #2 USC tomorrow night at 7:00 p.m. MST in the semifinals of the Pac-12 Lacrosse Tournament. At 4:30 p.m. MST in the previous game, No. 1 Stanford meets Oregon in the other semifinal , No. 5, on. Every game of the 2022 Pac-12 Lacrosse Tournament will be broadcast live on Pac-12 Networks and the Pac-12 Now App

HOW IT HAPPENED
It was all Sonnenteufel from start to finish as the hosts proved to be the better team from the start. ASU took a 1-0 lead through a Mina Scott Goal as she was responsible for two of the first three goals and helped her team build a 3-1 lead early on. After two goals in a row, the lead increased to four Kaylon Buckner and Kylie Kroeger. A second Cal goal would put 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 extending their lead. This time it was a pair of Emily’s teaming up to offer some padding. First it was a Emily Glagolev Tor followed shortly after by one Emily Munro goal and suddenly ASU was 7:2 in front. Kaylon Buckner would answer a 2-0 Cal run by a goal as the Sun Devils dominated the second third. The last three goals of the half came from the Maroon & Gold, giving them a healthy 11-5 lead at the break.

Rather than resting on their laurels with a comfortable lead, Arizona State continued to play intense and intelligent lacrosse. Defense took over in the third quarter as Cal scored just one goal and stayed in the semifinals at 5:49. ASU’s defense was disciplined and aggressive, preventing Cal from ever finding a rhythm while also creating offensive chances. The Maroon & Gold held a 4-1 advantage in the third quarter, separating and extending the lead to 15-6.

With the game in hand and a semifinal game just 24 hours later, Coach McCormack was able to make some valuable substitutions in the fourth quarter. Several starters were given a break, but that didn’t stop the Sun Devils from creating a double-digit lead and setting off a running clock. ASU went up to an 11-point lead before earning a 17-8 win in the Quarterfinals of the Pac-12 Lacrosse Tournament.

QUOTES

Senior midfielder Kaylon Buckner

To like night games more than a day
“No, I definitely don’t think about it, but obviously the heat is kind of comfortable not having to deal with it, we can handle anything.”

About hosting Pac-12 and the energy of the fans
“We have the best fans, even our sidelines, having our whole sidelines out there is special. Definitely thankful for that and having her out there, it feeds the energy and all.”

Click and have 10 different scorers and shoot two yourself
“We always work hard in training and we have our scout defense to prepare for our games a week in advance. I definitely think we’re clicking, but we’re just going to keep riding the wave and playing Sun Devil Lacrosse.”

About the loss to USC and what lessons they learned for tomorrow
“I think something we’ve really worked on is the yellow cards. I definitely think that tomorrow it will help to just go on defense and play our game for more than 60 minutes. Full power, 100% don’t let you down. “

On keeping Cal defensive
“I will say our scout offense this past week, I remember playing them on defense and they did really well. They prepared us very well for this game, so that’s definitely one thing. We buckle up on defense and get the stops that we need to get possession after possession by definitely playing Sun Devil Lacrosse.”

on Bella Ingrao
“Bella did an excellent job. She’s a great communicator, she keeps strapping herself into the draw and she fights so hard. I’m very proud of her and being her teammate.”

About no day off and rest]
“I know I’ll definitely try to get plenty of sleep tonight. Sleep is the most important thing for me personally. Ice bath, cold tub, things like that, and tomorrow I’m just preparing for that. I think we’re going to take a stroll through loosening up in the morning and just focus on the next one.”

Newcomer in midfield Bella Ingrao

When ascending
“It was super nerve wracking for me, as a player who was just really involved in blow out games, I never really saw the field but I was just waiting for a moment like that to really capitalize on it and I I’m glad it worked out and it’s just great to have a ton of draw girl options out there.”

On being the person to go on the offensive
“It’s definitely a really cool feeling but it’s a whole team effort, you feel it all the way from Katie (Vahle) in goal to the defenders, they hype you up, it’s a pure team effort. Maybe I’m that. Starting the game is absolutely a team thing.”

About playing at home and the energy
“Oh 100% we certainly have the best fans in the NCAA everyone showing up so much cheering it’s great. It’s been a dream of mine to play on our home pitch, so it’s really cool. I remember at the beginning of this year it was a really cool feeling knowing that we were going to be out here in this field.”

On defensive hold cal to low shots and goals
“Our defense absolutely nailed it today, they banged together and did what they had to do and we played our game and it was great.”

About what’s coming to USC tomorrow
“Playing our game is definitely the greatest, I’m sure you’ve heard it from everyone. We play our game and we go into every game because we know we know what to do and we just need to capitalize on it. It will definitely be nice to have a game behind my back when I play USC. Now I have a full game against them and I have a bit more information on how it’s going to go.

Elder attacker Emily Glagolev

On USC tomorrow and what they learned from the last game
“I think the great thing about the Pac-12 is that we see each team twice and then a third time back in the tournament so you just get so much knowledge from the previous games. Just try to take things that you can learn from and not focus on the things we did wrong but try to build on the things we did well. We’ve got a bit of film in there so just try to get ready quickly and head to tomorrow.

While playing a night game
“Maybe like one, but it was definitely cool, the weather was amazing and it was amazing.”

About playing at home and the audience
“Of course they’re screaming the whole game, it’s great that the sidelines are also going crazy the whole game, it’s been great.”

On offense and several scorers
“I think it’s great, I feel like we’re most successful when we can get the ball moving and get everyone involved, it’s really hard to stop. I feel like our defense would say the same . You just never know where the balls are going, where we’re coming from, where we’re looking, where we’re trying to score, so I think that’s definitely a big advantage that we have.”

Not having a day off between games
“I think we’re lucky enough to treat every day in practice as hard as a game would go, so I think we’re getting used to that a lot in the season. I think definitely rest, drink a ton, get a good meal in, do whatever recovery stuff we need with the coaches and we’ll be ready.

NEXT
No. 3 Arizona State advances to the semifinals round and meets No. 2 and 17th USC Thursday at 7:00 p.m. MST. The game will be streamed live on the Pac-12 Network, live stats are available here.

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

Saturday, May 7 – Championship
Game 5 (12 PM MST) – Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner

HOW TO FOLLOW
Every game of the 2022 Pac-12 Lacrosse Tournament will be broadcast live on Pac-12 Networks and the Pac-12 Now App. You can find more information on the tournament main 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 about the program.

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