The Sun Devils Women’s Lacrosse (3-5, 1-3 Pac-12) team once again could not handle the pressure of facing a ranked opponent, losing 13-4 to 18th-ranked Stanford (7-2, 3-1) on Saturday.
ASU came back home after two road games at Oregon and Colorado, splitting the weekend 1-1. During the Colorado game, their flight got delayed and the girls had to miss a day of practice heading into the big matchup.
“I don’t think we can blame it on that, we came out strong and I think that this was a game that we could have won and proved that we could have won. We just had lapses and silly mistakes that wound up costing us,” captain redshirt-junior attacker Kerri Clayton said.
It took the Cardinal less than three minutes to score their first goal of the day, after a miscue on the defense, putting them up 1-0 over the Sun Devils.
ASU showed their fight and tied the game up with 18 minutes left in the first half, getting her first goal of the season, freshman midfielder Mallory Martel put one past Stanford’s goalkeeper off a pass from sophomore attacker Kate Dougherty.
The Sun Devils stunned the Cardinal going up 2-1 with 16:35 left in the first half. The goal was scored by freshman midfielder Paige Mcglothlin and assisted by Clayton.
“Our girls came out and finally played a top team like they weren’t a top team. We showed up and didn’t care who the opponent was and that showed in their intensity,” head coach Courtney Martinez Connor said on her teams performance in the first half.
The Sun Devils held their opponents for only five minutes until Stanford tied the game back up at two with 11 minutes left to play. Once Stanford re-gained the lead, the Cardinal took off and scored four more unanswered goals to end the half.
The Sun Devils showed promise in the first half keeping the Cardinal to a 6-2 score.
Junior goalkeeper Berkley Bonneau had another big game in goal, saving six in the first half and ending the game with ten saves.
Bonneau is ranked tenth in the NCAA for saves per game, but she attributes her success to her teammates.
“I couldn’t do anything that I do in the goal cage without the defense… when I am seeing a shot our girls are always right on top of it.”
The Cardinal came out hot to start the second half, it took them about 30 seconds to score their seventh of the day, giving them a 7-3 over the Sun Devils.
ASU was not going to give up without a fight and reduced Stanford’s lead back to four goals within two minutes of the second half. Dougherty made her tenth goal of the season off a pass from sophomore midfielder Emily Glagovev, who is leading the team in points.
Stanford did not let the Sun Devils gain momentum and scored four goals leaving the Sun Devils with a 12-3 deficit with just under eight minutes left to play. During this time ASU held Stanford to three shot clock violations, but could not capitalize on the ground balls.
The Devils ratchet up the defensive intensity, holding Stanford to 3️⃣ straight shot clock violations! pic.twitter.com/s6ER1lTPqI— Sun Devil Lacrosse (@SunDevilWLax) March 23, 2019
Clayton added another goal to her resume, giving her 15 on the season, off a pass from freshman midfielder Olivia Hood. Making the score 12-4.
The Cardinal did not let the Sun Devils scoring stop them from adding to their lead, as they scored three more to finish the game 15-4. The Cardinal had three players with more than two goals, Katherine Gjertsen (4), Ali Baiocco (3), and Daniella McMahon (2).
The Sun Devils will stay at home in Tempe to play against Cal on Monday, March 25 at 4 P.M. MST.