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ASU Lacrosse: Sun Devils can’t hold lead in overtime loss to Cal

The Sun Devils up by two with two minutes left, face defeat once again

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Arizona State thought they were in the clear when sophomore midfielder Maria Villanti scored the Sun Devils’ 11th goal of the game to give them a two-goal lead. ASU won the following draw, after a shot hit the post, Cal took advantage of its last chance. The Golden Bears scored back-to-back goals, one with eight seconds left in regulation to send the contest into overtime.

Cal (5-7, 2-3 Pac-12) stunned the Sun Devils Women’s Lacrosse (3-6, 1-4) with their overtime winner to seal the victory 12-11.

The Sun Devils have lost five of their last six and only have one win in the Pac-12 this season.

ASU had four players with two goals, including sophomore midfielders Emily Glagolev and Kylie Kroeger, freshman midfielder Kaylon Buckner and redshirt junior attacker Kerri Clayton. Sophomore midfielder Lia Willis and sophomore attacker Julia Burns added one goal each for the Sun Devils.

The Golden Bears scored the first two goals of the night, but the Sun Devils rallied and scored five of their 11 goals to end the half at 5-2.

”Cal really didn’t make too many adjustments from the first half,” head coach Courtney Martinez Connor mentioned. “Credit to them for being able to execute their game plan more effectively down the stretch.”

ASU stayed hot out the break and scored within the first minute of the second half. The Golden Bears’ offense were not giving up as their scored four of the next five goals to cut the Sun Devils lead down to one.

The Sun Devils scored back-to-back goals to give them another three-goal lead, putting the Sun Devils up 9-6 with 15 minutes left to play. The Sun Devils got comfortable and let the Golden Bears score three more goals to tie up the game at nine.

After Villanti and Glagolev’s goals put ASU back up by two late, the Sun Devils squandered their lead. With momentum on its side, Cal’s Nikki Zaccaro overtime-goal sent ASU to its sixth loss of the season.

To finish the week the Sun Devils will have their shot at revenge, as they make the return trip to the Bay Area to take on Stanford and California. On Friday, March 29th, the Sun Devils will head to Stanford at 7 P.M. MST and then head to Berkeley on Sunday, March 31st at 12 P.M.

“We see both of these teams next weekend,” Martinez Connor said. “I know the team will be hungry to return the favor and make up for the losses at home.”