We continue our best teams from ASU ever this summer with our next matchup. No. 6 1972 Baseball vs. No. 11 2008-09 MBB in our last matchup our last article. Next up, it’s time for No. 5 1994-95 Women’s Golf vs. No. 12 2018-19 Hockey.
Here’s the current bracket:
No. 5 1994-95 Women’s Golf
Pac-10 Champions, NCAA National Champions, Undefeated record, 3-peat
Head coach: Linda Vollstedt
Notable players: Wendy Ward, Kristel Mourgue d’Algue, Heather Bowie, Kellee Booth
The rundown: This team was quite literally perfect. The 1994-95 women’s golf team went undefeated as they continued one of the most historic runs in the history of the sport at the collegiate level. The title was one of six championships in the 1990’s for head coach Linda Vollstedt. She was named National Coach of the Year and the team featured four First Team All-Americans. The group also captured a three-peat, as the program won its third consecutive national title that occurred from 1993-1995. The Sun Devils’ average margin of victory in their events that season was 25 strokes, as they took home a title in dominant fashion.
No. 12 2018-19 Hockey
Record: 21-13-1, eliminated in first round of NCAA’s, First-ever NCAA Tournament Berth
Head coach: Greg Powers
Notable players: Johnny Walker, Joey Daccord, Brinson Pasichnuk
The rundown: The lasting memory of this group of Sun Devils’ might be a little more fresh in the minds for ASU fans. In just their fourth year at the Division I level, the group made the 16-team NCAA Ice Hockey Tournament. They accomplished the task as an independent team, becoming the first college hockey program in 27 years to capture the feat. The squad featured two Hobey Baker candidates in sophomore forward Johnny Walker and junior goaltender Joey Daccord. Furthermore, after ASU was eliminated by Quinnipiac in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, Daccord became the first Sun Devil hockey player to ever play in the National Hockey League (NHL) when he made his debut on April 4, 2019 as an Ottawa Senator.
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Who was better?— House of Sparky (@HouseOfSparky) June 18, 2019