Arizona State and Colorado advance in the Pac-12 women's lacrosse tournament

LOS ANGELES – The Pac-12 Women's Lacrosse Tournament began on Wednesday, May 1 at the LA Memorial Coliseum, with No. 4 Arizona State and No. 3 Colorado each having their first-round matchups against No. 5 Oregon and No. 5 Oregon Number 3 won. 6 seed UC Davis.

The semifinals begin on Thursday, May 2, with top-seeded Stanford taking on the Sun Devils at 4:00 p.m. PT / 5:00 p.m. MT. Host No. 2 USC battles the Buffaloes tomorrow at 7:00 p.m. PT / 8:00 p.m. MT, and both contests will air on Pac-12 Networks.

Game One

The Sun Devils took an early 4-0 lead, with two of those goals coming Mina Scott who had four that day. Haley Cummins With 5:41 left in the first period, she put Oregon on the field, scoring one of her team-leading four goals in the contest. Shannon Urey put Arizona State ahead by four points with an assist from the 2023 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year Teagan Ng to finish the first. The Sun Devils outscored the Ducks 13-6 in the first 15 minutes, nine of which were on goal.

Arizona State continued its winning streak in the second period, scoring three straight times to extend the lead to seven. Oregon battled back and forth with points from Cummins Katie Collins to cut the deficit to six at 11-5, but Urey scored with 2:52 left in the half to give the Sun Devils a 12-5 lead at halftime. Arizona State had a perfect record of 17-17, including 12-12 in the first half.

Scott scored two straight goals early in the third period, sparking a 5-0 run for Arizona State, which had previously taken a 17-5 lead Anna Simmons ended the series with her first goal of the game. Oregon battled back in the fourth quarter, outscoring Arizona State 6-1 on 13 total shots, but Arizona State thwarted the comeback and secured a 19-12 win.

Katie Vahle Seven saves secured their ninth win of the season. Fouls hampered Oregon in the contest, with the Ducks committing 28 fouls compared to Arizona State's 10. The Sun Devils will appear in the Pac-12 Tournament semifinals for the third straight year and face Stanford in a rematch of the 2022 championship game.

Game two

Madeline Pisani brought Colorado onto the field 25 seconds into the game, their first of six goals that night. Ashley Laing made two saves early in the first period, and the Aggie defense forced a shot clock violation nine minutes into the game to limit the deficit to one. The Buffaloes pulled ahead with 6:30 left in the first period when Pisani scored again, and Maddie Shoup made it 3-0 with a nice shovel throw to the right. Cami Johnson scored from a free position for UC Davis, making it a 3-1 game.

Johnson's second free-position goal of the night cut UC Davis' deficit to one. Pisani's hat trick came with 10:45 left in the first half as the senior scored her third goal of the day to bring the Buffs back to a two-point lead Rachel Kennedy, Pisani again scored a shot from an open position from the left side to give Colorado a 6-2 lead. Shoup's second and Emily Dodds However, the Buffaloes initially managed their fifth goal in a row Reese Loseke answered for UC Davis with a goal down left. Natalie Markman With three seconds left, the Aggie total was increased, making it 8-4 at halftime.

Laing made a big save to deny a free-position attempt early in the third period, and the Aggies responded at the other end with a goal from Ellie Raffo to reduce it to three. Rhea Cosand scored 34 seconds later, forcing a Colorado timeout with the Buffs leading 8-6. Johnson scored a hat trick after the timeout, firing it past the Buff goalie into the top right corner, ending the game with the score tied. Molly Reed ended the Aggie run after nine minutes, increasing Colorado's lead to 9-7. Johnson and Ella Brislin booked a book Ashley Stokes As the back-and-forth continued, he scored a goal, making it 10-9 for the Buffaloes with just over three minutes left. Dodd's second goal scored in the third period, giving the Buffs an 11-9 lead heading into the final frame. In total, there were 15 shots, 14 fouls, eight goals and five saves (all by Laing) in the third quarter.

Pisani put Colorado back in front with a jump shot into the bottom right corner, and the Buff lead extended to four with another goal from Pisani from a free position. UC Davis got closer when Markman scored with 1:01 left, but Colorado ran out time in the final minute to secure a 13-10 win. The Buffs' defense stepped up in the fourth quarter, limiting the Aggies to just one goal and two shots on goal.

Laing made 15 saves on the night, one shy of her season high. Johnson topped the Aggies with four goals.

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