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Olympic sports roundup: ASU lacrosse wins its first game in program history against Stanford

ASU track has 18 of the top-25 leading marks in the country after completing the Sun Angel Classic in Tempe

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ASU women's lacrosse battles against the University of Florida at Sun Devil Soccer Stadium on Sunday, March 27, 2022.


ASU women's lacrosse beat Stanford for the first time in program history on Friday, 18-11. 

Graduate attackers Carley Adams, Emily Glagolev and midfielder Taylor Pinzone led the Sun Devils with five goals each. Senior attacker Katie Brodsky added two while graduate attacker Emily Munro added one. 

Freshman goalkeeper Katie Vahle started her 12th straight game for the Sun Devils, making 12 saves and allowing 11 goals. 

The Sun Devils took over in draw controls, leading 18-15. They also led 17-15 in ground balls and 7-4 in free position shots. 

The Sun Devils will continue Pac-12 play in Tempe on Sunday at 12 p.m. against Cal.

Water Polo

No. 9 ASU water polo fell just short of upsetting the top team in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation on Saturday after ASU lost 15-11 to No. 1 USC at home.

"I am very, very proud of the team and that we stuck with them [USC] and didn't really let them step away from us," interim head coach Petra Pardi said.

The Trojans started quickly by scoring the first three goals of the game. ASU was able to get on the board after senior Bori Kekesi scored with 3:19 left in the first quarter. Freshman Vanda Baksa, Stevi Griffin, and junior Lara Kiss scored their first goals in the quarter to bring the deficit to one.

The Sun Devils continued to hang tough in the second quarter after a goal from senior Emma Fraser scored and Kekesi and Baksa got her second goals of the game in the period. However, USC outscored ASU 6-4 in the period to have a three-goal lead heading into halftime.

The defense played exceptionally well in the second half. ASU held the Trojans to only four goals in the second half. Despite good defending, ASU’s offense couldn’t get past the Trojans as they only scored three goals in the half, including two more from Baksa.

Baksa has continued her phenomenal first season. Her four goals on the day extended her hat-trick streak to 10 straight games. She also passed the 70 goals mark in the game as well. 

ASU will have its final home and senior day next Saturday when it hosts No. 14 Indiana to close out the regular season.

Beach volleyball

ASU beach volleyball traveled to Palo Alto this weekend to compete in the Pac-12 North tournament. As of Sunday afternoon, the team has gone 2-1, beating Oregon 3-2 and sweeping Utah, but falling to no. 3 UCLA 0-5. 

In the match against Oregon, the two, four, and five pairs all clinched wins over the Ducks. The number four pair of sophomore Kate Fitzgerald and freshman Kylie Wickley improved to 3-0 on the season after the win against Oregon. 

All five pairs won their matches against Utah, with the number one, three, and fives pairs all winning in straight sets. The number five pair of sophomore Tayrn Ames and senior Maddy Salazar had the matching-clinching win for the sand devils. 

There weren't many bright spots for ASU in their match against UCLA as they got swept. Only the number three pair of freshman Rylie Kael and junior Sarah Waters was able to take its opponents to three sets. 

The Sand Devils will finish out the tournament Sunday night when they take on Washington at 5 p.m.

Track and field

ASU track and field hosted the Sun Angel Classic in Tempe this weekend from Apr 7-9. Through the completion of the Sun Angel Classic, the Sun Devil track team has 18 top-25 NCAA leading marks with three meets to go before the Pac-12 Championships in May.

The meet kicked off at noon on Thursday with graduate student Katie Eidem competing in the Heptathlon event. Eidem racked up a new personal best of 5,405 points. Her effort led to a second-place finish. 

Graduate student hammer thrower Beatrice Llano improved upon her season-best mark by throwing for 69.64 meters. Although she was unable to win the event, Llano’s throw currently ranks as the third farthest in the NCAA.

Freshman Adriana Tatum yet again dominated by winning her 100-meter and 200-meter events. Her time of 11.67 seconds in the 100m tied her personal best which she set in her last time out. She also earned a personal-best in the 200m with 23.35 seconds. Additionally, Tatum helped the women’s 4x400 relay team take home a third-place finish.

 Throwing standouts redshirt senior Turner Washington and graduate student Jorinde Van Klinken both made their outdoor season debuts in the discus events, while Washington also competed in the shot put event. 

Van Klinken earned her ninth consecutive discus event win with a throw of 62.38-meters. In her first outdoor meet of the season, Van Klinken has already earned the top spot in the NCAA qualifying list. Her closest competitor currently has a best mark of 59.49-meters.

Washington won the men's discus event, his eighth consecutive discus win, beating freshman Ralford Mullings by one inch. Washington also won his shot put event with a throw of 20.87-meters which currently is the second-best in the country.

Sophomore jumper Dylan James set a personal-best in his first long jump win of the outdoor season with a leap of 7.70-meters. James’ new best propels him to the 15th best mark in the NCAA this season. James also owns a top-25 mark in the triple jump event.

Next up for the Sun Devils is the Mt. Sac Relays in Walnut Creek, California taking place from April 14-16. ASU will then finish up its last two meets of the outdoor season in Arizona, with the ASU Twilight meet from April 22-23 and then the Desert Heat Classic hosted by UA on April 30.

Women's golf

No. 6 ASU Women's golf finished tied for seventh place at the Silverado Showdown in Napa, California this past week. 

Senior Alessandra Fanali led the way, finishing first overall in her final regular season tournament with -7, three strokes ahead of the second-place finisher.

"It feels very good to win right now," Fanali said. "That's what I was waiting for in the past 1.5 years and I've been working so hard to finally demonstrate myself that I'm capable of doing it and I have to say that it feels amazing."

Senior Alexandra Forsterling, who was recently named Pac-12 Golfer of the Month for March, finished in a tie for fourth place, ending the tournament with -2. It was a remarkable recovery, ending day one with +3 and scoring a -5 on the final day to move up eight spots.

Junior Amanda Linner finished +19, freshmen Grace Summerhays and Calynne Rosholt finished +20 and +22, respectively,  while sophomore Breyana Matthews ended with +35.

With Fanali's win, a Sun Devil has now won an individual championship 15 times under coach Missy Farr-Kaye.

ASU kicks off postseason play at the 2022 Pac-12 Women's Golf Championships at the Eugene Country Club in Oregon from April 18-20.

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Justin SpangenthalSports Reporter

Justin Spangenthal is a reporter for The State Press, currently covering Men's Golf and Track and Field. Justin transferred to ASU last January and is planning to graduate Fall '23. He is passionate about journalism and hopes to one day launch his own media outlet.

Kathryn FieldSports Editor

Kathryn Field is a sports editor at The State Press. Kathryn has previously worked as a full time reporter at The State Press, covering women’s basketball and lacrosse.

Walker SmithSports Editor

Walker Smith is a managing editor in the digital department of the State Press. He has previously worked as a reporter and editor on the sports desk and works for Blaze Radio and interned at Big Slate Media in broadcast productions.

Aaron SchmidtSports Reporter

Aaron Schmidt is a sports reporter who covers ASU Baseball and ASU Women’s Golf for The State Press. He previously covered Higley High School football for AZPreps365.

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