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ASU Lacrosse: First Senior Day provided motivation for the Sun Devils over SDSU – House of Sparky

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Arizona State were inspired to get the win for their two senior leaders, defenders Rachel Gregory and Sydney Bosmans, as this was the last game the two veterans played at Sun Devil Soccer/Lacrosse Stadium. These two seniors are the first in program history and were honored before the game.

”It was a great opportunity to honor and celebrate Rachel and Sydney, two individuals that have sacrificed so much for this program,” head coach Courtney Martinez Connor remarked. “As a team, we wanted to make sure we did everything we could to assure they would walk off the field victorious one final time at home.”

The Sun Devils (6-10, 2-7 Pac-12) defeated the San Diego State Aztecs (8-7) in a tearful victory, 13-10, with help from six different Arizona State scorers in the last home game for the Sun Devils. This win was their sixth of the season, matching last year’s record.

ASU sophomore attacker Taylor Carson led the Sun Devils with a season-high four goals. Along with Carson, the Sun Devils had three other players with a multiple goal game, sophomore midfielders Emily Glagolev (three), Maria Vallanti (two) and Kylie Kroeger (two).

The Sun Devils started out hot scoring the first three goals of the contest, forcing the Aztecs to rally. After another two goals by the Sun Devils and one from the Aztecs, the score was set at 5-1 after Vallanti got her second of the day with 19:24 remaining.

The Aztecs were not giving up without a fight and went on a 6-2 run in the next 16 minutes, tying the game up at 7 a piece with 3:20 left in the first half.

Glagolev continued her dominance in the first half scoring two of her three goals and five of her six assists. The sophomore attacker recorded nine points on the day, her career-high, and hit the 50 point mark for the season.

”There is not much more I can say about Emily Glagolev other than we are just so incredibly fortunate to have her on our team,” Martinez Connor mentioned. “She continues to work hard to improve her game and it is reflected in her recent performance.”

The first half ended 10-7, after the Sun Devils went on a 3-0 run themselves, with help from Glagolev getting her second, Kroeger and Carson with the hat-trick with only 27 seconds remaining in the half.

The second half started out much slower than the first for both teams. However, the defensive efforts by the Aztecs could not stop the Sun Devils offense from scoring. Junior attacker Carley Adams opened up the scoring giving the Sun Devils a four goal lead, 11-7. The assist by Glagolev, tied the school record for most assists in a single game (six), which is shared with sophomore attacker Julia Burns.

With 20 minutes left to play the Aztecs responded with a 3-1 run to narrow the gap, but leaving them only six minutes to try to match the Sun Devils. The defensive efforts and game management helped the Sun Devils keep their lead, 12-10.

Junior goalkeeper Berkeley Bonneau had another double-digit performance, making 14 saves, which is her 11th on the season. Bonneau also picked up her sixth win of the season, beating her mark of five last year to give her the new school record for single-season wins.

”We made some adjustments and I was pleased with the way we executed in the second half,” Coach Martinez Connor said. “We learned from some of our mistakes late in games in the past and made sure we played under control, since we had the lead.”

Glagolev completed her hat-trick to keep the Sun Devils up and secure the victory, before a goal by SDSU Courtney Robinson to finish the game 13-11.

Arizona State will finish up the season at #21 USC on Saturday, April 20th at 2:00 P.M. MST in Los Angeles. This will truly be the final test for the Sun Devils as the Trojans are atop the conference sitting at 8-1 in the Pac-12. After finishing the regular-season, the Sun Devils will head out to Eugene for the Pac-12 tournament on Thursday, April 25th.

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