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2023 Pac-12 Women's Lacrosse Tournament

May 3-6 | Berkeley, CA
California Memorial Stadium

Pac-12 Women's Lacrosse Weekly Rundown - April 26, 2023

Apr 20, 2023
Maya Lawliss (Andrew Madsen/KLC Fotos)


The regular season comes to a close this Friday, April 28 with three games beginning at 3 p.m. PT / 4 p.m. MT. No. 20 USC has already secured the No. 1 seed in the Pac-12 Women's Lacrosse Tournament and at least a share of the regular season title. A Trojan win over Arizona State locks in the outright title for USC. The rest of the seeding for the Pac-12 Women's Lacrosse Tournament is also set with No. 2-seed Stanford, No. 3-seed Colorado, No.4-seed Arizona State, No. 5-seed California and No. 6-seed Oregon.
This Week 
  • Colorado (8-7, 6-3 Pac-12) hosts Oregon (5-10, 1-8 Pac-12) to wrap up the regular slate.
    • The Buffaloes edged the Ducks in overtime earlier this month. Ashley Stokes netted the game winner, and Charlie Rudy added five goals.
    • That previous contest was the first of back-to-back overtime contests for the Ducks, who bounced back against UC Davis to win 13-12 in extras.
  • It’s a battle of the Bay Area as RV Stanford (9-7, 7-2 Pac-12) travels to rival California (5-11, 2-7 Pac-12).
    • The Cardinal took the first matchup for its first win of 2023, extending its win streak over the Golden Bears to 21 straight.
    • California has posted its most wins since 2019 (excluding the COVID-shortened 2020 campaign), and will have its best seed at the Pac-12 Tournament since 2019.
  • Arizona State (5-11, 3-6 Pac-12) battles No. 20 USC (13-3, 8-1 Pac-12) in Tempe, Ariz. in a rematch of the 2022 Pac-12 Tournament semifinal.
    • The Sun Devils upset then-No. 16 USC to reach the Championship in that instant classic.
    • The Trojans got their first league win of the season against Arizona State back in March. Ella Heaney, Claudia Shevitz and Shelby Tilton each registered hat tricks, and Kait Devir made eight saves as USC held the Sun Devils scoreless in the final frame to seal the win.
Last Week
  • California completed the season sweep of the Ducks, headlined by a game-winning save by Riley Drullinger with four seconds left.
    • Drullinger turned away a free position shot to seal the 14-13 win, one of 18 saves she had on the day.
    • Morgan McCarthy extended her goal-scoring streak to 25 straight after netting a pair of goals against the Golden Bears.
  • Stanford leveled the 2023 series against Colorado, topping the Buffaloes 18-13 to move into sole possession of second place in the Pac-12 standings.
    • Sarah Jaques posted six points, while Ailish Kelly had four goals and six ground balls.
    • Rudy scored six times for her 13th hat trick in 14 games this season.
  • Arizona State fell to San Diego State before defeating UC Davis, 16-11.
    •  Teagan Ng set a new career best with five goals against the Aggies, and Katie Vahle had eight saves.
  • Colorado wrapped up regular season road action with a 19-9 win over California.
    • The Buffs erupted for seven goals in the first frame and held Cal scoreless in the third. Rudy scored four goals and leads the league with 61. She ranks fourth in the country with 4.07 goals per game.
    • Maya Lawliss scored three goals on five shots, her sixth hat trick of the year.
  • The Cardinal defeated Oregon, 16-9 to wrap up the regular season 7-1 at home.
    • It was the fifth win in seven games for Stanford, with those two losses coming against ranked teams on the road. Kara Rahaim posted a .609 save percentage and 14 saves to earn Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week honors.
    • Cassidy Eckert made 10 saves for the second time this season.
Notes and Numbers
  • USC remains at No. 20 in the latest IWLCA poll, and Stanford is receiving votes.
  • Stanford comes in at No. 24 in the RPI, followed by No. 28 USC, No. 55 Colorado, No. 84 Arizona State, No. 95 Oregon and No. 104 California.
  • The Sun Devils continue to clear the ball at a strong rate, ranking second in the NCAA at .935 percent. 
  • USC ranks sixth in Division I in scoring defense, allowing just 8.31 goals per game. If the Trojans maintain this mark, it would be the best by a Pac-12 team since 2019 when USC allowed 8.15 goals per game.
  • Stanford’s Ashley Humphrey is the NCAA’s active assists-per-game leader at 3.57, and second in points per game with 5.43. The redshirt sophomore is second on the league’s all-time assists list with 25, and tied-for-sixth in points with 190.
  • At just 11.73 turnovers per game which is seventh-best in the country, the Buffs have committed single-digit turnovers five times this season including in each of their last three games.  
2023 Pac-12 Tournament
  • The 2023 Pac-12 Women’s Lacrosse Tournament will take place in Berkeley, California from May 3-6, and the tournament champion will receive the Pac-12’s automatic bid to the 29-team 2023 NCAA Tournament. All five contests of the 2023 Pac-12 Women’s Lacrosse Tournament are slated to be broadcast on Pac-12 Network and the Pac-12 Now app. The five contests are part of 17 Pac-12 Networks will broadcast this season.

Upcoming Schedule (Full Schedule)

 Friday, April 28 Where to Watch Time
Oregon at Colorado Live Stream 3 p.m. PT / 4 p.m. MT
RV Stanford at California Pac-12 Bay Area, Pac-12 Now 3 p.m. PT / 4 p.m. MT
No. 20 USC at Arizona State Live Stream 3 p.m. PT / 4 p.m. MT
2023 Pac-12 Women's Lacrosse Players of the Week
  Offensive Player of the Week Defensive Player of the Week
Feb. 14 Maya Lawliss, California Logan Gierke, Oregon
Feb. 21 Ella Heaney, USC Catherine Lord, USC
Feb. 28 Haley Taylor, Oregon Catherine Lord, USC
March 7 Maggie Brown, USC Emma Wightman, USC
March 14 Annabel Frist, Stanford Alexis Niblock, USC
March 21 Charlie Rudy, Colorado Grace Donnelly, Colorado
March 28 Kaylon Buckner, Arizona State Catherine Lord, USC
April 4 Ashley Humphrey, Stanford Kara Rahaim, Stanford
April 11 Annabel Frist, Stanford Emma Wightman, USC
April 18 Charlie Rudy, Colorado Emma Wightman, USC
April 25 Sarah Jaques, Stanford Kara Rahaim, Stanford