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2024 Pac-12 Women's Lacrosse Tournament

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LA Memorial Coliseum

Pac-12 Women's Lacrosse Weekly Rundown - March 21, 2024

Mar 21, 2024
Stanford Athletics

Three Pac-12 teams are ranked in the latest IWLCA Top-25: No. 17 USC, No. 20 Colorado and No. 23 Stanford. The Pac-12 has now had three teams ranked in at least one poll for seven straight seasons.

Around the League

  • Arizona State (5-4, 1-0) notched a pair of wins this past week, including a 17-9 win over San Diego State in its Pac-12 opener. 
    • Goalkeeper Katie Vahle earned Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week honors after making 25 saves and posting a 64.0 save percentage. Mina Scott and Teagan Ng recorded four points each against the Aztecs to pace the Sun Devils.
  • California (4-5, 1-0) outlasted Oregon in its Pac-12 opener, 8-7, to hand the Ducks their first home loss of the season. 
    • Kennedy Mason netted the game winner with six seconds left off an assist from Josie Lillquist.
  • The Cardinal (5-3, 1-0) topped then-No. 19 Colorado in its Conference opener and narrowly fell to then-No. 14 Denver, 10-6. 
    • Aliya Polisky won her second-straight Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week award after scoring eight times and dishing out four assists in those two games. Polisky scored seven goals against the Buffs, which are the most goals scored by a Pac-12 player this season.
  • USC (7-3, 1-0) won its Pac-12 opener against UC Davis, 21-13. The Trojans have never lost a conference opener (5-0 MPSF & 7-0 Pac-12). Their 21 goals scored are tied for the most by a Pac-12 team this year (also ASU vs. Xavier on Feb. 9, 2024).
  • Oregon has held its opponents to single-digit goals in seven of eight contests this season.
    • Goalie Thayer Hubbard is eighth nationally in allowing just 8.38 goals per game.
  • UC Davis’ Ashley Laing leads the league with 100 saves this season, which are the third-most in NCAA DI.
  • USC is 7-1 when scoring 11 or more goals in a game this season.
  • Cal’s Callan Frisch’s save percentage of 50.7 is the 11th best in the country.
  • Colorado’s Madeline Pisani’s 83.3 free position percentage is tied for the fourth best nationally. Pisani has a free-position goal in all but one game this season, and her 1.25 free-position goals per game is the 12th-best in NCAA DI.
  • Caitlin Boughton of San Diego State is second in the league in both saves (79) and save percentage (47.9).
  • Stanford has the fourth-toughest schedule nationally, with past opposition boasting a combined .700 win percentage (42-18).
  • Arizona State is averaging a Pac-12-best 11.67 turnovers per game, which is the fourth-best nationally.

This Week  

  • No. 17 USC visits Arizona State on Saturday, March 23 having won six of the last seven against the Sun Devils. 
    • These two teams squared off in the semifinals of the 2023 Pac-12 Tournament, in which USC took the 9-5 decision to advance to the championship game. 
    • A Sun Devil win would be Arizona State’s first over a ranked team since they defeated then-No. 16 USC on May 5, 2022 in the Pac-12 Tournament.
  • The Golden Bears host No. 20 Colorado this Saturday. 
    • The Buffaloes have won 12 straight against Cal.
  • No. 23 Stanford puts its 16-game win streak against Oregon on the line as the Cardinal hosts the Ducks on Saturday. 
    • The Ducks are off to their best start since 2015.
  • San Diego State (1-9, 0-1) visits UC Davis (7-3, 0-1) in the first Pac-12 matchup between these two teams. 
    • The Aggies won 19-11 against the Aztecs earlier this season in a non-conference contest, and Grace Gebhardt posted seven points on five goals and two assists.

Preseason Coaches Poll

  • USC was selected first in the 2024 Pac-12 Women’s Lacrosse preseason coaches poll. The defending regular season and tournament champion garnered 48 total points and six first-place votes, while Stanford was picked to finish second with 44 points and two first-place selections. 

Returners & Additions

  • The Pac-12 returns 13 postseason All-Conference honorees from a season ago, including reigning Pac-12 Midfielder of the Year Claudia Shevitz, the 2023 Pac-12 Co-Goalkeeper of the Year Kait Devir, and Reigning Freshman of the Year Teagan NG.
  • The Conference welcomes seven standouts featured on ILWomen’s Class of 2023 Power 100 Incoming Freshmen Rankings: Stanford Aliya Polisky - No. 14, A, Stanford; Lindsey Devir - No. 16, M, Stanford; Ava Arceri - No. 24, M, Stanford; Shae Lembo - No. 32, G, Stanford; Anna Colpack - No. 54, M, Stanford; Ellie Johnson - No. 71, D, Stanford; Anna Regan - No. 86, M, USC.

2024 Pac-12 Tournament   

  • The 2024 Pac-12 Tournament is set for May 1-4 at the LA Memorial Coliseum. The event will consist of a six team, single-elimination tournament format, and the tournament field will be based on regular-season conference record. All five contests are slated to broadcast on Pac-12 Network and the Pac-12 Now app. .

Upcoming Schedule (Full Schedule)

Saturday, March 23 Where to Watch Time (PT)
San Diego State at UC Davis YouTube 12 p.m.
No. 20 Colorado at California Pac-12 Plus 12 p.m.
No. 17 USC at Arizona State Pac-12 Plus 12 p.m.
Oregon at No. 23 Stanford Pac-12 Plus 1 p.m.
Pac-12 Women's Lacrosse Weekly Awards      
  Offensive Defensive
Feb. 13 Ella Heaney, USC Kate Gerrity, USC
Feb. 20 Madeline Pisani, COLO Jess Peluso, COLO
Feb. 27 Morgan McCarthy, ORE Lucy Pearson, STAN
March 5 Grace Gebhardt, UCD Alexis Niblock, USC
March 12 Aliya Polisky, STAN Annabel Frist, STAN
March 19 Aliya Polisky, STAN Katie Vahle, ASU