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2024 Pac-12 Women's Lacrosse Tournament

May 1-4 | Los Angeles, CA
LA Memorial Coliseum

Pac-12 Women's Lacrosse Weekly Rundown - March 29, 2024

Mar 25, 2024
Alyssa Studdert (Andrew Madsen/KLC Fotos)

Three Pac-12 teams are ranked in the latest IWLCA Top-25 for the second-straight week: No. 20 Stanford, No. 21 USC and No. 22 Colorado. 

Stanford’s Annabel Frist was named to Inside Lacrosse's Midseason All-American List, earning Third Team accolades. Cardinal teammate Aliya Polisky was named Honorable Mention alongside Arizona State’s Zoe Mazur, Colorado’s Madeline Pisani, USC’s Ella Heaney, Anna Regan & Isabelle Vitale.

Around the League

  • USC topped Arizona State, 16-7 in the Trojans' Pac-12 road opener. Heaney and Maggie Brown each poured in four goals and Annie Shields earned her first career win as goalie.
  • Stanford recorded its 17th-straight victory over Oregon this past weekend, defeating the Ducks, 18-8. 
    • Sarah Jaques scored five goals and had three assists, earning her Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week recognition.
  • Colorado earned its first league win of 2024 in a 15-7 decision over California.
    • The Buffaloes had eight different goal scorers, five of whom had two or more goals led by Pisani and Sydney Zimmerman with three apiece. 
  • UC Davis recorded its first-ever Pac-12 Conference win after topping San Diego State, 15-12. Ella Brislin tied a career high with five goals, and had 11 draw controls.
  • The Aggies are 5-1 this year when posting a shooting percentage of 46.0 or better, and 6-0 when having at least 20 shots on goal.
  • RPI Rankings (thru games 3/28): No. 11 Stanford, No. 18 USC, No. 25 Colorado, No. 42 UC Davis, No. 43 Arizona State, No. 64 Oregon, No. 71 California, No. 100 San Diego State.
    • Stanford’s opponent success is ranked No. 1 nationally. 
  • The Pac-12 has three teams in the top 30 nationally in goals per game: No. 16 Stanford - 15.11, No. 27 Oregon - 14.00 and No. T-30 UC Davis - 13.73.
  • UC Davis (No. 9 - 12.18) and Arizona State (No. 10 - 12.20) round out the NCAA DI top 10 in turnovers per game.
  • Oregon and Stanford both rank No. 10 nationally in caused turnovers per game with 10.44. 
    • The Ducks have reached double-digit caused turnovers five times this season, including a league-high 16 on March 6 against Merrimack. 
    • Stanford is 4-1 when causing 10 or more turnovers in 2024.
  • Pisani’s 85.7 free position percentage is the third best nationally, and her 1.33 free position goals per game are the fourth most.
    • The senior has a league-leading 32 goals, and 3.56 goals per game, this season.
  • Frist is averaging 10.89 draw controls per game, which is the third-highest mark in NCAA DI. Frist has 290 draw controls in her career, which are the second most in Pac-12 history, trailing former Cardinal Genesis Lucero who had 318. Frist’s 117 career goals are the eighth-most in league history.

This Week  

  • Arizona State returns to the road to battle No. 20 Stanford on Saturday, March 30 in what will be the Sun Devils’ fifth game against a ranked opponent this season, including their second consecutive ranked foe. Arizona State is also set to face Detroit Mercy on Tuesday, April 20.
    • Goalkeeper Katie Vahle needs one more win between the posts to move into sole possession of the program's all-time career wins with 21. 
    • Stanford is 12-1 all-time against Arizona State.
  • San Diego State heads to Boulder, Colorado on Saturday. 
    • An Aztec win will be their first-ever against the Buffs, who have a 9-0 record against San Diego State.
  • Oregon welcomes UC Davis to Papé Field on Saturday eyeing its first league win of the season.
    • The Ducks are 5-1 at home this season, outscoring their opponents 95-42 in those six contests.
  • The Trojans host Cal at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum on Easter Sunday.
    • Sunday’s contest on Pac-12 Networks will be the ninth-ever USC women’s lacrosse game at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum, and the Trojans are 5-3 at this venue which is also set to host the 2024 Pac-12 Women’s Lacrosse Tournament. 

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 30 Where to Watch Time (PT)
San Diego State at No. 22 Colorado Pac-12 Mountain 11 a.m.
Arizona State at No. 20 Stanford Pac-12 Bay Area 1 p.m.
UC Davis at Oregon Pac-12 Oregon 1 p.m.
Sunday, March 31    
California at No. 21 USC Pac-12 Network, Pac-12 Bay Area, Pac-12 Los Angeles 12 p.m.
Tuesday, April 2    
Arizona State at Detroit Mercy ESPN+ 9 a.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
March 26 Sarah Jaques, STAN Jess Peluso, COLO