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Pac-12 Women's Lacrosse Weekly Rundown - April 3, 2024

Apr 3, 2024
San Diego State Athletics

Three Pac-12 teams are ranked in the IWLCA Top-25 for the third-consecutive week: No. 17 Stanford, No. 20 Colorado and No. 21 USC.

Around the League

  • RPI Ranking (through games 4/2): No. 10 Stanford, No. 16 USC, No. 31 Colorado, No. 49 Arizona State, No. 51 UC Davis, No. 57 Oregon, No. 72 California and No. 101 San Diego State.
  • Colorado topped San Diego State, 17-8 for the Buffaloes’ second Pac-12 win of the year.
    • The Buffs had 10 different goal scorers, led by Madeline Pisani and Averi Gardner who had four goals apiece. 
    • Victoria Rankin led the way for the Aztecs, scoring three goals on three shots on goal while posting five draw controls. 
  • Stanford took the 20-8 win over Arizona State for its second-straight win, and seventh victory in its last eight contests.
    • Aliya Polisky scored six goals while Jay Browne and Jordyn Case netted five each.
  • The Sun Devils dropped Detroit Mercy, 17-3 on the road on Tuesday to get back to .500 on the year.
    • Arizona State poured in 11 first-quarter goals and carried a 13-0 advantage at the half. Goalie Katie Vahle earned her 21st career win at goal to set a new program record.
  • USC edged California, 9-8 on Easter Sunday at the LA Memorial Coliseum.
    • The Golden Bears led at halftime and after the third quarter, but the Trojans scored four times in the final frame, including a game-winning score with 4:24 left off the stick of  .
  • The Oregon Ducks earned their first Pac-12 win of the season against UC Davis behind 10 goals in the first quarter. 
    • The 17 total goals scored were the most for Oregon against a Pac-12 foe since 2018.
  • UC Davis’ Grace Gebhardt recorded her 18th career hat trick, which is the ninth most in program history.
    • The attacker has 97 career goals, and needs 11 more to break into the top-10 of Aggie history. 
  • Stanford’s Annabel Frist (3rd - 10.90) and Arizona State’s Zoe Mazur (5th - 8.33) are both in the top-five nationally in draw controls per game.
  • Jess Peluso of Colorado leads the league with 22 caused turnovers, and her 2.20 caused turnovers per game are the 12th-most in NCAA DI.
  • The Trojans are 3-0 to begin Pac-12 play for the third straight season.
  • Stanford’s 22.20 ground balls per game not only leads the conference, but is the fourth-highest mark in the country. 
    • The Cardinal is 5-0 when recording 19 or more ground balls in a game.
  • The Pac-12 has three teams in the top-25 nationally in scoring defense: No. 13 Stanford - 8.80, No. 17 Oregon - 9.20 and No. 25 California - 9.73.
    • The Ducks have held opponents to under 10 goals in eight of 10 games this season, and only allowed 10+ goals to top-25 opponents (No. 22 Rutgers, No. 23 Stanford).
  • UC Davis’ Ashley Laing (7th - 113) and San Diego State’s Caitlin Boughton (24th - 97) are both in the top-25 in saves.

This Week 

  • No. 20 Colorado visits No. 13 Denver on Wednesday, April 3 in an in-state top-25 showdown.
    • Denver edged the Buffs, 9-8 a season ago, and Colorado is eying its first win over the Pioneers since 2022.
    • The Buffaloes have scored 12 or more goals in each of their last four games, and are 3-1 over that stretch with their lone loss coming to then-RV Stanford.
  • The Buffaloes then head to UC Davis for league play.
    • The Aggies have yet to drop a home game this season (7-0).
    • Pisani’s .800 free position percentage is the fifth-best nationally. 
  • Arizona State hosts California looking to extend its 10-game winning streak against the Golden Bears on Saturday, April 6.
    • A Cal win would be its first against Arizona State since 2019, which came in the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament.
  • San Diego State welcomes No. 17 Stanford to Aztec Lacrosse Field on Saturday.
    • Saturday’s contest will be the second straight against a ranked opponent for San Diego State. The Cardinal are 7-0 all-time against the Aztecs.
  • Oregon continues its homestand against No. 21 USC.
    • The Ducks are 6-1 at home this season. The Trojans are 13-3 all-time against Oregon, including the last eight straight.

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)

Wednesday, April 3 Where to Watch Time (PT)
No. 20 Colorado at No. 13 Denver Pioneers All-Access 6 p.m.
Saturday, April 6    
California at Arizona State Pac-12 Arizona 12 p.m.
No. 21 USC at Oregon Pac-12 Network, Pac-12 Los Angeles, Pac-12 Oregon 12 p.m.
No. 20 Colorado at UC Davis YouTube 1 p.m. 
No. 17 Stanford at San Diego State YouTube 4 p.m.
Pac-12 Women's Lacrosse Standings (Full Standings)     
Team Pac-12 Overall
No. 21 USC 3-0 9-3
No. 17 Stanford 3-0 7-3
No. 20 Colorado 2-1 7-3
UC Davis 1-2 8-4
Oregon 1-2 7-3
Arizona State 1-2 6-6
California 1-2 4-7
San Diego State 0-3 1-11
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
April 2 Jordyn Case, STAN Annabel Frist, STAN