Go Dancing – Stanford University Athletics
TEMPE, Ariz. – Stanford won the Pac-12 tournament on Saturday beating No. 23 ASU 18-12. Cardinal earned an automatic NCAA Tournament berth by winning the conference tournament title.
It’s the second time in four occasions since the inception of Pac-12 lacrosse that Stanford has won both the Pac-12 tournament and regular-season titles. It is also the 14th time in program history that Stanford has won both its conference regular season and conference tournament titles.
The Cardinal stormed through the gates, scoring seven goals in the first half alone while limiting the hosts to just two. Annabel First picked up where she left off after Thursday’s game, scoring a hat trick in the first quarter while Ali Baiocco and Ailish Kelly each scored a pair of goals.
Frist led all scorers on the day, scoring six goals after scoring seven in the previous game against Oregon. His impressive performances during the Pac-12 Tournament earned him a spot on the Pac-12 All-Tournament Team.
However, Baiocco and Kelly weren’t far behind Frist on the scoresheet. They both scored five goals against the Devils to rank second on the team.
Kelly’s dominant tournament run earned him the Pac-12 Tournament MVP award, as well as a spot on the Pac-12 All-Tournament Team alongside Frist.
Baiocco’s five strikes took her total for the season to 61, making her the first Stanford lacrosse player to break the 60-goal mark in a season. She now sits atop the all-time leader board at Stanford with at least one more game to play.
ASU battled to stay in the game in the second quarter, scoring four goals to three for Stanford. Baiocco and Jay Browne each found the back of the net in the second period before the Devils won three straight.
The Cardinal defense held firm, however, while the offense continued to fire on goal. Stanford scored more goals than the Devils in the third and fourth periods.
Kara Rahaim posted 11 saves that day, successfully stifling a powerful ASU attack that eliminated the no. 16 USC Thursday. The Pac-12 Goaltender of the Year also had nine ground ball recoveries and earned a spot on the Pac-12 All-Tournament Team for her performance over the past three days.
Ashley Humphrey drove the Cardinal in points emphatically. The assist maestro delivered a Stanford-high nine assists against the Devils, one more than the record she set earlier this season. She also fired in a goal to bring her total points to 10.
Humphrey’s hard-hitting play and impressive stat line of 14 assists and three goals also earned him a spot on the Pac-12 All-Tournament Team, bringing the total to four Cardinal selections.
Galen Lew continued his successful season involved in the draw by bringing 6 draw checks against ASU. His season total now stands at 66, the sixth most draw checks in a season by a Cardinal lacrosse player.
To support his goal in the second quarter, Jay Browne also threw two assists at Tempe on Saturday. Her 17 assists this season rank her eighth in the conference in total assists.
Stanford will learn its NCAA tournament destination tomorrow night at Sunday’s NCAA lacrosse selection event. ESPNU will reveal the field and roster for the 29-team women’s tournament during the NCAA Women’s and Men’s Lacrosse Selection Show on Sunday, May 8 at 6 p.m. PT.