NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- Stephanie Funston (Jr., Riverside, Calif.) scored four times to earn Player of the Game honors as No. 8 Arizona State University grounded the Miami University (Ohio) RedHawks 12-9 in the consolation bracket of the 2011 Women's National Collegiate Club Championship at the University of Notre Dame's Rolfs Aquatic Center.
The win places Arizona State into a 1:40 p.m. meeting on Saturday, May 7 versus No. 13 University of Texas with a berth in the tournament's ninth place game on the line, while Miami moves into a game with Lindenwood University at 8:40 p.m. to determine which program finishes the tournament in a tie for 13th place and which earns one of two spots at No. 15.
Due to the limited pool availability and time restraints of a 16-team tournament, the field does not play out the 13th and 15th places unless two pools are available, such as last year at the University of Arizona.
In a game during which the two teams drew only nine ejections, converting on three of the man-up chances, ASU received the better of even-strength play punching in 10 natural goals to Miami's one to take a three score victory.
The Sun Devils never trailed in the game opening up 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2 leads in the first period before Megan Foster (Fr., Sylvania, Ohio) tied the game at 3-to-3 with 6:15 remaining on the second period clock.
Knotted at three-all, ASU began to pull away as Sara McDaniel (Fr., Okemos, Mich.) tossed in goals at 5:39 and 4:13, while Elyssa Salcido (So., Houston, Texas) netted a natural-goal at 5:00 to build a 6-3 Sun Devils' lead.
Miami sliced into the spread with a score by Colleen Briggs (Sr., Mount Prospect, Ill.) at 3:46, before Arizona State reeled off back-to-back strikes by Diane Bowersox (So., Escondido, Calif.) and Kaleigh Esson (Jr., Fountain Valley, Calif.) at 2:01 and 21 seconds to make it an 8-4 game at halftime.
Jane Gleaves (So., Lexington, Ohio) opened the third period with a goal for Miami to move the RedHawks to within three at 8-5 with 4:53 on the clock, but ASU got the score back 38 seconds later when Salcido converted on a man-up opportunity.
Megan Rigali (Sr., River Forest, Ill.) and Briggs trimmed two goals off the Sun Devils' 9-5 lead as the duo dumped balls into the back of the cage at 2:14 and 1:22, respectively, to move Miami to within 9-7.
However, Funston began to warm-up with her first tally of the day with 1:09 on the period clock to make it a 10-7 game with eight minutes to play.
Entering the final seven-minute period, Arizona State was poised to cushion the margin as Salcido (6:40) and Funston (3:52) found the back of the cage to make it a 12-7 game. Miami attempted to make one-last-ditch effort to rally back into the game scoring at 48 seconds and six seconds via shots by Rigali and Briggs, respectively, to close the spread to 12-9 before the final horn.
In cage, Kaitlyn Morris (Sr., Fremont, Calif.) stopped nine shots to pick up the victory for ASU, while Kelsey Novotny (Jr., Wheaton, Ill.) and Zara Wysockey (Fr., Wilmette, Ill.) combined for Miami's nine saves.
|Miami University (Ohio)
|No. 8 Arizona State University||3||5||2||2||--||12|
Stephanie Funston (4); Elyssa Salcido (3); Sara McDaniel (2); Diane
Bowersox; Kaileigh Esson; Madison Pinto
Miami Goals: Colleen Briggs (4); Megan Rigali (3); Jane Gleaves; Megan Foster
Saves: ASU - Kaitlyn Morris (9) ; Miami - Kelsey Novotny (6), Zara Wysockey (3)
Exclusions: ASU - 4 ; Miami - 5
Advantage Opportunities: ASU - 2-for-5 ; Miami - 1-for-4
Sprints: ASU - 3-for-4 ; Miami - 1-for-4
Officials: JT Wall, Scott Voltz