No. 8 Arizona State University Downs Dartmouth College 4-2 for Ninth Place at 2011 Women's National Collegiate Club Championship

Sara McDaniel
Sara McDaniel

NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- Alexis D'Asaro (Fr., Huntington Beach, Calif.) led all scorers with a pair of goals as the No. 8 Arizona State University Sun Devils toppled Dartmouth College 4-2 in the 2011 Women's National Collegiate Club Championship ninth place game at the University of Notre Dame's Rolfs Aquatic Center.

Making their first appearance at the National Championship tournament, the Sun Devils ran out to a 3-0 lead before the Big Green could respond to the string of scores. 

Lexi Anderson (Jr., Upland, Calif.) opened the scoring by snapping a shot past Dartmouth goalie Shelley Wentzel (Fr., Fremont, Calif.) with 2:51 remaining in the first period.  D'Asaro took over the burden of ASU's first half scoring from there talllying a marker with three seconds left in the first period before chipping in her second score with 3:53 on the second period clock to make it 3-0.

Dartmouth cut into the margin with 36 seconds left in the second period as Lisa Rennels (Fr., Palo Alto, Calif.) zipped a shot into the cage to move the Big Green to within two at halftime.

Kara Podkaminer (Gr., Janesville, N.Y.) closed the gap to a single goal by converting on a man-up opportunity with 2:16 remaining in the third period to set up a defensive struggle that lasted until Sara McDaniel (Fr., Okemos, Mich.) cushioned the ASU lead with a score at the 21 seconds mark of the fourth period.

Between the pipes, Kaitlyn Morris (Sr., Fremont, Calif.) garnered the victory with six saves, while Wentzel turned aside 10 shots for Dartmouth.

1 2 3 4 -- Final
Dartmouth College
0 1 1 0 -- 2
No. 8 Arizona State University 2 1 0 1 -- 4

ASU Goals: Alexis D'Asaro (2); Lexi Anderson; Sara McDaniel

Dartmouth Goals: Kara Podkaminer; Lisa Rennels

Saves: ASU - Kaitlyn Morris (6) ; Dartmouth - Shelley Wentzel (10)

Exclusions: ASU - 6 ; Dartmouth - 7

Advantage Opportunities:  ASU - 0-for-7 ; Dartmouth - 1-for-6

Sprints: ASU - 3-for-4 ; Dartmouth - 1-for-4

Cards: None

Officials: Perry Korbakis, Kristin Stanford

Dartmouth College's Shelley Wentzel attempts to block a shot by Arizona State University's Alexis D'Asaro

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