No. 10 Arizona State University Bedevils No. 17 Duke University, 11-8, to Place Ninth at 2012 National Collegiate Club Championship
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Alexis D'Asaro (So., Hungtington Beach, Calif.) scored three times to lead No. 10 Arizona State University to an 11-8 victory over No. 17 Duke University in the ninth place game of the 2012 National Collegiate Club Championship at Florida State University's Morcom Aquatics Center.
Duke, the Mid-Atlantic Division champion, opened the scoring 46 seconds into the game as Bobby Sanders (Gr., Morrisville, N.C.) flipped in a score at the 6:14 mark and Justine Sinnaeve (Jr., Troy, Mich.) added a marker at 5:23 to put the Blue Devils in front 2-0 less than two minutes into the contest.
Stephanie Funston (Sr., Riverside, Calif.) responded for the Southwest Division Sun Devils a 1:30, but Sanders sawed through the ASU defense with 35 seconds on the clock for her second marker of the opening period to place Duke ahead by a 3-1 margin.
Arizona State erased the lead to start the second quarter as Kaileigh Esson (Sr., Fountain Valley, Calif.) and Madison Pinto (Jr., Orange, Calif.) lined in the equalizing goals at 6:40 and 6:17, respectively, to make it three-all.
The tie lasted for 18 seconds before Sanders completed a first-half hat-trick with her third goal in eight minutes to return the lead to the Blue Devils.
Sanders third score started a punch-counter punch pattern for the remainder of the first half as D'Asaro (5:32), Duke's Arielle Brackett (Fr., Ventura, Calif) (4:33), Esson (2:50) and Sinnaeve (1:36) registered goals to make it 6-5 in favor of the Blue Devils.
Duke would not carry a lead into halftime, however, as D'Asaro converted on an exclusion chance with 24 seconds on the clock to make it six-all when the squads went to their respective corners.
The game remained tied until Sanders slashed through the Sun Devils at 2:09 for the go-ahead strike. Once again, ASU came back as D'Asaro cocked and popped a man-up shot past Duke netminder Sarah Pilzer (Gr., Atlanta, Ga.) to return the squads to a deadlock at seven-all.
Facing the potential of an overtime game, the Sun Devils used a 4-1 scoring run in the fourth period to torch the Blue Devils for the three-goal win.
Following a missed five-meter penalty shot by ASU with 6:24 on the clock, the Sun Devils' offense regrouped for a tally by Funston at 5:46 to place Arizona State in front for the first time in the contest.
Sara McDaniel (Gr., Okemos, Mich.) followed with a marker at 5:12 to make it 9-7, but the Blue Devils pitchforked the Sun Devils when Sinnaeve shattered the ASU defense for a sccore at 3:38.
The goal would prove to be Duke's final offensive output of the afternoon as the Sun Devils' defense stiffened before McDaniel (2:57) and Elyssa Salcido (Jr., Houston, Texas) (2:26) iced the victory with insurance strikes.
|No. 17 Duke University
|No. 10 Arizona State University
ASU Goals: Alexis
D'Asaro (3); Stephanie Funston (2); Madison Pinto (2); Kaleigh
Esson (2); Sara McDaniel; Elyssa Salcido;
Duke Goals: Bobby
Sanders (4); Justine Sinnaeve (3); Arielle Brackett
Saves: ASU - Jenna Godsil (3) ; Duke - Sarah Pilzer (7)
Exclusions: ASU - 11 ; Duke - 7
Advantage Opportunities: ASU - 2-for-7 ; Duke - 1-for-11
Sprints: ASU - 4-for-4 ; Duke - 0-for-4
Officials: Luke Peterson, Kristin Stanford
Duke University's Maryann
Verghese sizes up the Arizona State University defense as ASU's
Madison Pinto moves in for a steal