Arizona State defeats Harvard, Michigan to go unbeaten at Brown Tournament
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Third-ranked Arizona State continued its dominant run through the Brown Tournament, capping off the weekend with victories against Harvard and Michigan on Sunday to improve to 5-0 on the weekend and 24-5 on the season.
The Sun Devils had their hands full with No. 15 Michigan in the fourth of five games of the Brown Tournament. Finding themselves trailing 3-2 after the first quarter, the Sun Devils were able to bounce back and take a 5-4 lead into halftime before outscoring Michigan 3-1 in the third quarter for an 8-5 edge that they wouldn’t relinquish.
Senior Alicia Brightwell put the team on her back, scoring five goals on seven shots to go along with four steals to help put the game away. With the effort, Brightwell matched teammate Shannon Haas as just the second player in ASU history to score five or more goals in five different games.
Haas scored once for the Sun Devils in the contest, as did Anna Kertes and Ao Gao while Petra Pardi added two goals.
E.B. Keeve played the whole game for ASU in the cage, logging nine saves in the contest.
Arizona State closed out the Brown Tournament with a thorough rout of Harvard, in a 17-8 effort. The Crimson were up to the task early as they went goal for goal with the Sun Devils in the first quarter and trailed only 5-4 after one.
The Sun Devils cruised from there however, allowing Harvard to score just four more goals during the course of the game as ASU matched its highest goal output of the season.
Eleven members of the team found the back of the net in the contest, led by Alicia Brightwell’s three goals. Brightwell also paced the team with her four steals in the contest.
E.B. Keeve had 10 saves in just three quarters of action while Ianeta Hutchinson closed out the game for ASU with three saves.
With the win, ASU moved within one game of tying its single-season school record for wins, improving to 24-5 on the season (3-2 MPSF).