Arizona State Sun Devils

No. 9 Water Polo Routs Marist Behind Dhalluin’s Six Goals

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(Tempe, AZ)  The #9 Sun Devil Water Polo (8-8, 0-1) ended the weekend in dominant fashion in the 18-9 win over the Marist Red Foxes(10-8). Following yesterday’s single-game point record set by Luca Petovary, freshman attacker Juliette Dhalluin had some fun of her own with six goals and six assists to lead ASU to a win in their final game of the ASU Invitational to improve to 8-8 on the season.

The Sun Devils jumped out to an early lead and never looked back behind freshman goalkeeper Alexa Knutson’s nine saves, and six different Sun Devils on the tallying goals on the scoresheet in the all-around performance.

“I liked Alexa (Knutson) coming out of the cage and stealing balls and continuing to grow her confidence,” noted Head Coach Petra Pardi after her true freshman got her second win in three games.

It was all Sun Devils in the first quarter with two goals from Juliette Dhalluin and one apiece from graduate utility player Tina Doherty and Stevilyn Griffin who converted on their only shots of the frame. Dhalluin was credited with the assists and either scored or assisted on all four goals of the quarter. Marist got on the board with :26 remaining on the clock, but the Sun Devils led 4-1 after one. The defense didn’t allow a power play goal on the four Red Foxes attempts.

Marist was on the board first in the second quarter, but Luca Petovary answered back with a goal of her own with a nasty no-look behind-the-back dish. The offense continued to fire goals– crediting Alba Olivé Martí, Griffin, Dhalluin, and petovary– and totaled five before the half to lead Marist 9-3 after two. 

Another converted penalty shot from Petovary, and goals from Olivé Martí, Dhalluin, and Doherty. The defense allowed just two goals in the frame and had a 14-5 lead after three. 

In the final quarter, each team notched for goals apiece, but the Sun Devil lead was too much for the Red Foxes to overcome, and the Sun Devils secured a 18-9 win. 

UP NEXT: Arizona State will have a weekend of rest and recovery before returning home to face No. 1 Stanford in an MPSF conference matchup on Sunday, March 26 at 12:00 pm MST. The game will be streamed via the Arizona State Live Stream.

Press Release courtesy of Sun Devil Athletics – Claudia Schwartz, Media Relations Student Assistant


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