USC Lacrosse Drops 7-4 Decision to No. 16 Stony Brook

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    Feb. 21, 2015

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    STONY BROOK, N.Y. - The USC women's lacrosse team (0-2) mounted a second-half comeback but fell short in a 7-4 loss to No. 16 Stony Brook (1-0) at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium on Saturday, Feb. 21. The Women of Troy got two goals and two draw controls from sophomore attacker Michaela Michael and had one goal apiece from junior midfielder Amanda Johansen and sophomore attacker Cynthia Del Core.

    Junior attacker Caroline de Lyra had USC's only assist in the game as the Trojans were out-shot, 19-10. It was the Seawolves' defensive pressure that kept USC off balance. Stony Brook benefited from 14 Trojan turnovers and scored four of its seven goals in transition.

    Freshman goalie Gussie Johns absorbed her second loss of the season but not before she recorded three saves. Defensively, USC was led by senior Elizabeth Eddy who had four ground balls and a draw control. Johansen also had two ground balls, three draw controls, and a caused turnover.

    Stony Brook got a pair of goals each from Courtney Murphy and Dorrien Van Dyke. Van Dyke also had two ground balls, two caused turnovers, and two draw controls. In her first start, Kaitlyn Leahy faced 10 shots and saved three. Despite being out-drawn, 9-4, the Seawolves pushed the ball up the field and caused eight of the Trojans' 14 turnovers.

    USC went scoreless for 16:29 until Michael dodged her way to the goal and put a shot past Leahy. Her goal only stemmed Stony Brook's 4-0 scoring run to open the game. With 4:09 left in the first half, Amber Krupes came down the field off a Trojan turnover to score and put the Seawolves up, 5-1, entering the break.

    Del Core scored after the Women of Troy cleared a defensive possession to pull USC within three, 5-2, at 27:11 in the second half. Michael went to goal a second time and beat Leahy low to make the score 5-3 at 25:06. The Seawolves had answers though and capitalized off another USC turnover to go up, 6-3, on a Murphy goal at 17:09. Stony Brook's final goal came from Kristen Yevoli who scored unassisted with 15:38 left in the game. De Lyra threw a pass to Johansen who scored with 3:24 to play and got the Trojans back within three, 7-4, but the clock ran out before USC could get any closer.

    USC has to turn around and play on back-to-back days with a noon ET (9 a.m. PT) game against Marist (0-0) tomorrow (Feb. 22) at Tenney Stadium in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. For more information on the USC women's lacrosse team, please visit Fans of the Women of Troy can follow the team on Instagram and Twitter @USCTrojansLax.