Trojan Lacrosse Flies by Foxes in 11-7 Win Over Marist

    Sophomore attacker Michaela Michael had four goals and an assist against the Red Foxes.

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    Feb. 22, 2015

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    POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. - USC women's lacrosse junior attacker Caroline de Lyra and sophomore attacker Michaela Michael each notched hat tricks in an 11-7 victory over Marist College (0-1) at Tenney Stadium on Sunday, Feb. 22. The Women of Troy got their first win of the season as Michael tied a career high with four goals and an assist for five points. De Lyra had three goals and two assists.

    Both de Lyra and Michael were 2-for-3 on free-position shot attempts. Michael also had a team-best three draw controls and picked up a ground ball. USC got goals from sophomore attackers Kylie Drexel and Cynthia Del Core and one goal each from juniors Kelsey Dreyer and Caroline Cordrey. Dreyer also had two ground balls, and two draw controls.

    Junior defender Courtney Tarleton had a pair of ground balls and one of the Trojans' three caused turnovers. In goal, freshman Gussie Johns got her first-career victory.

    For the Red Foxes, Allison Gionta had the hat trick with three goals, and an assist. Olivia Pitonzo scored a pair of goals and picked up a draw control. Kara McHugh and Kirsten Viscount had Marist's other two goals. Viscount also added a pair of assists. Abigail Witczak absorbed the loss but picked up nine saves in the process.

    The Trojans took their time getting settled into a rhythm, but did some big damage once they did. Michael opened up USC's scoring barrage with a free-position goal at 25:02. Cordrey dodged her way through the 12-meter fan and scored a second Trojan goal not more than 45 seconds later. One minute after Cordrey's goal, de Lyra took a cross-crease pass from Drexel to score and put USC up, 3-0.

    Michael added two more goals to the Trojans' 5-0 scoring run: the first at 20:20 as she dodged her way to the goal. The second time, Michael took a pass from de Lyra and found her way to the net once more for the five-point lead at 18:47. It took nearly 14 minutes, but Marist got on the board when Pitonzo was left unguarded in front of the crease in a man-up situation and put her shot past Johns. McHugh scored the second Red Fox goal at 9:05 in the first half to cut USC's lead to three, 5-2. De Lyra scored from the eight-meter arc, and then Michael beat Witczak low from the line to put the Trojans up, 7-2, heading into the break.

    Gionta had all three of her goals in the second half and started at 26:56 when she took advantage of an empty net left by a charging Johns. Del Core took a pass from Michael to put the Trojans up by five once more, 8-3, but Marist went on a 4-1 run to cut USC's lead to two, 9-7. Viscount intercepted a Trojan clear attempt and had a breakaway to the goal before Gionta scored at 20:43. Dreyer scored from a free-position to hold the Trojans up a 9-5, but the Foxes kept coming.

    Pitonzo beat Johns high before Gionta had the final Marist goal at 12:15 on an assist from Viscount. Drexel stemmed the tide when she rolled down the right side of the crease and beat Witczak for put USC up, 10-7, with 5:56 left in the game. The Trojans effectively stalled the clock out for the final five, which drew a pair of Marist yellow cards. De Lyra had the final word as she scored from the eight-meter arc with 15 seconds left.

    The Women of Troy now return to the warmth and comfort of Southern California but have just one day before they open MPSF play with a Tuesday (Feb. 24) game against Fresno State (0-1, 0-1 MPSF). The Trojans and the Bulldogs will draw at 3 p.m. PT at McAlister Field. 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.


    • USC evened its all-time series with Marist at 1-1. In 2014, the Red Foxes defeated the Trojans in USC's season opener. This time, the Trojans handed Marist a loss in the Red Fox opener.
    • The Women of Troy improved to 2-5 in games played on the East Coast.
    • The Trojans out-shot the Red Foxes, 27-10, including 17-3 in the first half.
    • Sophomore attacker Michaela Michael matched her career-high marks with four goals, one assist, and five points. She had the same line against UC Davis (March 14, 2014).