No. 3 USC Hammers Hatters in 18-3 Victory

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    Feb. 26, 2017

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    DELAND, Fla. -- The No. 3-ranked USC lacrosse team (3-1) put up an 18-3 win over Stetson (0-3) at the Athletic Training Center on Sunday, Feb. 26. Eight Women of Troy scored goals including four with hat tricks.

    Freshman midfielder Kerrigan Miller led all scorers with a career-high five points (4g, 1a) as she picked up her second-career hat trick. Miller also had a draw control and a ground ball. Senior attacker Michaela Michael also had five points (3g, 2a) for her 28th-career hat trick. Michael led the way in the center circle with seven draw controls.

    Senior attacker Gabby McMahon scored her second-career hat trick and finished with three goals and an assist for four points. Junior attacker Alexis Kardias scored her first-career hat trick and finished with three goals on the day. Freshman midfielder Kaeli Huff scored a pair of goals and freshman attacker Ashley Hill had a goal and an assist--the first each of her career.

    Sophomore attacker Gabbi Klein dished out two of USC's seven assists and scored a goal for three points and sophomore midfielder Allie Gershman scored a goal. Gershman was also a defensive presence with three caused turnovers and three ground balls. Senior defender Nina Kelty had one of each. In goal, junior Gussie Johns got the win. She allowed one goal and had four saves in the first half. Freshman Hannah Upshaw took the cage in the second half and surrendered two goals and had two saves with two ground balls.

    USC out-shot Stetson, 27-11 and put 22 of those shots on goal. USC also won the center circle by a 13-9 edge and had a perfect 13-for-13 day on clear attempts.

    For the Hatters, Maddie Holvey, Sandra Stephan, and Shelby Lehmann scored goals. Stephan and Lindsay Summers each had an assist. In goal, Liza Diamond put up four saves but allowed the 18 goals. Diamond led all players with six ground balls. Stephan led the Hatters with five draw controls.

    It took USC 14 minutes to build a 10-point lead in the first half. Michael scored back-to-back goals and then Huff did the same before five minutes had gone off the clock. McMahon, Michael, and Miller scored the next three unassisted before Michael found Kardias for the goal and an 8-0 lead. McMahon fed Klein for a goal and then Miller scored at the 16:03 mark for USC's 10-0 lead. Holvey scored for the Hatters on the next possession, but McMahon, Miller, and Kardias scored the final three of the half to give the Trojans a 13-1 lead.

    Kardias notched her hat trick to open the second half and put USC up, 14-1. Stephan stopped the 4-0 Trojan run when she scored at 23:20, but USC scored three more in a row as Miller, McMahon, and Gershman rung the bell for the Women of Troy. Lehmann put up Stetson's third goal at 7:46 left in the game, and Hill got on the board after taking a pass from Klein to make the final score 18-3.

    Up next, the Women of Troy have a bye week before they host Boston University and (March 8) and New Hampshire (March 13) at McAlister Field. Following the two home games, USC will return to the East Coast for back-to-back weekends.

    For more information on the USC women's lacrosse team, a complete schedule, and results, please visit USCTrojans.com. Fans of the Women of Troy can follow the team on Instagram and on Twitter @USCTrojansLax.

    GAME NOTES

    • USC improved to 2-0 all-time against Stetson.
    • The Trojans were playing only their second all-time game in the state of Florida and improved to 1-1.
    • The Women of Troy improved to 5-9 all-time in games played on the East Coast.
    • Stetson's three losses this season are each to Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) teams. Fresno State (Feb. 16) defeated the Hatters, 18-9, and Colorado (Feb. 19) won, 22-3; each time in DeLand, Fla.
    • USC has now won 23 of its last 25 games and 30 of the last 35.
    • Eight Trojans scored goals in the win including four players with hat tricks.
    • Senior attacker Michaela Michael notched her program-best 28th-career hat trick with three goals and two assists.
    • With five points, Michael reached 220 career points and moved into ninth place in MPSF history. She passed Kristie Leggio (215) of Denver (2006-07) and Shannon Propst (219) of Oregon (2011-14).
    • Senior attacker Gabby McMahon scored three goals and had an assist and put her second-career hat trick in the books.
    • Freshman midfielder Kerrigan Miller had a career-high four goals and also had an assist. The hat trick was the second of her career and moves her and McMahon into a tie for 11th for most career hat tricks at USC.
    • Junior attacker Alexis Kardias scored a career-high three goals for the first hat trick of her career. She becomes the 15th USC player to score at least three goals in a single game.
    • Sophomore midfielder Allie Gershman matched her career high with three caused turnovers and set a new career mark with three ground balls.