No. 3 USC Hammers Hatters in 18-3 Victory|
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Feb. 26, 2017
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.
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