No. 11 USC Marches Through Michigan For 13-4 Victory|
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March 4, 2016
LOS ANGELES -- The 11th-ranked USC lacrosse team (3-0) won its third straight game to open the season with a 13-4 victory over Michigan (4-3) at McAlister Field on Friday, March 4. The Women of Troy were led by sophomore goalie Gussie Johns who produced seven saves and allowed only four goals in the win. Junior attacker Michaela Michael powered the USC offense with five goals (two on free-position shots) and three draw controls.
The Trojans outshot Michigan, 25-15, in the game; including a first half margin of 17-7. USC was foolproof in transition as it converted all 15 of its clearance attempts and continued to show its prowess on defense by forcing the Wolverines into 15 turnovers (13 caused). The Trojans also won the edge in ground balls, 20-16.
Michael's five-goal performance was her eighth-career game with five or more in the same contest and her 16th-career hat trick game. She also had a caused turnover and a ground ball. Senior midfielder Amanda Johansen scored her 17th-career hat trick with three goals to go with two caused turnovers, a draw control, and a ground ball. Senior attacker Caroline deLyra had a season-high five assists and a goal and picked up a caused turnover. DeLyra became the first Trojan to cross the 100-career assist mark and now has 101.
On defense, senior Courtney Tarleton led all players with three caused turnovers and shared game-high honors with four ground balls. She also came away with a pair of draw controls. Johns also had four ground balls while senior midfielder Kelsey Dreyer did a little of everything with three ground balls, two caused turnovers, a draw control, and a goal.
For the Wolverines, Tess Korten scored a pair of goals (one from the eight-meter arc) while Kim Coughlan and Lauren Oberlander each scored a goal apiece. In goal, Allison Silber took the loss but came up with six saves before Mira Shane came in to collect a pair of saves against four goals allowed. Oberlander led Michigan with four ground balls.
USC trailed an opponent for the first time this season when Korten scored unassisted two minutes into the first half. It didn't take long for Johansen to respond as she equalized the score with her goal at 24:00. Johansen's goal set off a 5-0 Trojan run over the next 12 minutes as junior attacker Kylie Drexel, deLyra, Michael, and Dreyer each put in goals for a 5-1 USC lead. Michigan got its second goal at 10:38, but the Trojans pressed back to score the final four goals of the half to post a 9-2 lead heading into the break.
15 minutes ran off the clock before either team scored in the second half. Michael broke the silence when she scored her fourth goal at 14:50 for a 10-2 USC lead. Oberlander put one past Johns to stem the tide, but Johansen, Michael, and senior Maggie Mawhinney sealed the deal with three more goals and a commanding 10-goal lead at 13-3. Korten put one more on the board for the Wolverines with just 16 ticks left on the clock, but the Trojans came away with a 13-4 win.
USC will have little rest before it returns to the field to host Vermont (1-2) for a 3 p.m. PT game on Saturday, March 5. The game was originally scheduled for March 6, but was rescheduled due to the probability of inclement weather conditions.
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