No. 11 Trojans Crush Catamounts in 18-7 Rout

    USC sophomore midfielder Lydia Sutton had five ground balls and five caused turnovers in an 18-7 win over Vermont.

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    March 5, 2016

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    LOS ANGELES -- The 11th-ranked USC lacrosse team (4-0) cruised to an 18-7 win over Vermont (1-3) on Saturday, March 5, at McAlister Field. The Women of Troy extended to a four-game win streak and won for the 10th straight time at home. Junior attacker Michaela Michael scored five goals, dished out an assist, had five draw controls, and caused a turnover in the win. Senior attacker Caroline deLyra had four goals, an assist, and a ground ball.

    USC outshot Vermont, 32-13, in the game, and edged the Catamounts in the center circle, 14-13, in draw controls. The Trojan defense was disruptive if not downright suffocating as they forced UVM into 24 turnovers, all credited as caused turnovers. USC won the ground-ball game by a 27-16 margin and rarely allowed the Catamounts to attack as the Trojans snuffed out 10 of Vermont's 17 clear attempts.

    The Trojans got a hat trick from junior attacker Kylie Drexel who finished with three goals and an assist to go with three draw controls, two ground balls, and a pair of caused turnovers. Freshman midfielder Gabbi Klein scored two and picked up an assist and helped the defense with a caused turnover and a ground ball. Senior midfielder Amanda Johansen finished with two assists, two ground balls, three draw controls, and a caused turnover.

    On defense, senior Courtney Tarleton had three ground balls and caused four turnovers. In the midfield, sophomore Lydia Sutton scored a goal but made her presence felt in transition with career highs of five caused turnovers and five ground balls. Senior midfielder Kelsey Dreyer had three ground balls, a caused turnover, and scored a goal from the eight-meter arc. In goal, sophomore Gussie Johns posted two saves in the winning effort and also had five ground balls.

    For the Catamounts, Courtney Cole delivered two goals. Five other Vermont players scored including Brynne Yarranton who led all players with six draw controls. Maddy Kuras took the loss as the goalie of record, but came up with six saves and had three ground balls and a caused turnover.

    USC scored in the first minute of the game as Drexel found deLyra cutting through the crease and hit her with a pass for the goal. USC reeled off the next three goals for a quick 4-0 lead in 10 minutes. Dreyer, senior attacker Maggie Mawhinney, and Drexel each scored during that run. The lead was short-lived as Vermont responded with a goal from Marjorie Dehm before Yarranton and Alex Bernier scored within 40 seconds of each other to trim the lead to one goal with 15 minutes to play in the half.

    The Trojans responded in a big way and produced a 6-0 run sandwiched by a pair of goals from Michael. Sutton, Klein, and two goals by Drexel put USC up by seven, 10-3. UVM scored with three minutes left, but Michael went unassisted one more time to tack up an 11-4 lead for the Trojans heading into halftime.

    Klein opened up the scorebooks with her goal in the first minute of the second half, but Vermont cut the lead back to seven with a goal from Alison Bolt. USC went on another 4-0 run to lead, 16-5, with just over 15 minutes left to play thanks to a pair of goals from deLyra and bell-ringers from junior attacker Gabby McMahon and Michael. Vermont had enough left to score back-to-back goals just under the 10-minute mark, but Michael scored from the eight-meter arc and deLyra put the final nail in the coffin with her goal at 5:29 remaining to seal the 18-7 USC win.

    The Women of Troy have another week off before they host Stony Brook for a Monday-afternoon game on March 14 at McAlister Field. For more information on the USC women's lacrosse team, 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 4-0 for the first time in program history.
    • The four-game winning streak ties the second longest in program history. USC won four games in a row once in 2015 and once in 2014. The program long is seven games achieved in 2015.
    • The Trojans met Vermont for the first time and are now 1-0 against the Catamounts.
    • USC ran its winning streak at McAlister Field to 10 straight and improved to 18-8 all-time on the field.
    • Through four games, USC is out-scoring its opponents, 63-18, for an average margin of victory of 11.25 goals per game.
    • Junior attacker Michaela Michael had her 17th-career hat-trick game; her ninth time with five goals or more in a single contest.
    • Michael's fifth goal gave her 106 career goals to tie for second in USC career history with senior midfielder Amanda Johansen. The Trojans' career leader is Caroline deLyra who has 125 career goals.
    • deLyra scored four goals to log her 20th-career hat trick game; her first of the season.
    • Sophomore goalie Gussie Johns tied her career high with five ground balls; a mark she has achieved four times.
    • Sophomore midfielder Lydia Sutton had career highs with five caused turnovers and five ground balls. The five caused turnovers are the most for a Trojan this season.
    • Junior attacker Kylie Drexel scored three goals to produce her fourth-career hat trick game.