No. 4 Trojans Trounce Terriers For 15-4 Victory

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    March 8, 2017

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    LOS ANGELES -- The No. 4-ranked USC lacrosse team (4-1) put a midweek 15-4 win in the books over Boston University (1-4) at McAlister Field on Wednesday, March 8. The Women of Troy got an eight-save performance from junior netminder Gussie Johns, who became USC's all-time saves leader. Johns also picked up seven ground balls and caused three turnovers in an all-around effort.

    On offense, Cynthia Del Core led the Trojans and earned her eighth-career hat trick game and finished with a career-high five points (4g, 1a). Four other Trojans scored two goals apiece including senior attacker Michaela Michael whose two goals moved her into fourth place all-time in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) history with 167. Michael earned five draw controls in the center circle and added a caused turnover and two ground balls.

    Senior attacker Drew Jackson also scored a pair of goals (both from the eight-meter arc) and had an assist to go with a ground ball and a caused turnover. Senior attacker Gabby McMahon scored two and dished out an assist to go with two ground balls and a caused turnover. One of USC's key subs, sophomore Gabbi Klein also scored a pair of goals.

    Defensively, Johns was stalwart in goal, but was backed up by solid work from the Trojans' defensive line. Junior Lydia Sutton had three caused turnovers and three ground balls and picked up two assists off her own clear attempts. Freshman midfielder Kerrigan Miller caused three turnovers and had four ground balls. Miller also won three draw controls and dished out an assist.

    For the Terriers, Mickenzie Larivee scored a pair of goals and Kailey Conry and Molly Kern had the other two. In goal, Caroline Meegan notched 14 saves and picked up three ground balls. BU picked up assists on all four of its goals; Conry had three and Kern had the other. The Terriers were even in the center circle and earned 10 draw controls to USC's 10. Lexi Lewis won four of them.

    USC scored the first three goals of the game. Jackson and senior attacker Kylie Drexel scored from free positions and Kaeli Huff put one past the BU goalie off a feed from Jackson. The Terriers answered at 17:55 when Larivee scored off a pass from Conry, but the Trojans used the next 14 minutes to build an 8-1 lead with a big 5-0 run that included two goals from Del Core, and one each from Michael, Klein, and McMahon. Kern scored at the 1:27 mark, but USC had one more goal from Jackson with 11 seconds left before the half. A breakdown following the draw allowed BU to score in just six seconds and send the teams into the half with a 9-3 USC lead.

    Boston scored the first goal of the second half to trim the lead to five, 9-4, but it was as close as the Terriers would get. McMahon went unassisted to score at 27:31 and then Michael took a pass from Sutton to put USC on top, 11-4, with just over five minutes gone in the second half. It took another six minutes, but Klein gave USC its 12th goal at 18:02. The next two goals belonged to Del Core, who scored at 13:43 and 6:44 to put the game out of reach. Her fourth goal gave the Trojans a 14-4 lead and started a running clock. Freshman attacker Sarah Larkin put up USC's 15th goal with 34 seconds left to play to make the final score 15-4.

    USC is back in action on Monday (March 13) as host to New Hampshire (0-5). The teams will draw at 4 p.m. PT at McAlister Field and be shown live on Pac-12 Los Angeles.

    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 won the historic first meeting with Boston University and now owns a 1-0 record against the Terriers.
    • The Trojans have now won 24 of their last 26 games and 31 of the last 36.
    • The Women of Troy improved their home winning streak to 19 consecutive games. USC has won 17 straight home games played at McAlister Field and improved to 25-8 all-time at the home venue.
    • Senior attacker Michaela Michael moved up one spot in MPSF career history to become the fourth all-time leading goal scorer with 167 and passed Denver's Kara Secora (2009-13) who had 166 in four years.
    • Five Trojans had multiple-goal games against the Terriers.
    • Senior attacker Cynthia Del Core matched her career high with four goals and had her eighth-career hat trick game. It was the fourth time that she has reached four in a single game. With her assist, Del Core notched a new career-high with five points in a single game.
    • Freshman midfielder Kerrigan Miller set new career marks with four ground balls and three draw controls and matched a career high with three caused turnovers.
    • Junior goalie Gussie Johns had her third game with seven or more ground balls and was one away from matching her career high and the program record of eight in a single game. Johns also moved ahead of Liz Shaeffer (237 from 2013-16) to become USC's all-time saves leader and now has 240.
    • Junior defender Lydia Sutton had a career-high two points and two assists.