Trojans Put Out Flames With 20-6 Victory

    USC sophomore Michaela Michael had a career-high five goals to lift the Trojans to a 20-6 win over Liberty.

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    March 9, 2015

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    LOS ANGELES - USC women's lacrosse sophomore attacker Michaela Michael powered the Trojans to a 20-6 win over Liberty on Monday, March 9, on McAlister Field. Michael registered a new career high with five goals and tacked on seven draw controls to help the Women of Troy extend their winning streak to three games. USC improved to 3-2 on the season while the Lady Flames dropped to 1-5.

    Michael also had two ground balls and a caused turnover, not to mention her 4-for-5 performance from the eight-meter arc. Junior midfielder Amanda Johansen had a hat trick as well with three goals. Johansen was responsible for three caused turnovers and had four draw controls and two ground balls. The Trojans produced a program record 21 caused turnovers and held Liberty to just 8-for-18 on clear attempts in the transition game.

    Junior defender Courtney Tarleton also had three caused turnovers to go with a pair of draw controls. Sophomore attacker Gabby McMahon disrupted the Flames' transitions to the tune of three caused turnovers and a game-high five ground balls: both career bests. Senior defender Elizabeth Eddy had two caused turnovers and took one all the way to the offensive end of the field to score a goal.

    USC had three other players notch at least two goals including sophomore attacker Kylie Drexel. Drexel also had a pair of ground balls and a caused turnover. Junior attacker Caroline de Lyra produced four points with two goals and two assists. Fellow junior attacker Caroline Cordrey had two goals as well. Sophomore attacker Annie Ruland had a goal, a pair of ground balls, and led all players with three assists in the game. Six other Trojans scored at least one goal. In the cage, freshman Gussie Johns had four saves and picked up three ground balls as she collected her third win.

    For Liberty, Morgan Becker had three goals, but led all players with six turnovers. Katy Pridemore, Sam Struss, and Kallie Britton each scored goals for the Lady Flames. Courtney Brown and Pridemore each had a pair of assists. Meghan Hammond and goalie Juliann Elmer each picked up four ground balls. Britton had four draw controls for the Flames.

    The Trojans drew first blood as Johansen put one in the back of the Liberty goal on a free-position shot just two minutes into the game. Drexel scored on a pass from de Lyra to give USC a 2-0 lead with four minutes gone in the first half. Liberty responded to win the next draw and got on the board with a goal by Becker, but USC ripped open an 8-1 lead in the next 10 minutes as Johansen and Michael each scored a pair and Drexel and Cordrey picked up goals as well.

    Liberty put up a second goal with 14:02 left in the first half, but USC scored the next three to lead, 11-2, at 7:36 on another free-position goal by Michael. Becker had an answer just 30 seconds later, but Michael scored her fourth goal of the half with 5:51 on the clock to keep USC up by nine goals heading into the break.

    The Flames scored the first goal of the second half: an unassisted shot from Struss at 28:50, but Cordrey and Ruland scored back-to-back to roll USC ahead by 10 goals, 14-4, at 24:10. Pridemore stopped the running clock and the bleeding just momentarily when she put the Flames back within nine at 23:05, but Michael scored her fifth goal and de Lyra fooled everyone with an over-the-shoulder goal at 15:38 to give USC an 11-goal advantage, 16-5, at 15:38. Despite Liberty's best efforts, four Trojan reserves got into the final stat sheet with goals to close out the game for a 20-6 USC win.

    The Women of Troy remain home for an MPSF game against California (1-3, 1-0 MPSF) on Friday, March 13, at 4 p.m. PT from McAlister Field. For more information on the USC women's lacrosse team, please visit Fans of the Women of Troy can follow the team on Instagram and Twitter @USCTrojansLax.


    • USC and Liberty met on the field for the first time in program history.
    • The Trojans extended their winning streak to three games, which ties for the second longest in program history. USC won four games March 26-April 6, 2014, and had three-game winning streaks in both 2013 and 2014.
    • The Women of Troy produced a single-game program record 21 caused turnovers.
    • USC matched its single-game program record for ground balls with 24 against the Flames. The Trojans also had 24 against San Diego State (March 26, 2014) and against Marquette (March 16, 2013).
    • Sophomore attacker Michaela Michael had a career-high five goals against the Flames.
    • Sophomore attacker Gabby McMahon set new career highs with three caused turnovers and five ground balls.
    • Sophomore attacker Annie Ruland had a career-best three assists.
    • USC played all three of its goalies (Gussie Johns, Liz Shaeffer, and Cassandra Collins) for the second game in a row.