USC Lacrosse Blasts Bears in 18-5 MPSF Victory|
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March 13, 2015
LOS ANGELES - USC women's lacrosse junior midfielder Amanda Johansen scored five goals to power the Trojan attack in an 18-5 win over California on Friday, March 13, at McAlister Field. The Women of Troy have won four straight games to match the program's longest streak on record. USC improved to 4-2 with a 2-0 mark in MPSF games while the Golden Bears dropped to 1-4 overall and 1-1 in league games.
Johansen single-handedly matched Cal's total scoring output with her five goals. She did it on just six shots including two from the eight-meter arc and added two draw controls and a ground ball. Sophomore attacker Michaela Michael dominated the center circle with 10 draw controls and quietly scored a hat trick with three goals. Michael also caused a pair of turnovers and picked up a ground ball.
Junior attacker Caroline de Lyra had the third Trojan hat trick with three goals and an assist for four points. Sophomore attacker Cynthia Del Core had two goals to go with a draw control. Juniors Kelsey Dreyer and Maggie Mawhinney and sophomore Gabby McMahon picked up the other three USC goals. Sophomore attacker Kylie Drexel had two goals and two assists to go with a draw control and two ground balls. Drexel was disruptive to the Cal transition game as she caused four of the Bears' 14 turnovers.
For Cal, Bella Huther had a pair of goals including one from a free-position attempt. Sasha Anielski, Jena Fritts, and Meredith Haggerty had the other three Bear goals. Goaltender Kate Gutierrez surrendered 10 goals and absorbed the loss but had a game-best three saves. Michelle DeVincent picked up four ground balls for Cal.
The Trojans controlled the tempo of the game from the outset and won the first four draws to set up goals for a 4-0 lead just seven minutes into the game. USC ended up out-drawing Cal, 17-8, in the game, and out-shot the Bears, 36-6. Haggerty's goal stopped the Trojan barrage, but USC responded to score the next four to go up, 8-1, on a goal by de Lyra. Huther stemmed the tide for the Bears once more with her goal at 15:00 in the first half, but USC kept on pressing and went into the break with an 11-2 lead thanks to a pair of goals by Johansen and one more by Michael at 3:15.
California opened the second half with two goals less than a minute apart to cut USC's lead to seven, 11-4, but the Trojans went on a third 4-0 run with goals by de Lyra, Johansen, Michael, and Del Core for a 15-4 lead with just a shade over 16 minutes to play. Fritts scored with 14:33 to hold up the Trojan run, but Johansen, Michael, and Mawhinney had the last word on another 3-0 run to close out an 18-5 victory for USC.
The Women of Troy remain home at McAlister Field to host Marquette (3-3) in a Sunday matinee at noon PT. 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 Twitter @USCTrojansLax.