No. 4 USC Wipes Out Wildcats For Third Straight Win

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    March 13, 2017

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    LOS ANGELES -- The No. 4-ranked USC lacrosse team (5-1) won its third straight game in a 15-4 victory over New Hampshire (0-7) on Monday, March 13, at McAlister Field. The Women of Troy extended their home winning streak to 20 straight games, which includes an 18-game run at McAlister Field.

    Senior attacker Michaela Michael led the Trojans with a season-high eight points (3g, 5a) and finished with her program-record 29th-career hat trick. Michael added seven draw controls to lead all players but was just one of three Trojans to score hat tricks. Senior attacker Kylie Drexel scored three goals and dished out a pair of assists for five points to go with a ground ball and caused turnover. It was Drexel's 10th-career hat trick. Freshman midfielder Kerrigan Miller produced her third hat trick of the season and added four ground balls, two caused turnovers, and a draw control.

    Senior attacker Gabby McMahon scored a pair of goals and nabbed one draw control. Four Trojans scored one goal apiece including freshman midfielder Kaeli Huff, sophomore attacker Gabbi Klein, junior attacker Alexis Kardias, and freshman attacker Sarah Larkin. Senior attacker Cynthia Del Core had a pair of assists and did a number on the defensive end with three ground balls and a pair of caused turnovers. Senior defender Nina Kelty had a pair of ground balls, a draw control, and a caused turnover. In goal for just a shade under 44 minutes, junior goalie Gussie Johns had four saves and was responsible for a ground ball and caused turnover.

    For the Wildcats, Krissy Schafer scored a pair of goals. Carly Wooters won four draws and scored a goal for UNH. Catherine Sexton scored a goal, dished out an assist, had a ground ball, and a caused turnover. Teagan Northrup picked up a pair of assists and in goal, Kate Clancy put up 12 saves but allowed 15 goals in the process. Clancy also had four ground balls in the contest.

    USC built a seven-point lead to open the game and got back-to-back goals from Miller to get things started. Drexel took a feed from Del Core to score USC's third goal before Klein picked up a rebound off a shot by Michael for the put-back and a 4-0 USC lead at the 17-minute mark. Michael handed out assists on the Trojans' next three goals, which went to McMahon, Huff, and Drexel to gain the 7-0 advantage for Troy. Wooters answered next at 13:04, but 10 minutes elapsed before USC had a reply when McMahon scored off a pass from Drexel to get USC a 9-1 lead heading into the halftime break.

    Three minutes into the second half, the Wildcats notched their second goal to pull within seven, but Michael--over the course of just one minute and 17 seconds scored a hat trick. Her first was off a pass from Del Core; the next was an unassisted goal; and the last was off a pass from Drexel. The barrage put USC up by 10 at 12-2 with 22:18 to play. Four minutes later, Miller scored from the eight-meter arc for a 13-2 USC lead. UNH trimmed the lead to nine with back-to-back goals from Schafer at 9:56, but Larkin pushed USC ahead, 14-4, with 5:41 remaining. In a wild scramble, Kardias was credited with the final goal in a 15-4 win.

    The Women of Troy will play their next four on the East Coast and begin with a trip to Hanover, N.H., to face Dartmouth (4-1) on Friday, March 17, at Scully-Fahey Field at 3 p.m. ET (noon PT). The Trojans then take on No. 11-ranked Cornell (4-1) in a neutral-site bout on Sunday, March 19, on Boston University's Nickerson Field in Boston, Mass. First draw is set for noon ET (9 a.m. PT). The following week, the Trojans return to the East Coast for games at Stony Brook and against Ohio State (in New Jersey).

    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 New Hampshire and now owns a 1-0 record against the Wildcats.
    • The Trojans have won 25 of their last 27 games and 32 of the last 37.
    • The Women of Troy improved their home winning streak to 20 consecutive games. USC has won 18 straight home games played at McAlister Field and improved to 26-8 all-time at the home venue.
    • USC produced a 15-4 victory for the second consecutive game. The Trojans also won back-to-back games with identical scores in 2016: 17-4 over Dartmouth (March 23) and 17-4 over Oregon (March 27).
    • Senior attacker Michaela Michael scored her 29th-career hat trick and finished with a season-high eight points (3g, 5a).
    • Four Trojans had multiple goals against UNH including three with hat tricks. Michael had her 29th. Senior attacker Kylie Drexel scored her 10th-career hat trick, and freshman midfielder Kerrigan Miller picked up her third in six games.
    • Miller matched a career mark with four ground balls.
    • Junior goalie Gussie Johns had her second consecutive game with a .667 save percentage (4 saves, 2 goals against).