No. 12 USC Secures 14-10 Win Over No. 11 Stony Brook

    USC sophomore goalie Gussie Johns produced nine saves to seal a 14-10 win for the Women of Troy.

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    March 14, 2016

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    LOS ANGELES -- The 12th-ranked USC lacrosse team (5-0) withstood a late comeback bid by No. 11 Stony Brook (2-3) and served notice with its stick work to melt away the final 10 minutes of the clock in a 14-10 win at McAlister Field on Monday, March 14. It is the fifth straight victory for the Women of Troy, which is the second-longest streak in program history. Sophomore netminder Gussie Johns put up nine saves to help preserve the win for the Trojans.

    Johns also had two caused turnovers and two ground balls as she helped direct a USC defense that continued to show its dominance. The Trojans forced the Seawolves into 15 turnovers (13 caused) and edged SBU on the ground with a 15-14 advantage in ground balls. Senior defender Courtney Tarleton had a game-high three caused turnovers and finished with a pair of ground balls. Senior midfielder Kelsey Dreyer had two caused turnovers.

    On offense, USC got seven points from junior attacker Michaela Michael who scored four goals and dished out a career-high three assists. Senior midfielder Amanda Johansen also had three goals and matched her career mark with three assists. Both Michael and Johansen added three draw controls, three ground balls, and a caused turnover each.

    Junior attacker Kylie Drexel scored four goals on five shots while senior attacker Caroline deLyra scored one and picked up two assists. Off the bench, senior attacker Maggie Mawhinney had two goals and an assist while junior attacker Cynthia Del Core collected two draw controls to go with one assist. Junior Nina Kelty (2gb, 1ct), senior Eggy Plastaras (1gb, 1ct), senior Kaitlyn Couture (1gb, 1ct), and sophomore midfielder Lydia Sutton (1gb, 1dc, 1ct) also picked up defensive stats for the Trojans.

    For the first time this season, the Trojans were out-shot by an opponent (22-19). Stony Brook also controlled the center circle for much of the game and finished with a 13-12 edge in draw controls. Courtney Murphy did half the damage for the Seawolves as she scored five goals. Kylie Ohlmiller had two goals and four assists while Dorrien Van Dyke had two goals to go with three ground balls. In goal, Anna Teroriero was charged with the loss on eight goals against.

    The Trojans scored first at 28:10 on a goal from deLyra. USC went up, 2-0, when Johansen hit Michael with a pass through the arc for the goal. Michael scored again on a free-position shot to put USC up, 3-1, at 22:35; but Stony Brook got scored goals within 30-seconds of each other to knot the score at three-all. Drexel scored a pair to sandwich a goal by Mawhinney to put the Trojans up by three, 6-3, with 8:45 to play in the first half. Stony Brook trimmed the lead once more on a goal by Van Dyke, but Johansen scored two goals: one at 5:54 and one at 5:22 to lift USC to an 8-4 lead. Stony Brook had one more goal in it before the half to cut the lead back to three, but Mawhinney, Michael, and Drexel scored goals to close the half with an 11-5 USC lead.

    Stony Brook came out of the break with an offensive mentality and shook off an early USC goal by Drexel to score four straight from 21:08 through 12:25. The 4-0 run pulled the Wolves to within three goals at 12-9, but Johansen took a feed from Del Core to run the lead back up to four at 11:13. Stony Brook had one last response with a goal at 10:03, but USC worked the entire field to burn off what was left of the clock and close out a 14-10 win.

    USC hits the road to face its first MPSF foes this weekend. The Trojans take on California (2-3) on Friday, March 18, at 2 p.m., at Memorial Stadium in Berkeley, Calif., and then head deeper into the East Bay to meet Saint Mary's College (0-5, 0-2 MPSF) on Sunday (March 20) at noon PT in Moraga Calif. The Trojans and the Golden Bears will meet on the Pac-12 Networks (Los Angeles and Bay Area). 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 5-0 for the first time in program history.
    • The five-game winning streak is the second longest in program history. The program long is seven games achieved in 2015.
    • The Trojans evened their all-time series with Stony Brook at one-all and avenged a 7-4 defeat suffered last year in Stony Brook, N.Y.
    • The Women of Troy defeated its second ranked team in the last four games; the first time the team has earned wins over more than one ranked opponent in the same season.
    • USC ran its winning streak at McAlister Field to 11 straight and improved to 19-8 all-time on the field.
    • Through five games, USC is out-scoring its opponents, 77-28, for an average margin of victory of 9.80 goals per game.
    • Junior attacker Michaela Michael had her 18th-career hat-trick game and logged a career best with three assists.
    • Sophomore goalie Gussie Johns had a season-high nine saves.
    • Junior attacker Kylie Drexel scored four goals to produce her fifth-career hat trick game; the second time this season that she has scored four goals in a single game.