No. 4 USC Lacrosse Breaks Down Big Green in 19-8 Win

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    March 17, 2017

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    HANOVER, N.H. -- The No. 4-ranked USC lacrosse team (6-1) used an incredible 11-0 run over the final 25 minutes of the game to defeat Dartmouth (4-2) by a 19-8 margin at Scully-Fahey Field on Friday, March 17. The Women of Troy won their fourth straight game behind a career day from senior attacker Cynthia Del Core who set a new USC single-game record with 11 points (tied for fifth in MPSF history) and had career highs with five goals and six assists in the win.

    Del Core--with her ninth-career hat trick--was one of three Trojans to score hat tricks against the Big Green. Freshman midfielder Kerrigan Miller notched a new career high with five goals and contributed three draw controls, two caused turnovers, and two ground balls. Senior attacker Michaela Michael scored four goals for her 30th-career hat trick game; most all-time by a Trojan. Michael also added six draw controls.

    Senior attacker Kylie Drexel added a pair of goals and had two draw controls, one caused turnover, and one ground ball. Freshman midfielder Kaeli Huff scored a pair of goals, and had a career-high four caused turnovers with two ground balls. Senior attacker Gabby McMahon scored a goal and dished out an assist and added a pair of caused turnovers and ground balls.

    Defensively, junior goaltender Gussie Johns had nine saves against eight goals and led all players with five ground balls. Johns also caused a turnover and turned in her sixth win of the season. Senior Nina Kelty had two ground balls and a caused turnover. Freshman midfielder Morgan Kuligowski had a draw control and a caused turnover and fellow frosh midfielder Natalie Byrne picked up two ground balls off the bench. Senior attacker Drew Jackson had an assist and snagged two draw controls.

    The Trojans had a 15-13 edge in the center circle and put up 34 shots to the Big Green's 23, but Dartmouth was able to harass USC into a 16-for-25 clearance rate and forced the Women of Troy into nine turnovers in transition situations.

    For the Big Green, Courtney Weisse opened the game by scoring a hat trick to give Dartmouth a 3-0 lead and finished with four goals. Cara DePippo scored a pair of goals and dished out a pair of assists to go with a draw control and a ground ball. Elizabeth Mastrio had a goal and an assist and was responsible for three caused turnovers and four ground balls. In goal, Kiera Vrindten put up eight saves.

    Dartmouth came out and punched the Trojans in the mouth with a 3-0 burst on goals from Weisse. Mastrio dished to Weisse on the first and then DePippo picked up her assists on the second and third. In just under 10 minutes, the Big Green made the Trojans uncomfortable and had USC on the run, but at 19:50, Miller scored from the eight-meter arc to set off a 6-0 Trojan run.

    Del Core scored three of those six goals and the other two were by Huff and Michael. 10 minutes later, USC led Dartmouth, 6-3 with 9:09 to play. The Big Green had an answer as Campbell Brewer scored, but Michael put USC back up by three, 7-4. Mastrio scored the final goal of the first half to bring the Big Green within two heading into the break with a 7-5 USC lead.

    Michael needed just 15 seconds into the second half to run down the field and score for an 8-5 USC lead, but Dartmouth had other plans. Weisse scored from free position less than a minute later, and then DePippo tied the game with back-to-back goals at 27:58 and 25:14. It took USC four minutes to crack the code, but when it did, a back-to-the-goal score by Miller was only the beginning of an 11-0 run to end the game by the Women of Troy.

    Miller's goal had USC up, 9-8, but Del Core, McMahon, and Drexel scored in the 15th, 14th, and 13th minutes to run the Trojans' lead out to a then game-high four goals at 12-8. The Women of Troy were unrelenting as Miller scored the next, followed by Drexel, Huff, and back-to-back goals by Miller for a 17-8 lead with under five minutes to play. Del Core dished to Michael for the 18th goal of the game at 3:51 and then scored unassisted on her own with under two minutes to go to make the final score 19-8.

    The Trojans will meet No. 11-ranked Cornell (4-1) on Sunday, March 19, in a neutral-site game at Boston University's Nickerson Field at noon ET (9 a.m. PT). It is the first meeting between the Women of Troy and the Big Red. With its win over Dartmouth, USC improved to 4-3 in all-time games against Ivy League opponents.

    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 improved to 3-0 all-time against Dartmouth, which includes two wins over the Big Green in Hanover (2015).
    • The Trojans have won 26 of their last 28 games and 33 of the last 38.
    • USC is a on a season-high four-game winning streak.
    • The Women of Troy improved to 6-9 all-time in games played on the East Coast.
    • USC improved to 4-3 all-time against opponents from the Ivy League.
    • For the third straight game, USC won by an 11-point margin. The Trojans defeated Boston University, 15-4, on March 8; and beat New Hampshire, 15-4, on March 13.
    • USC had three players score hat tricks for the third game this season: Stetson (Feb. 26); New Hampshire (March 13).
    • Senior attacker Cynthia Del Core set a new USC single-game record and tied for fifth all-time in MPSF history with 11 points. She had career highs of five goals and six assists. The six assists also ties the most in USC single-game history with Michaela Michael (once) and Caroline deLyra (four times).
    • Senior attacker Michaela Michael scored her 30th-career hat trick and finished with at least four goals for the 18th time.
    • Freshman midfielder Kerrigan Miller set a new career mark with five goals and tied a career high with five total points.
    • Freshman midfielder Kaeli Huff set a new career high and set a new USC single-game season-high with four caused turnovers. The mark ties six other instances for sixth all-time in USC single-game history.