No. 4 USC Drops 11-10 Decision to No. 11 Cornell in Boston

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    March 19, 2017

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    BOSTON -- The No. 4-ranked USC lacrosse team (6-2) scored four unanswered goals to tie No. 11-ranked Cornell (5-1) but the Big Red put up the game-winning goal with under two minutes to play at Nickerson Field on the campus of Boston University on Sunday, March 19. The Women of Troy had a four-game winning streak snapped by Cornell in the first meeting between the two schools.

    Senior attacker Michaela Michael led the Trojans with four goals for her program-best 31st-career hat trick game. She finished with five points (1 assist) and had a career-high three caused turnovers, with three ground balls, and one draw control. Fellow senior attacker Kylie Drexel scored three goals for her 11th-career hat trick, which ties for fourth most in program history. Drexel also had an assist and set a new career high with four draw controls. Freshman midfielder Kerrigan Miller had three points on two goals and an assist. She also picked up two ground balls and finished with a pair of draw controls.

    Senior attacker Gabby McMahon scored USC's other goal and had a caused turnover. Senior midfielder Drew Jackson dished out an assist in the game. Defensively, junior goalie Gussie Johns had five saves but allowed 11 goals. She led all players with seven ground balls and had a pair of caused turnovers. In the midfield, sophomore Jackie Gilbert had four draw controls and two caused turnovers. Senior defender Nina Kelty had one of USC's caused turnovers and junior defender Lydia Sutton tacked on two ground balls, a caused turnover, and a draw control. Freshman midfielder Kaeli Huff had three ground balls and a caused turnover.

    USC won the matchup in the center circle by a 13-10 edge and had an 18-15 lead in ground balls. Despite being outshot, 13-9, in the first half, USC had a 16-6 edge in shots in the second half and finished with a 25-19 margin.

    For the Big Red, Taylor Reed scored the first and last goals and finished with a hat trick. Catherine Ellis had three goals and an assist. Amie Dickson starred for Cornell with one goal, four assists, and five draw controls. In goal, Renee Poulott put up 10 saves with six in the second half. Catie Smith led the defensive charge with three caused turnovers and three ground balls.

    Cornell needed just over two minutes to score the first goal as Reed went unassisted. USC responded when Miller scored unassisted at the 26:09 mark, but eight minutes into the game, Cornell scored three straight for a 4-1 lead to prompt a USC timeout. It took Big Red another seven minutes, but Cornell's goal at 15-12 gave it the largest lead of the first half at 5-1. Drexel took a pass from Jackson to score at 12:38 and then Michael scored on a free-position attempt to bring the Trojans within two at 5-3. But Ellis took a pass from Dickson for the goal at 9:39 to push the lead back to three. Michael scored a second free-position goal with under five to play, but Ellis scored one more at 2:28 to give Big Red a 7-4 lead at halftime.

    Already on its heels, USC gave up the first two goals of the second half in a matter of three minutes as Cornell took the largest lead of the game at 9-4. Michael scored her third goal off a feed from Miller at 26:12 and then Miller went unassisted to bring USC back within three at 9-6 with 25:18 to play. Cornell's Sarah Philips scored off an assist from Dickson to push the Big Red lead back to four at 10-6 with 22:23 on the clock.

    It took the Trojan offense some time, but Michael scored at 16:16 to start a 4-0 run that included back-to-back goals within 30 seconds of each by Kylie Drexel. McMahon scored off a pass from Drexel with 8:30 left to play to top off the USC run and tied the score at 10-all. The teams went back and forth for the next six minutes, but Cornell had the final answer when Reed scored from free position with 1:52 to play. Despite the Big Red's win in the center circle on the next draw, USC played tough defense and took the ball away for one final shot at goal. Miller shot with two seconds on the clock, but her attempt sailed high of the goal to end the game.

    The Women of Troy return to the East Coast next week for games against Stony Brook (6-1) at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium in Stony Brook, N.Y., on Friday, March 24; and against Ohio State (6-5) at Wilkins Field on the campus of Mountain Lakes High School in Mountain Lakes, N.J. The USC-SBU game will be shown live via web stream on

    For more information on the USC women's lacrosse team, a complete schedule, and results, please visit Fans of the Women of Troy can follow the team on Instagram and on Twitter @USCTrojansLax.


    • USC lost in its first-ever meeting with Cornell.
    • The Women of Troy fell to 6-10 all-time in games played on the East Coast.
    • USC fell to 4-4 all-time against opponents from the Ivy League.
    • Senior attacker Michaela Michael scored her 31st-career hat trick and finished with at least four goals for the 19th time. Michael also had a career-best three caused turnovers.
    • Senior attacker Kylie Drexel scored three goals for her 11th-career hat trick game.
    • Drexel won a career-high four draw controls.
    • Freshman midfielder Kaeli Huff picked up a career-high three ground balls.