Women of Troy Score Sixth Straight Win in 20-7 Victory Over Gaels|
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March 20, 2015
LOS ANGELES - The USC women's lacrosse team (6-2, 3-0 MPSF) extended its school record winning streak to six games with a 20-7 victory over Saint Mary's College (0-6, 0-3) on Friday, March 20, at McAlister Field. The Women of Troy created a 10-point lead midway through the first half and forced a running clock to take out the Gaels in just 90 minutes of elapsed time.
USC out-shot Saint Mary's, 30-13, with a 22-3 edge in the first half alone. The Trojans also conquered the center circle for the eighth straight game with a 15-13 edge and forced 14 of the Gaels' 20 turnovers.
A trio of Trojans earned hat tricks led by junior midfielder Amanda Johansen who put up five points (3g, 2a) to go with three draw controls and a caused turnover. Sophomore attacker Michaela Michael had three goals and an assist and led all players with eight draw controls. Sophomore attacker Annie Ruland scored three goals.
Sophomore midfielder Drew Jackson scored a career-best two goals while sophomore attacker Caroline Cordrey added a pair of goals (one from the eight-meter arc). Seven other Trojans scored a single goal each including a buzzer-beater at the end of the game by junior attacker Kelsey Davey. Junior attacker Caroline de Lyra had a single goal but dished out a season-best five assists.
Defensively, sophomore Nina Kelty, freshman Lydia Sutton, and junior Hayley Kerr each caused a pair of turnovers. Junior Courtney Tarleton, freshman goalie Gussie Johns, and senior attacker Olivia Gerton each picked up three ground balls. Johns surrendered just three goals in 42 minutes of action and earned two saves for her sixth victory.
For Saint Mary's College, Jaclyn Biggers had four points (3g, 1a) to go with two draw controls. Jocelyn Lubert had two goals and won five draw controls. Megan Armes and Megan Zummo had the other two Gael goals. Armes caused three turnovers and picked up three ground balls. Goaltender Sydney Pinello had four saves and five ground balls.
USC produced a 7-0 lead in 7:11 minutes of game time. Sophomore Kylie Drexel used her free position to drop a pass to de Lyra who scored at 22:49. Biggers scored with an assist from Claire Healy to stop the bleeding, but the Trojans roared out to a 12-1 lead with a big 5-0 run topped off by an unassisted goal by Johansen. Lubert scored a second SMC goal, but the Trojans had already earned a running clock. Johansen scored the next goal followed by three more USC points to give the Trojans a 16-2 lead entering the halftime break.
Out of the break, Lubert scored unassisted before Cordrey put one past Pinello on a free-position shot. Saint Mary's went on a 4-0 scoring run through the next 10 minutes with a pair of goals from Biggers. Jackson scored a goal at the 3:00 mark and then did it again with 45 seconds left in the game for a 19-7 lead. A foul following the goal gave USC a free possession in the center circle. The Trojans set up one more offensive set as Davey scored with one second left on the clock to top off USC's 20-7 victory.
USC plays its next three games on the road and starts off on the East Coast with a matchup against Dartmouth on Saturday, March 28, in Hanover, N.H. The Trojans then face Boston College for a Monday-afternoon game on March 30. 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.