No. 12 Trojans Gash Gaels For Seventh Straight Victory

    USC junior midfielder Drew Jackson had three goals and two assists in the Trojans' 20-3 win over the Gaels.

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    March 20, 2016

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    MORAGA, Calif. -- 11 different Trojans scored goals to help the 12th-ranked USC lacrosse team (7-0, 2-0 MPSF) to a runaway 20-3 victory over Saint Mary's College (0-7, 0-4) at the SMC Recreation Field on Sunday, March 20. The Women of Troy remained undefeated on the season (one of three remaining teams, with Cornell and Maryland) and extended to a seven-game win streak to tie the program record set in 2015.

    The Trojans produced their fourth double-digit victory of the year and are now outscoring opponents, 112-33, through seven games. USC outshot Saint Mary's, 34-8,and had a decisive 23-10 edge in ground balls. The Trojans forced the Gaels into 18 turnovers and stifled the SMC transition game by holding it to a 5-for-11 rate.

    Junior attackers Kylie Drexel and Drew Jackson each scored hat tricks to lead the Trojan offense. Jackson also dished out a pair of assists (a career high) and Drexel had a helper of her own for three of USC's 14 assists. Senior attacker Caroline deLyra led all players with a season-high five assists and picked up three ground balls to tie for team lead.

    Junior attackers Michaela Michael, Cynthia Del Core, and Shannon Nugent each contributed two goals apiece. Sophomore attacker Alexis Kardias and freshman midfielder Jackie Gilbert each scored two goals. Senior attacker Haleigh Dalmass, senior midfielder Amanda Johansen and freshmen midfielders Emily Concialdi and Gabbi Klein each found the back of the net once. Michael also had a pair of assists and seven draw controls. Junior attacker Gabby McMahon had a pair of assists.

    On defense, Johansen led all players with three caused turnovers and had three ground balls. Sophomore midfielder Lydia Sutton had two caused turnovers and two ground balls as did Jackson and Gilbert. In goal, sophomore Gussie Johns allowed just two goals in 30 minutes of action. Senior goalies Cassandra Collins and Liz Shaeffer split time in the second half with Collins picking up a pair of saves.

    For the Gaels, Hannah Dalrymple scored two goals while Megan Zummo had the other goal. Molly Kuptz had the assist on Zummo's goal and picked up four draw controls for SMC. Zummo led the way with three ground balls and also won a pair of draws. Off the bench, Lauren Neumann had three draw controls. In goal, Sydney Pinello allowed the 20 goals but picked up seven saves along the way.

    Michael scored the first foal of the game off a pass from McMahon, but Zummo won the next draw and went down to score and even things up. From there, the Trojans went on a 12-0 run capped by three straight goals from Jackson for a 13-1 lead. With just under three to play until halftime, Dalrymple scored on a free-position shot to put the Gaels within 11 goals heading into the half.

    With much of its bench on the field for the second half, USC scored the first six goals led off by Kardias and capped by Concialdi for an 18-2 lead. Dalrymple earned the eight-meter shot once more and made good with under seven minutes to play to put a third point on the board for the Gaels, but Nugent and Kardias capped the day with goals for a 20-3 final.

    The Trojans return home to host Dartmouth (4-2) on Wednesday, March 23, at 2 p.m. PT. The game will be broadcast live on Pac-12 Network and Pac-12 Los Angeles. USC then hosts its first MPSF home game of the spring as Oregon visits McAlister Field for an Easter Sunday game at noon PT (March 27).

    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 improves to 7-0 for the first time in program history, continuing the program's best start to a season.
    • The seven-game winning streak matches the longest in program history, first achieved in 2015.
    • USC is one of three remaining unbeaten teams in the country (Cornell, Maryland).
    • The Trojans improved to 4-0 in their all-time series with Saint Mary's College.
    • USC defeated an opponent by a double-digit margin for the fourth time this season and held an opponent under 10 goals for the sixth time in seven games.
    • Through seven games, USC is out-scoring its opponents, 112-33, for an average margin of victory of 11.29 goals per game.
    • 11 different players scored goals for the Trojans. USC collected 14 assists on those 20 goals.
    • USC forced Saint Mary's College into 18 turnovers, all credited as caused turnovers.
    • Junior attacker Kylie Drexel scored three goals to produce her seventh-career hat trick game; her fifth game with three or more goals this season.
    • Junior attacker Drew Jackson scored three goals for her second hat trick of the season (and her career) and put up a career best two assists.
    • Senior attacker Caroline deLyra dished out a season-high five assists, one shy of her career best of six.
    • Junior attacker Gabby McMahon had a career-high two assists.