No. 12 Trojans Gash Gaels For Seventh Straight Victory|
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March 20, 2016
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).
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