No. 8 USC Dismisses Dartmouth in 17-4 Rout

    USC junior attacker Cynthia Del Core picked up a career-high four ground balls in a 17-4 win over Dartmouth.

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    March 23, 2016

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    LOS ANGELES -- The eighth-ranked USC women's lacrosse team (8-0) rolled up a 17-4 win over Dartmouth (4-3) at McAlister Field on Wednesday, March 23, to set a new school record for consecutive games won. The Women of Troy used a stifling defense to shut Big Green out in the second half and recorded their fifth double-digit victory this season.

    The Trojans forced Dartmouth into 15 turnovers (nine caused) and got Big Green to drop the ball on six clearance attempts. USC out-shot Dartmouth, 41-12, and won the ground-ball game, 21-17.

    Nine different Trojans scored led by four goals apiece from junior attacker Michaela Michael and senior attacker Caroline deLyra. Michael added three assists and a draw control while deLyra had two assists and a ground ball. Junior attacker Kylie Drexel scored twice, picked up three ground balls, and secured three draws. Junior attacker Cynthia Del Core also scored a pair and led the team with a career-high four ground balls.

    Senior midfielder Amanda Johansen scored a goal, handed out a pair of assists, and led the team with five draw controls. On defense, senior Courtney Tarleton had a pair of ground balls and led all players with three caused turnovers. Six other Trojans also earned caused turnovers. In the goal, sophomore Gussie Johns produced eight saves and picked up a pair of ground balls.

    For Dartmouth, Jaclyn Leto scored a hat trick and was helped only by Taryn Deck's lone goal. Big Green won the first five draws including a pair by Leto, but was slowed by the Trojans in the second half.

    It took just two minutes for USC to get on the board as Michael dodged her way to goal and scored unassisted. Michael scored the Trojans' second goal less than three minutes later after taking a feed from deLyra. Deck answered with her goal under the 20-minute mark, but the Trojans had two more goals in them to go up, 4-1. Leto scored at 13:48, but Michael and Del Core responded with back-to-back goals in under 30 seconds. Dartmouth trimmed the lead to three at 6-3 on another Leto goal, but USC had too much and scored three straight including two goals in 12 seconds from Del Core and junior attacker Gabby McMahon for a 9-3 lead. Leto registered her hat trick with a goal under 20 seconds to half, but the Trojans went into the break with a commanding 9-4 lead.

    The second half was all USC as Johansen's free-position goal put the Trojans on the board at 25:24. Less than a minute later, USC scored two more times for a 12-4 lead. Drexel scored one more at 23:01 to get USC up by nine at 13-4, but it was Michael who found senior midfielder Kelsey Dreyer cutting through the arc for the pass, shot, and goal at 17:42 that brought USC a 10-goal lead and kept the clock running. deLyra, junior midfielder Drew Jackson and freshman midfielder Allie Gershman scored the final three goals to tack up the 17-4 USC win.

    The Trojans will host their first MPSF home game on Easter Sunday (March 27) at noon PT when Oregon (6-2, 1-0) MPSF) visits McAlister Field. The game will be broadcast live on Pac-12 Los Angeles, Pac-12 Oregon, and Pac-12 Network with Christian Miles and Kara Lentz on the call.

    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 8-0 for the first time in program history, continuing the program's best start to a season.
    • The eight-game winning streak is the longest in program history.
    • The Trojans improved to 2-0 in their all-time series with Dartmouth.
    • The Women of Troy won their 12th straight game at McAlister Field and improved to 20-8 all-time at the field.
    • USC defeated an opponent by a double-digit margin for the fifth time this season and held an opponent under 10 goals for the seventh time in eight games.
    • Through eight games, USC is out-scoring its opponents, 129-37, for an average margin of victory of 11.50 goals per game.
    • Nine different players scored goals for the Trojans. USC collected 10 assists on its 17 goals.
    • Junior attacker Michaela Michael scored her 20th-career hat trick game and finished with four goals. She also tied a career-best set earlier this season with three assists.
    • Junior attacker Cynthia Del Core grabbed a career-high four ground balls.
    • Junior attacker Kylie Drexel tied a career high with three draw controls and set a new career high with three ground balls.