No. 9 USC Drops 9-7 Decision at No. 7 Stony Brook

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    March 24, 2017

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    STONY BROOK, N.Y. -- Despite a hotly contested second half, the No. 9-ranked USC lacrosse team (6-3) fell, 9-7, to No. 7 Stony Brook (7-1) at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium on Friday, March 24. It was the third time this season that the Trojans have lost to a top-10 ranked opponent on the road and sends USC to its first back-to-back losses since Feb. 7 and 21 of 2015.

    USC won the center circle by an 11-7 count, but couldn't convert on its offensive opportunities. The Seawolves jumped out to a 3-0 lead to open the game, and out-shot the Trojans, 22-19, with a 9-4 edge in saves to preserve the two-goal victory.

    Three Trojans scored multiple goals including senior attacker Kylie Drexel who finished with three points (2g, 1a) to go with two ground balls and a new career high of five caused turnovers; which equals the second-highest total by a USC player in single-game history (tied with four other such instances). Senior attacker Michaela Michael scored a pair of goals and led the team with six draw controls. She also added a pair of ground balls and a caused turnover.

    Freshman midfielder Kerrigan Miller had a pair of goals--one from free position--and picked up a ground ball, a draw control, and caused one turnover. Senior attacker Gabby McMahon had the seventh USC goal. Trojans earned three assists including the one by Drexel. Senior attacker Cynthia Del Core had one and senior midfielder Drew Jackson had the other. Jackson also grabbed three draw controls and had two ground balls.

    Defensively, the Trojans picked up 19 ground balls. Freshman defender Morgan Kuligowski set new career marks with three ground balls and three caused turnovers. Freshman midfielder Kaeli Huff matched a career high with three ground balls and caused one turnover. Sophomore midfielder Jackie Gilbert picked up two ground balls and caused two turnovers. In goal, junior netminder Gussie Johns had four saves and picked up a ground ball.

    For the Seawolves, Anna Tesoriero got the win and did so on the strength of nine saves. She had a heavy hand in denying the Trojan attack and finished out the day with three ground balls. Kylie Ohlmiller notched a hat trick and her sister Taryn Ohlmiller scored a pair of goals. Kristin Yevoli led her team with four draw controls and added four ground balls and three caused turnovers. Brooke Gubitosi pestered the USC offense to the tune of five ground balls and four caused turnovers. Dorrien Van Dyke finished with two goals.

    Stony Brook broke free for a big 3-0 run to open the game. It took the Seawolves just three minutes and 30 seconds to get goals from Ally Kennedy, Van Dyke, and Taryn Ohlmiller. USC answered at 24:50 when Drexel scored on a straight-ahead free-position shot, but Stony Brook was unrelenting as it went up by four goals, 5-1, on scores from Van Dyke and Keri McCarthy with more than 22 minutes left in the first half. Del Core dished to McMahon for the goal at 15:56, but again, the Seawolves responded with back-to-back goals, this time both by Kylie Ohlmiller for a big 7-2 lead.

    Drexel found Michael cutting and hit her with a pass for a goal at 12:31 to stem the tide, but Kylie Ohlmiller dished to Taryn Ohlmiller for a goal at 7:42 left in the first half to extend the lead to five again at 8-3. The Trojans scored two more in the first half, both on free-position attempts, to trim the lead to three heading into the break.

    Nearly 15 minutes had ticked off the clock when Kylie Ohlmiller went to goal unassisted to get the first goal of the second half. Her shot put Stony Brook back on top by four, 9-5, but would prove to be the only Seawolf goal of the frame. Defensive stand after stand, the Trojans earned their attempts on attack, but couldn't crack the code. Michael drew USC within three at 9-6 when she scored off a pass from Jackson, and then Miller scored unassisted with 5:02 left to play, but it was too little, too late. Stony Brook's stifling defense turned the Trojans away, time and time again, as time expired on USC's comeback bid.

    Next up, the Women of Troy head into the Garden State for a matchup with Ohio State (6-6) at Wilkins Field on the campus of Mountain Lakes High School in Mountain Lakes, N.J. The Buckeyes are coming off a 15-5 loss to Rutgers earlier today.

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

    GAME NOTES

    • USC fell to 1-2 in three all-time meetings with Stony Brook; both losses in Stony Brook, N.Y.
    • The Women of Troy fell to 6-11 all-time in games played on the East Coast.
    • The Trojans lost back-to-back games for the first time since Feb. 7 and Feb. 21 of 2015.
    • All three of USC's losses this season have been to teams ranked in the IWLCA Top 11 and each has come on the road.
    • Senior attacker Kylie Drexel set a new career high with five caused turnovers. The total ranks second among five all-time single-game performances by USC players.
    • Freshman defender Morgan Kuligowski had career highs of three ground balls and three caused turnovers.