No. 9 USC Rebounds On 16-7 Win Over Ohio State

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    March 26, 2017

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    MOUNTAIN LAKES, N.J. - In a homecoming for fifth-year USC lacrosse head coach Lindsey Munday, before a crowd of 2,552 fans, the ninth-ranked Women of Troy (7-3) snapped a two-game skid with a 16-7 win over Ohio State (6-7) at Wilkins Field on the campus of Mountain Lakes High School on Sunday, March 26. Senior attacker Michaela Michael led the Trojans as she registered her third-career six-goal performance to lead all scorers. It was Michael's program-record 32nd-career hat trick.

    Michael was one of three Trojans to score hat tricks. Senior attackers Kylie Drexel and Gabby McMahon each scored three goals apiece. It was Drexel's 12th-career hat trick and the third for McMahon. Drexel added an assist for four points and led the team with three draw controls to go with a caused turnover and a ground ball.

    Four other Trojans scored single goals including senior attacker Cynthia Del Core who added a game-high three assists to go with two ground balls, a draw control and a caused turnover. Senior midfielder Drew Jackson scored one and had an assist to go with a career-best three ground balls and a draw control. Freshman midfielder Kerrigan Miller scored a goal, and matched career marks with four ground balls and three caused turnovers to go with two draw controls. Freshman Kaeli Huff had the last Trojan goal, and earned it on a free-position shot.

    Defensively, senior Nina Kelty had three ground balls. Junior defender Lydia Sutton had three ground balls and added three caused turnovers. In goal, junior Gussie Johns put up three saves and led all players with six ground balls to go with two caused turnovers.

    USC out-shot Ohio State, 40-16, and out-gained the Buckeyes by a 28-10 count in ground balls. Ohio State won the center circle by a 15-9 edge. The Women of Troy forced the Buckeyes to commit 23 turnovers with 12 credited as caused turnovers. In all, 69 fouls were called on both teams combined: 35 on Ohio State and 34 on USC.

    For the Buckeyes, Molly Wood scored three goals for the hat trick and tied for team high three ground balls. Erika Keselman had four points on two goals and two assists and added three ground balls and three draw controls. Baley Parrott scored a goal and dished out an assist to go with two draw controls and Paulina Constant scored once. In goal, Jill Rizzo took the loss but had 13 saves.

    Ohio State needed just 3:30 to score the first two goals of the game. Parrott and Keselman scored back-to-back to put the Trojans on their heels, but back-to-back free-position goals by USC's Drexel and Michael helped steady the ship. The score remained tied at two goals apiece for six minutes before Michael went to goal unassisted for her second score of the day and put the Trojans on top, 3-2. Miller scored unassisted to complete a 4-0 USC run with 10:36 left in the first half. Constant scored the next goal to keep the Buckeyes within reach of the Trojans, but Del Core found McMahon open on consecutive offensive sets to help the Trojans score back-to-back goals as part of a 3-0 run capped off by another goal from Michael to end the first half.

    USC carried that momentum into the second half and scored the first two goals on free-position attempts by Huff and Del Core to stretch the run to five unanswered goals. Wood scored to stem the tide at 24:56, but Drexel had a response less than a minute later to keep the lead at six, 10-4. 30 seconds later, Wood put up her reply to trim the lead back to five, but McMahon and Drexel scored back-to-back goals before Wood could complete her hat trick and USC sat comfortably with a 12-6 lead with 17:49 left to play. Following Woods' goal, Michael scored three more and McMahon tacked on another to put the Trojans on top, 16-6, with under four minutes to go. Keselman added one more goal for the Buckeys before time expired to make the final score, 16-7.

    Up next, the Women of Troy return home to McAlister Field to continue Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play as hosts to Fresno State on Friday (March 31) and California on Sunday (April 2). The USC-Cal game will be shown on Pac-12 LA and Bay Area.

    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 and Ohio State met for the first time.
    • The Trojans and the Buckeyes played on Wilkins Field on the campus of Mountain Lakes High School in Mountain Lakes, N.J.; the alma mater of fifth-year USC head coach Lindsey Munday.
    • An unofficial record crowd of 2,552 spectators watched the game at the high school's turf football field.
    • The Women of Troy improved to 7-11 all-time in games played on the East Coast.
    • USC had three players score hat tricks in the same game for the fourth time this season. Stetson (Feb. 26); New Hampshire (March 13); Dartmouth (March 19).
    • The Trojans' win snapped a two-game losing streak; the first such streak since the opening of the 2015 season.
    • Senior attacker Michaela Michael scored a season-high six goals in the win. It was her third-career six-goal game and the 32nd-career hat trick for Michael.
    • Senior attacker Kylie Drexel put up the 12th hat trick of her career with three goals.
    • Senior midfielder Drew Jackson notched a new career mark with three ground balls.
    • Freshman midfielder Kerrigan Miller matched career highs with four ground balls and three caused turnovers.