No. 8 Trojans Overpower Oregon in 17-4 Easter Blowout

    USC junior attacker Michaela Michael scored seven times for the Trojans in a 17-4 win.

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    March 27, 2016

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    LOS ANGELES -- The eighth-ranked USC women's lacrosse team (9-0, 3-0 MPSF) extended its school record win streak to nine games with a 17-4 victory over Oregon (6-4, 1-2) at McAlister Field on Easter Sunday, March 27. Junior attacker Michaela Michael scored career highs with eight points and seven goals to lead the Trojans to the win.

    Michael also added a season high-tying 12 draw controls and was 2-for-2 shooting from the eight-meter arc. Michael did her damage with a 100-percent shooting day and added a caused turnover and ground ball for good measure. Senior attacker Caroline deLyra added a season-high five goals (on five shots) and caused a turnover.

    The Women of Troy won their 13th straight game at McAlister Field and improved to 21-8 all-time on their home grass. The double-digit margin of victory marked the sixth time in nine games that USC has won by 10 goals or more. Through those nine games, the Trojans are now outscoring opponents, 146-41.

    USC outshot the Ducks, 25-17, and held a considerable edge in the center circle with 15 draw controls to eight. The Trojans won the battle for ground balls, 16-13, and forced the Ducks into 13 turnovers (10 caused).

    Junior attackers Kylie Drexel and Gabby McMahon each had four points and each scored two goals and dished out two assists. McMahon scored both of her goals on two free-position shots and added two ground balls and a caused turnover. Senior midfielder Kelsey Dreyer had the only other USC goal.

    On defense, senior Courtney Tarleton had two ground balls and two caused turnovers. Junior Nina Kelty finished with two draw controls, one caused turnover, and one ground ball. Sophomore midfielder Lydia Sutton had three ground balls while sophomore goalkeeper Gussie Johns led all players with five ground balls, two caused turnovers, and had seven saves.

    For the Ducks, Shannon Williams scored the first two goals, and the MPSF assist leader Cambi Cukar had two assists. Bella Pyne and Rachel Steinberg scored the other two goals. Alison Scharkey picked up three ground balls and had two caused turnovers while Jenna Morris took the loss with 11 goals against her, but came up with four saves.

    Oregon was the first to strike when Cukar found Williams in front of the goal for a shot and the score. The 1-0 deficit was the first time that USC trailed an opponent since March 4, but the Trojans quickly evened the scored when Michael passed up her free-position shot to hit deLyra on the crease who put it past Morris for the goal. The Ducks slowed the tempo greatly and went up, 2-1, on another goal by Williams. Oregon led, 2-1, until 16:22 when Michael dodged her way to goal and scored unassisted to tie things up at two-all. The goal triggered a six-goal USC run that put the Trojans on top, 7-2, with just 2:30 left in the first half.

    The Trojans' scoring run included three goals from Michael, two from McMahon, and one from deLyra. Steinberg put one past Johns off an assist from Carly O'Connell to stem the tide with 1:25 left to the break, but the Trojans had one more goal to tack up as deLyra went alone for the score and an 8-3 USC lead at the half.

    The Trojans continued their barrage and scored the first three goals of the second half to create an 11-3 lead at 27:49. Michael scored her fourth and fifth goals within just eight seconds of each other as she secured the draw and ran the field herself for the goal. Pyne had one last answer for the Ducks at 22:53, but that was as close as Oregon got as the Trojans let the clock run and got goals from Michael, deLyra, Dreyer, and Drexel as part of a 6-0 run to close out the game and secure a 17-4 victory.

    The Women of Troy head out of town for their next game and will meet Fresno State in Fresno, Calif., on Thursday (March 31) at 5 p.m. PT on the Bulldogs' Lacrosse Field. The game will be streamed live, free of charge, by CampusInsiders.com on theW.tv. Please visit USCTrojans.com or GoBulldogs.com for links.

    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 9-0 for the first time in program history, continuing the program's best start to a season.
    • The nine-game winning streak is the longest in program history.
    • The Trojans improved to 3-2 in their all-time series with Oregon. For the first time in the series, the home team won. USC won at Oregon in 2013 and 2015, and lost at home and in Denver (neutral) in 2014.
    • The Women of Troy won their 13th straight game at McAlister Field and improved to 21-8 all-time at the field.
    • USC defeated an opponent by a double-digit margin for the sixth time this season and held an opponent under 10 goals for the eighth time in nine games.
    • Through nine games, USC is out-scoring its opponents, 146-41, for an average margin of victory of 11.66 goals per game.
    • Junior attacker Michaela Michael scored her 21st-career hat trick game and finished with a career-high seven goals. She also set a new career high with eight points in the game. It was Michael's fourth game this season with five goals or more.
    • Senior attacker Caroline deLyra scored a season-high five goals. It was her 22nd-career hat trick game and the third time this season that she has scored four goals or more in the same game.
    • Sophomore goalie Gussie Johns matched her career mark for a fifth time with five ground balls in the game.
    • Junior attacker Gabby McMahon scored a career-high four points (2g, 2a) and set a new career best with two free-position goals.