Trojan Lacrosse Grinds Out 9-7 Win Over Big Green

    USC sophomore attacker Michaela Michael scored three goals in the Trojans' win over Dartmouth.

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    March 28, 2015

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    HANOVER, N.H. - Behind a hat trick by sophomore attacker Michaela Michael, the USC women's lacrosse team (7-2) earned a hard-fought 9-7 victory over Dartmouth (0-8) at Scully-Fahey Field on Saturday, March 28. The win extended the Trojans' program-best winning streak to seven games.

    Michael finished the game with her three goals, four draw controls, three ground balls, and two caused turnovers. Sophomore attacker Caroline Cordrey scored the Trojans' first goal of the game on a free-position attempt, and then went unassisted to score USC's final goal of the game to seal the win. Junior attacker Caroline de Lyra scored one goal and had a pair of assists to go with a ground ball.

    Junior midfielders Amanda Johansen and Kelsey Dreyer, and sophomore attacker Cynthia Del Core each scored one goal. Johansen also had a pair of draw controls and three ground balls. In goal, freshman Gussie Johns had four saves and grabbed five ground balls. Senior midfielder Kaitlyn Couture had three ground balls and a caused turnover while junior defender Courtney Tarleton had a ground ball and a caused turnover. In all, the Trojans finished with 22 ground balls and caused 10 of Dartmouth's 19 turnovers.

    USC out-shot Dartmouth, 25-13, to mark its seventh straight game with more shots than an opponent. The Trojans failed to win the draw control battle for the first time this season and tied the Big Green with nine draw controls each.

    For Dartmouth, Jaclyn Leto had four draw controls and led her team with two goals and an assist. Taryn Deck scored a hat trick and picked up a pair of draw controls. Courtney Weisse had a goal and an assist while Danielle Lisovicz had one goal and a pair of caused turnovers. In goal, Jessica Frieder produced 11 saves and picked up eight ground balls.

    The Trojans took the first two shots of the game but were turned away by Frieder who completed the first half with five saves. Just over five minutes in, Dartmouth struck first on a goal by Leto. USC won the next draw and set up its offense. Cordrey earned a free-position shot and put it past Frieder to even the game at 23:31 and send the Women of Troy on a 4-0 run. De Lyra dropped a pass off to Johansen for the goal at 19:24 before Dreyer went solo from the left side of the arc to score and put the Trojans up by two, 3-1. With 6:05 left on the clock, USC recovered the ball after a wide shot to let de Lyra set Michael up for the shot and goal for a 4-1 lead.

    The Green had USC backpedaling on their next defensive possession and did enough to earn a second goal from Leto at 5:30, but Michael had a response and scored unassisted at 4:42 to put the Trojans up, 5-2. Dartmouth had one more offensive drive in it and pulled to within two goals, 5-3, with just over two minutes left in the half on a goal by Deck. USC held for the final shot and got it, but Frieder got one more save to send the teams into the half on a 5-3 USC lead.

    The Trojans wasted no time after the halftime break and secured the first draw to set up their offense. Del Core took the shot and scored at 28:53 to put USC ahead by three goals once more, 6-3. The Green had an answer though, and cut that lead back to two just 25 seconds later when Lisovicz scored. Alone behind the Dartmouth goal, de Lyra rolled the crease and put a shot low and through the legs of Frieder to push the Trojans ahead, 7-4, at the 22:08 mark.

    Following a USC miscue on a clear attempt, Deck picked up a ground ball and went to goal unmolested to score over Johns' shoulder at 19:22. Like call and response, the Trojans stood up the Green attack on the next possession and went the other way where Michael notched her hat trick with a goal at 18:40 to put USC up by three, 8-5. The teams went nine minutes before the next goal, but Dartmouth got back-to-back goals from Weisse and Deck (at 8:59 and 7:41) to pull within one, 8-7. Cordrey dodged her way to the goal to put USC up, 9-7, with 4:08 left in the game, before the Trojans stalled the clock out to come away with the win.

    The Women of Troy stay on the East Coast to take on No. 2-ranked Boston College (10-1) in a Monday matinee (March 30) on Newton Field in Newton, Mass. The Trojans and the Eagles will draw at noon ET (9 a.m. PT). The two teams met at McAlister Field last season where a seventh-ranked BC squad claimed a 13-10 win.

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    • USC and Dartmouth met for the first time. The Trojans now lead the all-time series, 1-0.
    • The Women of Troy extended their program-record winning streak to seven straight games.
    • The Trojans improved their road record to 2-1 this season. · USC is out-scoring its opponents, 108-42, during its seven-game winning streak.
    • The Trojans tied the Big Green for draws (nine each) to mark the first time this season that USC did not have more draw controls than an opponent.
    • USC's 22 ground balls against Dartmouth were the second most in a single game this season. The Trojans had 24 in a win over Liberty (March 9).
    • USC out-shot Dartmouth, 25-13, and out-shot its opponent for the seventh straight game; all victories.
    • Freshman goalie Gussie Johns matched her career high with five ground balls.
    • Sophomore attacker Michaela Michael notched a hat trick with three goals. It was her sixth game with three orm ore goals this season.