No. 7 Trojans Rack Up 20-6 Win Over San Diego State

    Junior attacker Michaela Michael tied a USC single-game record with six assists in a 20-6 win over San Diego State.

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    April 2, 2016

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    LOS ANGELES -- The seventh-ranked USC women's lacrosse team (11-0, 5-0 MPSF) ran away with a 20-6 victory over San Diego State (4-7, 3-2) on Saturday, April 2, at McAlister Field. The Women of Troy extended their school-record winning streak to 11 games behind a career-high nine-point performance (3g, 6a) from junior attacker Michaela Michael.

    Michael's six assists tied the program's single-game record set twice by senior attacker Caroline deLyra in 2013. She also finished with seven draw controls and had two ground balls. It was Michael's 22nd-career hat trick game and the eighth this season. deLyra scored four goals for her 23rd-career hat trick game and added two ground balls and a caused turnover. Senior midfielder Amanda Johansen also had a hat trick (her third this season; 19th career) to go with three draw controls and a pair of ground balls.

    The Trojans defeated an opponent by a double-digit margin for the eighth time this season and held an opponent under 10 goals for the 10th time in 11 games. USC is outscoring all opponents, 183-50, for an average margin of victory of 12.09 goals per game. In MPSF games, the Trojans hold an 89-18 scoring edge for a 14.20 goals margin of victory. The Women of Troy outshot the Aztecs, 43-14, won the ground ball game, 22-11, and had a decisive 18-10 edge in the center circle.

    Junior attacker Kylie Drexel scored a pair of goals, caused three turnovers, and secured three draw controls. Junior attacker Cynthia Del Core also scored a pair of goals and had an assist to go with a ground ball and caused turnover. Off the bench, junior attacker Shannon Nugent scored a pair of goals. Senior midfielder Kelsey Dreyer, junior attacker Gabby McMahon, junior midfielder Drew Jackson, and senior attacker Maggie Mawhinney each scored single goals. Dreyer also had a pair of ground balls and draw controls.

    Defensively, the Trojans were paced by senior Courtney Tarleton who put in three caused turnovers with a pair of ground balls and a draw control. Junior defender Nina Kelty and senior midfielder Haleigh Dalmass each picked up a pair of ground balls. Dalmass added an assist, and a caused turnover. In goal, sophomore Gussie Johns delivered her 11th win and produced four saves in the process.

    For the Aztecs, Vickie Porter won three draws, and scored a pair of goals. Felice Artuso, Alexa Comfort, Kristen Hickey, and Grace McGinty each scored one goal apiece. Artuso had the only SDSU assist. Natalie Peel and Ijeoma Ikpe each won a pair of draws. In goal, Katie Merritt surrendered eight first-half goals and went on record with the loss.

    Michael and Drexel scored USC's first two goals unassisted and had the Trojans up, 2-0, just eight minutes into the game. SDSU responded with a goal by McGinty, but the Trojans opened up a 6-1 lead with a 4-0 scoring run on goals by Michael, Drexel, deLyra, and Johansen. Artuso scored with a little over seven minutes to halftime to stem the tide, and Porter's goal trimmed USC's lead to four at 7-3. But the Trojans had one more goal in them as sophomore midfielder Lydia Sutton hit Michael with a pass for the goal with 55 seconds to the break for an 8-3 USC lead.

    Just nine seconds into the second half, Dreyer secured the draw and dropped the ball off to Michael whose pass found Del Core for the goal and a 9-3 lead. Less than a minute later, the Aztecs responded to get back within five at 9-4, but USC ripped the game open with a 6-0 run over the next seven minutes to lead, 15-4, and start the running clock. Porter scored her second goal to pull SDSU back within 10, but the Trojans scored the next four with goals from Mawhinney, Dreyer, Jackson, and Nugent, to lead by 14, 19-5. Hickey scored her goal at the three-minute mark, but Nugent had the last word with her sixth goal of the season at 1:46 left to play, which produced the final 14-goal margin and solidified the Trojans' 20-6 victory.

    The Women of Troy will play their next four games on the road and begin that stretch with a visit to the Rocky Mountains next weekend. The Trojans will meet Colorado (8-2, 3-0 MPSF) on Friday, April 8, at 2 p.m. MT, at Kittredge Field in Boulder, Colo. The game with the Buffaloes will be broadcast live by Pac-12 Los Angeles and Pac-12 Mountain. After that, USC heads into Mile-high City to face Denver (4-6, 1-2) at Peter Barton Stadium on Sunday, April 10, at noon MT. The Trojans and Pioneers will be broadcast live on AltitudeTV with an accompanying web stream.

    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 11-0 for the first time in program history, continuing the program's best start to a season.
    • The 11-game winning streak is the longest in program history.
    • USC won its 14th straight home game (and at McAlister Field) and improved to 22-8 all-time at McAlister Field.
    • The Trojans improved to 4-0 in their all-time series with San Diego State.
    • The Women of Troy moved to 5-0 in MPSF games for the third time in the last three seasons.
    • USC defeated an opponent by a double-digit margin for the eighth time this season and held an opponent under 10 goals for the 10th time in 11 games.
    • Through 11 games, USC is out-scoring its opponents, 183-50, for an average margin of victory of 12.09 goals.
    • In MPSF games, USC has outscored opponents, 89-18, for an average margin of victory of 14.20 goals.
    • Junior attacker Michaela Michael set new career marks with nine points (3g, 6a) and six assists. The six assists matches the program single-game record set by Caroline deLyra twice in 2013.
    • Michael's hat trick was the 22nd of her career and her eighth this season. She also shot a career-high 11 times in the game.
    • Senior attacker Caroline deLyra finished with four goals for her 23rd-career hat trick game.
    • Junior attacker Shannon Nugent tied a career high with two goals in the game.