No. 9 USC Cruises By California For 21-4 Victory|
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April 2, 2017
LOS ANGELES -- The ninth-ranked USC lacrosse team (9-3, 3-0 MPSF) took down California (2-10, 0-3) by a 21-4 count at McAlister Field on Sunday, April 2. It was the 22nd consecutive home win for the Women of Troy, which includes 20 straight in games played on McAlister Field; and was the 13th consecutive MPSF conference victory for the Trojans.
Senior attacker Michaela Michael had a monster game with six goals, an assist, and six draw controls. It was Michael's program-record 34th-career hat trick game and the fourth time in her career that she has had six goals in the same contest. 10 different Trojans scored goals including seven with multiple-goal games. In the net, junior Gussie Johns held the Bears scoreless through her 30 first-half minutes in the cage. She finished with two saves and four ground balls.
USC out-shot Cal, 34-15, and had a 24-7 edge in the first half alone. The Trojans also out-gained the Bears by a 21-12 margin in ground balls and won the battle in the center circle by a 15-11 count.
Senior attacker Gabby McMahon had three points (2g, 1a) while senior attacker Cynthia Del Core and senior midfielder Drew Jackson each scored a pair of goals. Off the bench, sophomore midfielder Amanda Flayhan and freshmen attackers Ashley Hill and Sarah Larkin each scored two goals apiece. Senior attacker Kylie Drexel dished out a pair of assists while freshman midfielder Kerrigan Miller had an assist to go with three caused turnovers, a ground ball, and a draw control.
Sophomore midfielder Allie Gershman, sophomore attacker Gabbi Klein, and junior attacker Alexis Kardias each scored one goal apiece. On defense, junior Lydia Sutton had two ground balls and caused two turnovers. She also picked up a draw control and was key to the Trojans' transition game. In for the duration of the second half, freshman goalie Hannah Upshaw had three saves.
For the Bears, Kirsten Swanson scored two goals. Jena Fritts and Kai Mildenberger each scored the other two Cal goals. Mildenberger also had three draw controls. Jenny Wilkens put up eight saves, but gave up all 21 of the goals scored on the Bears.
USC held Cal scoreless for the first 39 minutes of the game and built a 14-0 lead in the first half. Jackson opened the scoring barrage on a free-position shot at 28:56, but in the blink of an eye, the Trojans had a 9-0 lead on another goal by Jackson, five by Michael, and two by McMahon. Del Core scored back-to-back unassisted goals for USC's 10th and 11th goals of the game. Michael scored with 6:15 left to play in the first half and then Larkin and Hill each scored with under five minutes to the break for the 14-goal lead.
Hill, who scored the final goal of the first half at 14 seconds left, also scored the first goal of the second half. She took a pass from Michael and put one in the back of the net for a 15-0 USC lead just 30 seconds into the second frame. Kardias and Larkin followed suit to put the Trojans on top, 17-0, with 25:28 left to play. Against the Trojans' reserve players, Cal ripped through a 3-0 run on goals by Swanson and Fritts, but Flayhan and Gershman scored back-to-back goals to make the score 19-3. Mildenberger scored a fourth goal for the Bears before Klein and Flayhan scored unassisted at 4:12 and 1:50 to complete the 21-4 final score.
The Trojans have back-to-back MPSF road games next week and will visit Oregon for a matchup on Friday (April 7) at Pape Field and then head straight to San Diego to face San Diego State on Saturday (April 8) at the Aztec Lacrosse Field.
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