USC Lacrosse Grounds Ducks in 13-11 Road Victory|
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April 3, 2015
EUGENE, Ore. - The USC women's lacrosse team (8-3, 4-0 MPSF) held off a comeback bid by the Ducks to defeat Oregon (8-4, 2-2) at Papé Field on Friday, April 3. The Women of Troy remained undefeated in conference games thanks to four goals each from sophomore attackers Michaela Michael and Cynthia Del Core.
Michael led all players with five points (4g, 1a) and won five draws. Del Core paired her career-high four-goal performance with a ground ball and a caused turnover. Sophomore attacker Kylie Drexel had four points with a pair of goals and two assists while junior attacker Caroline de Lyra had two goals and an assist. Junior midfielder Amanda Johansen matched her career high with three assists and scored a goal to go with five draws, two caused turnovers, and two ground balls.
Defensively, junior Courtney Tarleton picked up three ground balls and added a caused turnover and draw control to her final line. Sophomore defender Nina Kelty had a draw control and dished out an assist. In goal, freshman Gussie Johns logged seven saves and had a pair of ground balls.
For the Ducks, four different players each scored two goals: Bella Pyne, Olivia Pyne, Carly O'Connell, and Rachel Steinberg. O'Connell also had two assists and led Oregon with five draw controls. Three other Ducks scored one goal apiece: Courtney Valdez, Hayley Milner, and Devon Frazer off the bench. Milner also picked up three ground balls. Natalie Modly came off the bench to nab four draw controls in the second half. In goal, Janelle Parker had eight saves.
Oregon struck first with an O'Connell to Valdez connection with just under two minutes off the game clock, but USC had an answer when de Lyra hit Del Core with a pass and Del Core put her shot past Parker to equalize at one-all. The Ducks went ahead when O'Connell scored unassisted, but Del Core went off for a pair of goals just 22 seconds apart, with assists from Michael and then Kelty, to spur the Trojans ahead to a 3-2 lead at 18:15.
Drexel scored the Trojans' next goal one minute after Del Core's goal and then Michael went unassisted to score and put USC up, 5-2, to prompt an Oregon timeout. Though the Ducks scored out of the stoppage, USC compiled a 5-1 run to head into the break with a 10-4 lead.
The second half was a different story as the Ducks outscored the Trojans, 7-3, but not before USC went up by as many as seven goals twice. The Trojans held an 11-4 lead on Del Core's fourth goal of the game, and then went up, 12-5, when Johansen's pass led de Lyra to her goal with 15:12 left to play. Oregon dominated the center circle in the second half and outdrew the Trojans, 10-1, to maintain possession of the ball for much of the time. Bella Pyne and Frazer scored back-to-back goals for the Ducks to cut the lead to five, 12-7, at 11:41.
Drexel earned an assist when Johansen scored one more goal for the Trojans at 9:25, but Oregon wasn't done. The Pyne sisters, O'Connell, and Steinberg were each part of a 4-0 run by the Ducks to end the game. Despite Oregon's best efforts, USC's defense staved off the comeback bid to preserve the victory.
The Women of Troy will host their final home games of the spring when Colorado (6-3, 1-1 MPSF) and Denver (6-3, 1-1) visit McAlister Field next weekend. USC and the Buffaloes will play on Friday (April 10) at 3 p.m. PT and then the Trojans and the Pioneers will draw at noon PT on Sunday (April 12). The USC-Denver game is Senior Day for the Women of Troy and will be shown live on the Pac-12 Networks.
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