USC Lacrosse Drops Second Straight One-Goal Game

    USC freshman attacker Annie Ruland scored a goal and picked up a ground ball against the Pioneers.

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    April 13, 2014

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    DENVER - The USC women's lacrosse team (7-6, 5-2 MPSF) found itself on the short end of a one-goal game for the second time in as many outings as the Women of Troy lost, 8-7, to a streaking 20th-ranked Denver squad (13-1, 7-0) at Peter Barton Stadium on Sunday, April 13. The Pioneers extended their winning streak to 11 with the victory.

    Freshmen midfielders Alex Moore and Michaela Michael each recorded a pair of goals. Michael also had two draw controls and a caused turnover. Moore collected USC's only assist on the day and claimed a draw control as well. Freshman attacker Annie Ruland scored a goal and had a ground ball.

    Sophomores Caroline de Lyra and Amanda Johansen each scored once. Johansen grabbed three draw controls and caused three turnovers. Four Trojans had two ground balls each: goalie Liz Shaffer, Kaitlyn Couture, Gabby McMahon, and senior midfielder Elizabeth Eddy who also caused a turnover. Shaffer had seven saves in the loss.

    For Denver, goaltender Hannah Hook had nine saves and grabbed three ground balls to go with a pair of caused turnovers. Meredith Harris, Christa Reese, and Rachael McKinnon each scored two goals. Reese had a pair of assists and won a pair of draws as well. Jenn Etzel scored one and handed out an assist while Annabelle Gilbride scored a goal and picked up a ground ball. Layne Voorhees caused five of USC's turnovers and picked up a game-high five ground balls. Kiki Boone had four ground balls while Sonorah Vinyard had three with two caused turnovers.

    USC scored first after five minutes of play had elapsed in the first half. Michael put one in from the eight-meter arc to give the Trojans a 1-0 lead at 24:14. Less than two minutes later, Reese hit McKinnon with a pass and McKinnon put a shot past Shaeffer for the goal and a one-all tie at 22:27. Harris went to goal unassisted to put the Pioneers up, 2-1, at 21:09, but the Trojans had an answer as Johansen scored just under the 20-minute mark before Ruland scored on a pass from Moore at 18:17 to give USC a 3-2 lead.

    Etzel was the next to benefit from a Reese pass as she scored to tie the score for a third time at three-all at 10:33 left in the first half. A minute after Etzel's goal, Michael responded to give USC a 4-3 lead at 9:35. The teams went seven minutes without scoring before Harris put one in on a free-position shot to tie the score at four heading into the break.

    The first five minutes of the second half went before a foul in front of the Pioneer goal gave Denver the ball. Reese took a pass and raced down the field unhindered to score and put Denver up, 5-4. The Trojans needed five more minutes before they could even the score at five when Moore scored from the eight-meter hash. USC took its last lead at 6-5 when de Lyra dodged her way to the goal and put her shot past Hook as she was falling to the ground.

    Denver went on a 3-0 run to lead, 8-6, with just over seven minutes to go in the game. First Gilbride scored on an assist from Etzel to pull the teams into a six-all tie at 13:09. McKinnon put the Pioneers on top, 7-6, with her free-position goal at 8:40 before Reese generated the game's largest lead with her unassisted goal at 7:09. The Trojans continued to fight and pulled within a goal at 4:19 when Moore scored unassisted, but the Pioneers stalled long enough the bleed the clock down to its nubs and secured the 8-7 win.

    The Trojans return home for a pair of big games against Oregon on Friday, April 18, at 4 p.m. on McAlister Field before they host Stanford at 1 p.m. PT on the Pac-12 Networks from the LA Memorial Coliseum on Sunday, April 20. Please visit for a complete schedule and more information.