Four Trojans Receive ILWomen Preseason All-America Recognition|
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Jan. 13, 2017
BALTIMORE -- Four USC women's lacrosse student-athletes were named to the 2017 Face-Off Yearbook Preseason Division I All-America teams as published by Inside Lacrosse (ILWomen) on Tuesday, Jan. 10. Headlining the Trojans' foursome is senior attacker Michaela Michael (Hillsborough, Calif./Menlo School), who was selected to the first team.
Junior goaltender Gussie Johns (Washington, D.C./St. Stephen's and St. Agnes School) was chosen for second-team honors and junior defender Lydia Sutton (Minnetonka, Minn./The Blake School) was placed on the third team. Senior attacker Kylie Drexel (Davis, Calif./Davis HS) received preseason honorable mention status.
Michael has the distinction of being USC's first-ever IWLCA All-American (third team in 2015) and was named to the first team in 2016. She is the program's leader in career draw controls and needs two goals to become USC's all-time leading goal scorer. She was the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation's (MPSF) 2015 Player of the Year and holds both league and school records for points, and draw controls in a single game and in a single season.
Johns led the nation in goals-against average in 2016 (6.04 gaa) and was All-MPSF and IWLCA All-Region as a sophomore. She helped lead the country's top defense (5.80 gaa) last season and was the team's leader in ground balls (49). Sutton was chosen for All-MPSF second team honors in 2016 as she produced 37 ground balls and 28 caused turnovers in her sophomore campaign. Drexel was also a second-team All-MPSF selection and was the Trojans' second-leading goal scorer with 40 last year. She also had 18 assists, 25 ground balls, 24 draw controls, and 11 caused turnovers.
USC was ranked No. 6 in the Face-Off Yearbook Preseason top-20 poll published by Inside Lacrosse. The Trojans will open their fifth season on Saturday, Feb. 11, at McAlister Field as hosts to Saint Mary's College at 1 p.m. PT.
In 2016, USC (20-1 overall) had a record-setting season, in which the Trojans won the MPSF regular season (9-0) and tournament championships. The Women of Troy earned the No. 5 seed in the NCAA championship and advanced to the quarterfinal where they fell in overtime to Syracuse. It was the furthest any team from the MPSF had ever gone in the NCAA tourney. Head coach Lindsey Munday was named MPSF Coach of the Year for the second straight season and reached the 50-win plateau in her fourth year at the helm (51-26 overall).
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