USC Lacrosse Opens Spring with First Draw Against Trojan Alumnae|
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Jan. 18, 2017
LOS ANGELES -- The USC lacrosse program will host its first-annual alumni game on Saturday, Jan. 21, at Loker Track Stadium and Cromwell Field at 10 a.m. PT. The Women of Troy welcome back a host of alumnae for the special exhibition to kick off the team's fifth year.
The defending MPSF champion Trojans enter season five with high expectations. USC (20-1 overall in 2016) had a record-setting year as it captured both the league's regular-season (9-0 MPSF) and tournament crowns. The Women of Troy earned the No. 5 seed to become the first-ever west coast team to host an NCAA tournament game. USC went further than any MPSF team in history to appear in the quarterfinals where it fell in overtime to Syracuse. En route, USC set new league records for wins (20) and winning streak (20 consecutive) and reached the No. 5 ranking in the IWLCA Coaches Poll, to set a new league mark.
Head coach Lindsey Munday has garnered MPSF Coach of the Year honors in each of the last two seasons and crossed the 50-win plateau last year (51-26). Though the Trojans must replace a stellar departing senior class, which included 2016 MPSF Player of the Year Courtney Tarleton, USC does return the services of the program's all-time leading goal-scorer and 2015 MPSF Player of the Year Michaela Michael (21g, 31a, 107dc).
The Trojans will also be without the services of third-team IWLCA All-American Amanda Johansen and all-league selections Kelsey Dreyer, Kaitlyn Couture, and Caroline deLyra. Despite the departures, the core of USC's NCAA-quarterfinal squad returns including the 2016 NCAA goals-against average leader Gussie Johns (6.04 gaa) who will begin her third season as the Trojans' starting netminder.
The nation's top defense from one year ago (5.80 gaa) also brings back senior Nina Kelty (24gb, 14ct) and junior Lydia Sutton (37gb, 28ct). On offense, senior attacker Kylie Drexel (40g, 18a) will help power the USC attack. She was the Trojans' third-leading point-scorer in 2016. The Women of Troy will add a strong group of incoming freshmen and transfers to its existing roster. USC's recruiting class is among the nation's best and includes the No. 1-ranked recruit Kerrigan Miller according to InsideLacrosse.
For more information on the USC women's lacrosse team, a complete schedule, and results, please visit USCTrojans.com. Fans of the Women of Troy can follow the team on Instagram and on Twitter @USCTrojansLax.