Johns and Miller Receive MPSF Defensive Player and Rookie of the Week Honors

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    Feb. 20, 2017

    LOS ANGELES -- USC junior goaltender Gussie Johns (Washington, D.C./St. Stephens & St. Agnes School) was named the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Defensive Player of the Week and freshman midfielder Kerrigan Miller (Bayport, N.Y./Bayport-Blue Point HS) was chosen as the conference's Rookie of the Week for the week of Feb. 13-19, the league announced on Monday, Feb. 20. Colorado junior attacker Darby Kiernan was named MPSF Offensive Player of the Week.

    Johns put up career highs of 17 saves and eight ground balls to secure the Trojans' 11-10 overtime victory over No. 9 Northwestern. Johns faced 35 shots and allowed just 10 goals to the high-powered Wildcat offense. Her 17-save performance was the second most in a single game in program history and her eight ground balls matched the USC record and tied the third-highest total in MPSF history. Johns made several impressive saves, but her most memorable by far came in overtime when she turned away the NU attacker in a one-on-one situation to preserve USC's chances at victory.

    Miller scored the game-winning goal in the win over Northwestern. Miller secured her first-career hat trick and finished with three goals, three caused turnovers, two ground balls, and one draw control. With just four seconds to play in the first half of overtime, Miller spun through the 12-meter arc, and with her back-to-goal, scooped a shot past the Wildcat goalie to secure USC's win.

    Women of Troy have now won MPSF weekly honors 25 times in program history with nine offensive awards, 10 defensive awards, and six rookie of the week honorees. For Johns, it is her third defensive award (two in 2016) and fourth award overall. She was named Rookie of the Week once in 2015. It is Miller's first weekly award and USC's first Rookie of the Week honor since Johns was selected on March 16, 2015.

    The third-ranked Trojans (2-0) will carry the highest ranking in program history to the southeast this week where they will face No. 4 Florida (0-1) for a top-five matchup at Donald R. Dizney Stadium in Gainesville, Fla., on Friday, Feb. 24, at 6:30 p.m. ET (3:30 p.m. PT). The game will be shown live on Florida's YouTube channel. USC then takes on Stetson (0-2) in DeLand, Fla., on Sunday, Feb. 26, at noon ET (9 a.m. PT). The Trojans and the Hatters will be shown live on HatterVision via GoHatters.com.

    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.

    USC ALL-TIME MPSF LACROSSE WEEKLY AWARDS

    2013
    ROW: Amanda Johansen (Feb. 25)
    ROW: Amanda Johansen (Mar. 11)
    ROW: Amanda Johansen (Apr. 29)

    2014
    ROW: Michaela Michael (Mar. 17)
    DPOW: Liz Shaeffer (Apr. 21)
    DPOW: Courtney Tarleton (Apr. 28)

    2015
    OPOW: Caroline deLyra (Feb. 9)
    DPOW: Elizabeth Eddy (Feb. 9)
    OPOW: Kylie Drexel (Mar. 16)
    ROW: Gussie Johns (Mar. 16)
    OPOW: Amanda Johansen (Apr. 6)
    OPOW: Michaela Michael (Apr. 13)

    2016
    OPOW: Michaela Michael (Feb. 15)
    DPOW: Courtney Tarleton (Feb. 22)
    OPOW: Michaela Michael (Mar. 8)
    DPOW: Lydia Sutton (Mar. 8)
    OPOW: Kylie Drexel (Mar. 21)
    OPOW: Michaela Michael (Mar. 28)
    DPOW: Gussie Johns (Apr. 4)
    DPOW: Courtney Tarleton (Apr. 11)
    DPOW: Gussie Johns (Apr. 18)
    OPOW: Michaela Michael (Apr. 25)
    DPOW: Courtney Tarleton (Apr. 25)

    2017
    DPOW: Gussie Johns (Feb. 20)
    ROW: Kerrigan Miller (Feb. 20)