Trojan Lacrosse Returns to East Coast With Momentum|
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March 27, 2015
LOS ANGELES - The USC women's lacrosse team (6-2, 3-0 MPSF) returns to the East Coast for a second time this season and will take on Dartmouth (0-7) and No. 2-ranked Boston College (10-0) in a pair of non-league games. The Trojans face a winless Big Green team on Saturday (March 28) at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) at Scully-Fahey Field in Hanover, N.H. The Women of Troy then have to take on an undefeated squad of Eagles on Monday (March 30) at 12 p.m. ET (9 a.m. PT) at Newton Field in Newton, Mass.
USC and Dartmouth will meet for the first time in program history, but the Trojans have a deep connection with the Big Green as assistant coach Devon Will was an award-winning goaltender at Dartmouth and helped the Green to the NCAA title game in 2006. The Women of Troy will get a second crack at Boston College after falling to the Eagles in a 13-10 decision at McAlister Field in 2014.
The Trojans are on a program-record six-game winning streak through which they have outscored opponents, 97-35. USC's offense has been effective thanks in part to the team's dominance in the center circle where the Trojans have won the draw control battle in all eight games this season with a 118-65 edge.
The Trojans' offense is led by junior attacker Caroline de Lyra, who has 34 points (18g, 16a). Sophomore attacker Michaela Michael is the MPSF draw control leader with 55 (6.88 dcpg) and has 21 goals and five assists this season. Junior midfielder Amanda Johansen also has 21 goals to go with three assists and is second on the team with 26 draw controls. Sophomore attacker Kylie Drexel was named the league's offensive player of the week following a five-goal outburst in USC's 11-4 win over Marquette. Drexel has 20 points (12g, 8a).
USC's offensive line also features depth as six other players have scored more than one goal this season. Sophomore attacker Caroline Cordrey has eight goals off the bench and is a threat to dodge her way to the goal at any time. Sophomore attackers Cynthia Del Core and Annie Ruland have each scored six goals apiece while six additional players have at least one goal each this spring.
Defensively, junior Courtney Tarleton leads a stingy Trojan backline with 10 caused turnovers and has 11 ground balls. Freshman goalie Gussie Johns tops all Trojans with 16 ground balls and has four caused turnovers when she steps out of the crease. Johns has produced 25 saves (.347) with a 6.62 goals-against average that leads the MPSF and ranks eighth in the country. Senior defender Elizabeth Eddy has 11 ground balls (6 dc, 5 ct). Sophomore Nina Kelty rounds out the Trojans' defense with four ground balls, draw controls, and caused turnovers.
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LAST TIME OUT: The Trojans cruised to a 16-2 halftime lead over MPSF foe Saint Mary's College and completed a 20-7 win to push their program-record winning streak to six games. USC out-shot the Gaels, 30-13, and won the center circle for the eighth straight game with a 15-13 edge. Junior attacker Caroline de Lyra had six points with a season-best five assists and a goal while three players scored at least three goals apiece including sophomores Michaela Michael and Annie Ruland, and junior Amanda Johansen. The Trojans caused 14 of the 20 Saint Mary's turnovers and stopped the Gaels in transition on 10 of 18 clear attempts.
MPSF WEEKLY HONORS: The MPSF has honored Trojans for four weekly awards this season. Junior attacker Caroline de Lyra and senior defender Elizabeth Eddy received offensive and defensive player of the week honors on Feb. 9. Sophomore attacker Kylie Drexel was named for the offensive award and was joined by freshman goalie Gussie Johns who took home Rookie of the Week honors on March 16.