Michael and Miller Highlight USC Lacrosse MPSF Postseason Honors|
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April 26, 2017
LOS ANGELES -- USC senior attacker Michaela Michael (Hillsborough, Calif./The Menlo School) was named the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Player of the Year and freshman midfielder Kerrigan Miller (Bayport, N.Y./Bayport-Blue Point HS) was chosen for Rookie of the Year honors, the league announced on Wednesday, April 26. Fourth-year Colorado head coach Ann Elliott was named the MPSF Coach of the Year.
Both Michael and Miller are also All-MPSF first-team selections. They are joined for all-conference first-team honors by junior defender Lydia Sutton (Minnetonka, Minn./The Blake School), junior goalie Gussie Johns (Washington, D.C./St. Stephens & St. Agnes), and senior midfielder Gabby McMahon (Bardonia, N.Y./Immaculate Heart). Michael and Johns each earn their third-career selections while Sutton is a two-time honoree following a second-team selection in 2016. Miller and McMahon are each first-timers.
Two Trojans were chosen for all-conference second-team honors. Senior defender Nina Kelty (Palo Alto, Calif./Palo Alto HS) received her third second-team selection (2014, '15) following a one-year absence. And senior attacker Kylie Drexel (Davis, Calif./Davis HS) made her third consecutive appearance on the second team to give USC a total of seven all-conference selections in 2017.
Michael leads the MPSF in points (80 total; 4.71 ppg), goals (63 total; 3.71 gpg), and draw controls (110 total; 6.47 dcpg) this season. She also ranks in the top 10 for assists (17 total; 1.00 apg). Michael also leads the NCAA in goals and ranks seventh in draw controls and eighth in points. She holds the top-three single-season draw control totals in MPSF history and enters the postseason just 13 away from her own 2015 record of 123. She ranks second in MPSF history for career goals (219) and is third in career points (286). Michael won four consecutive MPSF Offensive Player of the Week awards this season and has 10 weekly honors in her career. She is a three-time All-MPSF selection and is only the fourth player in league history to earn multiple MPSF Player of the Year honors. Her award also marks the third consecutive season in which the Trojans have produced the Player of the Year (Courtney Tarleton, 2016).
Miller is the first freshman to earn MPSF All-Conference first-team honors since 2014. She has started all 17 regular-season games for the Trojans and was twice named the MPSF Rookie of the Week. A utility player by trade, Miller finished the regular season with 30 goals and 12 assists for 42 points. She has the second-most goal and point totals among MPSF freshmen and is in the top 20 overall in each category. Miller has scored three game-winning goals including an overtime winner against No. 9 Northwestern. She enters the postseason with 33 ground balls (tied for ninth in the MPSF), 31 draw controls (tied for 17th), and 23 caused turnovers (tied for fourth). She is USC's second MPSF Rookie of the Year recipient; the first since Amanda Johansen in 2013.
The Trojans' seven MPSF All-Conference selections increase the program's total to 29 all-time with 18 first-team honorees and 11 second-team choices. In five seasons, USC can now boast three MPSF Player of the Year recognitions, two Rookie of the Year honors, and two Coach of the Year awards (Lindsey Munday, 2015 and '16).
The seventh-ranked Women of Troy (14-3, 8-0 MPSF) are the defending MPSF champions and will host the conference tournament at McAlister Field this week (April 27-30). As the top seed, USC will have a bye through the quarterfinals and will meet either fourth-seeded Oregon or fifth-seeded San Diego State in the first semifinal game at noon PT on Friday (April 28). The championship game for an automatic berth into the NCAA tournament is set for 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 30. All tournament games will be streamed live by FloLacrosse at FloLive.tv. Please visit USCTrojans.com/mpsflax for more information.
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