Tarleton Named MPSF Player of the Year, Munday Repeats as Coach of the Year|
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April 27, 2016
LOS ANGELES -- USC women's lacrosse senior captain Courtney Tarleton (Ridgewood, N.J./Ridgewood HS) was named the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Player of the Year and fourth-year head coach Lindsey Munday received her second straight MPSF Coach of the Year award on Wednesday, April 27. Seven Trojans were placed on the All-MPSF Team--five on the first team and two on the second--including Tarleton, who is a four-time selection.
Tarleton was one of four players with four career All-MPSF selections, joined by two other Trojans. Senior midfielder Amanda Johansen (Glen Head, N.Y./North Shore HS), the 2013 MPSF Rookie of the Year, is the only four-time first-team selection on the squad and senior attacker Caroline deLyra (Brightwaters, N.Y./Bay Shore HS) is a four-time choice with three first-team honors. Oregon's Carly O'Connell was the fourth player named All-MPSF for a fourth time.
Also on the first team, junior attacker Michaela Michael (Hillsborough, Calif./Menlo School) received her second consecutive selection. Sophomore goalie Gussie Johns (Washington, D.C./St. Stephens & St. Agnes School) was chosen for her second All-MPSF award, her first on the first team. Junior attacker Kylie Drexel (Davis, Calif./Davis HS) received her second selection to the second team and sophomore defender Lydia Sutton (Minnetonka, Minn./The Blake School) was chosen to the second team for her first-career All-MPSF honor. These selections push USC's all-time total to 22 All-MPSF awards with 13 all-time first-team selections and nine second-team choices.
Tarleton is a four-year captain and has been a member of the Women of Troy since the program's first year. She was chosen for MPSF Defensive Player of the Week honors three times this season (four times in her career). Tarleton holds USC single-game records for caused turnovers (6) and ground balls (8); the single-season record for caused turnovers (44 in 2016); and is the program's career leader in both ground balls (141) and caused turnovers (117). This year, her leadership has helped produce the nation's top defense (5.41 gaa). She leads the MPSF and ranks seventh in the nation for caused turnovers (2.59 ctpg) and is eighth in the conference for ground balls (2.00 gbps). She is the second defender to be named MPSF Player of the Year (Kelly O'Connell, Denver, 2008).
Munday is USC's first-ever head coach. In just four years, she has brought the program national recognition including setting numerous personal and school records in 2016. This year, the Women of Troy set a new mark for wins in a season (17), which ranks third in MPSF history. Her team's current 17-game winning streak ties the MPSF record for longest in conference history. USC's preseason ranking in the IWLCA top 20 poll was its first in history. Since then, the Trojans have risen to No. 5, which is the highest any MPSF team has ever been ranked. USC defeated five ranked teams, claimed its first-ever MPSF regular-season title, and became the first MPSF team to finish the regular season undefeated (17-0). Munday's tutelage has also brought much acclaim to her players. The Trojans have now had back-to-back MPSF Player of the Year honorees, had their first two players to grace the Tewaaraton Award Watch List (Johansen and Michael), and had five different players receive a total of 11 MPSF Player of the Week awards this season.
Fifth-ranked USC (17-0, 9-0 MPSF) finished the regular season undefeated and holds the top seed in the MPSF tournament (April 28-May 1). The Trojans will face the winner of a game between fourth-seeded UC Davis (7-7, 5-4) and fifth-seeded Denver (8-8, 5-4) in the semifinals on Friday, April 29, at 4 p.m. PT at Cagan Stadium in Stanford, Calif. The Aggies and Pioneers will play on Thursday, April 28, in the quarterfinals.
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USC ALL-TIME MPSF AWARDS