Munday, Michael, Trojans Earn MPSF Lacrosse Laurels|
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April 29, 2015
LOS ANGELES - USC women's lacrosse head coach Lindsey Munday was named the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Coach of the Year and sophomore attacker Michaela Michael (Hillsborough, Calif./Menlo School) was chosen as the MPSF Player of the Year as one of seven Women of Troy selected to the all-conference team on Wednesday, April 29. The Trojans topped all schools with the seven selections and were matched only by regular-season league champion Stanford with four first-team selections each.
In her third year with the program, Munday receives her first conference coach of the year award. She has led the Trojans to new heights in year three with a program-best 12 wins this season, a second-place finish in the MPSF standings, a school-record seven-game winning streak, and program-best eight wins in conference games. All four of USC's regular-season losses came against ranked teams, including two against top-five ranked opponents by a combined five goals. The team had the second-most goals in the MPSF (211), while allowing the fewest (122), and caused the most turnovers per game (8.94).
Michael is joined on the All-MPSF first team by junior midfielder Amanda Johansen (Glen Head, N.Y./North Shore HS) who received her third first-team honor, junior attacker Caroline de Lyra (Brightwaters, N.Y./Bay Shore HS), and junior defender Courtney Tarleton (Ridgewood, N.J./Ridgewood HS). De Lyra and Tarleton are each three-time all-conference selections but are each on the first team for the second time in their careers. Tarleton was a first-team honoree in 2013 and second team in 2014 while de Lyra was a first-teamer in 2014 and a second-team choice in 2013.
On the second team, sophomore defender Nina Kelty (Palo Alto, Calif./Palo Alto HS) received her second all-league selection, and was joined by sophomore attacker Kylie Drexel (Davis, Calif./Davis HS) and freshman goalie Gussie Johns (Washington, D.C./St. Stephen's and St. Agnes School), who each received their first all-conference honors.
The Women of Troy (12-4, 8-1 MPSF) finished second in the MPSF regular-season standings and are the second seed in the MPSF Tournament this week. USC receives a quarterfinal bye and will face the winner of a game between host Denver and Oregon in the semifinals set for Friday, May 1, at 7 p.m. MT.
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