USC Set to Begin NCAA Tournament Run at Historic Coliseum|
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May 11, 2016
2016 NCAA Tournament First Round
LOS ANGELES -- The fifth-ranked USC lacrosse team (19-0) received the No. 5 seed in the 2016 NCAA Division I Women's Lacrosse Championship and will host the first-ever NCAA tournament games to be held on the west coast in the historic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Friday (May 13) and Sunday (May 15). The furthest west NCAA tournament games had previously been played was in Evanston, Ill., with host Northwestern.
The Women of Troy have a first-round bye. Ninth-ranked Stanford (14-4) and James Madison (10-9) will meet in a first-round game on Friday, May 13, at 3 p.m. PT. The winner of the game will play the Trojans at noon on Sunday, May 15. Both games will be streamed live on USC's Pac-12 stream portal at Pac-12.com/live/USC.
USC holds the automatic bid into the NCAA tournament as champion of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation and makes its second consecutive appearance in the NCAA's postseason tourney. The Trojans are one of just two undefeated teams heading into the tournament with No. 1-ranked and top-seeded Maryland (19-0), marking just the third time in history that two unbeaten and untied teams will enter the tournament at the same time. Both previous times (1982 Massachusetts; 2009 Northwestern), one of the two teams went on to win the national championship.
USC has won an MPSF-record 19 consecutive games, and tied the league record for wins in a season (Denver, 2014). The Trojans' victory in the MPSF title game cemented the first time that any team from the conference completed the season and the league tournament undefeated. It also marked the 50th-career win for fourth-year head coach Lindsey Munday. The Trojans' roster features the MPSF Player of the Year in senior defender Courtney Tarleton, who is also a nominee for the Tewaaraton Award with junior attacker Michaela Michael (2015 MPSF Player of the Year).
TICKET INFORMATION: are $10 for general admission and $5 for guests with valid student IDs. Only cash is accepted at the Coliseum box office at gate four. Fans planning to attend games at the LA Coliseum are advised to observe the venue's newly-implemented bag policy. To provide a safer environment for the public and significantly expedite guest entry into the venue, USC and the Coliseum enacted a new clear-bag policy that limits the size and types of bags that may be brought into the Coliseum for all events. For detailed information and a list and description of permissible bags, please visit LAColiseum.com/BeClear.
HOME, SWEET HOME: The Women of Troy have won 16 straight home games including those played at McAlister Field and at the LA Memorial Coliseum. The Trojans have won 15 straight games at McAlister Field and own a 23-8 all-time record on the home field. This year, the Trojans finally played their season opener on McAlister Field and won their season opener for the first time. The Trojans have not lost at McAlister Field since April 18, 2014 (10-8 to Oregon).
UNSCATHED: The Trojans, along with No. 1-ranked Maryland (19-0) are the 18th and 19th teams ever to enter the NCAA tournament without either a loss or a tie. Among the previous 17 teams to reach NCAA tourney play without a loss or a tie, nine have gone on to win the championship. It is just the third time that the tournament will feature two unmarred teams. In 1982, Trenton State (12-0) and Massachusetts (9-0) met in the title game with UMass prevailing. In 2009, 18-0 Maryland fell in the semifinals and 18-0 Northwestern went on to win the title; the last time an undefeated champion was crowned. It is the eighth time that Maryland will enter postseason play undefeated and untied. The Terrapins went on to win the title four of the previous seven times (1995, '96, '99, and 2001).
MPSF HONORS: The Mountain Pacific Sports Federation postseason awards honored several Trojans. Head coach Lindsey Munday repeated as MPSF Coach of the Year and the Trojans had a second player receive MPSF Player of the Year honors. Senior defender Courtney Tarleton became just the second defender in league history to win the award and joined junior attacker Michaela Michael (2015 winner) in the Trojan record books. In all, seven Women of Troy were honored as All-MPSF selections including Tarleton and senior attacker Caroline deLyra, who each earned their fourth selection. Senior midfielder Amanda Johansen was chosen to the first team for a fourth time while Michael repeated her first-team selection from a year ago. Sophomore goalie Gussie Johns was the fifth Trojan on the all-conference first team. Junior attacker Kylie Drexel and sophomore defender Lydia Sutton were each All-MPSF second team selections. All told, USC has had 22 All-MPSF selections in four seasons.
LAST TIME OUT: USC last played a game on Sunday, May 1, when it defeated Stanford, 8-5, in the MPSF championship game at Stanford, Calif. It will have been 14 days between games when the Trojans next take the field. The Women of Troy earned a 10-5 win over Denver in the MPSF semifinal and with the victory over Stanford, cemented the first undefeated regular and tournament season in league history. The 19 wins in a row are a new MPSF record and the 19 wins overall tie the MPSF mark for most wins in a season. Four Trojan seniors were honored on the MPSF All-Tournament Team including the tournament MVP Courtney Tarleton, Kelsey Dreyer, Amanda Johansen, and Caroline deLyra.
HAT TRICK MAGIC: At least one Trojan has scored at least three goals in 16 of USC's 19 games this season. Junior attacker Michaela Michael scored the team's single-game high of seven goals in a win over Oregon on March 27. She has had 11 games this season with three goals or more. Senior attacker Caroline deLyra and junior attacker Kylie Drexel are the next closest Trojans with six such games each. Senior midfielder Amanda Johansen has scored at least three goals in five games.
LET'S GO STREAKING: The Trojans have won 19 consecutive games since the beginning of the season to mark the best start for the program in its four-year history. In each of the three previous seasons, USC started 0-2 before the team picked up its first win. The 19-game winning streak is also in the record books as the longest in school and MPSF history. It broke USC's seven-game streak that was set in 2015 between Feb. 22 and March 28.