Michael, Johansen, and Tarleton Named IWLCA All-West/Midwest|
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May 12, 2015
LOS ANGELES - USC women's lacrosse sophomore attacker Michaela Michael (Hillsborough, Calif./Menlo School), junior midfielder Amanda Johansen (Glen Head, N.Y./North Shore HS), and junior defender Courtney Tarleton (Ridgewood, N.J./Ridgewood HS) were each named to the IWLCA (Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association) All-West/Midwest Regional Team on Monday, May 11.
The Trojan trio is among 128 student-athletes in NCAA Division I women's lacrosse selected to one of the IWLCA All-Regional teams. Each player is now eligible for inclusion on the IWLCA All-American teams, which will be announced on Monday, May 18. The IWLCA will honor the National All-Americans at the IWLCA All-American banquet on Saturday, June 7, 2015, at the Radisson Hotel Valley Forge in King of Prussia, Pa.
Michael, who was named the 2015 MPSF Player of the Year, was chosen for first-team honors in her first selection to an all-regional team. Johansen and Tarleton will each receive their third-career all-region certificates as members of the 2015 second team. Johansen was a first-team honoree in 2013 following her campaign as the MPSF Rookie of the Year, and was a second-team selection in 2014. Tarleton has had three second-team all-regional selections in her career. All three players were chosen to the MPSF All-Conference first team this season.
In a breakout sophomore season, Michael set new MPSF and school records for draw controls in a game (15) and in a single season (123); and now holds the Trojans' program mark for goals in a season with 63. She scored five or more goals in six games this season and had at least a hat trick in 13 contests. Michael was named the MPSF Offensive Player of the Week (April 13) and was chosen as the Epoch/LaxMagazine National Player of the Week (April 14) this year. She completed her season with 76 points (63g, 13a), five game-winning goals, 123 draw controls, 18 ground balls, and 13 caused turnovers.
One of the Trojans' captains, Johansen has served as a steady force for the Women of Troy for three seasons. She started all 20 games as a junior and was honored as the MPSF Offensive Player of the Week (April 6). Johansen logged 57 points in 2015 (40g, 17a) and was second on the team with 57 draw controls. She also had 28 ground balls, 20 caused turnovers, and a game-winning goal.
USC's top defender, Tarleton served as a team captain for the third straight year and started all 20 games. She was chosen to the MPSF All-Tournament Team and finished the year with 34 ground balls and 18 caused turnovers. Under her direction, the Trojan defense was one of the best in the country allowing just an 8.70 goals-against average. USC was also one of the most disruptive teams in transition as it held opponents to a paltry 66-percent clearance rate.
In a historic season for the program, head coach Lindsey Munday was named the MPSF Coach of the Year and put seven players on the MPSF All-Conference team. She led the team to its most wins in a season (14), its most conference victories (8), a program-best second-place finish in the MPSF, the team's first appearance in the MPSF tournament final, and an unprecedented selection to the NCAA tournament field. There, the Trojans earned a first-round win over James Madison before falling to third-seeded Duke in the round of 16. USC received its first votes in the IWLCA Coaches Poll this season, and completed the year with a 14-6 overall record (8-1 in the MPSF).
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