Five Lacrosse Trojans Honored On IWLCA All-West/Midwest Region Teams|
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May 12, 2017
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) announced its 2017 All-Region teams and honored five Trojans on the All-West/Midwest Region teams on Friday, May 12. Senior attacker Michaela Michael (Hillsborough, Calif.) received her third-career all-region award and junior defender Lydia Sutton (Minnetonka, Minn.) her first as each were placed on the All-West/Midwest first team.
Senior midfielder Gabby McMahon (Bardonia, N.Y.), junior goalie Gussie Johns (Washington, D.C.), and freshman midfielder Kerrigan Miller (Bayport, N.Y.) were each named to the all-region second team. Johns receives her second-career all-region nod after an appearance on the first team in 2016. McMahon is a first-time honoree as is Miller, who is the first Trojan to be named to the all-region team since 2013 when Amanda Johansen (first team) and Courtney Tarleton (second team) were each chosen in their first years. Miller is one of just nine freshmen across the nation to be named to the all-region teams.
Among teams from the West/Midwest region, the Trojans tied for the most honorees with five. Colorado and Penn State each also had five student-athletes among the first and second teams. The Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) had 12 players chosen to the all-region teams with five each from USC and Colorado; and two from Stanford. All-region student-athletes are now eligible for inclusion on the IWLCA All-American teams, which will be announced on Wednesday, May 17. The IWLCA will honor the National All-Americans at the IWLCA All-American Banquet on Saturday, June 3, 2017, at the Hunt Valley Inn, in Hunt Valley, Md.
Michael is a two-time All-American and a two-time MPSF Player of the Year. She is a Tewaaraton Award nominee and holds conference records for career draw controls (401) and several single-season marks for goals, draws, and points. She leads the Trojans with 88 points this season (71g, 17a) and set a new league record with 126 draw controls. She was a four-time MPSF Offensive Player of the Week selection in 2017. Sutton commands one of the top defenses in the nation and was an MPSF All-Conference selection. She has racked up 31 ground balls and 25 caused turnovers this season.
McMahon was the MPSF tournament's most valuable player and an MPSF All-Conference choice. She has had a career year with 34 goals and seven assists to go with 14 ground balls, 12 draw controls, and 11 caused turnovers. Johns has the top goals-against average in the MPSF (7.52 gaa) and leads the nation with 4.47 ground balls per game. She set the MPSF single-season record for ground balls (85), was a two-time MPSF Defensive Player of the Week, and on the league's all-conference first team. Miller is the MPSF's Rookie of the Year and was named to the all-MPSF first team. She is a two-time MPSF Rookie of the Week honoree and has contributed to the Trojans' success in all facets on the field. To date, she has 31 goals, 15 assists, 38 ground balls, 37 draw controls, and 26 caused turnovers.
USC's five selections pushes the program's all-time IWLCA all-region total to 18 with eight first-team honors and 10 second-team honors. The Trojans have had three different players receive four All-America certificates with Michael as the only two-time choice.
The seventh-ranked Women of Troy (16-3) are in Gainesville, Fla., for the first and second rounds of the NCAA tournament. USC makes its third consecutive appearance in the championship tourney and will face Jacksonville (14-5) in the first round today (May 12) at 4 p.m. ET (1 p.m. PT) at Donald R. Dizney Stadium. A win puts the Trojans into the second round with a Sunday (May 14) matchup against third-seeded No. 2-ranked Florida (17-2) at noon ET (9 a.m. PT). Both games will be streamed on the Florida YouTube channel.
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