Michael and Sutton Receive IWLCA All-America Honors|
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May 17, 2017
GRAND LAKE, Colo. -- USC lacrosse senior attacker Michaela Michael (Hillsborough, Calif.) and junior defender Lydia Sutton (Minnetonka, Minn.) are each among the 48 student-athletes named to the 2017 Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Division I All-America teams on Wednesday, May 17.
Michael--the program's first-ever All-American--was named to the first team. She was also a first-team selection in 2016 and was a third-team honoree in 2015. Sutton was chosen to the third team for her first-career All-America award.
The IWLCA will honor the complete team of 48 individual National All-Americans at the IWLCA All-American Banquet on Saturday June 3, at the Hunt Valley Inn in Hunt Valley, Md.
Michael, now a three-time All-American, is the two-time MPSF Player of the Year. She is also a Tewaaraton Award nominee and is the conference record holder for career draw controls (418). She also ranks second all-time in points (303) and goals (233), and owns several single-season marks for goals, draws, and points. She leads the Trojans with 97 points this season (77g, 20a) and set a new league record with 143 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 IWLCA All-West/Midwest Region first-team selection, an MPSF All-Conference choice, and on the Tewaaraton Award Watch List. She started in 20 games for the Trojans this season, and has racked up 34 ground balls and 26 caused turnovers. She's also nabbed five draw controls, scored a goal, and had time to hand our four assists. Sutton is a key piece to the USC transition game and runs point when the Trojans clear the ball.
USC's two IWLCA All-America selections pushes the program's all-time total to six. Four different Trojans have won those All-America honors with Michael as the only repeat selection. In 2016, Courtney Tarleton was chosen to the first team and Amanda Johansen was a third-team selection.
The seventh-ranked Women of Troy (18-3) travel to Newton, Mass., where they will take on 14th-ranked Boston College (15-6) in a battle of unseeded teams in the NCAA quarterfinals on Saturday (May 20) at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) at the Newton Lacrosse Field. The game will be shown live on ESPN3 as the Trojans make their second-consecutive quarterfinal appearance.
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