Women of Troy to Clash with Orange in NCAA Quarterfinal|
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May 18, 2016
LOS ANGELES -- The fifth-seeded USC lacrosse team (20-0) heads east to meet fourth-seeded Syracuse (18-5) in the 2016 NCAA Division I Championship quarterfinals. The Women of Troy continue their color parade with a bout against the Orange set for 3 p.m. ET (noon PT) on Saturday, May 21, at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, N.Y. The game will be streamed live on ESPN3.
While the Trojans prepare to meet the Orange for the first time, it will be the third straight color that USC will face and the fifth this season. USC claimed three victories over the Cardinal and defeated the Big Green earlier in the year. Syracuse makes its fifth consecutive appearance in the NCAA quarterfinals. Tickets for the game are $8 for adults and $5 for seniors, students with ID, and youth. Parking is free in the Dome West lots.
The Women of Troy became the first team in MPSF history to advance as far as the NCAA quarterfinals following a 14-8 win over conference rival Stanford in the second round on Sunday (May 15) at the historic LA Memorial Coliseum. The Trojans' 20 wins in a row set a new league record for winning streak and a new mark for wins in a season. The Trojans hold many firsts this year including the program's first league title (regular season and tournament), the team's first ranking, and the first of the league to rank in the IWLCA top five.
USC is one of two undefeated teams along with top-seeded Maryland (20-0). It is the third time in history that two unbeaten and untied teams have entered the tournament together. Both previous times, one of the two teams went on to win the national championship (1982 Massachusetts; 2009 Northwestern).
The USC roster features back-to-back MPSF Players of the Year in senior defender Courtney Tarleton (2016) and junior attacker Michaela Michael (2015). The Trojans were each named IWLCA first-team All-Americans; the first two in program history. Senior midfielder Amanda Johansen was named to the third team. The Women of Troy boast the nation's best defense with an NCAA-best 5.50 goals-against average. The Trojans' 8.30 goals per game margin of victory is second only to Maryland's 8.35 gpg. Fourth-year head coach Lindsey Munday is 51-25 (.671) overall and was named MPSF Coach of the Year for the second time.
SCOUTING REPORT - NO. 4 SYRACUSE: The Orange (18-5) make their 14th all-time appearance in the NCAA tournament. With the fourth seed, Syracuse had a first-round bye and used a 4-0 second-half run to defeat Stony Brook, 7-6, in the second round. Syracuse is in its fifth straight NCAA tourney and has been in the tournament nine of the last 10 years. The Orange has been in two of the last four championship games and finished as the national runner-up to Northwestern in 2012 and to Maryland in 2014. Syracuse's five losses this season have all come against ranked opponents with three games decided by a single goal. Seniors Kayla Treanor is a Tewaaraton Award finalist for the second year in a row. She and fellow senior Halle Majorana are each IWLCA All-Americans. Treanor leads the country with 197 draw controls (8.95 dcpg) and ranks 24th in the nation for assists (1.73 apg). Majorana is second on the team with 70 points (40g, 30a) while Nicole Levy is third with 63 points (44g, 19a). Riley Donahue has 61 points on the year (42g, 19a). On defense, goalie Allie Murray has an 8.93 goals-against average and leads the Orange with 56 ground balls. Mallory Vehar leads the team with 23 caused turnovers. The Trojans and the Orange will meet for the first time.
UNSCATHED: The Trojans, along with No. 1-ranked Maryland (20-0) 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).
EAST COAST BIAS: USC has played regular-season and postseason games on the East Coast in each of its first three season, but only went as far as South Bend, Ind., this year. The game against Notre Dame (W, 5-4) was still played in the Eastern Time Zone. When the Trojans reach the East Coast, they are 4-7 all-time with wins over LIU Brooklyn (2013), Marist, Dartmouth, and James Madison (2015).
ALL-AMERICAN GIRLS: The Women of Troy have celebrated four IWLCA All-America selections in their four years as a program. Junior attacker Michaela Michael was the first-ever All-American selection as a third-teamer in 2015. This year, Michael and senior defender Courtney Tarleton were each named to the first team. Senior midfielder Amanda Johansen was chosen to the third team to give the Trojans two first-team and two third-team selections all-time.
REGIONAL RECOGNITION: Five Trojans were named to the IWLCA All-West/Midwest Region teams. Senior defender Courtney Tarleton, senior midfielder Amanda Johansen, junior attacker Michaela Michael, and sophomore goalie Gussie Johns were each first-team selections. Senior attacker Caroline deLyra was a second-team selection. Tarleton and Johansen each received their fourth-career selections.
MPSF HONORS: The Mountain Pacific Sports Federation postseason awards honored several Trojans. Head coach Lindsey Munday repeated as MPSF Coach of the Year and senior Courtney Tarleton became just the second defender in league history to win the MPSF Player of the Year award. She joined junior attacker Michaela Michael (2015 winner) in the Trojan record books. In all, seven Trojans were All-MPSF selections including Tarleton and senior attacker Caroline deLyra, who each earned their fourth selections. Senior midfielder Amanda Johansen was chosen to the first team for a fourth time while Michael repeated her first-team selection from 2015. 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 became the first-ever MPSF team to advance to the NCAA quarterfinals following a 14-8 win over conference rival Stanford in the second round held at the LA Memorial Coliseum. It was the Trojans' third meeting with the Cardinal in just over three weeks. USC's win set a new league record for wins in a row and wins in a season (20) and propelled the Women of Troy into a meeting with fourth-seeded Syracuse. Three Trojans had hat tricks to help seal the win including Michaela Michael, Caroline deLyra, and Kylie Drexel. Courtney Tarleton had three caused turnovers and two ground balls in the victory.
HAT TRICK MAGIC: At least one Trojan has scored at least three goals in 17 of USC's 20 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 12 games this season with three goals or more. Senior attacker Caroline deLyra and junior attacker Kylie Drexel are the next closest Trojans with seven such games each. Senior midfielder Amanda Johansen has scored at least three goals in five games.