Michaela Michael Becomes First USC Lacrosse All-American|
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May 20, 2015
LOS ANGELES - USC sophomore attacker Michaela Michael (Hillsborough, Calif./Menlo School) was named to the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) All-American Third Team on Monday, May 18. Michael is the first-ever Trojan lacrosse player to receive All-America laurels.
Michael was selected as the 2015 MPSF Player of the Year, and was named to the MPSF All-Conference first team. She was also chosen for first-team honors in her first-career selection to the IWLCA All-West/Midwest Regional Team. Michael is among just 48 players in the country to receive All-America distinction (16 players on each team) and is one of just three players from the MPSF with two from Stanford (Adrienne Anderson, 3rd team; Lucy Dikeou, 2nd team).
In a breakout season, Michael set new MPSF and USC records for draw controls in a game (15) and in a single season (123). She also holds the Trojans' program mark for goals in a season (63). She scored five or more goals in six games in 2015 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). She completed her season with 76 points (63g, 13a), five game-winning goals, 123 draw controls, 18 ground balls, and 13 caused turnovers.
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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