11 Lacrosse Trojans Tabbed For MPSF All-Academic Notice

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    May 28, 2016

    WOODLAND, Calif. -- The Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) named its 2016 All-Academic women's lacrosse team on Thursday, May 26, which included 11 Women of Troy. Senior defender Kaitlyn Couture (Coronado, Calif./Coronado HS), as a graduate student, received her fourth MPSF All-Academic nod. Couture completed a degree in communication last year and is working on a master of digital social media with a 3.77 combined grade-point average.

    Among three-time honorees, the Trojans had senior midfielder Haleigh Dalmass (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown HS), senior attacker Caroline deLyra (Brightwaters, N.Y./Bay Shore HS), senior defender Kelsey Dreyer (Gillette, N.J./Watchung Hills Regional HS), and senior defender Courtney Tarleton (Ridgewood, N.J./Ridgewood HS) named to the all-academic team.

    Senior defender Eggy Plastaras (Fort Salonga, N.Y./Kings Park HS), senior attacker Maggie Mawhinney (Fort Collins, Colo./Poudre HS), junior defender Nina Kelty (Palo Alto, Calif./Palo Alto HS), and junior attacker Kylie Drexel (Davis, Calif./Davis HS) were each repeat selections for all-academic honors. New to the all-academic team were senior midfielder Amanda Johansen (Glen Head, N.Y./North Shore HS) and sophomore goalie Gussie Johns (Washington, D.C./St. Stephen's & St. Agnes) who each received the first MPSF academic honors of their careers.

    In order to qualify for MPSF all-academic notice, student-athletes must have a 3.00 or better cumulative grade-point average; be at least a sophomore academically; have completed one full academic year at their specific institution prior to the season for which the award is received; and must have competed in 50-percent or more of the institution's competition in his or her respective sport.

    Johns holds a 3.69 GPA towards her degree in business administration. Plastaras (3.26), Mawhinney (3.19), and Johansen (3.05) each graduated this May with degrees in business administration. Dalmass (3.23) and deLyra (3.22) each graduated with degrees in communication. Drexel holds a 3.07 in human biology; Dreyer graduated with a 3.33 in policy, planning, and development; Tarleton earned her degree in cinematic arts critical studies with a 3.06 GPA and Kelty has a 3.34 GPA and is undeclared. The 11 selections advanced the program's all-time MPSF all-academic certificates to 34. It is the second year in a row that USC has had more than 10 all-academic honorees.

    USC (20-1 overall) had a record-setting season in which the Trojans won the MPSF regular season (9-0) and tournament championships. The Women of Troy earned the No. 5 seed in the NCAA championship and advanced to the quarterfinal where they fell in overtime to Syracuse. It was the furthest any team from the MPSF had ever gone in the NCAA tourney. En route, USC set a new league record for wins (20) and winning streak (20 consecutive) and reached the No. 5 ranking in the IWLCA Coaches Poll, to set a new league mark.

    Head coach Lindsey Munday was named MPSF Coach of the Year for the second straight season and reached the 50-win plateau in her fourth year at the helm (51-26 overall). Tarleton was named the MPSF Player of the Year to give the program its second such award in as many seasons. She and junior attacker Michaela Michael became USC's first IWLCA All-America first-team selections and were joined by Johansen (third team). The Trojans had seven All-MPSF and five All-West/Midwest Region selections, and put 11 players on the MPSF All-Academic team.

    For more information on the USC women's lacrosse team, please visit USCTrojans.com. Fans of the Women of Troy can follow the team on Instagram and on Twitter @USCTrojansLax.