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On Friday evening, USC's ninth-ranked women's lacrosse team celebrated Senior Day by taking its talents to the L.A. Memorial Coliseum and upsetting No. 6 Colorado.

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Prior to the showdown, USC honored its six seniors: Cynthia Del Core, Kylie Drexel, Drew Jackson, Nina Kelty and Michaela Michael -- all of whom were key in pulling off the 11-5 victory.

Drexel led all scorers with three goals (the 13th hat trick of her career), while Del Core and McMahon both scored braces and added one assist each. Michael dished out two assists and scored a goal of her own.

The Trojans trailed, 5-4, at the break, but Kelty and Jackson helped the Trojans shut out the Buffaloes in the second half (7-0) to charge ahead to victory.

The Trojans now sit atop the MPSF standings with two regular season games remaining.

Check out team photographer John McGillen's photos of the USC victory at the Coliseum:

Titans Outduel Trojans

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After upsetting No. 8 Cal State Fullerton in the first game of the series, USC baseball fell in the final two this weekend.

On Thursday, the Trojans and Titans went back and forth before USC utilized a six-run fifth inning to take a commanding lead. The Trojans turned their 17 hits into a 13-9 home victory.

USC headed to Fullerton for the final two games of the series. The Trojans outhit the Titans again in Game 2, but couldn't capitalize, falling 13-5. Game 3 featured a pitching battle in which Cal State Fullerton had a slight edge, taking the final game by a 2-1 margin.

The Trojans are now 17-16 on the season heading into tonight's makeup game at UC Irvine. The game was originally scheduled for March 21, but was rained out.

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Sweeps For Seniors

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usc-mens-tennis-stanford-rachel-bennett_DSC0047.JPGUSC men's tennis swept both of its Pac-12 opponents this weekend, in its seniors' final matches at Marks Tennis Stadium.

No. 6 USC cruised to a 4-0 victory over Arizona in its penultimate home match of the season on Friday. Though the Trojans spent the weekend commemorating their seniors, it was freshman Riley Smith who clinched the win that day.

On Senior Day against Utah, USC's three outgoing players stepped up and delivered. Senior Rob Bellamy paired with sophomore Jack Jaede to get the Trojans off on the right foot in doubles, before seniors Nick Crystal (pictured) and David Laser clinched the doubles point on Court 3. Bellamy and Crystal were both victorious in singles as well, with Crystal serving as the match clincher in the final home appearance of his career. Crystal, Bellamy and Laser helped lift the Trojans to a 7-0 sweep.

USC closes out the regular season with a rubber match of sorts against UCLA. The Bruins eked out a 4-3 victory in the teams' first meeting of the year, but USC dominated UCLA, 4-1, in the more recent matchup. Should the Trojans win this Friday's battle, they would share the 2017 conference title with UCLA.

Friday's match begins at 3 p.m. at UCLA.

McGillen Gallery: 2017 Spring Game

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On Saturday, USC Football capped off a month of spring practice with its annual Spring Game at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum. Trojans fans had the opportunity to see USC's younger players show their stuff, check out USC's Rose Bowl championship rings and more.

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Late Bloomers

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USC's second-ranked women's water polo team used a second-half surge to power past No. 5 Cal in Berkeley this weekend.

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The Trojans were held scoreless in the first period but flipped the script and shut the Bears out in the second to head into halftime tied, 1-1.

In the third period, USC broke out to score four goals and take a lead they'd never relinquish, eventually winning by a 6-3 margin. Brigitta Games, Maud Megens (pictured) and Ioanna Haralabidis had two goals each to seal the deal for the Trojans.

With the win, the Trojans improved to 26-1 (4-1 MPSF) on the season with just one regular season game to go before the MPSF Tournament. That game takes place at No. 3 UCLA this Saturday at 1 p.m., and the winner earns the 2017 MPSF title and the top seed in the upcoming tournament.

The game will be broadcast on Pac-12 Network.

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Spring Show

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Trojans Put On A Spring Show

2017 USC Spring Game Preview

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2017 USC Spring Game on Saturday

Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum at Noon PT on Pac-12 Network

USC-FOOTBALL-SPRING-BALL-040617-MCGILLEN-5290lr.JPGTrojans to Watch: Second-Year Wide Receivers

USC is forced to replace a lot of production at the receiver position after the departures of JuJu Smith-Schuster, Darreus Rogers, Isaac Whitney and De'Quan Hampton, who will all be in attendance on Saturday to collect their Rose Bowl rings. While the Trojans still have Rose Bowl hero Deontay Burnett and versatile veteran Jalen Greene, a new crop of pass catchers will be on full display, including sophomore Michael Pittman Jr. (pictured) and redshirt freshmen Tyler Vaughns, Velus Jones Jr., and Josh Imatorbhebhe. The exciting quartet has shown tremendous improvement over the five weeks of spring football, building chemistry with QB Sam Darnold. The Spring Game provides a nice showcase for the young receivers to put their talents on full display.

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Last Men Standing

The USC roster has been ravaged by injuries this spring, so head coach Clay Helton explained that Saturday's exhibition will look more like a practice than a game. The Trojans simply don't have enough bodies to divide into two teams and go at it. However, there are several competitive portions on the schedule, providing the healthy players a chance to make an impression on their coaches and the fans. Keep an eye on several position battles as young Trojans like DL Marlon Tuipulotu, ILB John Houston Jr., CB Jack Jones, RB Vavae Malepeai, DB Jamel Cook, TE Cary Angeline, OL Roy Hemsley and others are making a strong push for playing time.

The Interludes

The crowd will be treated to three in-game ceremonies, headlined by the return of the NFL-bound seniors and juniors from last season's Rose Bowl champions. Along with a first look at the rosy rings, the Trojan Family will also be introduced to the 2017 recruiting class, which was ranked in the national top five. Plus, the record-setting USC men's basketball team will be saluted on the field. Finally, fans will get a chance to line up for autographs after the game as all Trojans will be signing at tables.

Just a Taste

This is your last chance to enjoy Trojan football for several months, so don't miss out. The new season kicks off on Saturday, September 2, when USC hosts Western Michigan. The 2017 home schedule is loaded with big games, including Texas, Stanford, Utah and UCLA. Click here for ticket information. The Trojans have high hopes for this season with the return of Rose Bowl MVP Sam Darnold, rushing leader Ronald Jones II, leading tackler Cam Smith, sack leader Rasheem Green and much more.

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Volley-B-All-Stars

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all-mpsf mvb.jpgUSC men's volleyball senior Lucas Yoder earned a spot on the 2017 All-MPSF First Team, while senior captain Andy Benesh landed on the All-MPSF Second Team, the conference announced today.

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Yoder earned first team honors for leading not only the conference, but the nation in kills this season (4.80 per set). He also led the conference and ranked second in the nation in points (5.17 per set) this regular season. This is the third year that Yoder has received an MPSF award, after being named the MPSF Freshman of the Year and a second teamer in 2014 and earning honorable mention in 2016. Yoder is one of four members of this year's first team to have earned three MPSF awards in his career.

Benesh also picks up his third MPSF honor, after earning All-MPSF honorable mention in 2014 and 2015. The middle blocker ranks sixth in the nation in hitting percentage (.430) and 10th in blocks (1.09 per set). Only one other member of the second team has earned three MSPF honors in his career.

On Saturday, Yoder, Benesh and the Trojans take on MPSF Player of the Year TJ DeFalco and the Long Beach State 49ers in the first round of the MPSF Tournament. That match begins tomorrow at 7 p.m. at LBSU.

2017 Spring Practice #14: Notes

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The Trojans wrapped their final practice of the spring in anticipation of Saturday's Coliseum showcase.
  • In addition to the long term injuries, here are the rest of the players that will not participate in the USC Spring Game: DL Kenny Bigelow, DB Isaiah Langley, OLB Porter Gustin, OL Andrew Voorhees, TE Daniel Imatorbhebhe, TE Tyler Petite, WR Deontay Burnett, WR Keyshawn "Pie" Young and OL Chuma Edoga, per head coach Clay Helton.
  • Because of the limited numbers, the Spring Game will be more of a "situational practice," Helton explained. "No score will be kept."
  • Saturday will still be competitive as every practice is. Today, the defense exploded when CB Ajene Harris picked off QB Sam Darnold in the end zone to finish off the day. "It felt really good, the team is just finishing up the last practice, last period of the practice, so it just was a good win for our defense right there," said Harris who trotted the length of the end zone with the football until his teammates mobbed him.
  • Harris has a spot locked down after his impressive play at the end of last season. Sophomore CB Jack Jones is trying to do the same. Helton said that Jones has been "exceptional" and expanded, "He's always had confidence, but you can see him being very assignment sound now." While he will have a lot of competition for the spot opposite Iman Marshall, Jones appears to have the edge coming out of spring. "We're going to have to count on him next year."
  • As each year passes, the leaders change. Last year at this time, DL Rasheem Green was an unproven commodity, but now he returns as the team's sack leader. "I just try to lead by how hard I work, by playing well and not messing up on my plays," Green said. "It is important that we don't just play with effort and intensity for two or three plays, but all the plays that we're on the field for."
  • Helton has made mention of it many times, but staff continuity could play huge dividends this year. "I just think it's the communication," said Harris about the difference. "It's our second year with the same defense, the same defensive coordinator, the same DB coach. So, our confidence is pretty up with the play calls and just the players around us, we're all comfortable and we're all hungry. We all come out here with a swagger and we're just ready to play."
  • The Trojans have not shied away from playoff expectations this spring, but Helton explained that it will take more consistency for this group to reach those lofty heights. The team needs to "start fast and play clean football right [from] the get go," said the head coach. Last year, the Trojans looked like a playoff team by the end, but "September is equally as important," said Helton, and USC lost three games in the season's first month. USC will have a difficult opening schedule again with Western Michigan, Stanford, Texas, Cal and Washington State all before October.
  • Here is Helton's entire press conference:



Seniors' Last Sets

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usc-mens-tennis-etsu-012817-mcgillen-7051.jpgThis weekend, USC men's tennis hosts its two final home matches of the season.

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The No. 6 Trojans are 20-4 (3-1 Pac-12) heading into this weekend's matches. When they face Arizona at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow, they will aim for their 100th all-time win over the Wildcats, as their current series record stands at 99-2.

On Saturday at 1 p.m., senior captains Rob Bellamy and Nick Crystal (pictured) along with redshirt junior David Laser will play their last match at USC's Marks Stadium when the Trojans host Utah.

Bellamy, who hails from Pacific Palisades, CA, is 59-24 (.711) in his four years as a Trojan, while Crystal, a Waccabuc, NY native, is 77-34 (.694). Laser has gone 6-15 in his three years of competition.

Crystal and his doubles partner, Laurens Verboven, are ranked No. 76 in the nation together this season. USC's freshman duo of Brandon Holt and Riley Smith is the squad's highest ranked doubles team, at No. 11, and Logan Smith and Thibault Forget rank No. 80 in the nation as a pair. Holt and Logan Smith come in at No. 23 and 72 in the nation, respectively, in singles.

Neither Arizona nor Utah boasts a ranked player in singles or doubles.

At Friday's match against Arizona, the first 150 fans in attendance will receive a free poke bowl. After Saturday's match, the Trojans will hold a reception for the seniors, alumni and donors.