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Just Short Of Magic

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USC women's golf went down to the wire with Northwestern this morning, but fell just short of a trip to the NCAA Championship match.

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The No. 5 Trojans and top-seeded Wildcats resumed their semifinal battle this morning after a rain delay cut yesterday's action short. At the beginning of the day, USC held the lead in four of five matches.

But Northwestern, playing less than two hours from campus, came out strong, earning the first two points of the day. Senior Tiffany Chan got the Trojans on the board before the final two matches went to a playoff hole.

Freshman Muni He delivered on a beautiful chip shot to win her match on the 19th hole and tie things up, placing all eyes on USC senior Gabriella Then and Northwestern's Janet Mao.

After Mao sunk her par putt, Then stepped forward, needing the hole to keep the match going. But her putt stopped just an inch short, ending USC's season in the NCAA Semifinals.

Despite the loss, the Trojans have much to be proud of. This year marked their 20th straight trip to the NCAA Final Round and their 12th straight NCAA Top 5 finish -- both longer streaks than any school in the NCAA can claim.

They made it to the NCAA Final Four this year after losing their stud senior -- Karen Chung -- to the LPGA Tour.

The Trojans are primed to reload once again, as today marked the last match in Cardinal and Gold for Chan, Then and fellow senior Victoria Morgan.

Follow the Women of Troy on Twitter and Instagram to stay up-to-date on their offseason!

Gunning In Germany

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USC Football alum Conner Sullivan recently said 'Auf Wiedersehen' to America, signing a contract to play quarterback for the Stuttgart Scorpions of the German Football League.

Sullivan came to USC on a baseball scholarship, but walked on to the football team in 2012 and served as a placeholder in 2014 before earning a scholarship for the 2015 season. The Orange, CA native also competed on USC's track & field team during the 2015 season.

In Stuttgart, which is about 140 miles from Munich, Sullivan is one of five Americans on the roster.

Follow Sullivan on Twitter, Instagram and YouTube to stay up-to-date on his international experience.

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Start Your Streak: Joe Essy

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Written by Rachel Frain, USC blog contributor

When it comes to dedication, Joe Essy can compete with any Trojan fan. In 1967, Joe bought his first season ticket to USC football after buying individual games from friends for so long.

"I was a young guy back then and I had to scrape enough money together to even get the tickets," said Essy.

But for Essy, his experiences at the Coliseum and on the road with the Trojans have made up for every penny. And even though Essy's witnessed the breathtaking wins, he's also stuck with the team through the losses.

"There were a lot of down seasons by Trojan standards, but we always re-upped and I always came back."

Essy's Favorite Moments:
  • "First of all, the last Rose Bowl. The Sam Darnold Rose Bowl. I mean, that was incredible and Leon McQuay making that interception making the field goal possible..."
  • "But as terrific as that game was, the game with Ohio State going for two in the '75 Rose Bowl, beating Ohio State, 18-17. When you beat Woody Hayes, it's pretty sweet."
  • "There's been so many with John McKay -- the 1969 Stanford game where Ron Ayala kicks that 34-yard field goal and we beat Stanford, 26-24. Stanford in those days was still the Indians, the Stanford players after that ball went through were laying on the field in the Coliseum, heads down, pounding their fists."
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USC Kids Club

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For the Trojan in your life that is 12 years or younger, the USC Kids Club is the perfect gift. This year's membership includes a replica jersey, a basketball player piggy bank, a cereal bowl, headphones and a personalized membership card providing free tickets and ticket deals.

Click here to sign up today!

The entire package costs only $30. Memberships are available now until June 15.

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Trojan Travelers

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On May 18, USC women's volleyball took off on a 13-day, five-country trip across Europe to test their worth against international competition.

Click here to see the team's full itinerary!

So far, the Women of Troy have visited Iceland and Austria, and are currently staying in Slovenia, where they'll compete in a tournament featuring the national teams from Slovenia, Croatia, Austria, Azerbaijan and Hungary.

Click here for to watch the video diary from Day 1 in Reykjavik, Iceland!

Click here to watch the video diary from Day 2 in Reykjavik, Iceland!

Follow the Trojans on Instagram and Twitter and watch the video diary from Day 3 in Salzburg, Austria below:

'Til The End

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USC-WOMENS-LACROSSE-CAL-2017-MCGILLEN-4374.jpgUSC women's lacrosse fell to host Boston College in the NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals on Saturday to end its postseason run and finish the year at 18-4.

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No. 7 USC and No. 14 Boston College met in the Elite Eight after each pulling off upsets in the previous round. While the Trojans knocked off host Florida, the Eagles smashed Syracuse to earn the right to host USC in Newton, MA.

The Eagles showed off their offensive firepower against the Trojans, scoring 20+ goals for the third straight game. USC trailed all game, but cut the deficit to three goals with 15 minutes left. The Trojans couldn't quite get over the hump, though, falling 20-14.

In their final game in Cardinal and Gold, seniors Drew Jackson (pictured) and Cynthia Del Core scored three goals each.

The Eagles keyed in on USC senior standout Michaela Michael, who finished the day with one goal, four draw controls and two ground balls. Michael goes out as USC's all-time leader in points (305), goals (234) and single-season goals (78 in 2017). She ranks second all-time in assists (71).

Michael helped the Trojans tally their second-highest win total in program history this season and their second straight NCAA Quarterfinal appearance. In the MPSF's final season sanctioning lacrosse, the Trojans finished atop the conference, and look to be Pac-12 favorites heading into next season.

To stay in the loop on USC Lacrosse, follow the team on Twitter and Instagram!

Three-Peaters Get Four

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bvb-avca.jpgUSC beach volleyball, fresh off its third consecutive national championship, had four student-athletes named AVCA Beach Volleyball All-Americans: Sara Hughes, Kelly Claes, Allie Wheeler and Sophie Bukovec.

Click here for the complete release.

In a young sport, Hughes will go down as one of the pioneers, becoming the first-ever four-time beach volleyball All-American. Claes has the trophy case to match her partner, earning her third All-American honor.

Bukovec picked up her second nod, while Wheeler is new to the elite group. The Women of Troy have now had seven different All-Americans in six years of existence.

Unfriendly Hosts

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The USC men's tennis season came to an end Thursday as the Trojans fell, 4-3, to Georgia in the NCAA Sweet 16. USC had the unfortunate draw of playing the host team and the Bulldogs bounced the Trojans from postseason play for the second consecutive season.

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While USC men's tennis always sets championship expectations under head coach Peter Smith, this season was a success in many ways. The Trojans developed a young core, including freshmen Brandon Holt (pictured) and Riley Smith, who won together in doubles and separately in singles. They also brought home some hardware in the form of a Pac-12 Tournament title.

"It's an incredible environment that was out there, it's often playing in that environment you really actually feel like they're cheering for you a lot of times," said head coach Peter Smith after the hard-fought road loss. "They got us in a couple third sets. They played great, and they were tough down the stretch, and they get to move on, and we don't."

The two freshmen will hang around Athens as Holt will compete in the NCAA Individual Championships and pair with Smith in the national doubles tournament.

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Tee Martin Mic'd Up

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USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin is in control of one of the nation's most talented offenses, but converting ability into production is what coaching is all about. Here's an inside look at the Trojans signal-caller as he groomed the young playmakers during spring practice:


Speech With Mike

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Swim With Mike co-founder Mike Nyeholt delivered an inspiring commencement address to the USC Physical Therapy graduates last week.