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'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.

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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.

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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.
 

First Things First

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No. 1 USC men's golf has only one goal in mind: winning the program's first national championship. For the 11th consecutive season, tying the nation's longest active streak, the Trojans have put themselves in position by qualifying for the NCAA Championships.

USC bested the field at the Washington Regional as Rico Hoey, Sean Crocker and Justin Suh all finished in the individual top 5. The Trojans only needed to make the top 5 as a team to qualify for NCAAs, but instead, they won their fifth tournament of the season and third regional ever.

Next up, USC men's golf heads to Sugar Grove, Illinois, from May 26-31 for the final test at Rich Harvest Farms.


America's Best

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lax-allamericans.jpgUSC women's lacrosse is headed to Beantown this weekend for an Elite Eight showdown with Boston College. The Women of Troy will once again count on the contributions of senior Michaela Michael after being named an IWLCA First Team All-American for the second time this season.

Michael is joined by teammate Lydia Sutton, a junior defender from Minnesota, who made the third team. The team's top duo control action at both ends of the field as Michael leads the team in goals (77), points (97) and draw controls (143), while Sutton is second on the team in ground balls (34) and caused turnovers (26).

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The Women of Troy are one win away from the program's first-ever Final Four appearance. The NCAA Quarterfinal will be streamed live on ESPN3 at 10am PT on Saturday.

Replacing Hutch

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Junior linebacker Cameron Smith is the rock of the USC defense, but the Trojans must replace departed captain Michael Hutchings. Sophomore Jordan Iosefa and redshirt sophomore John Houston Jr. are two young bucks eager to fill the gap and more help is arriving this fall.


Trojans Leading Olympic Charge

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As part of the LA 2024 Olympic bid, four Trojans were appointed to the Athletes' Advisory Commission, which will play an integral role making sure the Games are an unforgettable experience for all the athletes involved. The 46-athlete board includes three-time Olympic medalist Andre De Grasse, Olympic silver medalist Haley Anderson, five-time Olympic medalist John Naber and USC diving head coach Hongping Li.

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Janet Evans, another USC alum, is the LA 2024 Vice Chair and Director of Athlete Relations. "On behalf of LA 2024, I would like to welcome these 46 world-class athletes to the LA 2024 Athletes' Advisory Commission," she said. "From day one, our bid has been committed to placing athletes at the center of all of our activities. The key to delivering a spectacular Games experience for every participant is to understand the needs of athletes and to meet and exceed those needs, so that Olympians and Paralympians can be at their best on competition day. Unforgettable athletic performances are ultimately what inspire the next generation of athletes and unite the world in celebration. With no new permanent venues required, LA 2024 can focus all our resources and creativity on putting the right conditions in place for those performances."

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Babraj Resigns From Rowing

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USC women's rowing head coach Zenon Babraj announced his resignation today after 15 seasons in charge.

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"We thank Zenon for his 15 years at USC and wish him well in the future," said USC athletic director Lynn Swann. "Under his guidance, USC women's rowing became a nationally-prominent and nationally-competitive program. We will begin a national search for his replacement and look forward to building upon the foundation Zenon set."

Babraj, 62, was a 2-time CRCA West Region and Pac-12 Women's Rowing Coach of the Year (2007 and 2013). He led the Women of Troy to all 10 of the program's NCAA championship berths, including a fourth place finish in 2013 and the school's first-ever team bid in 2005, as well as the program's only conference team title (in 2007). At USC, he coached 25 CRCA All-Americans, 44 All-West Region picks and 26 All-Conference selections, along with 66 conference All-Academic honorees and 29 CRCA National Scholar-Athlete awardees.

During his tenure, USC never lost to UCLA in the annual crosstown dual, won the San Diego Crew Classic's Jessop-Whittier Cup 6 times and captured 3 Pac-12 titles. His team was ranked No. 1 nationally for parts of the 2007, 2012 and 2013 seasons. He twice saw a trio of USC boats advance to the NCAA grand finals (2011 and 2013). He had a pair of bronze medal winners in the NCAA varsity eight (2007 and 2012) and a silver medal varsity four in 2013.

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