Third Time is Almost the Charm

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Written by Caroline Deisley, USC blog contributor 

The USC women's lacrosse team began its 2015 season exactly how it started year one of the program in 2013 facing the No. 5 ranked lacrosse powerhouse, Northwestern, at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The Women of Troy jumped out to an early lead finishing the first half with a 7-3 lead. However, the Wildcats proved their worthiness of a No. 5 ranking by adjusting in the second half ultimately scoring in the final minute to force the game into overtime. The Wildcats had the momentum and scored a go-ahead goal early in the overtime period which would prove to be the game-winner as Northwestern defeated USC 12-11 in overtime. 

"They need to hold their heads high," said head coach Lindsey Munday. "We wanted to walk on this field and compete and have it be about us and it was. I think we did a phenomenal job of really showing up for this game. It stings. It's tough. But it's our first game. This is just starting and it's exciting."

This is the third time the Women of Troy have faced the Wildcats. In the program's first game ever, Northwestern dominated USC at the Coliseum winning 18-5. Last year, the two squads faced off at Wrigley Field in Chicago with the Wildcats again finishing victorious defeating the Women of Troy 12-5. There were high hopes for the 2015 matchup at the Coliseum as USC entered the game with the No. 5 ranked recruiting class and were selected to finish third in the preseason MPSF rankings. Though the Women of Troy could not close out a victory to start their 2015 season, the improvement since their first game at the Coliseum two years ago is something worth noting and was seen by everyone who attended Saturday's season opener. 

"We have had a vision for this program since day one. We've told our players where we see this going and they've done a phenomenal job of buying in," said Munday. "There's great things to come. We're not a young team anymore. The juniors and seniors are setting the tone for what they want to be remembered for."

The veterans of the Women of Troy made the biggest impact in Saturday's heartbreaking loss to the Wildcats with juniors Caroline De Lyra and Amanda Johansen scoring six of USC's 11 goals. However, it was sophomore Michaela Michael who really made in impact at midfield with a game-high seven draw controls. 

Seven different USC players scored on Saturday which gives the coaching staff plenty of scoring threats moving forward. The Women of Troy have a week off before a road trip beginning on February 20 against Stonybrook followed by a matchup with Marist on the 22nd. Despite Saturday's loss, USC showed tremendous improvement and made a statement for the rest of 2015.

"I think our main goal going into this game was to focus on us and see the standard we wanted to set this season," said the head coach. "We set a good standard for ourselves."

Here are John McGillen's photos from today's season opener...

#USCBHM: "Iron" Mike

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Written by Caroline Deisley, USC blog contributor

From Heisman winner to national champion, Mike Garrett will always be on any list of the greatest Trojans. 


Video Operations Student Job Opening

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Written by Caroline Deisley, USC blog contributor

Are you an enrolled student at USC and do you love Trojan football? Well, here's the perfect job for you. The USC football program is looking for student videographers to help with spring football, fall camp and the upcoming 2015 season. 

While a strong work ethic is required, this is a great opportunity for passionate students to get inside the program. Experience working with digital video cameras is recommended but not required. 

The video department is looking to hire as soon as possible. These are paid positions and work-study students are encouraged to apply. 

Email Eric Espinoza to apply or learn more. 

Back to Where It All Began

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Written by Caroline Deisley, USC blog contributor

The USC women's lacrosse team is kicking off its third season exactly how it began its debut season in 2013 by hosting the No. 5 ranked Northwestern Wildcats at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum this Saturday at 3:00p.m. The matchup against the Wildcats is always a special one. In the Women of Troy's historic first game in 2013, the seven-time NCAA champions defeated USC 18-5. Last year, the two squads faced off at classic Wrigley Field in Chicago with the Wildcats winning 12-7. USC returned to the Coliseum last year to host its Pac-12 rival, the Stanford Cardinal, and walked away with its first-ever victory over a ranked opponent defeating the Cardinal 11-10. 

The Women of Troy are still a very young team in just their third year as a program, but they do return four All-MPSF selections including juniors Caroline de Lyra, Amanda Johansen, Courtney Tarleton and sophomore Nina Kelty. USC also dominated the women's lacrosse recruiting season finishing with the No. 5 ranked class for 2015 and a No. 3 preseason MPSF ranking. Head coach Lindsey Munday and the rest of the coaching staff expect these freshman to make an immediate impact for the Women of Troy beginning on Saturday. 

Come show your support for the USC women's lacrosse team as it kicks off its third season on Saturday at the Coliseum. Attendance is free for everyone. 

Photo Gallery: USC/UCLA Football Service

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Written by Caroline Deisley, USC blog contributor

There is nothing stronger than the rivalry between the USC and UCLA football teams, but last Friday, the crosstown rivals joined forces to encourage elementary school students to work hard in the classroom. 

Twenty-one football players from both programs teamed up with the Wise Owls from the 186th Street School for their 11th annual Super Bowl Spirit Day. Click here for a full recap of last Friday's day of service. 

Here are John McGillen's photos of the crosstown rivals giving back to the Los Angeles community...

3-Points: Cal 70, USC 69

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The Trojans are gutted at the buzzer by Tyrone Wallace's game-winning three-pointer.

Click here for the recap and box score.

Buzzer Blues

If the Trojans did not have bad luck, they'd have no luck at all. They had several opportunities down the stretch to seal the victory that would end their losing streak, but after failing to make clutch free throws, committing costly turnovers and missing out on key defensive rebounds in the final two minutes, USC put the game in the hands of destiny and Tyrone Wallace, both of whom had the last laugh at the expense of the Trojans.

Mac Is Back

Point guard Jordan McLaughlin had seemingly hit the freshman wall in the past three games, but he pushed through it Thursday night scoring a game-high 20 points on 7/9 shooting. He played with a controlled tempo throughout finding his spots on the floor and coolly knocked down 3/5 from three-point distance. While he missed an important late free throw, the overall performance was huge for his confidence.

Jekyll and Hyde

Head coach Andy Enfield simply put the difference on "shotmaking" when asked how the Trojans could look listless in the first half scoring 26 points on 37.9% shooting and then blitz out of halftime making 65.4% in the final 20 minutes. USC won the second half 43-35, and outside of a few careless turnovers, looked like a dynamic offensive team. SG Katin Reinhardt (16 points on 8/13 shooting) was efficient including drilling a potential game-winning jumper in the final seconds. PF Darion Clark and SG Julian Jacobs were tremendously active on both ends of the floor.

Here are the highlights ending in Wallace's buzzer-beater, which made SportsCenter's Top Play of the night:

Trojans Live - Signing Day Special

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After USC wrapped up the No. 1 recruiting class in the country, head coach Steve Sarkisian and 2015 signees S Marvell Tell III and RB Ronald Jones II joined Trojans Live to break down the banner day.

Click here to watch Sarkisian's segments.

Click here to watch Ronald Jones II.

Here is Tell III live at The Lab:

Jimokes Wanted

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The USC football student managers are looking for a fresh set of recruits for the 2015 season. "The Jimokes" play an integral role in the program assisting the team at practices, workouts and game days.

Aside from working at practice, managers experience home and away games from a unique perspective on the field during pregame warmups and on the USC sideline during the game. In addition, managers travel and stay with the team for away games and postseason play. Plus, managers also get all the Nike swag that the players receive.

For more information, click here to email Head Student Manager Anthony Machado.


Trojan Athletic Fund Signing Period Begins

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USC football collected 24 elite signatures on National Signing Day, and now Trojan Athletic Fund opens its Signing Period looking for new members to continue the Heritage Initiative, which has already raised $300 million in support of new facilities and the athletic scholarship endowment. Trojan Athletic Fund has already inked a five-star signature from former football player Matt Koart who gave $1 million, which is the largest gift to the endowment from a former student-athlete.

Click here for more.

The Trojan Athletic Fund comprises a global network of more than 5,000 alumni, parents, former student-athletes, and friends who directly contribute to the success of USC's student-athletes. The TAF "Signing Period" will consist of several special events across California, social media campaigns, and other initiatives with the intention of growing the Trojan Family and widening the support for USC's 650-plus student-athletes.

New members who join the Trojan Athletic Fund will not only be impacting the overall success of USC's student-athletes, but will receive exclusive benefits such as priority seating for football and basketball, preferred parking at the Coliseum, Ultimate Sports Card (free admission to all USC sports excluding football and basketball), opportunities to purchase football away, bowl game, and championship tickets, and invitations to special TAF donor events throughout the year.


Full Circle

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Jake Olson has served as an inspiration to so many Trojans as he bravely defeated pediatric cancer despite losing both his eyes to the dreaded disease. Now, he is officially one of us accepting a Swim with Mike scholarship to attend USC starting in the fall.

Click here for ESPN's feature on Jake.

Olson's acceptance to USC was announced at Wednesday night's National Signing Day dinner.  He is a main feature of Pierson Clair's photo gallery from the event and the Trojans Live Signing Day Special.