USC Lacrosse Draws Up 17-6 Victory Over Fresno State|
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Feb. 24, 2015
LOS ANGELES - USC women's lacrosse sophomore attacker Michaela Michael was unconscionable as she set a new Mountain Pacific Sports Federation single-game record with 15 draw controls to power the Women of Troy to a 17-6 victory over Fresno State on Tuesday, Feb. 24, at McAlister Field. The Trojans (2-2, 1-0 MPSF) won their conference opener for the third straight year as the Bulldogs fell to 0-2 overall and 0-2 in league games.
Michael was one of three Trojans to record a hat trick and finished with three goals and an assist. One of her goals came from an eight-meter attempt.
Michael's feat in the center circle broke the previous single-game mark of 13 held by junior midfielder Amanda Johansen who set the old record on April 20, 2013; also against Fresno State. This time, Johansen did her damage from elsewhere as she racked up a game-high and career-high tying five goals. She also dished out an assist to score six points and pulled in four draw controls of her own to go with a caused turnover.
Junior attacker Caroline de Lyra had the third hat trick with three goals and three assists (six points). De Lyra was 1-for-1 from free-position and had a ground ball. Four other Trojans scored goals including a pair each by junior attacker Paige Bonomi and sophomore attacker Annie Ruland. Junior attackers Caroline Cordrey and Maggie Mawhinney each scored one goal apiece.
On defense, junior Courtney Tarleton led the team with three ground balls and had three caused turnovers. Junior Jacky Hennegan had two caused turnovers and a ground ball while sophomore attacker Gabby McMahon, junior defender Carley Horan, and Ruland each had a pair of ground balls in the game. Freshman netminder Gussie Johns allowed just three goals to secure the win while each of the Trojans' backup goalies saw the field: Liz Shaeffer, and Cassandra Collins.
For the Bulldogs, Marcy Levatino had two goals and an assist, but committed a team-high four turnovers. Fresno State also got goals from Caroline Dineen-Carlson, Kyleigh Westgarth, Nicole Ortlieb, and Abigal Bergevin.
The game was won in the draw circle where USC out-dueled the Bulldogs, 22-3. The Trojans also out-shot Fresno State, 29-7 in the game, including an 18-2 barrage in the first half.
In a game that turned out to be a runaway for the Trojans, Fresno State drew first blood with a goal less than two minutes in as Levatino scored on a free-position attempt with an empty net. The Trojans retaliated and got back-to-back goals from Michael before the Bulldogs knotted the game at two-all just under the 25-minute mark. From there, it was all USC for quite some time. The Trojans held Fresno State scoreless for more than 31 minutes as they built a 14-2 lead. The Women of Troy led by 10 goals, 12-2, as the teams adjourned for their halftime break.
USC came out and scored the first two goals of the second half, but Fresno State answered with the next two to make the score 14-4 with 13:32 left in the game. Bonomi scored at 11:27 before Ruland had the next two (all unassisted) to run the Trojan lead out to 13 goals, 17-4, with under four minutes to go. The Bulldogs scored the final two goals, before the game went into the books as a 17-6 USC win.
The Trojans are off for nearly two weeks before their next game: a Monday-afternoon matinee with Liberty on March 9, at McAlister Field. The Trojans and the Flames will take the field at 3 p.m. PT. 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 Twitter @USCTrojansLax.