Trojans Slip in Rainy Season Opening Loss to Red Foxes
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Feb. 28, 2014
LOS ANGELES - The USC women's lacrosse team (0-1) battled the elements and a last-minute change of venue in its first game of the 2014 season but came up short, 12-10, in a hard-fought contest with Marist (2-1) on Friday, Feb. 28. Due to inclement weather and field conditions, the Women of Troy moved their match from McAlister Field's natural grass to the synthetic turf of Cromwell Field located at the heart of the USC campus within Loker Track Stadium.
The Trojans got three points from sophomore midfielder Amanda Johansen who had the first goal of the season to go with a pair of assists and a draw control. Four Trojans scored two goals apiece for USC's balanced attack. Sophomore attackers Caroline Cordrey, Caroline de Lyra, and Haleigh Dalmass and freshman midfielder Alex Moore each scored twice. In her first collegiate contest, Moore also had a ground ball and a caused turnover.
Freshman midfielder Danielle Doherty was the other scorer and also picked up a ground ball and a draw control in her first collegiate game.
On defense, sophomore Courtney Tarleton had a team-high three draw controls and two ground balls to go with a pair of caused turnovers. Sophomore netminder Liz Shaeffer produced six saves and added two ground balls. Shaeffer also caused a pair of turnovers.
For the Red Foxes, Jamie Romano made her presence felt as she led all players with four goals. Romano topped the charts with nine draw controls and added a caused turnover and a ground ball to her final stat line. Jackie DiMaria had three goals and a ground ball while goalie Abigail Witczak had two to go with eight saves; seven in the second half.
USC jumped in front early on with the first two goals of the game; one from Johansen, and the other on a Johansen pass to de Lyra off a free-position attempt. Though the Foxes charged back, the Trojans maintained a two-goal lead at 5-3 on a free-position goal by Moore with 6:15 left in the first half. Marist pressed the issue and came up with two goals to knot the score at five-all heading into the break.
The Red Foxes seized momentum and completed a 4-0 run at the 23:19 mark in the second half as DiMaria scored from a free position. Cordrey kept the Trojans within striking distance with her goal at 21:03 left in the game, but the Red Foxes went on another tear to score the next four goals including two within a minute of each other by Romano. Down, 11-6, the Trojans regrouped and scored three unanswered goals, one each by Moore, Doherty, and de Lyra to close the gap to two points at 11-9.
Marist had one more burst to go up by three with just over five minutes left in the game when Emily Leonard scored unassisted. The Red Foxes kept the ball away long enough to burn the clock down to its nubs before Dalmass found the back of the net on a free-position shot for the last goal of the day.
The Trojans are back in action as hosts of seventh-ranked Boston College (4-1) at 3 p.m. PT on Thursday, March 6, at McAlister Field. The game will be streamed live on the USCTrojans.com Pac-12 Network portal.