Drexel Scores Five to Power USC Lacrosse to Fifth Straight Win|
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March 15, 2015
LOS ANGELES - The USC women's lacrosse team (5-2) won a school-record fifth straight game as the Women of Troy defeated Marquette (3-4), 11-4, on Sunday, March 15, at McAlister Field. The Trojans were led by sophomore attacker Kylie Drexel who had a career-high five goals to go with a pair of assists for a career-best seven points. Drexel was 3-for-3 from the eight-meter arc and also picked up a ground ball.
USC out-shot the Golden Eagles, 23-15, and won the center circle for the seventh time this year with a 12-5 margin in draw controls. The Trojans forced nine of Marquette's 12 turnovers and played stifling defense to hold the Eagles scoreless in the second half.
Junior attacker Caroline de Lyra had three points (2g, 1a) and junior midfielder Amanda Johansen scored a pair of goals to go with two draw controls. Sophomore attacker Michaela Michael scored a goal, caused one turnover, and picked up two ground balls and three draw controls. Junior attacker Caroline Cordrey scored USC's other goal.
Defensively, junior Courtney Tarleton had two ground balls and a caused turnover but was also instrumental in securing a pair of important draw controls for the Trojans. Sophomore attacker Cynthia Del Core also had two caused turnovers and two ground balls. In the goal, freshman Gussie Johns produced a career-high seven saves and caused a pair of turnovers to go with three ground balls. Junior midfielder Kelsey Dreyer did a little of everything as she caused one turnover, won three draw controls and dished out one assist.
For the Golden Eagles, Allison Lane came off the bench and scored two of Marquette's goals. She also won one draw control and had a ground ball. Julianna Shearer and Riley Hill had the other two Eagle goals while Claire Costanza had the only Marquette assist. Both Shearer and goalie Sarah Priem had three ground balls each. Priem had four saves.
Tarleton swooped in to secure the Trojans' first possession of the game. Johansen dove to the goal to score and put USC up, 1-0, in the first 45 seconds. Less than 30 seconds later, Michael's draw control yielded points as de Lyra hit Drexel with a pass across the crease before Drexel put a shot past Priem for a 2-0 lead. Drexel went alone on her next drive to the goal and scored unassisted to put the Trojans up, 3-0, with just four minutes off the clock.
Marquette answered when Lane scored her first goal at 22:22. Hill scored just 80 seconds later to pull the Eagles within a goal, 3-2. Michael dodged her way through the Eagle defense to score and give the Trojans a 4-2 lead but Shearer cashed in on a free-position attempt at 17:15 to cut the lead to a single goal once more. Senior midfielder Kaitlyn Couture knocked the ball out of Costanza's pocket to send the Trojans the other direction where Dreyer's pass found Cordrey for the goal and a 5-3 lead.
Johns forced a couple turnovers near her crease and stopped two free-position shots by the Eagles, but the second came off and straight to Lane who picked it up to put it in the net for her second goal of the game with 2:43 left in the first half. The goal had Marquette within one, 5-4, at the halftime break.
The second half started again with Tarleton setting the tone with a draw control. Though de Lyra's first shot went wide, the Trojans recovered the ball and scored when Drexel switched roles and dished out the assist for de Lyra's goal at 28:43. The two hooked up again just two minutes later to extend the Trojans to a three-point lead at 7-4. USC went ahead by four goals when Johansen scored unassisted at the 22:14 mark of the second half.
Both teams went more than 10 minutes before the next goal was scored. Despite the pressure applied by the Eagles' defense, Drexel used her legs to break away and forced Marquette to foul her. Johns saved another free-position shot attempt at 10:33 before the Trojans cleared the ball to the other end of the field. A foul put Drexel at the line where she scored the first of her three free-position shots.
USC's defense held strong and allowed the offense to run the clock down but not before Drexel made the score, 11-4, for the Trojans to secure the victory.
The Women of Troy will play the last of a five-game home stand when USC hosts Saint Mary's College on Friday, March 20, at 3 p.m. PT on McAlister Field. 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.