Bulldog Bite Does Damage as USC Lacrosse Drops 15-8 Game to Bryant
March 19, 2013
SMITHFIELD, R.I. - The USC women's lacrosse team (5-6) dropped a 15-8 decision to Bryant (3-3) at the Bryant Turf Complex on Tuesday, March 19. The Women of Troy had a short two-day turnaround since their last match and made the cross-country trek to Rhode Island for the week of spring break, but a slow start to the game had the Trojans playing catch-up for most of the second half.
Freshman attack Caroline de Lyra recorded four goals and dished out two assists to highlight USC performances. Freshman midfield Paige Bonomi added two goals while freshman attack Caroline Cordrey and freshman midfield Amanda Johansen each contributed one goal apiece. Following a stellar defensive performance against Marquette, the Trojans struggled to force turnovers against Bryant and picked up just eight ground balls in the game.
For the Bulldogs, Lisa Vendel led the way with four goals and two assists, but five other Bryant players scored twice, each, to buoy the Dogs to a victory. Bryant out-shot USC, 28-18, and had twice as many ground balls (16-8), but it was the first time that the Trojans controlled the center circle with a 15-10 edge in draw controls, but did not win the game. Brianna Watt was strong in the cage as she posted seven saves against USC's eight goals.
Bryant got on the board in the first minute of the game when Skylar Zlotnick took an assist from Kimberley Sniffen to score at the 29:16 mark. Less than a minute later, Vendel scored her first goal, unassisted. Sniffen scored, next, followed by an unassisted goal by Shannon Burns. Vendel fed Sniffen for a goal at the 19:40 mark and just like that, the Bulldogs had opened up a 5-0 gash in barely over 10 minutes of play.
The Trojans didn't go quietly, however, as de Lyra scored back-to-back goals within 90 seconds of each other to get USC started. Cordrey charged through the Bulldog defense to claim an unassisted goal at 16:50 to give the Trojans three unanswered goals, but Bryant retaliated in a big way as the Bulldogs ripped off another five-goal scoring run to open up a 10-3 lead at halftime.
New focus helped the Trojans clamp down on defense to begin the second half, and Bonomi notched a USC goal at the three-minute mark to pull her team within six points at 10-4. Lauren Descalzo scored for the Bulldogs, but de Lyra posted her 36th goal of the year, unassisted, to spark a 4-0 run by the Women of Troy. Johansen scored next, before Bonomi picked up another goal thanks to an assist from de Lyra. De Lyra scored once more to cut the Bryant lead to three, 11-8.
With just 10 minutes left in the game, the Bulldogs unleashed another four-goal run on the Trojans as Haley Bloom, Katherine Keckeisen, Descalzo, and Vendel each scored. Vendel's unassisted goal at 3:25 was the last of the game and made the final score, 15-8, in favor of the Bulldogs.
The Trojans have a couple of days off in Rhode Island before they face Brown University (5-1) in a 5 p.m. ET (2 p.m. PT) match on Friday, March 22, in Providence, R.I. Please visit www.USCTrojans.com for more information and links to live stats and streaming video.