Trojans Trounce Bulldogs In Central Valley Showdown|
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March 29, 2014
FRESNO, Calif. - The USC women's lacrosse team (5-4, 3-0 MPSF) went on the road for the first of five straight and hauled in a 16-6 win over Fresno State (1-9, 0-5) at Bulldog Stadium on Friday, March 28. The Women of Troy stayed undefeated in conference play as 10 different Trojans scored goals in the route of the Bulldogs.
USC out-shot Fresno State, 21-2, in the first half to build an 11-1 lead at the break. The Trojans finished with a 33-14 shot margin and outdrew the Bulldogs, 17-8, in the center circle. A pair of USC freshmen grabbed the lion's share of the team's draw controls led by midfielder Drew Jackson who had six to go with a goal and a ground ball. Frosh midfielder Kate Pederson had five draw controls and dished out an assist.
The Trojans got two goals apiece from sophomore midfielders Kelsey Dreyer and Amanda Johansen and freshman midfielder Alex Moore among starters. Off the bench, sophomore attacker Maggie Mawhinney and freshman midfielder Shannon Nugent each scored a pair. Mawhinney got each of her goals on free-position shots and added an assist in the open field. Freshman attacker Cynthia Del Core scored two as well: her first collegiate goals.
Sophomore attacker Caroline de Lyra scored a goal, picked up a ground ball, and caused two turnovers while Haleigh Dalmass added another goal off the bench. Freshman midfielder Michaela Michael had a goal to go with a ground ball, two draw controls, and two caused turnovers.
For the Bulldogs, Kara Concheck scored three on five shots and picked up a ground ball. Marcy Levatino scored two and picked up a ground ball and a draw control. Allison Poust had the other goal and also had a draw control. Lisa Barnaba was charged the loss after allowing the first five goals of the game before she was pulled in favor of Megann Weissenfel who produced 13 saves against 11 goals allowed.
USC scored the first 10 goals of the game and spread it out among eight scorers through the first half. The Trojans transitioned out of defense to find de Lyra who put the first goal of the game on the board. Dalmass scored on an eight-meter attempt to make the score, 2-0, in under two minutes. Less than two minutes later, Michael scored unassisted before Moore connected on a free-position shot for a 4-0 Trojan lead.
The Trojans' heavy pressure on defense caused turnovers, one that Johansen turned into points on an unassisted goal for a 5-0 advantage. Sophomore goalie Liz Shaeffer made a diving save before USC transitioned to offense and tacked up a 6-0 lead on Dreyer's goal. Moore showed her accuracy as her stick check caused a turnover and yielded a ground ball that turned into another Johansen goal. The Trojans went running right after that as a Pederson draw control produced a second Dreyer goal when sophomore midfielder Kaila Sommi dished off a pass at 16:14. Pederson secured another draw control and raced down the field to hit Moore in stride for a goal at 16:02 that put the Trojans up, 9-0.
De Lyra, USC's offensive threat, showed her defensive skills as she caused a turnover and picked up the ground ball before Jackson dodged at the top of the 12-meter fan and scored her first collegiate goal for a 10-0 lead at 14:18. The Trojans slowed down the pace and went 10 minutes before Mawhinney went top shelf and scored the first of her two goals for an 11-0 lead. The Bulldogs forced a turnover that Concheck turned into a goal at the 1:23 mark.
It took six scoreless minutes into the second half before a failed Fresno State clear attempt turned into Trojan points as Mawhinney hit a cutting Nugent for the goal and a 12-1 USC lead at 23:27. USC switched goalies to sophomore Cassandra Collins at the 20:22 mark but a turnover allowed the Dogs to run loose on offense and set up Poust's goal.
Concheck did some damage as she scored at 16:32 and 16:22 to pull the Bulldogs up to four points, down 12-4. Collins posted three saves before Levatino found a way to get past her at 7:13 left in the game to get Fresno State within seven goals at 12-5. 20 seconds later, Jackson's draw control set the Trojans up for a goal from Del Core followed by an eight-meter goal by Mawhinney. Nugent's goal in transition pushed USC out to a 16-5 lead. Levatino scored one more for the Bulldogs under the one-minute mark to make the final score, 16-6.
USC stays on the road for two more next weekend and will head to the Bay Area for bouts against Saint Mary's College (0-6, 0-4 MPSF) on Friday, April 4, and at California (2-6, 1-2) on Sunday, April 6. Please visit USCTrojans.com for a complete schedule and more information.