USC Lacrosse Sends Ducks South in 12-10 MPSF Victory
April 4, 2013
EUGENE, Ore. - USC women's lacrosse freshman midfield Haleigh Dalmass scored the first goal of the game and had the game-winner in a 12-10 victory over defending MPSF champion Oregon at Pape Field on Thursday, April 4. The Women of Troy (6-8, 3-2 MPSF) overcame inclement weather conditions and weathered two Duck leads to produce a much-needed signature victory over Oregon (5-6, 0-2).
"Caroline [de Lyra] was challenging in, and I saw my defender turn away," said Dalmass. "I just went to goal and Caroline made a great pass to me. She is a great, great feeder and she just made a great pass on that play.”
"This was a great win for us," said head coach Lindsey Munday. "Obviously, a conference win is always important. This really was the first game in which we played a full 60 minutes where every single player played a major role in securing the victory. We didn’t have to rely on just one or two players. We had people step up in all facets of the game, today, and it produced a great result."
The Trojans got a second consecutive four-goal game from freshman attack Caroline Cordrey who scored twice from free-position opportunities. Freshman attack Caroline de Lyra was the catalyst for USC as she picked up her 10th hat trick of the year with three goals. De Lyra also notched three assists; her fifth game, this season, with at least three helpers.
Freshman attack Paige Bonomi added a pair of goals and had USC's other assist. Freshman midfield Amanda Johansen scored once, and tied for game-high honors with four draw controls. Dalmass also had four draw controls while freshman defense Courtney Tarleton added four draw controls and had two caused turnovers. In the cage, freshman goalie Liz Shaeffer recorded five saves.
Without its top scorer Kate Cathell, Oregon got five goals from Hayley Milner while Shannon Propst dished out three assists. Milner did her damage off assists from Propst but also scored three times on free-position shots. The Ducks started the game with Salliebeth Finnegan in the cage, but finished with Caroline Federighi.
"Oregon is a great team. They really are," said Munday. "I think the reason that we were successful, tonight, especially on offense is because we had patience. The Ducks shut down a lot of our plays, but the reason things worked is because we waited for the best opportunities to present themselves."
With her back to the goal, Cordrey hit Dalmass in stride for the first goal of the game at 26:32 to get USC on the board. The Ducks had a quick response as Milner scored on a free-position shot just over 30 seconds later. The Trojans went up, 2-1, on a goal by Cordrey who rolled to her left to avoid the Oregon defense. USC had a third different player score when Bonomi found the back of the cage on a quick stick push to the goal. De Lyra had dropped the ball behind the goal but recovered swiftly to send a perfect pass to Bonomi.
USC's two-goal lead didn't last long as Propst dished out a pair of successive assists for Oregon goals from Milner and Carly O'Connell to tie the score for a second time at three-all. Olivia Pyne's post-up opportunity yielded another Duck goal midway through the first half as Oregon claimed its first lead of the game, 4-3. Two minutes later, de Lyra and freshman attack Katie Austin both rolled the Oregon crease, but de Lyra fired a shot that went over the Duck netminder's shoulder to square the score at four-all.
De Lyra went one-on-one and dodged to her right for a goal to put USC on top, 5-4, at 10:20 before Johansen's free-position goal pushed the Trojans ahead by two goals again, 6-4. The Ducks continued to fight back as Devon Fraser scored a one-on-one goal, but Oregon found good fortune to end the half as Casey Brogan was released from her yellow card in time to get down the field for a goal at the 3:06 mark and the first half's fourth tie at six-all. USC took the last shot of the half, though, as Cordrey made good on a free-position opportunity for a 7-6 Trojan lead heading into the break.
Two minutes into the second half, Milner scored her hat trick on a free-position attempt to tie the score, seven-all, but Milner's goal five minutes later put the Ducks ahead, 8-7, at the 22:15 mark. The Trojans regrouped and scored the next three as Cordrey took a pass from de Lyra to knot the score at eight all. De Lyra's next shot bounced off the Oregon goalie, but Bonomi picked up the ground ball and immediately put it into the back of the cage for a 9-8 USC lead.
Cordrey's fourth goal of the game came on a free-position shot and gave the Trojans another two-goal lead at 10-8, but Sami Kiser's goal and Milner's fifth goal of the day on a free-position shot tied the score for a seventh time, 10-all, at 11:26. De Lyra came up with her third and most pivotal assist of the game when she hit a cutting Dalmass for a Trojan goal and an 11-10 lead. Nursing that one-goal lead, the USC played keep-away and burned more than nine minutes off the game clock before de Lyra rolled the crease and put another shot over the Oregon goalie's shoulder to produce a 12-10 lead for USC; the game's final score.
The Trojans return home to host California (6-4, 3-0 MPSF) in a 3 p.m. PT game on Friday, April 12, at McAlister Field. It will be USC's second-to-last home game of its inaugural season. The Women of Troy play one more on their home field on Saturday, April 20, when Fresno State visits. USC will finish the regular season with a road game at San Diego State on April 27. Please visit www.USCTrojans.com for more information.