USC Wins High-Scoring Affair Over California
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April 6, 2014
BERKELEY, Calif. - The USC women's lacrosse team (7-4, 5-0 MPSF) extended its winning streak to a program-best four straight victories on a 20-15 win over California (2-8, 1-4) on Sunday, April 6, at California Memorial Stadium. The Women of Troy remained undefeated in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation games at 5-0.
Despite allowing the most goals by an opponent all season, the Trojans out-shot the Golden Bears, 33-22, and out-did Cal, 26-13, in the center circle to secure the victory.
Freshman midfielder Michaela Michael ignited the USC offense with seven draw controls and contributed a pair of goals and an assist. Sophomore midfielder Amanda Johansen had six draw controls and three goals while sophomore attacker Caroline de Lyra led the Trojans with four goals on four shots. Sophomore defender Kelsey Dreyer had two goals and a draw control while sophomore midfielder Elizabeth Eddy finished with two draw controls.
Freshman attacker Annie Ruland had a pair of goals and a pair of assists. Fellow freshman attacker Gabby McMahon scored three goals and freshman midfielder Alex Moore put in two goals to go with two draw controls and a ground ball. On defense, freshman Nina Kelty had two draw controls to go with a ground ball. Sophomore Haleigh Dalmass added two goals on free-position shots and picked up an assist on the day. In the goal, sophomore Liz Shaeffer had five saves.
For Cal, Bella Huther led all players with seven goals, two from the eight-meter line, and had a ground ball and a pair of caused turnovers. Lizz Lavie, Amelia Burke, and Paige Gasparino each had a pair of goals while Helen Hansen picked up eight saves in the goal. Brittany Ward and Caroline Schlegel each had a goal apiece.
Michael grabbed the opening draw, which led to a Johansen goal. On the next possession, a big save on the crease by Shaeffer produced another Johansen goal on the other end. Eddy's draw control gave the Trojans another offensive set to work with. Michael dodged through the Bear defense and put one in the back of the net to get USC out to a 3-0 lead and force a Cal timeout.
Christman and Huther scored consecutive goals to pull the Bears within a goal, but the Trojans ripped off a big 7-0 scoring run in a six-minute span to lead, 9-2. De Lyra, Michael, and Dalmass scored on free-position shots before de Lyra turned a Johansen draw control into points. Dreyer and McMahon each scored on eight-meter shots to give the Trojans that 9-2 lead with 16:29 left in the first half.
The Bears fought back and produced a 5-1 run that included four goals from Huther. Ruland broke up the scoring run with her goal at 10:25, but Huther scored her sixth goal in the closing seconds of the half to pull Cal into a three-goal deficit at the break, 11-8.
Out of the break, the Bears broke loose and scored four straight. Back to 8:13 in the first half, Cal had produced an 8-1 run to take a 12-11 lead in the game with 22:59 on the clock. The Trojans were awoken and went on the offensive as Dalmass tied the score at 12 with an eight-meter goal. Moore and Johansen scored on back-to-back USC possessions before de Lyra went just 45 seconds between two goals to carry the Trojans to a 16-12 lead. McMahon and Moore were each the recipients of Ruland passes for goals to get USC out to an 18-12 lead at 10:02 left in the game.
Burke scored unassisted to snap the second 7-0 Trojan run, but it was too late. A minute later, Gasparino took a pass from Lavie to score and get Cal within four goals at 18-14. McMahon scored unassisted before Ruland put the game away on a pass form Michael. Burke scored one more at 1:44 left on the clock, but the Trojans held on for the 20-15 win.
USC will be on the road for another pair of MPSF matchups among the Rocky Mountains next weekend. The Trojans will face first-year program Colorado (6-6, 3-2 MPSF) on Friday, April 11, at 4 p.m. MT in Boulder, Colo. The Pac-12 Networks will carry the game live with Jason Knapp (play-by-play) and Kara Lentz (color commentary) on the broadcast. USC and Denver (11-1, 5-0) will draw on Sunday, April 13, at noon MT at Peter Barton Stadium in Denver, Colo. The venue will also serve as host to the 2014 MPSF Tournament, May 1-4. For more information and a complete USC schedule, please visit USCTrojans.com.