Cal Withstands Trojan Comeback for 10-7 Win
April 12, 2013
LOS ANGELES - The USC women's lacrosse team (6-9, 3-3 MPSF) dropped a hard-fought 10-7 decision to California (8-4, 5-0) in a pivotal conference game at McAlister Field on Friday, April 12. The Women of Troy mounted a furious comeback to open the second half, but the Golden Bears staved off the USC overtures to preserve a three-goal victory and a perfect mark in league games.
Three USC players scored at least two goals apiece. Freshman attack Caroline de Lyra led all players with five points as she tallied three assists to go with her two goals. Freshman attack Paige Bonomi also had two goals and added an assist while freshman attack Caroline Cordrey scored twice. Junior midfield Ceilidh Meagher scored the Trojans' other goal.
Defensively, three Trojans had two ground balls, each, led by freshman Courtney Tarleton who also had a pair of caused turnovers in the game. For the Bears, Megan Takacs scored four times on her eight shots and added two draw controls. Amelia Burke scored a hat trick while Lizz Lavie and Melissa Humphrey dished out three assists each. In the cage, Megan McGinnis was key for Cal as she racked up 12 saves against just seven goals.
The Bears scored twice in the first two minutes of the game; the first by Burke, and the second by Takacs on an eight-meter attempt. Cal went up by three goals just four minutes into the game when Takacs scored unassisted. The Trojans replied to get on the board when de Lyra found a cutting Meagher for USC's first goal. On the other end of the field, Lavie found Burke for a second time to push the Cal lead back to three at 4-1.
Cordrey scored at the 15:55 mark to spark the Trojans who got a second goal from de Lyra on a free-position shot just 50 seconds later to get USC within a point at 4-3. Takacs attacked and scored before Paige Gasparino took a pass from Lavie to put one past the Trojan goalie and get the Bears in front by three goals again, 6-3.
De Lyra connected with Bonomi for a goal with 4:24 to go in the first half and got the Trojans into the break with a two-goal deficit. After more than eight scoreless minutes into the second half, the two ran the same play to pull the Trojans within a goal at 21:30. Five minutes later, Cordrey put a ball in the back of the net off a free-position shot to tie the score for the first time at six-all.
The Bears roared back following Cordrey's goal as Cal scored four unanswered goals in just under six minutes to create its largest lead of the day at 10-6. It was Humphrey who did most of the damage as she recorded assists on the first three goals and then scored, herself, unassisted. Bonomi threw a pass to de Lyra for a goal with just under five minutes left in the game, but the Bears played an effective game of keep-away to secure their 10-7 win.
The Trojans have a seven-day gap between games and will host Fresno State in the final home game of their inaugural season. USC and the Bulldogs will take McAlister Field for a 3 p.m. PT game on Saturday, April 20. Please visit www.USCTrojans.com for more information and for links to live stats and a video stream.