USC Lacrosse Delivers 16-4 Win Over Denver On Senior Day|
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April 12, 2015
LOS ANGELES - On the strength of four individual hat tricks, the USC women's lacrosse team (10-3, 6-0 MPSF) produced a resounding 16-4 victory over defending conference champion Denver (8-4, 3-2) at McAlister Field on Sunday, April 12. The Women of Troy scored the final eight goals to overwhelm the Pioneers and logged the season's 10th win, a program high. At 6-0 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation USC is off to its best start ever in league games.
In pre-game ceremonies, the Trojans honored its inaugural class of Justina Burns, Kaitlyn Couture, Alex Foreman, Olivia Gerton, Ceara Leo, and Kaila Sommi. USC also honored its 2015 seniors, which included Burns, Gerton, Leo, Sommi, and graduate student Elizabeth Eddy. The Trojans started all of their seniors to open the game.
The Trojans out-shot Denver, 28-12, and dominated the center circle in the second half, 11-2, to win the draw control game, 16-6. USC caused eight of the Pioneers' nine turnovers and matched a season low with just six turnovers of its own. Denver was 2-for-3 from the eight-meter arc, and scored one on an empty net, up a player.
Three USC players had four points each with three goals and an assist. Sophomore attacker Michaela Michael was one of the three and finished with a game-high seven draw controls. Junior midfielder Amanda Johansen also had three goals and an assist and was responsible for five draw controls. Sophomore attacker Caroline Cordrey was the third player with four points with three goals and an assist.
Junior attacker Caroline de Lyra led all players with five points (2g, 3a) and had a caused turnover and ground ball. Sophomore attacker Kylie Drexel scored a hat trick with three goals. USC's other two goals were scored by sophomore attacker Cynthia Del Core, who also had one of the Trojans' 10 assists.
Defensively, the Trojans was fast to the ball and had 15 ground balls to Denver's seven. Freshman goalie Gussie Johns had three ground balls and two caused turnovers. Del Core had three ground balls as well; a career best. Sophomore defender Nina Kelty had two ground balls, two draw controls, and a caused turnover.
Four Denver players scored including Rachael Dillon, Jill Remenapp, Monica Lucas, and Nicole Martindale. Kiki Boone had three draw controls for the Pioneers while senior goalie Hannah Hook had four saves to go with two ground balls and two caused turnovers.
Denver burned just 90 seconds off the clock before it struck first with a goal by Lucas. The lead was short-lived as Johansen rolled her way around the eight-meter arc and fired a shot past Hook to equalize just one minute later. The teams went on the defensive from there as 12 minutes elapsed before Michael's pass found Drexel cutting through the middle for the shot and goal. Two minutes later, USC led, 3-1, when Michael scored off a pass from de Lyra.
The Pioneers had the answer on their next possession and pulled within one when Martindale scored off the arc. USC led, 3-2, for six minutes before it went on a 3-0 run to close the half. Johansen and Michael each scored unassisted before Drexel notched her second goal of the half on a pass from Del Core. The run gave the Trojans a 6-2 lead at halftime.
Out of the break, Dillon's goal cut USC's lead to three at 28:42, but the Trojans got a pair of goals from Del Core (25:46) and Cordrey (22:06) to run ahead for the 8-3 lead. Denver scored its final goal to get within four at 18:40 following an over-aggressive play by Johns who had to come out of the game for a yellow card. With an open net, Remenapp put her free-position shot across the line for the goal.
Back at full strength, USC came out with a vengeance and scored the final eight goals of the game to earn a running clock on the defending champs. Cordrey started the run with her goal at 16:46 before sophomore attacker Annie Ruland dumped her free-position attempt to de Lyra for a goal at 16:14. The Trojans continued to win draws (11-2 in the second half) and came up with another chance for de Lyra who scored off the feed from Cordrey to go up, 11-4, at 15:21.
De Lyra found her self on the giving end of things as she hit Del Core with a pass for the goal at 11:43. Michael then went unassisted to score and pull the Women of Troy in front, 13-4, with 11:37 to go in the game. USC's dominance in the center circle gave the Pioneers little chance to make a comeback bid. Johansen scored at 10:10; Cordrey earned her hat trick at 5:42, and Drexel did the same at 3:27 to close the books on the 16-4 win.
USC must now play its final three regular-season games on the road. The Trojans start in Northern California and will face UC Davis (3-10, 2-3 MPSF) at Aggie Stadium in Davis, Calif., on Friday, April 17, in a 4 p.m. PT game. USC then heads to the Bay Area for a Sunday matinee with No. 15 Stanford (9-2, 5-0) at Cagan Stadium in Stanford, Calif., at 3 p.m. PT on Sunday, April 19. The USC-Stanford matchup will be broadcast live on the Pac-12 Networks.
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