Women's Lacrosse
    USC Lacrosse Makes 14-Goal Run to Blow Doors Off in Davis

    USC freshman goalie Gussie Johns surrendered just four goals in the Trojans' 15-5 win over UC Davis.
    April 17, 2015

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    DAVIS, Calif. - Down, 4-1, nine minutes into the first half, the USC women's lacrosse team (11-3, 7-0 MPSF) came to life and went on a 14-0 scoring run to dismiss UC Davis (3-11, 2-4) in a 15-5 blowout win at Aggie Stadium on Friday, April 17. Sophomore attacker Michaela Michael had the hot hand again as she scored five goals and dished out two assists in the victory. Michael also won five draws and went 2-for-3 from the eight-meter arc.

    Junior midfielder Amanda Johansen scored a pair of goals and had two assists and picked up two draw controls. Attackers Kylie Drexel and Caroline Cordrey each scored two goals. Cynthia Del Core, Annie Ruland, Lydia Sutton, and Maggie Mawhinney each got in on the action with one goal apiece.

    Defensively, Courtney Tarleton caused two of the Aggies' 17 turnovers and picked up a game-high five ground balls. In goal, freshman Gussie Johns surrendered just four goals and made five saves. Johns also had three ground balls and a caused turnover. Sophomore attacker Gabby McMahon had two ground balls, and dished out one of six USC assists.

    The Trojans out-shot the Aggies, 29-14, and were efficient on the field with just eight turnovers to UC Davis' 17. The Aggies also had 25 fouls to USC's 13 in the game. For UC Davis, Courtney Neff and Ellie Delich each scored two goals. Melissa Kellan had the other goal and one assist.

    Kellan and Delich scored the Aggies' first goals to put UC Davis in front, 2-0, less than three minutes into the game. Michael scored her 40th goal of the season to stem the tide, but the Aggies got back-to-back goals from Delich and Neff to go ahead, 4-1, with just over 21 minutes left in the first half. It took six minutes before Del Core answered back, but hers was the first goal of a 6-0 run that ended the half to give USC a 7-4 lead heading into the locker rooms. Michael and Cordrey each scored a pair of goals during that run with the other point coming from Johansen.

    The Trojans stayed on course in the second half and got consecutive goals from Drexel and then from Michael to go up, 11-4. Sutton, Johansen, Ruland, and Mawhinney put the finishing touches on the 14-0 run before Neff scored one from a free-position attempt with three minutes left in the game to make the final score, 15-5.

    USC now turns its attention to 15th-ranked Stanford (9-2, 5-0 MPSF). The Trojans and the Cardinal square off on Sunday, April 19, at Cagan Stadium in Stanford, Calif. The game will start at 3 p.m. PT and is set for a live broadcast on the Pac-12 Networks with Jason Knapp and Kara Lentz on the call.

    For more information on the USC women's lacrosse team, please visit USCTrojans.com. Fans of the Women of Troy can follow the team on Instagram and Twitter @USCTrojansLax.

    GAME NOTES

    • USC improved to 3-0 in its all-time series with UC Davis.
    • With the win, USC improved to 7-0 in MPSF games, which is the best start in league contests in program history. It is also the most conference wins in school history.
    • The Trojans' 11th overall win of the season extends on a new program high.