USC Women's Lacrosse Bulldozes Bulldogs in 19-1 Victory
April 20, 2013
LOS ANGELES - USC women's lacrosse freshman midfield Amanda Johansen secured a career-high and MPSF record 13 draw controls to help the Women of Troy (7-9, 4-3 MPSF) secure a lopsided 19-1 win over Fresno State (2-13, 0-8) at McAlister Field on Saturday, April 20. Johansen's 13 gets were just two shy of tying the NCAA record (15 by Allie Emala, Virginia Tech; March 14, 2009) and helps keep the Trojans in the hunt for a spot in the upcoming MPSF tournament.
"It was a great win, today," said head coach Lindsey Munday. "It was a team win, across the field--defensively, in the midfield, offensively--everyone was working together, so we're really proud of them, but we've got a big week ahead of us in terms of preparation. We have a lot of work ahead of us."
Johansen had a well-rounded effort against the Bulldogs as she scored twice and had three assists for five points.
"We definitely need to continue to win draw controls," said Johansen. "Today, everybody just boxed out like crazy and they made it easy for me to go get the ground ball and I think we just need to continue to work together like we did today."
Freshman attack Caroline de Lyra led all players with six points on two goals and four assists. Sophomore attack Olivia Gerton came off the sidelines and opened eyes with a game-high four goals and an assist for USC.
Nine different Trojans scored goals and seven different players recorded assists in the winning effort. Freshman midfield Haleigh Dalmass scored two goals and picked up a ground ball and a caused turnover. Freshman attack Caroline Cordrey also scored twice and had an assist. Freshman defense Kelsey Dreyer came across the restraining line to score the first two goals of her career.
On the attack, freshman Katie Austin had a pair of assists and scored a goal while junior defense Elizabeth Eddy topped off the scoring on the day with her first career goal with just 3:22 left in the game. In the cage, freshman goalie Liz Shaeffer allowed just one goal thanks in large part to the stinginess of her defense which allowed just seven shots in the game; two in the second half.
Freshman midfield Eggy Plastaras had two ground balls to tie for game-high honors but eight other Trojans picked up at least one ground ball including freshman defense Courtney Tarleton who also nabbed two draw controls. Sophomore midfield Kaila Sommi had two draw controls in the game.
The Bulldogs were out-shot, 29-7, in the game, and got their only goal at the 6:18 mark in the first half from Kara Concheck, who scored unassisted. Concheck led her team with three shots while Vanessa Swalwell led Fresno State with two ground balls. Sarah Weeks caused two turnovers for the Dogs, but FSU had 17 more fouls than USC and turned the ball over 10 times. The Bulldogs accumulated four yellow cards in the second half which each resulted in Trojan goals.
Fresno State was deliberate with its passes to open the game, and slowed the pace. Neither team scored in the first five minutes, but de Lyra put one into the cage to get the Trojans on the board at 24:50. Bonomi scored two more for USC before de Lyra took a pass from Johansen to put USC up, 4-0, in just over 10 minutes of play. The Trojan attack was unrelenting, as five different players scored six goals in the next eight minutes. Dalmass's free-position goal with 11:03 on the clock put the Trojans up, 10-0, and they never looked back.
Gerton scored her second goal of the game off a pass from de Lyra to open up an 11-0 USC lead, but the Bulldogs got on the board when Cocheck snuck one past Shaeffer to make the score, 11-1. Cordrey bulled her way through the defense and scored with 35 seconds left in the half. Just 28 seconds later, Cordrey lived out some déjà vu as she went to goal and scored again, unassisted, to give USC a 13-1 advantage heading into the break.
The Trojans played every available player and picked up six more goals in the second half. Gerton kicked things off with an unassisted bell-ringer just over three minutes into the second stanza. Dreyer scored both of her goals in the second half, each time on assists from Austin. Her second goal gave the Trojans their 18-1 lead. Eddy's goal at 3:22 on the clock was the final goal of the day as USC walked away with the win.
The Trojans can claim the final spot in the MPSF Tournament (May 3-5 in Eugene, Ore.) with a win over San Diego State (8-6, 3-3 MPSF), next weekend (April 27). USC meets the Aztecs in the final regular-season game of its inaugural season at 7 p.m. PT at Aztec Lacrosse Field. Please visit www.USCTrojans.com for more information.