Trojan Lacrosse Stomps San Diego State in Regular-Season Finale|
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April 25, 2015
SAN DIEGO - The USC women's lacrosse team (12-4, 8-1 MPSF) completed the regular season with a 16-4 win over San Diego State (9-7, 5-4 MPSF) at Aztec Lacrosse Field on Saturday, April 25. The victory secured sole possession of second place in the MPSF for the Women of Troy and was the seventh time in nine league games that the Trojans have held their opponent under 10 goals.
Attackers Caroline de Lyra and Cynthia Del Core each scored four goals for the Trojans while junior midfielder Amanda Johansen scored a hat trick and picked up four ground balls. Sophomore attacker Michaela Michael scored a goal and had one of USC's two assists to go with her game-high nine draw controls. Sophomore attacker Kylie Drexel scored a pair of goals and dished out the other assist. Senior attacker Olivia Gerton put the finishing touches on the Trojans' win with the final two USC goals.
On defense, freshman goalie Gussie Johns surrendered just four goals but had four saves and picked up a ground ball in 54 minutes of action. Sophomore Gabby McMahon had four ground balls and caused two turnovers. Freshman midfielder Lydia Sutton got her first start and had two ground balls, a caused turnover, and a draw control. Sophomore defender Nine Kelty had a pair of ground balls and a caused turnover.
For the Aztecs, four different players scored one goal each: Michaela Jarvis, Grace Korandovich, Alex Watson, and Alexa Comfort. Jarvis had the only SDSU assist and also received the only yellow card in the game. Katrina Reeves put up seven saves in goal while Lauren Paul had six ground balls to go with three caused turnovers.
It took almost eight minutes of action before the first goal was scored. Johansen broke the seal on the game with her goal from the eight-meter arc and opened up a 4-0 USC scoring run. The Trojans broke down the field and got the ball to de Lyra on the next offensive possession who spun her way past a defender and put a low shot past Reeves for a 2-0 USC lead. De Lyra did it again for a 3-0 lead when she rolled the left side of the goal crease and beat Reeves high. Despite another win in the draw circle for the Aztecs, the Women of Troy put up a solid defensive stand and regained the ball to allow Johansen to dodge her way to the goal for the Trojans' fourth straight.
SDSU broke the scoring drought just under the 10-minute mark when Jarvis came from behind the goal to score one on Johns. The Trojans staved off another attack from the Aztecs on a stick save by Johns and went the other direction. Drexel spun to her right to dodge the SDSU defender and scored for a 5-1 USC lead with just over seven minutes left in the first half. Like instant replay, the USC defense held up to send Michael up the field. Her goal with just over five minutes in the first gave the Trojans a 6-1 advantage. Michael followed her goal with a win in the draw circle, which led to a free-position attempt by Del Core who became the fifth different Trojan to score a goal in the first half for a 7-1 lead.
The USC offense was just beginning to click as Michael grabbed the next draw and raced down the field to find de Lyra available on the left side of the goal. Her pass allowed de Lyra to one-time it past Reeves for the hat trick and an 8-1 Trojan lead. While USC was riding another 4-0 run, SDSU needed four straight shots from Watson before the fourth one earned the goal to put the Aztecs within six at 8-2 heading into the halftime break.
The teams bled more than eight minutes off the clock in the second half before Drexel found Johansen cutting to the goal. Her pass set Johansen up for a clear shot and goal to push USC ahead, 9-2. Less than a minute later, Michael secured the draw and led the Trojan charge down the field. A pass from Johansen allowed de Lyra to give a couple of stick fakes before she scored her fourth goal to give USC a commanding 10-2 lead. San Diego State had an answer though. Out of a timeout, the Aztecs got their third goal of the game from Comfort to cut into the USC advantage.
USC scored its next goal on a man-up situation after Jarvis went to the box for a yellow card. The Trojans disrupted the SDSU transition and regained the ball to get a goal from Del Core for the 11-3 lead. Not more than one minute later, USC took the draw and went up by nine goals, 12-3, when Drexel dodged her way to goal for the score. Del Core's goal at 11:00 pushed the game into a running-clock situation. It was Del Core's third of the game and gave the Trojans a 13-3 lead. Del Core continued to dictate the tempo of the game as she scored her fourth goal to push USC ahead, 14-3. This time, SDSU got one back as Korandovich scored with just under eight minutes to go in the game. Two goals by Gerton in the final two five minutes secured the 16-4 final score for USC.
The Women of Troy will now prepare for the semifinals of the upcoming MPSF tournament hosted by Denver at Peter Barton Stadium in Denver. USC holds the second seed and has received a bye through the quarterfinal round, but must await the winner of a game between third-seeded Denver and either Oregon or Colorado to find out who its next opponent will be. The Trojans are set to play in the second semifinal at 7 p.m. MT (6 p.m. PT) on Friday, May 1. All MPSF tournament games will be broadcast live on Altitude TV.
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