USC Grounds Eagles In Regular-Season Finale
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April 27, 2014
MILWAUKEE, Wis. - The USC women's lacrosse team (9-8) defeated Marquette (5-12) by a score of 11-5 to conclude the 2014 regular season at Valley Fields on Sunday, April 27. The Women of Troy will now turn their attention to the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tournament where it will enter the field as the fifth seed of six teams.
The Trojans out-shot the Eagles, 22-16, and were a perfect 10-for-10 on clear attempts. USC also won the center circle with 10 draw controls to Marquette's eight and kept its turnover margin low.
Sophomore attacker Caroline de Lyra led all players with six points as she recorded a hat trick and added three assists, a ground ball, and two of USC's seven caused turnovers. Freshman attacker Alex Moore had two goals and two assists to go with two ground balls and a draw control. Freshman Michaela Michael also scored two and led the way with three draw controls. Freshman attacker Annie Ruland scored twice while Gabby McMahon and sophomore midfielder Haleigh Dalmass each scored one goal each.
On defense, sophomore Courtney Tarleton had two ground balls and a caused turnover while freshman Kate Pederson had two ground balls, a draw control, and a pair of caused turnovers. Sophomore netminder Liz Shaeffer produced five saves on the day.
For the Eagles, Taylor Smith scored twice. Hayley Bass, Emily Donovan, and Nicole Gleason added the other three goals. Bass and Jacqueline Borzillo each had two draw controls.
USC scored the first five goals of the game to roll out to a 5-0 lead. The first goal of the game came nine minutes into the first half when Ruland scored on an assist from Moore. De Lyra, followed by Ruland, Michael, and then a goal by Moore at 3:27 left in the half rounded out the first stanza. Smith scored for the Eagles with 2:41 left to the break.
McMahon scored within three minutes of the opening of the second half and put USC up, 6-1. Marquette answered and threatened to make a game of things with four straight goals between 22:08 and the 12-minute mark. The Eagles pulled within a goal, 6-5, with three free-position goals and a second goal by Smith. De Lyra hit Michael for a goal at 10:34 to break the run and sparked a 5-0 USC run to end the game. De Lyra scored two unassisted goals before Moore wrapped things up with her 33rd goal of the season at 2:53 left in the game to make the score 11-5.
Following the final conference games of the season, USC ended up in a three-way tie for third place with Colorado and Oregon each with 6-3 records. Because both of those teams beat the Trojans head-to-head, USC receives the fifth seed in the upcoming MPSF tournament. The Trojans will get a chance at revenge on the Ducks when they face each other in the 7 p.m. MT quarterfinal on Thursday, May 1. The winner will advance to face top-seeded Denver in a 4 p.m. MT game on Friday, May 2. The championship game is set for Sunday, May 4, at 11 a.m. MT. All games will be played at host Denver's Peter Barton Stadium in Denver, Colo. Please visit USCTrojans.com for more information.