USC lacrosse head coach Lindsey Munday and freshmen Caroline Cordrey and Kelsey Dreyer
April 27, 2013
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USC Head Coach Lindsey Munday
On the team's performance
"It was a really close game the whole way through. I'm really proud of the girls with how they played together for a full 60 minutes. They had each other's back. The reason that we were able to do that was because of how we compete in practice everyday. So this win is really all 25 players battling every single day in practice and it showed on the field."
On Kelsey Dreyer and Caroline Cordrey's individual performances
"Kelsey Dreyer played a really, really solid game for us. In between the 30s, she was dominant, today. She had a little injury midway through the season and she's come back stronger than ever. She had a huge game, today. Caroline Cordrey stepped up and scored some goals at key times. She's just such a pure dodger that she creates a lot of attention. So even if she's not scoring, she's drawing a lot of attention which opens up other things."
On San Diego State
"They are a really scary team. They can score goals, and they can score very quickly. Our offense, in the second half, tried to pace the ball a little bit more. We had some turnovers after that, which wasn't ideal, but they are a team that if you give them opportunities, they are going to convert. I'm proud of our offense with the patience they did have with some of those longer possessions in the second half."
On earning a berth in the MPSF tournament in the team's first year
"I think it's really exciting. For us, our main goal has been improving throughout the year, and we did that. There was a stretch in the middle of the season where we had a couple of losses in games that we maybe could have won. I'm really proud of the girls for not shutting down, then. I think being a young team, it's easy to say that it's okay and throw in the towel. We really tried to focus our view on conference and getting better every single day. I think that showed, in the last couple of games, that we can compete with people. We're really excited to have the opportunity to play in the MPSF tournament. It's really special and I'm really proud of the girls."
Caroline Cordrey, Fr. A
On her performance against the SDSU defense
"The reason I played well was because our team was hustling so hard all over the field. Everybody was picking up. We were doing all the little things right. That translated to offense and me being able to get the goals. It was the ground ball on defense that somebody picked up, to the pass in the midfield, to the transition, to everybody playing selfless. I think we just played 100 percent like a team. There wasn't one person who won this game for us. It was a team effort. It was a bunch of little things that contributed to the victory."
On advancing to the MPSF tournament in the program's first year
"It definitely is a big thing for us. We've been working hard all year round to get to this point. I know everyone on the team believed that we could do it. I think that definitely showed, today. We came out here and we were confident. We didn't play like we were first-year players. We really worked, together and were poised and confident and all of our hard work up to this game really showed on the field, today. Looking forward to the tournament, we will have to use this momentum to keep us going and to play those games with this kind of intensity."
Kelsey Dreyer, Fr. D
On the team's berth in the MPSF tournament
"This was our goal from the beginning. Today, we put all of our hard work from the first day in September to the first day of the regular season in February. It all just culminated into this big win, today, and it's just going to propel us into success in the years to come."
On her personal performance
"Going into the game, ground balls and draw controls are always a big focus. I just tried to box out as much as I could on the circle. They're a physical team and we were fighting just as hard. The ball wasn't coming out clean, so we just had to box out. Everyone had the extra adrenaline and hustle behind them, today. If I saw even a little inch of a stick, I just tried to get a good controlled check off, and it paid off."
On the offense playing well, today
"The offense dominated their possessions throughout the entire game. They would take time off the clock; they were patient. The amount of control, and patience, and confidence that they possessed, today - it just showed in the last five minutes of the game as they were able to just let the clock tick down."