USC Hosts Temple and Marquette at McAlister Field
March 11, 2013
LOS ANGELES - The USC women's lacrosse team (4-4, 2-1 MPSF) returns from four straight road games to host a pair of non-conference matchups, this week, at McAlister Field. The Women of Troy welcome Temple (4-1) for a Wednesday afternoon bout and will take on fellow first-year program Marquette (2-3) on Saturday.
After opening the year with four games at home, the Trojans went on the road for the next four and came back from two different road trips with split decisions. Most recently, USC went to Northern California and claimed a 12-7 win over UC Davis before dropping a tough 17-12 game at 18th-ranked Stanford.
USC is 2-2 in home games but is 2-1 at McAlister Field and has won its last two in a row with home-field advantage. The Trojans outscored Presbyterian, 24-4, and claimed a big 17-8 win over Saint Mary's College in their home league opener.
Freshman attack/midfield Caroline de Lyra has been on a tear of late and leads the Trojans with 28 goals, this season. She has also dished out 21 assists and tops the team ranks with 49 points. Freshman midfield Amanda Johansen led USC with five goals against the Aggies, last weekend, and imposes her will in the center circle to the tune of 51 draw controls, this year.
The Trojans rely on a balanced scoring attack as freshman Caroline Cordrey has posted 19 goals, this season, with six assists and freshman midfield Paige Bonomi has racked up 18 goals and three assists.
In the cage, freshman Liz Shaeffer has come up with 72 saves in her eight games while USC's defensive unit is guided by Courtney Tarleton who leads the way with 24 ground balls and 14 draw controls. Fellow freshman defense Kelsey Dreyer has 16 ground-ball pick-ups.
WEEKEND RECAP: The Trojans earned a split of conference games on the road, last week. USC defeated UC Davis, 12-7, thanks to a game-high five goals from Amanda Johansen. Caroline de Lyra also poured in four goals and led all players with four assists as the Trojans upped their record in league play to 2-0. Two days later, USC showed its fight in a 17-12 loss to 18th-ranked Stanford, which has won six of the last seven MPSF titles. Down, 11-4, after the first half, the Trojans clawed their way back to within four goals at 15-11 thanks to a big 6-1 scoring run. Caroline Cordrey led the team with four goals while de Lyra added three more with two each from Johansen and Paige Bonomi. Defensively, USC got six ground balls and three caused turnovers from Courtney Tarleton. Kelsey Dreyer led her team with four ground balls and three draw controls against the Cardinal.