USC Opens MPSF Schedule Against Undefeated UC Davis
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March 14, 2014
LOS ANGELES - The Women of Troy (1-2) will open the back half of their six-game season-opening home stand against an undefeated UC Davis squad (5-0) at 4 p.m. PT on Friday, March 14, at McAlister Field. It is USC's first Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) game of the season and a chance for the Trojans to capitalize on momentum gained from a 22-4 win over LIU Brooklyn last week.
USC will also host a pair of Ivy League schools during next week's university spring break. On Monday, March 17, the Trojans take on Columbia (1-2, 0-2 Ivy) at noon PT at McAlister Field. Then on Wednesday, March 19, USC and Princeton (1-3, 0-1 Ivy) face off in a 1 p.m. bout. Last year, USC made the trip to Princeton, N.J., where it fell, 18-13, to the Tigers. The Trojans have never met the Columbia Lions.
Last season, the Trojans went 2-2 in home conference games but finished with a 5-3 mark in the MPSF to claim the final spot in the league tournament. One of USC's three conference road victories was a 12-7 win over UC Davis on March 6, 2013. The Trojans had a couple of stars shine in their first meeting with the Aggies. Amanda Johansen had five goals and an assist for six points to go with six draw controls and a ground ball. Caroline de Lyra put up four goals to go with four assists for a game-high eight points while Courtney Tarleton had four ground balls and two caused turnovers. In goal, Liz Shaeffer recorded 11 saves to help the Trojans seal the win.
The Women of Troy still look to this sophomore foursome for leadership and production this season, but have the added luxury of a strong emerging freshman class. Through three games, Shaeffer has picked up 16 saves while Johansen has three goals and two assists with four ground balls and five draw controls. De Lyra has scored twice and dished out a pair of assists. Tarleton leads the team with six caused turnovers and is tied with several teammates with five ground balls.
A pair of dynamic scorers leads the USC offense. Sophomore attacker Caroline Cordrey shares team-high honors with nine goals and also has three draw controls. Freshman attacker Alex Moore also shares the team lead with nine goals to go with an assist, two ground balls, three draw controls, and the game-winning goal over LIU Brooklyn. In the center circle, freshman Michaela Michael leads the Trojans with six draw controls to go with two goals and an assist. In all, 15 different Trojans has scored a goal this season, in fact, anyone who has taken a shot for USC has found the back of the net at least once.
LAST TIME OUT: The Women of Troy picked up their first win of the season in a 22-4 romp over LIU Brooklyn at McAlister Field. 13 different Trojans scored against the Blackbirds and were all led by sophomore Caroline Cordrey who had four goals on four shots. Three players had three ground balls each as USC caused 17 turnovers to keep LIU Brooklyn at bay. The Trojan defense allowed the Blackbirds to shoot just 10 times and only six reached goalie Liz Shaeffer who had two saves on the day.
TRACK OF THE TROJANS: Fans of USC women's lacrosse can follow the Trojans on Twitter. For a behind-the-scenes look at the program, scores, and news updates, follow @USCTrojansLax. All of USC's home games at McAlister Field will be webcast on USCTrojans.com via the Pac-12 Networks web portal.
IN CONTROL: Sophomore midfielder Amanda Johansen set a new MPSF single-game record with her 13 draw controls in a 19-1 win over Fresno State on April 20, 2013. She was just two shy of tying the NCAA mark of 15 held by Allie Emala of Virginia Tech (March 14, 2009). Johansen has reached double-digit draw controls in a single game twice. She had 10 against Presbyterian (Feb. 15). She later set a new single-season mark with 100 at the close of 2013.
WELL GROUNDED: Sophomore defender Courtney Tarleton was a first-team All-MPSF selection as a freshman when she ranked second in the league for ground balls (40, 2.22 gbpg) and caused turnovers (32, 1.78 ctpg). Tarleton was also nationally ranked at 21st for caused turnovers.
ROCKIN' ROOKIES: USC's freshman class was rated the 10th-best class by Inside Lacrosse. From coast to coast, the incoming Women of Troy represent four different states. The Trojans welcome four freshmen, each, from New Jersey and California, three from New York, and a pair from Georgia. Among USC's recruits is the nation's 24th-rated prospect: midfielder Alex Moore (Millstone Township, N.J./Allentown HS). The Trojans also landed three players who were named to the Inside Lacrosse watch list including midfielder Michaela Michael (Hillsborough, Calif./Menlo School), midfielder Shannon Nugent (Medford, N.J./Shawnee HS), and attacker Annie Ruland (Milton, Ga./Milton HS). USC's incoming class includes state champions, all-time record holders, team captains, all-league, all-conference, all-state selections, and most stunningly 24 US Lacrosse First Team All-America selections.
STARS AND STRIPES: Head coach Lindsey Munday and assistant coach Devon Wills were each members of the U.S. women's national team that won a record seventh world title at the 2013 FIL World Cup in Oshawa, Ontario. Both players were members of the 2009 squad that also won the cup. Munday served as the team captain in 2013.
DOUBLE AGENT: Senior midfield Elizabeth Eddy is also a four-time letterwinner on USC's women's soccer team. The Trojans' leading scorer in 2013, she was selected on Jan. 17 by Sky Blue FC in the 2014 National Women's Soccer League draft as the 33rd overall pick. Eddy had six goals in her senior season and finished her soccer career with 16 goals and nine assists. She started 69 games out of her 76 appearances and scored three game-winning goals. She stands at No. 10 all-time in career goals scored, and earned All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention, 2010 Pac-10 All-Freshman Team, and 2013 Pac-12 Player of the Week. Eddy's father Park Eddy played water polo for USC and was a member of the U.S. national team. She is also the great granddaughter of Arnold Eddy, a head administrator for USC athletics in the 1930's and 40's.
ANCHORS AWEIGH: Sophomore midfielder Jacky Hennegan aspires to become an engineer in the U.S. Navy and is currently an active member of USC's NROTC program.
UNDER INVESTIGATION: Sophomore goalie Liz Shaeffer has her eyes set on one day becoming an agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. She is currently majoring in sociology and is also an avid fan of television crime dramas.
TONGUE TWISTER PARTY: Senior midfield Ceilidh Meagher's name might strike fear (or confusion) into most people's hearts when it comes to pronouncing it. It's really not as difficult as it looks, though. Ceilidh is Gaelic for "party" and is pronounced "kay-lee". Her last name is one syllable, pronounced "marr".
LEGGY MY EGGY: Sophomore midfield Alexandra Plastaras acquired a unique nickname when she was a baby. Born to a father with Greek roots, and a Korean mother, she was affectionately called Eggy by her mother. Eggy (sometimes spelled "eggi") means "baby" in Korean.
TWIN KEYS: The USC roster has a pair of twins on it, but you would never be able to tell by looking. Glade and Shannon Nugent were born together on Dec. 21, 1994, in Philadelphia, Pa., to Charles and Connie Nugent. The two Women of Troy are fraternal twins. The pair of freshmen from Shawnee HS (Medford, N.J.) are pieces of USC's top 10 recruiting class of 2013.
LAXIN' FOR CHANGE: Assistant coach Hilary Bowen is the Women's Program Representative for an organization called Fields of Growth International that aims to harness the passion of the lacrosse community into positive social impact through global leadership development, service, and by growing the game. In the summer of 2012, Bowen joined the organization in Uganda for a special summer mission. Visit her blog Laxin4Change.blogspot.com to learn more about her, and the organization's mission.
BEACH BUMS: The USC coaching staff has truly soaked up all that is Southern California life. Strap on your rollerblades or hop on your bike and you might just run into them on The Strand (a bike path that runs along LA's trio of South Bay beach cities). Head coach Lindsey Munday lives in Manhattan Beach, assistant coach Devon Wills is just down the street in Hermosa Beach, while assistant coach Hilary Bowen and director of operations Regan Bosch are just a stone's throw away in Redondo Beach.