Five Trojans Earn All-MPSF Lacrosse Honors
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April 30, 2014
LOS ANGELES - The USC women's lacrosse team had five players chosen for Mountain Pacific Sports Federation all-conference honors on Wednesday, April 30. Sophomore midfielder Amanda Johansen (Glen Head, N.Y./North Shore HS) enjoyed her second first-team selection and was joined by sophomore attacker Caroline de Lyra (Brightwaters, N.Y./Bay Shore HS) who was a second-team honoree in 2013.
Sophomore defender Courtney Tarleton (Ridgewood, N.J./Ridgewood HS), who was a first-team selection last year, was named to the second team and was joined by a pair of Trojan freshmen. Attacker Alex Moore (Millstone Township, N.J./Allentown HS) and defender Nina Kelty (Palo Alto, Calif./Palo Alto HS) each received their first all-league nods as members of the All-MPSF second team.
The Women of Troy's five selections tied for second most with regular-season champion Denver, which had four first-team members and one on the second team. Stanford led all teams with six selections with five on the first team and one on the second team. The Cardinal's junior midfielder Hannah Farr was named MPSF Player of the Year. Colorado goalie Paige Soenksen was chosen to the first team and named the MPSF Rookie of the Year. Eighth-year Denver head coach Liza Kelly was selected as the league's Coach of the Year for the second straight year.
De Lyra is USC's field general and has helped direct the Trojans' offense in each of the last two seasons. She leads the team with 48 points on 28 goals and a team-high 20 assists. She also has three game-winning goals for the Women of Troy and is the owner of 12 ground balls and eight caused turnovers.
Johansen was the 2013 MPSF Rookie of the Year and has proven again why she is such a valuable piece for the Trojans. She has 20 goals and five assists this season but also leads the team in draw controls with 52, is second on the team with 16 caused turnovers, and has 22 ground balls.
Moore is USC's leading scorer with 33 goals as a freshman. She also ranks second with 11 assists and has done her part defensively with 11 ground balls, 14 draw controls, and six caused turnovers. Kelty has been consistently assigned the task of defending the opponent's leading scorer and has come away with 20 ground balls and 10 caused turnovers in her first year on campus. Tarleton leads the Trojans with 19 caused turnovers and is second on the team with 31 ground balls. She was named the league's Defensive Player of the Week for the week of April 21-17 after she set a new single-game program record with eight ground balls against Northwestern.
The Trojans (9-8, 6-3 MPSF) finished in a tie for third place in the MPSF with Colorado and Oregon. Because both of those teams beat the Trojans head-to-head, USC receives the fifth seed in the upcoming MPSF tournament. USC 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 DenverPioneers.com and USCTrojans.com for more information.