Trojan Trio Receives MPSF Postseason Honors
May 1, 2013
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LOS ANGELES - USC women's lacrosse freshman midfielder Amanda Johansen was named the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Rookie of the Year Wednesday, May 1, as the MPSF announced its annual postseason awards. Johansen was one of three Trojans selected for All-MPSF honors and was joined on the first team by freshman defender Courtney Tarleton. Freshman attack Caroline de Lyra earned second-team all-league recognition.
"I'm very happy for Amanda, Courtney, and Caroline," said head coach Lindsey Munday. "All three players are tremendous leaders both on and off the field and they are very deserving of the awards. I'm very proud of these ladies, and I'm extremely excited to see what the future brings."
This season, Johansen has started all 17 games for USC and has controlled the draw a team high 95 times to set a new MPSF single-season record. She has scored 39 goals and dished out 15 assists for 54 points, second on the team. Johansen ranks second on the team in points, goals, assists, ground balls, free-position goals, and shots on goal. On April 20, Johansen collected a conference record 13 draw controls in a game against Fresno State. She leads the conference in draw controls and ranks seventh in the nation (5.59 dcpg). Johansen was also selected for the league's Rookie of the Week honor three times (Feb. 25, Mar. 11, Apr. 29) in the Trojans' inaugural season, one of two MPSF players to win the award more than once.
"Amanda has been a go to player for us all season long," said Munday. "Her 95 draw controls are among the leaders in the country and are a testament to her hard work and athleticism. We ask so much of her all over the field and she has always risen to the challenge."
Tarleton is USC's defensive heart beat as a facilitator and aggressor behind the restraining line. She leads the team in ground balls (37) and caused turnovers (29), this season. Her 1.71 caused turnovers per game rank second in the MPSF (21st in the nation) and her 2.18 ground balls per contest are third in the league. Tarleton picked up four ground balls in four different games this season and had a career-high five caused turnovers in a game against Marquette on March 16.
"Courtney is one of our captains this year and I'm so happy that she got recognized for her contributions to this team," said Munday. "Her presence and leadership on the defensive end is unparalleled. She plays with such fight and passion and that has translated to our entire team."
De Lyra has been one of the Trojans' most consistent players on offense. She leads the team with 91 points on 50 goals and 41 assists. Her point total ranks fourth in the nation while her 5.35 points per contest rank fifth. De Lyra holds top-five positions in the conference for goals, assists, points, and shots. She has led the team in points in 13 of USC's 17 games and had a career-high nine points in three different games. She scored eight goals against Princeton on March 3, and had a career-best six assists in two different games.
"Caroline has been the leader of our attack from day one," said Munday. "Her 91 points are extremely impressive for a freshman. She is equally successful both at dodging and feeding which makes her so difficult to defend. Caroline attracts so much attention from the other team's defenders that it allows her teammates to be more successful."
California senior attacker Megan Takacs was chosen as the Player of the Year and Denver head coach Liza Kelly was named Coach of the Year.
USC finished its first regular season with an 8-9 overall record and was 5-3 in MPSF games. The Trojans will return to Eugene, Ore. on Thursday, May 2, to face top-seeded Denver (16-1, 8-0) in the opening round of the MPSF tournament. The Trojans and the Pioneers will draw at 4:30 p.m. PT. A victory puts the Trojans in the MPSF championship game on Saturday, May 4. That title game will draw at 1 p.m. Please visit www.usctrojans.com for more information. For more information on the MPSF tournament, please visit www.GoDucks.com.