Johansen and Tarleton Tabbed for IWLCA All-West/Mid-West Region Honors|
May 7, 2013
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LOS ANGELES - USC women's lacrosse freshman midfielder Amanda Johansen and freshman defense Courtney Tarleton were each named to the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) West/Mid-West Regional Teams on Friday, May 3. Johansen was chosen to the first team and Tarleton was selected to the second team among the 128 NCAA Division I student-athletes across the nation tabbed for the honor.
Johansen and Tarleton are now eligible for inclusion on the 2013 IWLCA All-American teams, which will be announced on May 17. The IWLCA will honor its All-Americans at the IWLCA All-American Banquet on May 25, 2013, at the Radisson Hotel Valley Forge in King of Prussia, Pa., in conjunction with the NCAA championships hosted by Villanova.
Johansen was chosen as the MPSF's Rookie of the Year and received first-team all-league honors. She started all 18 games for USC and controlled the draw a team-high 100 times to set a new MPSF single-season record. She scored 41 goals and dished out 16 assists for 57 points, second on the team. Johansen ranks second on the team in points, goals, assists, ground balls (26), free-position goals (8) and shots on goal (67). On April 20, Johansen collected a single-game conference record 13 draw controls against Fresno State. She led the conference in draw controls and ranks seventh in the nation (5.56 dcpg). Johansen was selected for the MPSF's Rookie of the Week honor three times (Feb. 25, Mar. 11, Apr. 29) and was one of only two MPSF players to win the award more than once.
Tarleton earned All-MPSF first-team recognition as USC's defensive heart beat. She started all 18 games and was a facilitator and aggressor behind the restraining line where she led the team in ground balls (40) and caused turnovers (32) in the Trojans' inaugural season. Her 1.78 caused turnovers per game rank second in the MPSF (18th in the nation) and her 2.22 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.
USC completed its inaugural season with an 8-10 overall record and was 5-3 in MPSF games. The Trojans earned the fourth seed in the MPSF tournament and fell to top-seeded and 11th-ranked Denver in their semifinal game.