USC Lacrosse Unveils 2014 Schedule|
Nov. 7, 2013
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LOS ANGELES - The USC women's lacrosse team unveiled its 2014 schedule on Thursday, Nov. 7. In just their second season as a varsity sport, the Women of Troy will play nine home games including one at the historic LA Memorial Coliseum against defending MPSF champion Stanford on April 20.
Just one week later, USC and seven-time NCAA champion Northwestern will make history as they take the field at the Friendly Confines of Wrigley Field in Chicago on Saturday, April 26. The game -- part of the event and reciprocal marketing partnership announced by Northwestern and the Chicago Cubs earlier this year -- will be played in primetime at 7 p.m. CT and be televised by the Big Ten Network.
"I am extremely excited to announce our schedule for the 2014 season," said head coach Lindsey Munday. "As always, our focus remains on the conference schedule as a pathway to get us into the NCAA tournament. With the addition of Colorado this year, the MPSF gets stronger. Last year, two MPSF teams made the NCAA tournament and our hope is to continue to make the MPSF conference one of the strongest in the country. We get to play in two incredible stadiums, this season: in the LA Coliseum against Stanford and at Chicago's Wrigley Field against Northwestern. I am thrilled that our players will have the opportunity to play in such historic venues."
The USC-NU matchup pits ultra-successful Northwestern head coach Kelly Amonte Hiller against Munday, one of the Wildcats' most successful former players and assistant coaches.
Last spring, Northwestern and USC met in the first-ever lacrosse game at the historic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, and in 2014 will share the honor of introducing America's fastest growing sport to Wrigley Field. Tickets to the game are $10 for all fans and may be purchased online at Tickets.com or by contacting the ticket offices of the Chicago Cubs (800-THE-CUBS) or Northwestern Athletics (888-GO-PURPLE).
USC will open 2014 with six consecutive home games and kicks off with Marist (Feb. 28) at McAlister Field. Next, the team will take on Boston College (March 7) and Long Island (March 9). The Trojans face their first MPSF foe on March 14 when UC Davis visits Los Angeles. USC defeated the Aggies, 12-7, in Davis, last year. Columbia (March 17) and Princeton (March 19) will visit McAlister Field to round out the home stretch for the Trojans.
USC's first road game takes it across the country for a matchup against Massachusetts in Amherst, Mass., on March 22. Last year, the Women of Troy fell to the Minutemen, 18-9, in the program's historic first game at McAlister Field.
From there, the Trojans get six consecutive conference games; five of which are on the road. USC takes on San Diego State at home (March 26) and then will hit the road for five straight league matchups. A game at Fresno State (March 28) is followed by a trip to Moraga, Calif., to face Saint Mary's College (April 4). The Trojans remain in Northern California to play California (April 6) and then head to the Rocky Mountains to face first-year program Colorado (April 11), and Denver (April 13).
USC returns home for a game against Oregon (April 18) and will wrap the home and conference schedule with Stanford on Sunday (April 20) at the Coliseum. USC will close the regular season with a pair of road games: first at Wrigley Field, and then in Milwaukee, Wis., against Marquette (April 27).
"I believe that our out-of-conference competition will help our team prepare for our conference opponents," said Munday. "This year, we will play three top-20 teams from outside our conference. We welcome that competition in order to improve. We also get to host Boston College, our first ACC opponent, which is very exciting."
The 2014 MPSF tournament will be hosted by Denver University at Peter Barton Stadium in Denver, Colo., May 1-4. For the first time in league history, the MPSF will welcome the top six teams from the final regular-season standings to the tournament. The top two teams will each receive quarterfinal byes while No. 4 faces No. 5 and No. 3 faces No. 6 on May 1. The semifinals take place on Friday, May 2, and the championship game is set for Sunday, May 4. The winner of the tournament will receive the MPSF's automatic qualification bid into the NCAA championship.
Last season, the Trojans defied expectations by making a late-season push to grab the fourth seed in the MPSF tournament. USC faced Denver in the semifinals but was turned away. Stanford knocked off host Oregon before it took out Denver to claim the 2013 tournament title.
The 2014 NCAA championship will be played at Johnny Unitas Stadium in Towson, Md., May 23-25. Including the winner of the MPSF tournament, 13 conference champions will receive automatic bids into the 26-team field. The remaining 13 teams will be comprised of at-large selections. The top eight teams will be seeded in the bracket and will serve as hosts for neutral-site first-round games. First-round winners will then play at the top six seeded teams. Teams seeded seventh and eighth will also host, but will have to play a first-round game. NCAA quarterfinals are set for on-campus sites and the four winners will advance to the finals.
All of USC's home games will be streamed live on the Pac-12 Networks USC web portal. Please visit www.USCTrojans.com for more information and links to live stats and video.