The USC women’s lacrosse program is set to embark on its first competitions of the fall season and will cross the country to participate in the Columbia University Fall Ball Play Day on Saturday, Oct. 5.
Hosted by the Columbia Lions’ lacrosse program at the Baker Athletic Complex (505 West 218th Street) in New York, the Women of Troy will face Columbia (1 p.m. ET), CW Post (3 p.m. ET), and Manhattan (6 p.m. ET), in exhibition games. The New York Athletic Club (NYAC) and Wagner will also field teams for the Play Day but will not meet the Trojans in competition.
On Sunday, Oct. 6, USC will head to Stony Brook, N.Y., to face the Seawolves. Last season, Stony Brook went 17-3 overall and won the regular-season America East Conference title and claimed the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA tournament by winning the conference tourney. In a historic year, the Seawolves advanced to the second round of the NCAA championships before falling to Maryland.
The following weekend, the Trojans will travel to Seattle to face MPSF foe Oregon in the NCAA Seatown Classic at the Issaquah High School Stadium at 1 p.m. PT on Sunday (Oct. 13). The exhibition game is presented by the Washington State Chapter of US Lacrosse and will take place in conjunction with the Washington State Lacrosse Hall of Fame weekend, which will honor its inductees in special ceremonies on Saturday (Oct. 12). General admission to the game is $13 if purchased in advance through http://www.SeatownClassic.org or $15 on the day of the game. The event will also include a youth and high school lacrosse clinic, which will follow immediately after the game.
The Trojans conclude the fall season with a scrimmage against the California All-Stars set for Saturday, Oct. 19, at McAlister Field in Los Angeles.
In just its second year as a varsity program, USC and head coach Lindsey Munday will welcome one of the nation’s top recruiting classes. Ranked 10th by Inside Lacrosse, the Trojans’ incoming freshman class is represented by talent from New Jersey to Georgia and from New York to California.
Last season, USC went 5-3 in the MPSF in its inaugural year to claim fourth place and a berth in the conference tournament. The Trojans opened the season with incredibly tough matchups against seven-time NCAA champion Northwestern and 14th-ranked Massachusetts but went 8-10 overall.
Midfielder Amanda Johansen received MPSF Rookie of the Year honors and was joined on the all-league first team by defender Courtney Tarleton. Attacker Caroline de Lyra received second-team All-MPSF recognition. Both Johansen and Tarleton also received IWLCA All-West/Mid-West Regional honors. The Women of Troy advanced to the semifinals of the MPSF tournament where they fell to regular-season champion Denver.
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