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NCAA Lacrosse: USC Women’s Lacrosse Hosts #7 Boston College At McAlister Field On March 6


The Women of Troy will play the second of six straight home games to open the season when USC hosts No. 7 Boston College (4-1) at McAlister Field on Thursday, March 6, at 3 p.m. PT. The Trojans dropped their season opener to Marist, 12-10, on Cromwell Field at Loker Track Stadium after the game was moved due to inclement field and weather conditions. USC faced four ranked opponents in its inaugural season and struggled against each of them. A win over the Eagles would be the Trojans’ first over a ranked team. USC will have two days between matches before LIU Brooklyn comes to visit for a Sunday matinee (1 p.m. PT) on March 9. The Trojans defeated the Blackbirds, 23-8, in Brooklyn, N.Y., last season.

The Women of Troy will play the second of six straight home games to open the season when USC hosts No. 7 Boston College (4-1) at McAlister Field on Thursday, March 6, at 3 p.m. PT. The Trojans dropped their season opener to Marist, 12-10, on Cromwell Field at Loker Track Stadium after the game was moved due to inclement field and weather conditions.
USC faced four ranked opponents in its inaugural season and struggled against each of them. A win over the Eagles would be the Trojans’ first over a ranked team. USC will have two days between matches before LIU Brooklyn comes to visit for a Sunday matinee (1 p.m. PT) on March 9. The Trojans defeated the Blackbirds, 23-8, in Brooklyn, N.Y., last season.

The Trojans exceeded expectations in their first year as a member of the MPSF. Picked to finish seventh, USC completed year one with a 5-3 mark in league games to claim the fourth and final spot in the federation’s postseason tournament.

Though everyone is a year older, the Women of Troy are still a squad dominated by youth. The Trojans welcomed 13 recruits to campus in the fall; a class touted as the 10th-ranked group by InsideLacrosse.

USC brings back a solid core of experience led by 2013 MPSF Rookie of the Year Amanda Johansen who set new single game (13) and single season (100) conference records for draw controls as a freshman. Johansen’s strength in the midfield is matched in the backfield by sophomore defender Courtney Tarleton who joined with Johansen for All-MPSF first team honors. Tarleton was among the league’s leaders for caused turnovers (32) and ground balls (40) as a freshman. On the attack, second-team All-MPSF attacker Caroline de Lyra returns for the Trojans after leading the team in points (93) on 51 goals and 42 assists.

In the goal, USC looks to sophomore goaltender Liz Shaeffer who put up 133 saves as a freshman (.393) and grabbed 24 ground balls. The Trojans will likely look for immediate contributions from its freshman class including attacker Kylie Drexel, midfielders Alex Moore, Michael Michael, and Danielle Doherty, as well as defender Nina Kelty.

LAST TIME OUT: Despite facing a last-minute venue change and inclement weather conditions, the Trojans came out of the gates firing and scored the first two goals against Marist. The Red Foxes had fight in them as they came back to tie the score, five-all, at halftime. USC had a balanced attack with four players scoring two goals apiece, and out-shot Marist, 28-22, but the Foxes were able to stave off the Trojans for a 12-10 win. USC also had more ground balls, 16-13, and fewer turnovers, but was outdone in the draw circle as Marist shined with a 15-8 advantage. Trojans fought to within two goals at 11-9 before one more goal by the Foxes put the game out of reach in the waning minutes of regulation.

SCOUTING BOSTON COLLEGE: Seventh-ranked Boston College (4-1) is coming off an impressive 15-3 road victory over Connecticut and dropped its only game to No. 2 Syracuse by a two-goal margin, 11-9, on Feb. 26. The Eagles earned a 15-10 win over an 11th-ranked Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., to open the season (Feb. 15) and also dominated New Hampshire, 17-8. Junior attacker Covie Stanwick leads the team with 24 points (11 goals, 13 assists). Junior midfielder Mikaela Rix tops all Eagles with 17 goals but is effective all over the field with nine ground balls (second on the team) and 13 draw controls (tied for first on the team). Senior defender Claire Blohm leads the team with 10 ground balls and has also nabbed eight draw controls.  She paces the Eagles with five caused turnovers this season. Sophomore midfielder Sarah Manelly has scored 11 goals to go with six ground balls, five draw controls, and four caused turnovers. In goal, junior Emily Mata has produced 20 saves (.339 save percentage) to go with eight ground balls and holds a 10.04 goals-against average. This is the first meeting between USC and Boston College. Eagles head coach Acacia Walker matched a program record as she guided BC to 12 wins in her first year (2013). She was an assistant coach at Northwestern (2005-08) during USC head coach Lindsey Munday’s junior and senior seasons as a player and served alongside Munday as co-assistant coaches in 2007-08.

NCAA Lacrosse: Fresno State Women’s Lacrosse Host #19 Stanford And Colorado On March 5, 8


The Fresno State lacrosse team continues its conference schedule with a pair of Mountain Pacific Sports Federation home games this week in Bulldog Stadium. The 'Dogs are set to play MPSF reigning champion No. 19 Stanford on Wednesday at 5 p.m. PT. The Bulldogs then host first year program Colorado on Saturday at noon. About the Competition  No. 19 Stanford (2-1, 0-0 MPSF) was picked to win the conference again in the Preseason Coaches' Poll. After advancing it to the second round of the NCAA tournament last season, the Cardinal return 11 starters in 2014 under head coach Amy Bokker. Stanford is averaging 13.33 goals per game and is led by sophomore Meg Lentz and senior Rachel Ozer who have seven goals each. After opening season with a three-game home stand, the Cardinal hits the road for the first time this year for Wednesday night's game. First year program Colorado (2-2, 0-1 MPSF) has two wins in its first four games over Stetson and Regis. The Buffs are averaging 10.5 goals per game while allowing their opponents to 12.25 goals. Colorado is led by freshman midfielder Johnna Fusco with nine goals and 15 points this season. In their inaugural home game against Regis, Fusco had three goals, two assists, six draw controls, and seven ground balls for Colorado. The Buffs host Temple on March 4, before visiting Fresno State on Saturday. Both teams are 0-1 in conference play with losses to Denver.  2014 MPSF-High Set by Barnaba Senior goalkeeper Lisa Barnaba recorded 10 saves in 43 minutes in goal against Marist on March 2 and also picked up a career-high eight groundballs, setting a new Fresno State single-game record. Her eight groundballs are also a 2014 MPSF-High and ranks tied for third all-time in the conference.

The Fresno State lacrosse team continues its conference schedule with a pair of Mountain Pacific Sports Federation home games this week in Bulldog Stadium. The ‘Dogs are set to play MPSF reigning champion No. 19 Stanford on Wednesday at 5 p.m. PT. The Bulldogs then host first year program Colorado on Saturday at noon.
About the Competition
No. 19 Stanford (2-1, 0-0 MPSF) was picked to win the conference again in the Preseason Coaches’ Poll. After advancing it to the second round of the NCAA tournament last season, the Cardinal return 11 starters in 2014 under head coach Amy Bokker. Stanford is averaging 13.33 goals per game and is led by sophomore Meg Lentz and senior Rachel Ozer who have seven goals each. After opening season with a three-game home stand, the Cardinal hits the road for the first time this year for Wednesday night’s game.
First year program Colorado (2-2, 0-1 MPSF) has two wins in its first four games over Stetson and Regis. The Buffs are averaging 10.5 goals per game while allowing their opponents to 12.25 goals. Colorado is led by freshman midfielder Johnna Fusco with nine goals and 15 points this season. In their inaugural home game against Regis, Fusco had three goals, two assists, six draw controls, and seven ground balls for Colorado. The Buffs host Temple on March 4, before visiting Fresno State on Saturday. Both teams are 0-1 in conference play with losses to Denver.
2014 MPSF-High Set by Barnaba
Senior goalkeeper Lisa Barnaba recorded 10 saves in 43 minutes in goal against Marist on March 2 and also picked up a career-high eight groundballs, setting a new Fresno State single-game record. Her eight groundballs are also a 2014 MPSF-High and ranks tied for third all-time in the conference.

NCAA Lacrosse: Stanford Women’s Lacrosse Heads Out On Three-Game Road Trip On March 5-9; Cardinal Face Fresno State Followed By East Coast Games Vs # 11 Towson And #14 Georgetown


The No. 19 Stanford women’s lacrosse team opens Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play Wednesday with the first of three road games in five days. After playing Fresno State, Stanford travels to No. 11 Towson and No. 14 Georgetown on a trip crucial to building up its RPI. The Cardinal opened the season with a three-game homestand that finished Sunday with a 16-15 overtime loss to Vanderbilt.

The No. 19 Stanford women’s lacrosse team opens Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play Wednesday with the first of three road games in five days. After playing Fresno State, Stanford travels to No. 11 Towson and No. 14 Georgetown on a trip crucial to building up its RPI. The Cardinal opened the season with a three-game homestand that finished Sunday with a 16-15 overtime loss to Vanderbilt.

Wednesday’s Opponent, Fresno State: For the first time in its six year history, the Bulldogs opened the season with a victory, winning at Monmouth, 8-6. Since then, Fresno State (1-3) has lost three straight, including an MPSF opener against visiting Denver on Feb. 23, losing 20-5. After going 0-42 its first three seasons, Fresno has gone 6-26 since, including 2-13 last year. The Bulldogs return seven starters, but 18 of its 23 players are freshmen and sophomores.

The Stanford-Fresno State Series: Stanford leads the all-time series, 6-0. Last year’s contest – a 21-8 result — was the closest in the series. Stanford’s fewest number of goals against Fresno came in a 16-1 victory in the 2010 MPSF tournament.

Friday’s Opponent, Towson: Towson (2-1) has climbed up the IWLCA rankings, moving up from No. 20 to No. 11 in the past two weeks. The Tigers actually moved up four spots last week despite losing in its only game, 12-7 to No. 2 Syracuse. Towson’s Johnny Unitas Stadium is the site of the NCAA final four. Towson returned seven starters from a 10-9 team that has won the past three Colonial Athletic Association regular season titles, and the past two conference tournament championships. The Tigers beat then-No. 10 Georgetown, 14-10, on Feb. 22. The Tigers will be Stanford’s first ranked opponent.

The Stanford-Towson Series: In their only matchup, Towson beat visiting Stanford, 10-9, by rallying from an 8-5 second-half deficit to win.

Sunday’s Opponent, Georgetown: Junior attacker Caroline Tarzian, a third-team IWLCA All-America last season, was named to the Tewaaraton Award watch list along with senior midfielder Kelyn Freedman. Sophomore attack Corinne Etchison leads the Hoyas in scoring with 9 goals. No. 14 Georgetown was ranked as high as No. 10, before a 14-10 loss to Towson, before beating No. 19 Princeton, 17-16, in overtime.

The Stanford-Georgetown Series: Stanford’s 15-8 loss against visiting Georgetown last year equaled the Cardinal’s largest loss of the season. Stanford is 0-4 against the Hoyas in a series that began in 2003. Stanford came closest in 2005, in a 10-6 defeat.

NCAA Lacrosse: Colorado Women’s Lacrosse (3-2) Dominates Temple 15-9 In First Back-To-Back And Home Field Wins In Program’s History


Colorado Women's Lacrosse vs Temple

The season of firsts continues for the University of Colorado lacrosse team, with the Buffaloes defeating the Temple Owls 15-6 to grab their first ever win at Kittredge Field.
The Buffs were ready for action following a bye week, picking up back-to-back wins for the first time in program history and extending their home record to a perfect 2-0. With the win, CU improves to 3-2 overall, 0-1 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation.
Temple grabbed a win over MPSF opponent Oregon on Saturday, but was overpowered by the Buffs on Tuesday. The Owls slip to 2-3 on the season.
“I think obviously Temple is a great opponent,” CU head coach Ann Elliott said. “We’ve been working on preparing for them for 10 days, really focusing in on the basics and playing together, and I thought our kids came out from that first draw with a lot of energy and played hard.”
For the fourth time this season, at least two Buffs scored three or more goals. Cali Castagnola led the group career-high six points. Her five goals top her previous best of four in her Colorado debut against Stetson. Co-captain Marie Moore also impressed, scoring three goals (two off of free position shots) and contributing two assists.