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USC Women’s Lacrosse (3-2) Mounts Late 3-0 Run To Defeat Columbia (1-3) 7-6 On March 17


 The USC women's lacrosse team (3-2) won its third straight game in a 9-8 victory over Columbia (1-3) on Monday, March 17, at McAlister Field. The Women of Troy used a 3-0 run to take a 9-7 lead after trailing, 7-6, and got a huge save from sophomore goalie Liz Shaeffer to seal the win down the stretch. Sophomore midfielder Amanda Johansen grabbed five draw controls in the center circle and finished with two goals, an assist and two ground balls on the day. Freshman attacker Annie Ruland also scored twice for USC. Freshman midfielder Danielle Doherty had a goal and an assist to go with a caused turnover and a ground ball while freshman midfielder Michaela Michael had a goal and two draw controls. On defense, the Trojans caused 10 of Columbia's 15 turnovers and were quick to the ball as they picked up 17 ground balls to the Lions' 11. Shaeffer recorded five of those ground balls to go with her seven saves but none was more impactful than her save with 55 seconds left in the game as she stonewalled Paige Cuscovitch and picked up the ground ball to preserve USC's 9-8 lead. Sophomore defender Kelsey Dreyer had three ground balls and led all players with three caused turnovers. Dreyer also added a goal and a draw control to her final line. Senior midfielder Elizabeth Eddy caused two turnovers and had a pair of crucial ground balls for the Trojans. Despite going 0-for-3 on free-position shots, the Women of Troy capitalized on Lion turnovers and also got goals from sophomore attacker Caroline Cordrey and freshman midfielder Alex Moore to come away with the victory. For Columbia, Maggie Sinzer and Jessie Ambrose led with two goals each. Caroline Joy had four draw controls for the Lions while four players picked up two ground balls apiece. In the goal, Colleen Packer had six saves and two ground balls. As a team, the Lions went 3-for-3 on free-position shots. In a back-and-forth affair, Columbia and USC traded goals throughout the first half. Cuscovitch scored first at the 26:37 mark, but Johansen replied just over a minute later to knot the score at one-all. Ambrose went to goal unassisted to score and put the Lions up, 2-1, before Dreyer did the same for the Trojans to tie the score again at two-all with 17:08 on the clock. Ambrose picked up her second goal on an assist from Ashley Rinere for Columbia's third lead of the game at 3-2 with 15:59 left, but like a mirror, USC had an answer as Doherty dropped a pass off to Ruland for the goal and a three-all tie just 40 seconds later.

The USC women’s lacrosse team (3-2) won its third straight game in a 9-8 victory over Columbia (1-3) on Monday, March 17, at McAlister Field. The Women of Troy used a 3-0 run to take a 9-7 lead after trailing, 7-6, and got a huge save from sophomore goalie Liz Shaeffer to seal the win down the stretch.
Sophomore midfielder Amanda Johansen grabbed five draw controls in the center circle and finished with two goals, an assist and two ground balls on the day. Freshman attacker Annie Ruland also scored twice for USC. Freshman midfielder Danielle Doherty had a goal and an assist to go with a caused turnover and a ground ball while freshman midfielder Michaela Michael had a goal and two draw controls.
On defense, the Trojans caused 10 of Columbia’s 15 turnovers and were quick to the ball as they picked up 17 ground balls to the Lions’ 11. Shaeffer recorded five of those ground balls to go with her seven saves but none was more impactful than her save with 55 seconds left in the game as she stonewalled Paige Cuscovitch and picked up the ground ball to preserve USC’s 9-8 lead.
Sophomore defender Kelsey Dreyer had three ground balls and led all players with three caused turnovers. Dreyer also added a goal and a draw control to her final line. Senior midfielder Elizabeth Eddy caused two turnovers and had a pair of crucial ground balls for the Trojans. Despite going 0-for-3 on free-position shots, the Women of Troy capitalized on Lion turnovers and also got goals from sophomore attacker Caroline Cordrey and freshman midfielder Alex Moore to come away with the victory.
For Columbia, Maggie Sinzer and Jessie Ambrose led with two goals each. Caroline Joy had four draw controls for the Lions while four players picked up two ground balls apiece. In the goal, Colleen Packer had six saves and two ground balls. As a team, the Lions went 3-for-3 on free-position shots.
In a back-and-forth affair, Columbia and USC traded goals throughout the first half. Cuscovitch scored first at the 26:37 mark, but Johansen replied just over a minute later to knot the score at one-all. Ambrose went to goal unassisted to score and put the Lions up, 2-1, before Dreyer did the same for the Trojans to tie the score again at two-all with 17:08 on the clock. Ambrose picked up her second goal on an assist from Ashley Rinere for Columbia’s third lead of the game at 3-2 with 15:59 left, but like a mirror, USC had an answer as Doherty dropped a pass off to Ruland for the goal and a three-all tie just 40 seconds later.

Latest NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Rankings From Lacrosse Magazine: #1 Maryland Followed By Loyola, Cornell, Duke, Denver And Notre Dame


March 17, 2014

March 17, 2014

Who's Hot? Cornell (+7): The Big Red's second straight top-20 win, over Yale, paired with three other top-10 teams losing last week, vaults Cornell to its season-high. Bryant (+4): The Bulldogs got a one-goal win on the road at Albany, holding the Great Danes to a season-low 11 goals. The NEC favorite heads into conference play on Saturday at Hobart on a high. Who's Not? Johns Hopkins (-7): The Blue Jays have just one loss, coming by two goals on Saturday at home to Syracuse, but their best win of the season is over No. 11 Princeton. Penn St. (-7): A two-goal loss at home to UMass does not do the Nittany Lions any favors in its NCAA at-large or bust 2014 campaign. It was actually a two-loss week for Penn St., falling at Denver last Monday. Albany (-5): The Great Danes lost their third game of the season on Saturday, but a 25-10 win over UMass just a week earlier keeps them in the top-20. Who's New? No one, but the bubble teams remain well-positioned striking distance. Dropped Out? None, but Colgate is on notice after a 10-9 win over Binghamton. The Raiders host No. 3 Cornell on Tuesday.

Who’s Hot?
Cornell (+7): The Big Red’s second straight top-20 win, over Yale, paired with three other top-10 teams losing last week, vaults Cornell to its season-high.
Bryant (+4): The Bulldogs got a one-goal win on the road at Albany, holding the Great Danes to a season-low 11 goals. The NEC favorite heads into conference play on Saturday at Hobart on a high.
Who’s Not?
Johns Hopkins (-7): The Blue Jays have just one loss, coming by two goals on Saturday at home to Syracuse, but their best win of the season is over No. 11 Princeton.
Penn St. (-7): A two-goal loss at home to UMass does not do the Nittany Lions any favors in its NCAA at-large or bust 2014 campaign. It was actually a two-loss week for Penn St., falling at Denver last Monday.
Albany (-5): The Great Danes lost their third game of the season on Saturday, but a 25-10 win over UMass just a week earlier keeps them in the top-20.
Who’s New?
No one, but the bubble teams remain well-positioned striking distance.
Dropped Out?
None, but Colgate is on notice after a 10-9 win over Binghamton. The Raiders host No. 3 Cornell on Tuesday.

Latest NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Rankings From Lacrosse Magazine: #1 North Carolina Followed By Maryland, Syracuse, Boston College And Florida


March 17, 2014

March 17, 2014

Who's Hot? Ohio State (+2): While this week's wins over High Point and Hofstra didn't have the same effect as last week's victories over Louisville and Northwestern, the Buckeyes continue their climb, with this week's mini-jump due in large part to some flux in the 15-20 zone of the rankings. Brown (+2): The Bears also benefit from the back-end flux this week, moving up another two spots from their entrance in the rankings last week with wins over Holy Cross and Central Connecticut. Boston College (+1): Movement at the top of the poll was minimal this week, but the Eagles sneaked up one slot after Florida's loss to Syracuse. The Orange also had a loss at No. 3 this week (to No. 2 Maryland), but the head-to-head win over BC earlier in the year made this placement the most logical. Who's Not? Georgetown (-2): The only team to drop more than one spot gets a bit of a raw deal — the Hoyas' loss this week was to top-ranked North Carolina — but everybody from No. 6 Penn down won this week, magnifying the Hoyas winding up in the loss column. Florida (-1): A visit to the Carrier Dome didn't treat the Gators well, as the hosts took a 17-12 victory on Saturday afternoon, snapping an eight-game win streak.  Who's New? Albany (17): Improving to 5-0 after a win over Cornell on Sunday, the Great Danes make their move into the rankings for the first time this week. Stony Brook (19): Improving to 5-2 on the year, the Seawolves move back into the rankings this week and look to have the potential for smooth sailing through the America East season going forward. Loyola (20): Wins over Towson and Lafayette this week get the Greyhounds back into good graces, having snapped a four-game losing streak against Towson (and earned a quality win in the process). Dropped Out? James Madison: A loss to unranked Rutgers does the Dukes in this week, but they can get right back into the mix with Virginia and Maryland this week. Despite falling out of the Top 20 this week, Virginia is a quality foe, and a win over unbeaten Maryland would vault any team into the middle of the pack. Virginia: Already struggling all season to get wins against a brutal schedule, the Cavaliers finally drop out of the rankings after falling to unranked Princeton on the road by two goals. Virginia obviously has tons of talent, but life doesn't get any easier with James Madison and Duke on the docket this week. Towson: The loss to Loyola in the middle of the week was the Tigers' fourth in a row, and dropped them to 2-4 on the season. A win late in the week against Monmouth broke the streak, but wasn't enough to keep them in this time around.

Who’s Hot?
Ohio State (+2): While this week’s wins over High Point and Hofstra didn’t have the same effect as last week’s victories over Louisville and Northwestern, the Buckeyes continue their climb, with this week’s mini-jump due in large part to some flux in the 15-20 zone of the rankings.
Brown (+2): The Bears also benefit from the back-end flux this week, moving up another two spots from their entrance in the rankings last week with wins over Holy Cross and Central Connecticut.
Boston College (+1): Movement at the top of the poll was minimal this week, but the Eagles sneaked up one slot after Florida’s loss to Syracuse. The Orange also had a loss at No. 3 this week (to No. 2 Maryland), but the head-to-head win over BC earlier in the year made this placement the most logical.
Who’s Not?
Georgetown (-2): The only team to drop more than one spot gets a bit of a raw deal — the Hoyas’ loss this week was to top-ranked North Carolina — but everybody from No. 6 Penn down won this week, magnifying the Hoyas winding up in the loss column.
Florida (-1): A visit to the Carrier Dome didn’t treat the Gators well, as the hosts took a 17-12 victory on Saturday afternoon, snapping an eight-game win streak.
Who’s New?
Albany (17): Improving to 5-0 after a win over Cornell on Sunday, the Great Danes make their move into the rankings for the first time this week.
Stony Brook (19): Improving to 5-2 on the year, the Seawolves move back into the rankings this week and look to have the potential for smooth sailing through the America East season going forward.
Loyola (20): Wins over Towson and Lafayette this week get the Greyhounds back into good graces, having snapped a four-game losing streak against Towson (and earned a quality win in the process).
Dropped Out?
James Madison: A loss to unranked Rutgers does the Dukes in this week, but they can get right back into the mix with Virginia and Maryland this week. Despite falling out of the Top 20 this week, Virginia is a quality foe, and a win over unbeaten Maryland would vault any team into the middle of the pack.
Virginia: Already struggling all season to get wins against a brutal schedule, the Cavaliers finally drop out of the rankings after falling to unranked Princeton on the road by two goals. Virginia obviously has tons of talent, but life doesn’t get any easier with James Madison and Duke on the docket this week.
Towson: The loss to Loyola in the middle of the week was the Tigers’ fourth in a row, and dropped them to 2-4 on the season. A win late in the week against Monmouth broke the streak, but wasn’t enough to keep them in this time around.