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#1 Seeded Denver Women’s Lacrosse Hosts MPSF Championships On May 1-4; Pioneers Face Winner Of #4 Oregon Vs #5 USC Quarterfinals Match
USC Women’s Lacrosse Opens MPSF Hosting UC Davis On March 14; Trojans Finish 6-Game Homestand Vs Columbia & Princeton March 17, 19
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: USC Women’s Lacrosse Falls To Marist 12-10 On Feb 28; Red Foxes Use Two Second Half Runs To Hand Trojans Season-Opening Loss
NCAA Lacrosse: USC Women’s Lacrosse Open 2014 Season Hosting Marist Feb 28; First Six Games At Home Before Trip To UMass On March 22
“Looking at our first game and then at our last game, we really improved and that was our mission. It was really important to us,” said head coach Lindsey Munday.
The Trojans battled their way to a 5-3 mark in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation and claimed the final spot in the league’s postseason tournament. Despite the team’s overall 8-10 record, USC reached marked milestones on its journey into postseason play and is poised to take the next step as 2014 opens.
As a precursor to the season, Munday asked her Trojans to set aside goals. Instead, she hopes her team focuses on the process.
“In sports, it’s really easy to write down a goal,” said Munday. “But as a team, what’s most important is how we’re going to achieve goals. We’re going to focus on living out what it means to be a USC lacrosse player every single day, focusing on the process and not the outcome and controlling our efforts and attitudes.”
Several players return to the 2014 squad who were key to USC’s success in year one. Sophomore midfielder Amanda Johansen set MPSF records for draw controls in a single game (13 vs. Fresno State) and in a single season (100) on her way to IWLCA All-West/Mid-West Region First Team and All-MPSF first-team honors. Johansen was also chosen as the league’s Rookie of the Year and earned Rookie of the Week honors three times with 5.56 draw controls per contest.
On defense, the Trojans are led by All-MPSF first-team selection Courtney Tarleton. Tarleton was also a first-team All-MPSF selection and ranked second in the conference for caused turnovers (1.78 ctpg) and ground balls (2.22 gbpg). On the attack, sophomore Caroline de Lyra brings back some serious firepower as an All-MPSF second team choice. She led the team and was the MPSF’s second-leading scorer with 5.17 goals per game. In year one, de Lyra turned heads as she put up a team-high 93 points with 51 goals and 42 points.
In the net, sophomore Liz Shaeffer returns. Shaeffer was solid for the Trojans as she ranked fifth in the MPSF in save percentage (.393) and sixth in goals against average (7.39 gaa).
This year, the Trojans field a team of 37 players, including 13 true freshmen. USC played without a senior on the squad in its inaugural season and has just two on the roster in 2014. With the veteran leadership from last year’s team returning, the Trojans look to meld youth with experience as the top-10 ranked freshman class arrives on campus.
“It’s definitely exciting for us,” Munday said, “because we have some older girls, even sophomores, who are older now, as leaders. We’re trusting in our returning players to bring our newcomers along and to help them, and to grow as a unit together. It has been fun to see a mix of old and new.”
Despite the prevailing youth on the team, the Trojan staff knows that it can rely on the contributions of several key newcomers, as the season gets under way.
“We really have a strong group of freshman, this year,” Munday said. “On the defensive end Nina Kelty has been coming on really strong. In the midfield Michaela Michael, Kylie Drexel, Alex Moore, and Gabby McMahon are going to be the bulk of our midfield. In the front, we have Annie Ruland, Cynthia Del Core, and Shannon Nugent on attack. Across the board, we are going to have some newcomers come in and make statements right away.”
The Women of Troy take McAlister Field to open the book on 2014 with a Feb. 28 matchup against Marist. USC will play its first MPSF conference game as host to UC Davis on March 14. The Trojans upended the Aggies, 12-7, in last year’s meeting in Northern California. In other non-league action, USC hosts Boston College (March 6), LIU Brooklyn (March 9), Columbia (March 17), and Princeton (March 19).
USC plays its first road game on March 22, but must travel clear across the country to Amherst, Mass., for a noon game against Massachusetts. While the Trojans return home to play San Diego State on March 26, USC will brave a midseason trek that spans five conference road games. USC plays at Fresno State, Saint Mary’s College, and California, and then will make the trip out to the mountains for games against first-year program Colorado on April 11, and Denver (April 13). The Trojans and the Buffaloes will meet in a live Pac-12 Networks regional broadcast.
The Trojans close the home schedule with games against Oregon (April 18) and defending conference champion Stanford (April 20). USC and the Cardinal will tangle at the Coliseum in front of a live national television audience on the Pac-12 Networks. The Trojans will then close the year on the road with a history-making game at Chicago’s Wrigley Field where perennial power Northwestern hosts the first-ever lacrosse game at the Friendly Confines. USC and the Wildcats will meet on the Big Ten Networks for the Trojans’ third televised game of the season. USC’s regular season closes with a contest at Marquette in Milwaukee, Wis. (April 27).
USC, which went 8-10 overall with a 5-3 mark in MPSF games last season, received 66 points and one first-place vote to be selected third behind defending champion Stanford which earned seven first-place votes and 78 points, and 2013’s regular-season champion Denver which had two first-place votes and 74 points.
For the fifth consecutive year, the Cardinal was picked to win the league title. Stanford, which returns 11 of 12 starters from 2013 has won the MPSF crown eight times.
The coaches picked Oregon to finish fourth with 53 points. California (47), San Diego State (45), and UC Davis (34) were each chosen fifth, sixth, and seventh, respectively. First-year program Colorado came in eighth with 23 points. Saint Mary’s College received 16 points in ninth place and Fresno State had 14 in the 10th-place spot.
Last season, Denver went undefeated in league games with an 8-0 record. Stanford and California were each 6-2 and finished in a tie for second place. USC’s overtime victory at San Diego State secured a 5-3 MPSF record and sent the Trojans to the league tournament as the fourth seed.
The 2014 MPSF tournament will feature six teams for the first time in league history. The top two teams at the conclusion of the regular season will receive first-round byes while teams 3-6 play in the quarterfinals. As last year’s regular-season champion, Denver will host the tournament at Peter Barton Stadium in Denver, Colo., May 1-4.
The Trojans open the season at home on McAlister Field against Marist on Feb. 28. The Women of Troy will appear on television in three games in 2014. USC’s matchup against Colorado in Boulder, Colo., on April 11 will be carried live on the Pac-12 Networks regionally. The Trojans and the Cardinal will play in the history Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Sunday, April 20, and in front of a Pac-12 Networks national audience. USC will also have the honor of playing in the first-ever lacrosse game to take place at history Wrigley Field when the Trojans face Northwestern on April 26. The game will be broadcast live by the Big Ten Networks.
All non-televised USC home games will be streamed live on USC’s Pac-12 Networks web portal. Please visit http://www.USCTrojans.com for more information and links to live stats and video.