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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


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# 20 DENVER (16-1 Overall, 9-0 MPSF) won 11-5 at Oregon to finish the regular season undefeated in the MPSF. The Pioneers are this year's host of the conference championship tournament, seeded No.1, and advancing to Friday's semifinals at 4 pm against Thursday's Oregon-USC quarterfinal winner. Hannah Hook made 14 saves in Eugene, allowing just five goals, having been named to the Tewaaraton watch list earlier in the day. The outcome marked the second straight year Denver has run the regular season table in conference, and fifth time under Liza Kelly. Jill Remenapp is the national assist leader with 46 (2.71 A/G). Hook has the top goals-against average (7.39) and save percentage (.534) in the MPSF.  # 18 STANFORD (13-3 Overall, 7-2 MPSF) is seeded second, earning a quarterfinal bye, taking on the San Diego State-Colorado winner Friday evening at 7 pm. Mackenzie Tesei came off the bench to produce three goals, three caused turnovers, and five draw controls in the regular season finale 18-7 win over California. Hannah Farr also had a hat trick with five draws, while Kelsey Murray scored twice and dished two assists. Lucy Dikeou has scored 26 goals on the year. Lyndsey Munoz has an 8.77 goals-against average.  COLORADO (10-7 Overall, 6-3 MPSF) enters the MPSF Tournament in its inaugural season, seeded third and meeting No. 6 seed San Diego State to open the event at 4 pm (MT) Thursday. After a dramatic 10-9 sudden-victory OT win at Oregon to finish the regular season, the Buffs finished in a three-way tie for third in the standings, and received the top seed in that tied group by virtue of defeating both USC and Oregon during the season. Sarah Lautman delivered her third OT game-winner of the year. Goalkeeper Paige Soenksen averages an MPSF-High 10.35 saves, with a second-best .522 save percentage. Johnna Fusco, who recorded five goals (including an unassisted natural hat trick)) and five draws in the finale, has 54 points on the year.  OREGON (10-7 Overall, 6-3 MPSF) is the four seed in the MPSF Quarterfinals, facing No. 5 seed USC Thursday in the second game at 7 pm (MT). The winner will meet the host and top-seed Friday at 4 pm (MT). The Ducks ended the regular season tied for third, but received the four seed by virtue of a loss to Colorado and a win over USC during the season. Oregon is led by Shannon Propst with 41 assists and 68 points on the year. Caroline Federighi owns the second-best goals-against average in the MPSF at 8.00.  USC (9-8 Overall, 6-3 MPSF) Courtney Tarleton set a Trojan single-game record with eight ground balls against No. 5 Northwestern, the first-ever lacrosse game at Wrigley Field. USC ended the regular season with an 11-5 win at Marquette. Caroline de Lyra totaled nine points on the trip, including three goals and three assists at Marquette, while Alex Moore added seven points. The Trojans, seeded fifth this week, take on No. 4 seed Oregon in the MPSF Quarterfinals.  SAN DIEGO STATE (7-9 Overall, 4-5 MPSF) earned the sixth and final ticket to this year's MPSF Tournament with a 17-4 regular season finale home win over Fresno State. Grace Korandovich recorded a hat trick within the first 12 minutes of the game. Michaela Jarvis added a goal and dished three assists, while Felice Artuso collected five draw controls. The sixth-seeded Aztecs make their first-ever postseason appearance Thursday (May 1) at 4 pm, taking on No. 3 seed Colorado.

# 20 DENVER (16-1 Overall, 9-0 MPSF) won 11-5 at Oregon to finish the regular season undefeated in the MPSF. The Pioneers are this year’s host of the conference championship tournament, seeded No.1, and advancing to Friday’s semifinals at 4 pm against Thursday’s Oregon-USC quarterfinal winner. Hannah Hook made 14 saves in Eugene, allowing just five goals, having been named to the Tewaaraton watch list earlier in the day. The outcome marked the second straight year Denver has run the regular season table in conference, and fifth time under Liza Kelly. Jill Remenapp is the national assist leader with 46 (2.71 A/G). Hook has the top goals-against average (7.39) and save percentage (.534) in the MPSF.
# 18 STANFORD (13-3 Overall, 7-2 MPSF) is seeded second, earning a quarterfinal bye, taking on the San Diego State-Colorado winner Friday evening at 7 pm. Mackenzie Tesei came off the bench to produce three goals, three caused turnovers, and five draw controls in the regular season finale 18-7 win over California. Hannah Farr also had a hat trick with five draws, while Kelsey Murray scored twice and dished two assists. Lucy Dikeou has scored 26 goals on the year. Lyndsey Munoz has an 8.77 goals-against average.
COLORADO (10-7 Overall, 6-3 MPSF) enters the MPSF Tournament in its inaugural season, seeded third and meeting No. 6 seed San Diego State to open the event at 4 pm (MT) Thursday. After a dramatic 10-9 sudden-victory OT win at Oregon to finish the regular season, the Buffs finished in a three-way tie for third in the standings, and received the top seed in that tied group by virtue of defeating both USC and Oregon during the season. Sarah Lautman delivered her third OT game-winner of the year. Goalkeeper Paige Soenksen averages an MPSF-High 10.35 saves, with a second-best .522 save percentage. Johnna Fusco, who recorded five goals (including an unassisted natural hat trick)) and five draws in the finale, has 54 points on the year.
OREGON (10-7 Overall, 6-3 MPSF) is the four seed in the MPSF Quarterfinals, facing No. 5 seed USC Thursday in the second game at 7 pm (MT). The winner will meet the host and top-seed Friday at 4 pm (MT). The Ducks ended the regular season tied for third, but received the four seed by virtue of a loss to Colorado and a win over USC during the season. Oregon is led by Shannon Propst with 41 assists and 68 points on the year. Caroline Federighi owns the second-best goals-against average in the MPSF at 8.00.
USC (9-8 Overall, 6-3 MPSF) Courtney Tarleton set a Trojan single-game record with eight ground balls against No. 5 Northwestern, the first-ever lacrosse game at Wrigley Field. USC ended the regular season with an 11-5 win at Marquette. Caroline de Lyra totaled nine points on the trip, including three goals and three assists at Marquette, while Alex Moore added seven points. The Trojans, seeded fifth this week, take on No. 4 seed Oregon in the MPSF Quarterfinals.
SAN DIEGO STATE (7-9 Overall, 4-5 MPSF) earned the sixth and final ticket to this year’s MPSF Tournament with a 17-4 regular season finale home win over Fresno State. Grace Korandovich recorded a hat trick within the first 12 minutes of the game. Michaela Jarvis added a goal and dished three assists, while Felice Artuso collected five draw controls. The sixth-seeded Aztecs make their first-ever postseason appearance Thursday (May 1) at 4 pm, taking on No. 3 seed Colorado.

Stanford Women’s Lacrosse Travels South To Face San Diego State And USC On April 18, 20


Stanford faces a challenging weekend as it seeks to secure a No. 2 seed and a first-round bye for the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tournament. The Cardinal must do so against two of the MPSF’s up-and-coming programs, third-year SDSU and second-year USC. Stanford (11-2 overall, 5-1 MPSF) is alive for the No. 1 seed, but would need two Denver losses in two games for that to happen. Week in Review: Stanford is coming off an 18-6 victory over visiting UC Davis. It was the third consecutive victory by at least eight goals by Stanford. The UC Davis contest was the first of three in a six-day period that continues in San Diego and USC. Against UC Davis, eight Stanford players scored two goals apiece to lead the Cardinal attack. The Cardinal built an 8-1 lead in the first 12 minutes. Season in Review: Stanford returned 11 starters and 96 percent of its goals from last year’s team that advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament for the first time in school history. Stanford has played three teams that  were ranked in the Top 20 at the time of their contests and went 3-0 in  those games. On March 29, Stanford beat No. 6 Notre Dame, 11-10. The Cardinal rallied from a 9-6 second-half deficit with a 4-0 run. Lucy Dikeou sliced through the defense for the winner with 4:05 left. Megan Lerner drew a charge with 17 seconds left to preserve the win. The other games were back-to-back comeback road overtime victories at No. 11 Towson, 8-7, and No. 14 Georgetown, 11-10, on March 7 and 9. Stanford in the Rankings:       IWLCA coaches: No. 13 (No. 12 last week)      Brine media poll: No. 9 (No. 9)      Lacrosse Magazine: No. 12 (No. 13)      Lax Power computer: No. 16 (No. 17)      RPI: No. 13 (No. 13) Friday’s Opponent, San Diego State: The Aztecs are in sixth place, occupying the final spot in the MPSF tournament. San Diego State (6-7, 3-3) is coming off a pair of narrow road losses last weekend, losing to MPSF leader Denver, 12-11, allowing two goals in the final 21 seconds, including the winner with two seconds left. The Aztecs followed with a 7-6 sudden-victory overtime loss at Colorado. Christina Ricciardulli is the reigning MPSF Defensive Player of the Week. She caused six Denver turnovers, had five draw controls and four groundballs. Against Colorado, she scored with 55 seconds left to force overtime. Michaela Jarvis has a team-leading 34 points, on 18 goals and 16 assists. The Stanford-SDSU Series: Stanford leads the all-time series, 2-0, with both games being played at Stanford. This will be their first meeting on Montezuma Mesa. Their most recent meeting, a 23-16 victory on April 21, 2013, is notable because it tied Stanford’s single-game record for goals scored. Rachel Ozer scored four goals, and Hannah Farr, Julia Burns, and Lucy Dikeou scored three apiece. The 23 goals tied the Cardinal’s total in a 23-8 victory over Catholic on March 26, 1998. Stanford beat SDSU, 17-11, in their first meeting, in 2012. * * * Sunday’s Opponent, USC: The Trojans (7-6, 5-2) come into the weekend, which begins with a Friday game against visiting Oregon, with a chance to vault all the way to the No. 2 seed for the MPSF tournament. If USC beats the MPSF’s second- and third-place teams in its final two regular-season games, the Trojans will clinch third. And, if Colorado loses at least one of its two remaining conference games (against visiting California and at Oregon), then USC can jump to second and earn a bye into MPSF semifinals. Perhaps topportunity is not surprising for the second-year program. USC, after all, was the preseason coaches’ choice to finish third in the MPSF, and even received a first-place vote.  The Stanford-USC Series: The teams have played once, with Stanford earning a 17-11 home victory on March 8, 2013. Anna Kim and Julia Burns scored four goals apiece for the Cardinal.

Stanford faces a challenging weekend as it seeks to secure a No. 2 seed and a first-round bye for the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tournament. The Cardinal must do so against two of the MPSF’s up-and-coming programs, third-year SDSU and second-year USC. Stanford (11-2 overall, 5-1 MPSF) is alive for the No. 1 seed, but would need two Denver losses in two games for that to happen.
Week in Review: Stanford is coming off an 18-6 victory over visiting UC Davis. It was the third consecutive victory by at least eight goals by Stanford. The UC Davis contest was the first of three in a six-day period that continues in San Diego and USC. Against UC Davis, eight Stanford players scored two goals apiece to lead the Cardinal attack. The Cardinal built an 8-1 lead in the first 12 minutes.
Season in Review: Stanford returned 11 starters and 96 percent of its goals from last year’s team that advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament for the first time in school history. Stanford has played three teams that were ranked in the Top 20 at the time of their contests and went 3-0 in those games. On March 29, Stanford beat No. 6 Notre Dame, 11-10. The Cardinal rallied from a 9-6 second-half deficit with a 4-0 run. Lucy Dikeou sliced through the defense for the winner with 4:05 left. Megan Lerner drew a charge with 17 seconds left to preserve the win. The other games were back-to-back comeback road overtime victories at No. 11 Towson, 8-7, and No. 14 Georgetown, 11-10, on March 7 and 9.
Stanford in the Rankings:
IWLCA coaches: No. 13 (No. 12 last week)
Brine media poll: No. 9 (No. 9)
Lacrosse Magazine: No. 12 (No. 13)
Lax Power computer: No. 16 (No. 17)
RPI: No. 13 (No. 13)
Friday’s Opponent, San Diego State: The Aztecs are in sixth place, occupying the final spot in the MPSF tournament. San Diego State (6-7, 3-3) is coming off a pair of narrow road losses last weekend, losing to MPSF leader Denver, 12-11, allowing two goals in the final 21 seconds, including the winner with two seconds left. The Aztecs followed with a 7-6 sudden-victory overtime loss at Colorado. Christina Ricciardulli is the reigning MPSF Defensive Player of the Week. She caused six Denver turnovers, had five draw controls and four groundballs. Against Colorado, she scored with 55 seconds left to force overtime. Michaela Jarvis has a team-leading 34 points, on 18 goals and 16 assists.
The Stanford-SDSU Series: Stanford leads the all-time series, 2-0, with both games being played at Stanford. This will be their first meeting on Montezuma Mesa. Their most recent meeting, a 23-16 victory on April 21, 2013, is notable because it tied Stanford’s single-game record for goals scored. Rachel Ozer scored four goals, and Hannah Farr, Julia Burns, and Lucy Dikeou scored three apiece. The 23 goals tied the Cardinal’s total in a 23-8 victory over Catholic on March 26, 1998. Stanford beat SDSU, 17-11, in their first meeting, in 2012.
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Sunday’s Opponent, USC: The Trojans (7-6, 5-2) come into the weekend, which begins with a Friday game against visiting Oregon, with a chance to vault all the way to the No. 2 seed for the MPSF tournament. If USC beats the MPSF’s second- and third-place teams in its final two regular-season games, the Trojans will clinch third. And, if Colorado loses at least one of its two remaining conference games (against visiting California and at Oregon), then USC can jump to second and earn a bye into MPSF semifinals. Perhaps topportunity is not surprising for the second-year program. USC, after all, was the preseason coaches’ choice to finish third in the MPSF, and even received a first-place vote.
The Stanford-USC Series: The teams have played once, with Stanford earning a 17-11 home victory on March 8, 2013. Anna Kim and Julia Burns scored four goals apiece for the Cardinal.

Colorado Women’s Lacrosse Tops USC 12-11 In Overtime In Key MPSF Match On April 11


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As the horn was sounding the end of the overtime period, Sarah Lautman hammered one into the net to give the University of Colorado lacrosse team the 12-11 victory and hand USC its first conference defeat of the season. The Buffaloes and Women of Troy were tied eight times, with USC grabbing a three-goal lead on two separate occasions. Colorado scored four of the final five goals of regulation, and Cali Castagnola tied the game at 10-10 with 2:29 remaining. The tie would hold at the end of 60 minutes, sending the game into overtime (which consists of two three-minute periods and an extra six minute sudden victory period if the game remains tied). As the first three minutes of overtime were winding down, Castagnola powered through once more, scoring off a Marie Moore assist 18 seconds before the teams switched sides. USC looked to force a sudden victory after tying the game back up off a free position shot in the final 42 seconds. But as they’ve shown all season, the Buffs thrive in late game situations. With the last seconds ticking away, Castagnola shot from the left, forcing a diving save from USC keeper Liz Shaeffer. Despite coming up with the solid save, the low shot got back on the ground, and Lautman capitalized on the bounce. One second remained on the board as she forced the game-winner in from just right of the crease. “I really just saw the ball on the ground and all you can do at that point is pick it up,” Lautman said. “I saw the [USC] goalie wasn’t in the net and I just tried to get it in, and it went in. It was totally just a reaction, Cali did the right thing by taking that shot and we got the rebound. When you see a rebound, you want to get it; you want to get that goal.” The win is the biggest of CU’s inaugural season. In their first ever taste of overtime play, the Buffs got their fourth Mountain Pacific Sports Federation win and ended USC”s four-game winning streak, giving the Women of Troy their first loss in conference play. The Buffs improve to 7-6 overall, 4-2 MPSF as CU head coach Ann Elliott gets her first win over a former teammate. After facing two Northwestern alumni in the Buffs’ losses to then-No. 9 Massachusetts and New Hampshire, Elliott and the Buffs take down her former teammate and NU coaching staff companion Lindsey Munday.

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.

USC Women’s Lacrosse Opens MPSF Hosting UC Davis On March 14; Trojans Finish 6-Game Homestand Vs Columbia & Princeton March 17, 19


The Women of Troy (1-2) will open the back half of their six-game season-opening home stand against an undefeated UC Davis squad (5-0) at 4 p.m. PT on Friday, March 14, at McAlister Field. It is USC's first Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) game of the season and a chance for the Trojans to capitalize on momentum gained from a 22-4 win over LIU Brooklyn last week. USC will also host a pair of Ivy League schools during next week's university spring break. On Monday, March 17, the Trojans take on Columbia (1-2, 0-2 Ivy) at noon PT at McAlister Field. Then on Wednesday, March 19, USC and Princeton (1-3, 0-1 Ivy) face off in a 1 p.m. bout. Last year, USC made the trip to Princeton, N.J., where it fell, 18-13, to the Tigers. The Trojans have never met the Columbia Lions.

The Women of Troy (1-2) will open the back half of their six-game season-opening home stand against an undefeated UC Davis squad (5-0) at 4 p.m. PT on Friday, March 14, at McAlister Field. It is USC’s first Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) game of the season and a chance for the Trojans to capitalize on momentum gained from a 22-4 win over LIU Brooklyn last week.
USC will also host a pair of Ivy League schools during next week’s university spring break. On Monday, March 17, the Trojans take on Columbia (1-2, 0-2 Ivy) at noon PT at McAlister Field. Then on Wednesday, March 19, USC and Princeton (1-3, 0-1 Ivy) face off in a 1 p.m. bout. Last year, USC made the trip to Princeton, N.J., where it fell, 18-13, to the Tigers. The Trojans have never met the Columbia Lions.
Last season, the Trojans went 2-2 in home conference games but finished with a 5-3 mark in the MPSF to claim the final spot in the league tournament. One of USC’s three conference road victories was a 12-7 win over UC Davis on March 6, 2013. The Trojans had a couple of stars shine in their first meeting with the Aggies. Amanda Johansen had five goals and an assist for six points to go with six draw controls and a ground ball. Caroline de Lyra put up four goals to go with four assists for a game-high eight points while Courtney Tarleton had four ground balls and two caused turnovers. In goal, Liz Shaeffer recorded 11 saves to help the Trojans seal the win.
The Women of Troy still look to this sophomore foursome for leadership and production this season, but have the added luxury of a strong emerging freshman class. Through three games, Shaeffer has picked up 16 saves while Johansen has three goals and two assists with four ground balls and five draw controls. De Lyra has scored twice and dished out a pair of assists. Tarleton leads the team with six caused turnovers and is tied with several teammates with five ground balls.
A pair of dynamic scorers leads the USC offense. Sophomore attacker Caroline Cordrey shares team-high honors with nine goals and also has three draw controls. Freshman attacker Alex Moore also shares the team lead with nine goals to go with an assist, two ground balls, three draw controls, and the game-winning goal over LIU Brooklyn. In the center circle, freshman Michaela Michael leads the Trojans with six draw controls to go with two goals and an assist. In all, 15 different Trojans has scored a goal this season, in fact, anyone who has taken a shot for USC has found the back of the net at least once.

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: 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


USC Women's Lacrosse vs Marist

The USC women’s lacrosse team (0-1) battled the elements and a last-minute change of venue in its first game of the 2014 season but came up short, 12-10, in a hard-fought contest with Marist (2-1) on Friday, Feb. 28. Due to inclement weather and field conditions, the Women of Troy moved their match from McAlister Field’s natural grass to the synthetic turf of Cromwell Field located at the heart of the USC campus within Loker Track Stadium.
The Trojans got three points each from sophomores Caroline Cordrey and Amanda Johansen. Cordrey led the USC attack with three goals while Johansen had a pair of helpers to go with a goal of her own. A pair of freshmen put their names into the books as midfielder Alex Moore scored two goals, caused a turnover, and picked up a ground ball. Midfielder Danielle Doherty scored one and grabbed a draw control for the Trojans.
Sophomore midfielder Haleigh Dalmass picked up a pair of free-position goals while sophomore attacker Caroline de Lyra finished with one goal and two ground balls. On defense, sophomore Courtney Tarleton had a team-high three draw controls and a ground ball to go with a pair of caused turnovers. Sophomore netminder Liz Shaeffer produced six saves and led all players with four ground balls. Shaeffer also caused a pair of turnovers.
For the Red Foxes, Jamie Romano made her presence felt as she led all players with four goals. Romano topped the charts with nine draw controls and added a caused turnover and a ground ball to her final stat line. Jackie DiMaria had three goals and a ground ball while goalie Abigail Witczak had two to go with eight saves; seven in the second half.
USC jumped in front early on with the first two goals of the game; one from Johansen, and the other on a Johansen pass to Cordrey. Though the Foxes charged back, the Trojans maintained a two-goal lead at 5-3 on a free-position goal by Moore with 6:15 left in the first half. Marist pressed the issue and came up with two goals to knot the score at five-all heading into the break.
The Red Foxes seized momentum and completed a 4-0 run at the 23:19 mark in the second half as DiMaria scored from a free position. Cordrey kept the Trojans within striking distance with her goal at 21:03 left in the game, but the Red Foxes went on another tear to score the next four goals including two within a minute of each other by Romano. Down, 11-6, the Trojans regrouped and scored three unanswered goals, one each by Moore, Doherty, and de Lyra to close the gap to two points at 11-9.
Marist had one more burst to go up by three with just over five minutes left in the game when Emily Leonard scored unassisted. The Red Foxes kept the ball away long enough to burn the clock down to its nubs before Dalmass found the back of the net on a free-position shot for the last goal of the day.