Cynthia Del Core, USC (Photo by Dan Avila)
March 20, 2017
MPSF Lacrosse Release 7
No. 6 COLORADO (2-0 MPSF/9-0 Overall) picked up an 18-6 win over Winthrop (Mar. 15), as well as a conference home win over Oregon, 16-11 (Mar. 19), extending its best-ever overall start to 9-0. Carly Cox totaled 10 points during the week, and was seven-for-eight on shots. She tied a school record five goals against the Ducks. Sarah Brown collected two ground balls, three draw controls and a team season-high four caused turnovers against UO. Jen Mistretta totaled five draws, and two ground balls and caused turnovers for the week. Sixth-ranked Colorado hosts Fresno State in another MPSF game Saturday (Mar. 25).
UC DAVIS (1-2 MPSF/4-5 Overall) is in the MPSF win column after a 20-6 result at St. Mary’s Sunday (Mar. 19). Taylor Cuenin put up big numbers on both sides of the ball in the win and in the tight loss to Columbia (Mar. 16). She led the Aggies in caused turnovers (5), ground balls (6) and draw controls (12) through the two games, including game-highs of six draws, three caused turnovers and 4 ground balls in the win. Cuenin totaled 10 goals and 12 points for the week, including a career-high six goals in the loss. UC Davis is off this week.
No. 9 USC (1-0 MPSF/6-2 Overall) scored the last 11 goals in the final 21 minutes at Dartmouth last Friday (Mar. 17), en route to a 19-8 win. Kerrigan Miller scored four of her five goals within that run. Cynthia Del Core also tallied a five-goal game, while dishing six assists, for a program record 11 points. Del Core’s single-game point total is the most in the MPSF since 2013 (Jill Remenapp, Denver-12 points). Michaela Michael accumulated 11 goals, six assists, and 14 draw controls in three games, also moving into eighth all-time in the MPSF with 239 career points. No. 9 USC visits No. 7 Stony Brook Friday (Mar. 24) and Ohio State Sunday (Mar. 26).
FRESNO STATE (0-1 MPSF/6-2 Overall) edged Quinnipiac last Thursday (Mar. 16), 9-8, winning its sixth game for the first time in team single-season history. Sarah Bloise tallied four goals, one assist, and four draw controls, while Tiffiny Wallace added two goals and an assist. Laurel Maunder collected a career-high 15 saves for a save percentage of .652. The Bulldogs host St. Francis Wednesday (Mar. 22), before visiting Colorado in a conference game Saturday (Mar. 25).
SAN DIEGO STATE (0-1 MPSF/5-3 Overall) Kayla Dietz posted her first career hat trick in the Aztecs’ 12-11 overtime victory over New Hampshire (Mar. 15) which at the time extended the team’s winning streak to five games. Mackenzie Lech totaled four ground balls, four caused turnovers, and two draw controls through the win and a 14-11 home loss to Columbia (Mar. 18). The Aztecs host St. Mary’s (Mar. 24) and California (Mar. 26) in MPSF action this week.
CALIFORNIA (0-1 MPSF/2-7 Overall) Jena Fritts recorded five goals and one assist to lead an 18-11 home win over Marquette (Mar. 16). Fritts continues to lead the Bears with 26 goals and 33 points on the year. Jenny Wilkens collected 12 saves in the win and 10 in the loss to UConn. Cal assist leader Susie Ropp tallied three points in both games last week, including a pair of first half goals in the win. Cal visits San Diego State in MPSF action Sunday (Mar. 26).
OREGON (3-1 MPSF/6-3 Overall) won a neutral site contest over Vermont, 17-7, in Denver (Mar. 17). Shannon Williams scored a career-high six goals and eight points. Jill Zubillaga picked up seven draw controls and two caused turnovers in two games, and broke out offensively with the first five goals of her career, including four at Colorado (Mar. 19). The Ducks continue their road swing at Towson Saturday (Mar. 25) and George Mason Monday (Mar. 27).
ST. MARY’S (0-3 MPSF/1-7 Overall) Emily Mack scored twice and Jill Dunlap won four draw controls in the MPSF game vs. UC Davis (Mar. 19). The Gaels visit San Diego State Friday (Mar. 24), before returning home for St. Francis Sunday (Mar. 26).
No. 18 STANFORD (2-0 MPSF/6-2 Overall) made it five-straight wins with a 17-13 outcome over William & Mary (Mar. 8) and 19-13 over Connecticut (Mar. 11, both at home. Areta Buness was five-for-10 on shots during the week, while dishing an assist, and adding a ground ball. Allie Dacar totaled 13 saves for the week. Daniella McMahon scored a goal while posting two assists, and added a ground ball, a caused turnover, and five draw controls. The Cardinal is next in action on March 28 at Harvard.