MPSF Lacrosse Results, Apr. 7

Johnna Fusco, Colorado (photo courtesy CU)
April 7, 2017

*No. 6 COLORADO 13, Stanford 8

Recap by CU

BOULDER -- After losing six straight games to Stanford, three in the regular season and three in the postseason, the Colorado Buffaloes finally earned their first win against the Cardinal, a 13-8 decision, on Friday at Kittredge Field.

The Buffs, who are ranked fifth in a pair of polls and sixth in the other, improved to 12-1 on the season, which includes a 4-0 mark in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play.

Although Colorado did not need extra motivation against Stanford, the fact that it was senior day only helped. One of those seniors was Johnna Fusco, who recorded four goals in the contest. Another senior, Katie Macleay, recorded two huge goals at the end of the game, while senior goalkeeper Paige Soenksen recorded seven saves in the game to put CU in position to win.

Darby Kiernan, a junior, also had a big game for CU with four goals and two assists for a game high six points.

WHAT HAPPENED: Stanford got on the board first, just 46 seconds into the game with a goal by Danielle McMahon, but the Cardinal's lead did not last long as Fusco found the back of the net at 27:58.

The Buffs recorded five more goals to take a 6-1 lead. Junior Carly Cox tallied a marker at 25:26 off an assist from Kiernan, while junior Sarah Brown scored her third goal of the season just 10 seconds later. Fusco recorded her second of the contest at 22:40 and sophomore Miranda Stinson tallied her first of the game at 19:18. Kiernan notched the Buffs' sixth goal at 19:00.

At that point, SU took a timeout and shortly after that (18:27), recorded a goal from Kelsey Murray. SU scored two more before the end of the half.

The Cardinal struck first in the second half at 23:39, to bring the score to 6-5, but the Buffs ended their scoring drought and notched three straight goals (two from Kiernan and one from Fusco) before Stanford called another timeout at 14:41. The break did not slow down CU, especially Kiernan as she recorded her fourth goal of the game at 13:10 to increase the Buffs' lead to 10-5.

SU tallied its sixth goal at 11:35, but the Buffs responded with another goal from Fusco to complete the hat-trick. The Cardinal tried to get something going late in the half, scoring at 9:57 to cut CU's lead to four (11-7). Macleay finally got her name on the stat sheet with 6:16 left in the contest and scored her second goal of the game less than three minutes later (3:43).

Stanford was forced to take another timeout as the Buffs took a commanding 13-7 lead and was able to add one more marker to its score at 1:25, but ultimately it would not be enough as CU secured its first victory against the Cardinal.

HOME SWEET HOME: The Buffs finished the regular season home slate with a perfect 8-0 record. CU has called Kittredge Field its home since 2014 and now has an impressive 25-5 record there.

KEY STATISTICS: Just like the Buffs have done a lot this season, they out-shot Stanford 33-22, which included a 19-9 mark in the first half. CU also had the edge in ground balls (18-12), draw controls (13-10) and caused turnovers (10-6). The Buffs also did better controlling the ball as they committed 16 turnovers to SU's 23.

*Usc 17, OREGON 7

Recap by USC

EUGENE, Ore. - The ninth-ranked USC lacrosse team (10-3, 4-0 MPSF) defeated Oregon (7-6, 3-2) by a 17-7 count on Friday, April 7, on Papé Field. The Trojans won their 14th consecutive MPSF regular-season game. USC also won its fourth straight overall to match a season-long winning streak and earned the eighth double-digit victory of the season; the third in a row.

Senior attacker Michaela Michael continued her torrid performance with six goals and 11 draw controls against the Ducks. It was Michael's school-record 35th-career hat trick game and the sixth time she has scored at least six goals in the same game. The 11 draw controls also marked the eighth time in her career that she has reached double digits in the center circle. Michael added two assists for eight points and by the end of the game, had moved into a second-place tie in MPSF history for career goals (202).

Michael wasn't the only Trojan doing damage on attack. Fellow senior Cynthia Del Core posted her 11th-career hat trick and added three assists for six points. Del Core was 1-for-1 from free position and added a ground ball and caused turnover to her final line. Senior attacker Kylie Drexel also got in on the action with a pair of goals and an assist to go with three draw controls and two ground balls. Six other Trojans scored at least one goal apiece.

Sophomore Jackie Gilbert caused a career-high three turnovers and picked up a pair of ground balls. Junior defender Lydia Sutton had one of each but was key to USC's 18-for-21 clearance day. On one occasion, Sutton went all the way through the defense and dished for an assist as Michael scored. On another run, Sutton passed to Michael but received the ball back and put it past the Oregon netminder for her first goal of the season. In goal for the Trojans, junior Gussie Johns had five saves and three ground balls.

For the Ducks, Shannon Williams scored the hat trick and picked up two draw controls and two ground balls. Bella Pyne and Mariah Gatti also scored two goals apiece. Jill Zubilaga picked up three draw controls and had one assist. The Ducks grabbed 19 ground balls to USC's 16, but the Trojans had an 18-8 edge in the center circle. The Trojans also out-shot Oregon, 34-21. In goal for the Ducks, Becca Katzen surrendered 17 goals but had seven saves in the game.

It took six minutes for either team to make a mark on the scoreboard, but Drexel (24:05) and Del Core (22:02) scored the first two goals for the Trojans unassisted. Oregon answered when Cambi Cukar dished to Gatti for the score, but the Trojans responded with a 5-0 run for a 7-1 lead with 7:29 left to play in the first half. Williams and Pyne scored back-to-back goals for the Ducks to stem the tide, but Drexel took a pass from Del Core for another goal at 1:23 and then Michael went down the center of the 12-meter fan to beat the Oregon keeper for the goal and a 9-3 halftime lead.

Out of the break, Michael scored again unassisted, but Williams had the answer on back-to-back possessions to close Oregon within five at 10-5. Drexel hit senior attacker Gabby McMahon with a pass for the goal and sent the Trojans on another run; this time 6-0. Michael scored the next two before freshman Kaeli Huff put one past the Duck keeper and then Sutton and Michael scored the last two in the run for a 16-5 lead with 7:30 left to play. Oregon scored two more, but Michael dished to freshman Amanda Flayhan who scored with 2:41 remaining to make the final score 17-7 for USC.

The Trojans head down to San Diego for an overnight turnaround and will face San Diego State (8-4, 2-2 MPSF) on the Aztec Lacrosse Field at 6 p.m. PT on Saturday (April 8). The game will be shown on the SDSU Lacrosse YouTube channel.

For more information on the USC women's lacrosse team, a complete schedule, and results, please visit Fans of the Women of Troy can follow the team on Instagram and on Twitter @USCTrojansLax.

*CALIFORNIA 20, St. Mary's 10

Recap by Cal

BERKELEY - Three Golden Bears notched hat tricks and the California women's lacrosse team got back in the win column with a 20-10 victory over Saint Mary's Friday night from Kabam Field at California Memorial Stadium. Cal improved to 3-10, 1-3 on the season.

The 20 goals were a season best, and it marked the first time that Cal scored 20 goals in a game since the 2014 meeting at Saint Mary's.

Susie Ropp, Elizabeth Pellechi and Kirsten Swanson were the three Bears to score three times against the Gaels. Pellechi and Jena Fritts paced the Bears with four points each. Fritts scored twice, tallied two assists and also secured three ground balls and caused three turnovers. Elizabeth Koehler secured a career-best six draw controls.

"It's awesome, we got our first conference win," head coach Brooke Eubanks said. "We've talked about how each conference game is just as important as the next. It really doesn't matter who we're playing. We have a certain amount of wins that we need to get in order to get into the MPSF Tournament. We're making that our focus."

The lop-sided victory gave Eubanks the opportunity to get everyone on her bench into the game. A total of 19 Bears came off the bench and earned some playing time. A total of 12 Cal players got on the scoresheet, as well.

"It helps morale," Eubanks said about the depth. "The players who are working hard every day in practice don't necessarily get to see the field during every game. When you're able to put everyone in the game, it boosts everyone's morale. Everybody is excited to see who is going to make the next big play. I think it's definitely good for momentum going into the next game."

Saint Mary's scored the first two goals of the game to take an early lead. Eubanks called a timeout to get her team back on track, and the Bears did just that. Cal scored the next eight goals, including two from Ropp, Swanson and Fritts in that span. Swanson completed her hat trick in the final two minutes of the first half, and the Bears took a 9-4 lead into halftime.

Cal scored the first three goals of the second half to maintain control of the contest.

The Bears outshot Saint Mary's, 39-21, and Cal was also a perfect 18-for-18 on clear attempts.

"We executed on multiple sides of the field," Eubanks said. "We did a great job of getting ground balls in the second half, which was a struggle for us in the first half. We had consistency on the draws, and twelve different people scored for us today, which shows that we have more than just two attackers out there."

The Bears will remain in Berkeley for their next game against UC Davis on Friday, April 14, at 6:30 p.m.