MPSF Lacrosse Results, Apr. 8

Kate Fellner, UC Davis (Photo by Wayne Tilcock)
April 8, 2017

*UC Davis 16, FRESNO STATE 7

Recap by UCD

FRESNO, Calif. -- Sophomore midfielder Taylor Cuenin scored four goals while junior middie Kate Fellner added three goals and two assists, helping UC Davis employ a run of 10 straight goals toward a 16-7 win over Fresno State in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation women's lacrosse action Saturday evening.

The Aggies improve to 6-7 overall and even their conference record to 2-2. The Bulldogs slip to 8-5 for the year and 1-4 in MPSF play.

Junior Kelsey DeJesus, sophomore Shannon Cross and freshmen Amanda Outcalt and Kate Graham each added two goals for UC Davis. Cuenin, who ranks second nationally in the category, amassed a total of six caused turnovers. Junior attacker Shannon Geary also tallied seven draw controls, helping the Aggies dominate the center-circle action by a 17-8 margin.

Freshman Tiffiny Wallace scored three goals to lead Fresno State.

After surrendering the game's first goal, an eight-meter conversion by Wallace, UC Davis stormed to four straight goals in the span of about two minutes. Cuenin led the charge, followed by Outcalt, Fellner and DeJesus. However, that gave way to a 4-0 run by the Bulldogs, putting the host back on top by a 5-4 edge.

DeJesus buried her second goal to even the score at 5-5, then Fellner won the next draw and took it straight to the cage to boost UC Davis to a 6-5 advantage at halftime.

The Aggies continued to roll out of the gates in the second quarter, with sophomore Shannon Cross scoring back-to-back within a span of 45 seconds, extending the lead to 8-5. This continued what resulted in a run of 10 straight goals and a 14-5 margin by the 48th minute, including eight in the second half. Graham, who assisted on the two Cross goals, added two scores of her own in that run.

In addition to the draws, UC Davis dominated other aspects of the game, including shooting (37-14) and turnovers (12-20), while successfully clearing its transitions at a 17-for-18 success rate.

The Aggies continue MPSF play with a road game at California on Friday, the return home to take on Oregon on Sunday afternoon.

*No. 9 Usc 15, SAN DIEGO STATE 3

Recap by USC

SAN DIEGO – The ninth-ranked USC lacrosse team (11-3, 5-0 MPSF) notched its fifth straight victory on a 15-3 decision over San Diego State (8-5, 2-3) at the Aztec Lacrosse Field on Saturday, April 8. Trojan senior attacker Michaela Michael powered the offense with a career-high seven goals to go with six draw controls. The Women of Troy scored 12 goals in 19 minutes to break away and post their fourth straight double-digit victory (ninth overall) and extended their MPSF regular-season winning streak to 15 games. Michael stole the show as she scored four of the Trojans six first-half goals. It marked her 36th-career hat trick and cemented her as the MPSF’s second all-time leading goal scorer, now with 209 career goals. Her seven goals matched her previous career high but her sixth goal gave her seven career games with six of more. In fact, she has scored at least six goals in four of USC’s last five games. Three other Trojans scored including freshman midfielder Kerrigan Miller who notched her fifth-career hat trick. Miller also had a ground ball and a caused turnover. Senior attacker Gabby McMahon had a pair of goals and senior Cynthia Del Core scored one, but led all players with three assists and added three ground balls. Fellow senior Kylie Drexel had a pair of assists to go with four draw controls. Junior Alexis Kardias scored two goals at the end to sew up the 15-3 win for USC. On defense, junior Lydia Sutton had two ground balls and two caused turnovers. Junior goalie Gussie Johns put up eight saves (.727) against 18 shots and picked up four ground balls with two caused turnovers. Sophomore Gabbi Klein also had a pair of ground balls and caused turnovers and senior Nina Kelty had one of each. For the Aztecs, Ijeoma Ikpe, Taylor Sullivan, and Harlowe Steele each scored one goal apiece in the first half. Katrina Reeves took the loss in goal but put up 10 saves in the process. USC out-shot the Aztecs, 34-18, and won the center circle, 13-7. The Trojans also out-gained SDSU by an 18-14 edge in ground balls. Michael won the first draw and needed just under three minutes to score the first goal of the game at 27:14. Less than two minutes later, Del Core found McMahon who took the pass and scored to put USC up, 2-0. Strong defense by the Aztecs held the Trojans scoreless for the next seven minutes while SDSU took to evening the score with back-to-back free-position goals. The Trojan defense responded as Sutton caused a turnover and got the ball to Michael in transition, who drove down the center of the field to score the go-ahead goal. Michael took a pass from Del Core just 17 seconds later to score again and secured her hat trick for a 4-2 USC lead. Following a couple of unsuccessful attempts, Miller rifled in her first goal from beyond the eight-meter arc to put the Trojans on top by three, 5-2, at the 12:41 mark. Michael then sidestepped her way through the SDSU defense and put a free-position shot past Reeves for her fourth goal with just over nine minutes left in the first half to extend the USC run to four unanswered goals. The run ended on a goal by Steele, and both teams stood tall on defense to end the half, 6-3, in favor of the Trojans. More than 10 minutes had elapsed in the second half before Klein dumped her free-position attempt to get Del Core a clear look at the goal. Del Core made good on the shot to put USC on top by four, 7-3, at 19:31. The Women of Troy remained patient and found a crease when Del Core hit McMahon on a cut through the 12-meter fan for a five-goal lead, 8-3, with 17:04 left to play. Michael scored two more to sandwich a goal by Miller and extended the USC run to 5-0 for an 11-3 lead with under 12 minutes to play. Michael went to goal and scored unassisted to push the lead to nine goals as she tied her career high with seven goals at 11:30; but the Trojans hit the dime spot on a goal by Miller off a dump into the arc from Drexel. With a 13-3 Trojan lead, the clock ran down on the Aztecs, but that didn’t stop USC from increasing its lead. Seinior attacker Drew Jackson earned an assist on a pass she sent to Kardias who scored the Trojans’ 14th goal with just over four minutes to play. Kardias scored another from the eight-meter arc two minutes later to put the Women of Troy up by 12 goals at 15-3. Drexel won the final draw and allowed the Trojans to run the clock down to zeroes for the win. The Women of Troy are back in action on Friday, April 14, as hosts to sixth-ranked Colorado (12-1, 4-0 MPSF) at the LA Memorial Coliseum. The teams will draw at 5 p.m. PT in a live broadcast on Pac-12 Los Angeles and Pac-12 Mountain. 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.