No. 6 Colorado Visits No. 9 USC in First-Place Battle

Michaela Michael, USC (Photo by John McGillen)
April 10, 2017

MPSF Lacrosse Release 10

No. 6 COLORADO (4-0 MPSF/12-1 Overall) picked up a first-ever win over Stanford in seven attempts with a 13-8 home outcome last Friday (Apr. 7), also staying unbeaten in MPSF play and completing an 8-0 home schedule. Johnna Fusco put away four goals, while Darby Kiernan accumulated four goals, two assists, five draw controls, two caused turnovers and one ground ball. Sarah Brown recorded three caused turnovers, four ground balls, a goal, and two draws. Colorado travels to No. 9 USC for a huge showdown Friday (Apr. 14) at the top of the MPSF standings. The Buffs will also look to lock up a conference tournament bid at San Diego State Sunday (Apr. 16).

No. 9 USC (5-0 MPSF/11-3 Overall) Michaela Michael recorded six goals and 11 draw controls in a 17-7 MPSF road win at Oregon (Apr. 7). She then tied the 2017 MPSF single-game high of seven goals in another conference road win, 15-3 at San Diego State (Apr. 8). Michael moved into second-place in MPSF history for career goals (209) and fourth-place for points (273). She also has 93 draw controls on the year, fourth-most in MPSF single-season history. Kerrigan Miller added a hat trick at SDSU. With the two wins, USC clinched a berth into the six-team MPSF Tournament, which it hosts (Apr. 27-30). The Trojans host No. 6 Colorado in a top-10 and MPSF-unbeaten showdown Friday (Apr. 14).

UC DAVIS (2-2 MPSF/6-7 Overall) used a 10-0 second half run to record an MPSF road win, 16-7 at Fresno State last Saturday (Apr. 8). Taylor Cuenin scored four goals, while Kate Fellner added career-high tying three goals and two assists. Cuenin also had six caused turnovers and five ground balls, continuing to rank No. 2 nationally in the former (3.58 CT/G). Kate Graham added two goals, two assists, three ground balls, and four caused turnovers. The Aggies stay on the road in MPSF action this week, visiting California Friday (Apr. 14) and Oregon Sunday (Apr. 16).

FRESNO STATE (1-4 MPSF/8-5 Overall) defeated San Diego State for the first time in team history last Monday (Apr. 3), 17-12. Tiffiny Wallace tallied a hat trick in that game as well as the home game against UC Davis (Apr. 8). Sarah Bloise accumulated five goals, six assists, nine draw controls, four ground balls, and two caused turnovers over the two games. Alex Romanowski totaled six ground balls and three caused turnovers for the week. The Bulldogs head to Stanford Tuesday (Apr. 11) and St. Mary's Saturday (Apr. 15).

CALIFORNIA (1-3 MPSF/3-10 Overall) Susie Ropp, Elizabeth Pellechi and Kirsten Swanson each recorded hat tricks in a 20-10 result over St. Mary's Friday (Apr. 7), the Bears' first conference win. Jena Fritts added two goals and two assists. Cal hosts UC Davis Friday (Apr. 14).

STANFORD (2-1 MPSF/7-4 Overall) battled No. 6 Colorado on the road last Friday (Apr. 7), as Allie DaCar tied a career-high 14 saves. Stanford hosts Fresno State Tuesday (Apr. 11) and Oregon Friday (Apr. 14).

OREGON (3-2 MPSF/7-6 Overall) dropped a 17-7 home game to No. 9 USC last Friday (Apr. 7), as Shannon Williams posted a hat trick. Cambi Cukar dished one assist, bringing her career total to 111, three shy of the school record. Oregon heads to Stanford (Apr. 14) and UC Davis (Apr. 16) for a pair of MPSF road games this week.

SAN DIEGO STATE (2-3 MPSF/8-5 Overall) hosts No. 6 Colorado Sunday (Apr. 16). Mackenzie Lech picked up four ground balls in the conference home game vs. No. 9 USC Apr. 8), while Ijeoma Ikpe, Taylor Sullivan, and Harlowe Steele each scored. Ikpe combined for three ground balls, five draw controls and seven caused turnovers (career-high five vs. FSU) in two games, including last Monday (Apr. 3) at Fresno State.

ST. MARY'S (0-5 MPSF/1-10 Overall) dropped a 20-10 outcome at California last Friday (Apr. 7). Jocelyn Lubert and Jill Dunlap highlighted the Gaels with four and three goals, respectively. SMC will host Senior Day Saturday (Apr.15) vs. Fresno State.