MPSF Lacrosse Results, Apr. 14

Gussie Johns, USC (Photo by John McGillen)
April 14, 2017

*# No. 9 USC 11, No. 6 Colorado 5

Recap by USC

LOS ANGELES - Behind a balanced attack and a 7-0 effort in the second half, the ninth-ranked USC lacrosse team (12-3, 6-0 MPSF) defeated No. 6 Colorado (12-2, 4-1) in an 11-5 final at the LA Memorial Coliseum on Friday, April 14. It was Senior Day for the Women of Troy, who extended their season-high winning streak to six games. The victory was also USC's 16th consecutive Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) regular-season win and is the team's 23rd straight home win.

Before the start of the game, the Trojans celebrated seniors Cynthia Del Core, Kylie Drexel, Drew Jackson, Nina Kelty, Gabby McMahon, and Michaela Michael as the six Women of Troy started and played in the their final regular-season home game.

Six Trojans scored including four with multiple goals to keep the Buffalo defense off balance. Drexel led the way with her 13th-career hat trick while Del Core and McMahon each had two goals apiece. Freshmen midfielders Kerrigan Miller and Kaeli Huff each scored two goals as well. Michael had a single goal with a pair of assists. Miller also handed out a pair of assists while Drexel and Del Core each had one assist. Michael won four draws while Miller and Drexel each won two.

On defense, the Trojans caused eight turnovers and picked up 17 ground balls. Three players had three ground balls each including Miller. Junior defender Lydia Sutton had three ground balls and a caused turnover. In goal, junior Gussie Johns put up nine saves and picked up three ground balls. Miller and McMahon each caused a pair of turnovers.

For the Buffaloes, Darby Kiernan scored two goals and picked up two draw controls. Sarah Brown had three draw controls with two caused turnovers and two ground balls. Kelsie Garrison, Johnna Fusco, and Miranda Stinson each scored one goal apiece. Fusco had two draw controls and two ground balls but went 0-for-5 from free position. In goal, Paige Soenksen had nine saves but allowed the Trojans to score 11 goals including seven unanswered in the second half.

The Trojans struck first as Miller lobbed a pass across the 12-meter fan to find an open Del Core who put it past Soenksen for the 1-0 lead with just under six minutes off the clock. Three minutes later, the Buffaloes responded to even the score when Kiernan went to goal unassisted. Fusco did the same less then 90 seconds later to put CU on top, 2-1, just under the 20-minute mark. McMahon equalized when she put a shot over the keeper's left shoulder from free position at 17:01.

Six more minutes went off the clock before Garrison scored on a breakaway pass from Marie Moore to put the Buffs back on top at 11:23. Two minutes later, Kiernan scored from free position for Colorado's largest lead at 4-2 with nine minutes to halftime. Less than a minute later, Michael earned a free-position attempt, but dumped a pass to Drexel who shot high for the Trojans' third goal at 8:19. Drexel was on the giving end for USC's next goal as she hit a cutting Huff for the game-tying goal at 6:40 to play in the first half. It took less than 80 seconds for Stinson to answer as she scored from free position to give CU a 5-4 lead at halftime.

Out of the break, the teams went back and forth several times before Miller knocked down a Buffalo pass, picked up the ground ball herself, and ran the length of the field to bounce a shot past Soenksen and pull the Trojans even with CU at 23:44. Del Core rolled the top of the crease and went to her right to beat the Buffs goalie for a 6-5 USC lead before Drexel dodged her way into enemy territory to score unassisted to give the Trojans a 7-5 lead at 14:11.

USC took a three-goal lead when Del Core dropped a pass into the fan to find McMahon who shot and scored with 8:44 to play. The Trojans worked the perimeter of the Buffalo defense on their next possession before Michael found Drexel cutting behind the back line. Drexel took the pass from Michael and put a backhand in the back of the net for a four-goal lead at 6:37. USC wasn't done as Michael found a way to score her first and only goal of the game. Despite bobbling a pass from Del Core, Michael recovered to shoot as she fell to the ground and scored for a 10-5 USC lead. The Trojans scored the final goal of the game when Miller dished to Huff for the goal at 1:35 to make the score, 11-5, for the Women of Troy.

USC completes the regular season with a trip to Northern California where the Trojans will meet Stanford (9-4, 4-1 MPSF) on Friday, April 21, at 5 p.m. PT at Cagan Stadium in Stanford, Calif. The Women of Troy and the Cardinal will be shown live on Pac-12 Los Angeles and Pac-12 Bay Area. In its final regular-season game, USC heads to Davis, Calif., to meet UC Davis (6-8, 2-3) on Sunday, April 23, with first draw set for noon PT. The Women of Troy have already earned a berth into the MPSF Tournament, which they will host at McAlister Field April 27-30.

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

*CALIFORNIA 15, UC Davis 12

Recap by Cal

BERKELEY - Caroline Corzel scored a career-high seven points on a personal-best five goals in California's 15-12 victory over UC Davis Friday night from Memorial Stadium. The Golden Bears improved to 4-10 on the season and 2-3 in conference play. The win also snapped a three-game losing streak against UC Davis. Cal leads the all-time series, 18-14.

Kirsten Swanson scored four goals, including going 3-for-3 in free-position shots, while Jena Frittsposted three assists. Elizabeth Pellechi tallied three points (2 goals, 1 assist), and Caroline Schlegel and Susie Ropp each scored twice. Corzel also paced the Bears with 10 shots on the night, six of which were on goal.

The victory was big for the Bears as they hope to earn their first berth into the MPSF Tournament since 2013. Cal currently stands in sixth place in the conference, which would get them in the tournament.

"I'm really excited, I thought the team did a fantastic job tonight with implementing the gameplan," head coach Brooke Eubanks said. "We also made a lot of good in-game adjustments, whether it was changing how we were forcing their attackers or moving on the offensive end. I really felt like the players were firing on all cylinders, and really taking care of business on both sides of the ball.

"It's a huge win. I actually did not know if the seniors had beaten UC Davis yet. This was everybody in the room's first win over Davis, and hopefully that will be a huge confidence builder into our last three games."

Cal wasted no time in getting the scoring going as the Bears notched the first three tallies of the night. After Schlegelscored her first goal, Corzel netted her first two of the night, with Fritts assisting on both goals, to give Cal an early 3-0 lead.

Swanson scored two of her four goals next, and the Bears found themselves with a 5-1 lead at the 18:23 mark in the first half.

One of the Corzel's goals later in the first half came when the shot clock was in the final seconds and the Bears were on the verge of a violation. She spun around the goal and took a shot to her right that beat the Aggie keeper.

"Amazing, she was on fire," Eubanks said about Corzel's play. "Not only five goals, but she had two assists, as well. She obviously was a huge part of our win today. It was exciting to see her have the confidence to make an impact like that on the game."

After Cal enjoyed a 9-6 lead at halftime, UC Davis scored the first three goals in the second half to tie the game at nine. The Bears answered with threegoals of their own to regain the lead and control of the contest.

Both of Ropp's goals came late in the second half to clinch the big win for Cal.

In goal, Jenny Wilkens made nine saves and collected five ground balls.

Cal and UC Davis each had 29 shots on goal, but the Bears collected 14 ground balls to nine for the Aggies.

The Bears will celebrate tonight, but then get back to work tomorrow because Stanford comes to Berkeley for a Monday night tilt at 6 p.m. from Memorial Stadium. That game can be seen live on the Pac-12 Networks.

"I told the players to be excited about this win and celebrate for the rest of the day, and then tomorrow, we'll get together at 9 am and it's on to the next game," Eubanks said. "We have to focus on a huge opponent on Monday, who is not only a big school rival but somebody that we know well. It will be back to the drawing board and back to business."

*STANFORD 17, Oregon 13

Recap by Stanford

STANFORD, Calif. - A second-half surge fueled by Kelsey Murray's five goals paved the way for a Cardinal comeback Friday night as Stanford topped Oregon 17-13 in Stanford Stadium. Stanford (9-4, 4-1 MPSF) came out sluggish in the first half with Oregon (7-7, 3-3 MPSF) outshooting the Cardinal 18-10 and out drawing Stanford 11-6. Stanford struck first in the half, but the Ducks were dominant on offense, ripping off ten goals to head into the half up 10-5. The second half saw Stanford flip the script to emerge a different team, besting Oregon in shots, ground balls, draw controls and saves. Kelsey Murray led the assault on offense, scoring four of her five goals on the night in the half. With her five goals, Murray ties Lucy Dikeou in Stanford career history with 124. The night also included honoring Charlotte Ward for her work with One Love and receiving the One Love Campus Unsung Hero Award as well as unveiling the new video for Stanford's One Love campaign.

The Cardinal returns to action on Monday as it sets to travel to Cal. Game time is set for 6 p.m. PT in Berkeley, Calif.