Gussie Johns, USC (Photo by John McGillen)
April 17, 2017
MPSF Lacrosse Release 11
No. 8 USC (6-0 MPSF/12-3 Overall) won a home battle at the top of the MPSF standings this past Friday (Apr. 14), 11-5 over No. 6 Colorado, extending its MPSF win streak to 16 (two away from matching the MPSF record) and its home win streak to 23. The Trojans posted a second half shutout, outscoring the Buffaloes, 7-0. Scoring two goals apiece was Gabby McMahon, Cynthia Del Core, Kaeli Huff, Kylie Drexel, and Kerrigan Miller. Miller added two assists, two draw controls, two caused turnovers, and three ground balls. Gussie Johns collected nine saves. USC closes its regular season Friday (Apr. 21) at Stanford and Sunday (Apr. 23) at UC Davis, where a win vs. the Cardinal locks in the No. 1 seed in the MPSF Tournament it hosts (Apr. 27-30). USC would also lock in the top seed in the event it loses to Stanford and beats UCD, Stanford and Colorado both finish with one loss, and the Trojans stay within five goals of Stanford (thus giving USC the best three-way goal difference of plus-one).
STANFORD (5-1 MPSF/10-4 Overall) stormed back from a 10-5 halftime deficit to beat Oregon at home last Friday (Apr. 14), 17-13, and clinched a spot in the MPSF Tournament. Kelsey Murray led the charge by scoring four of her five goals in the second half. She also scored an MPSF season-high tying seven goals in the 17-4 home win over Fresno State (Apr. 11). As of April 16, she is second in Stanford history in assists (72), third in points (196) and sixth in goals (124). Dillon Schoen added a hat trick and two caused turnovers against the Ducks. Stanford, who also edged California Monday (Apr. 17) 15-12, closes its regular season Friday (Apr. 21) against USC and Sunday (Apr. 23) against San Diego State. The Cardinal will then be seeded between one and three in the MPSF Tournament.
No. 9 COLORADO (5-1 MPSF/13-2 Overall) split on its trip to Southern California, earning a 17-5 win at San Diego State. Darby Kiernan scored twice at No. 9 USC, before posting three goals, one assist, three ground balls, two draw controls and one caused turnover at SDSU.The Buffs finish the regular season with two more road games this week, visiting St. Mary's Friday and California Sunday, and will then be seeded between one and three in the MPSF Tournament.
OREGON (4-3 MPSF/8-7 Overall) used a 5-0 second half to pick up a 10-9 MPSF road win at UC Davis (Apr. 16), and clinched a spot in the MPSF Tournament. The Ducks were down 9-5 at half. Bella Pyne put away three goals while Cambi Cukar dished three assists, and broke the school's all-time record with 115 in her career. The total also ranks fourth in MPSF history, seven away from No. 3. Julia Bolte dished an MPSF season-high tying six assists at Stanford (Apr. 14). Oregon wraps up the regular season at home Sunday against St. Mary's. The Ducks will then take the four seed to the conference tournament (Apr. 27-30).
UC DAVIS (2-4 MPSF/6-9 Overall) Amanda Outcalt totaled four goals and four assists this past week in losses to California (Apr. 14) and Oregon (Apr. 16). The Aggies need at least one win at home this week against San Diego State Friday and USC Sunday to have a chance at earning one of two remaining MPSF Tourney spots available. UC Davis would be eliminated if it loses Friday and Cal beats Fresno State the same night. The Aggies enter the final week 1-1 against the other 2-win conference teams (win vs. Fresno St, loss vs. Cal).
CALIFORNIA (2-4 MPSF/4-11 Overall) picked up a crucial 15-12 home win over UC Davis (Apr. 14) in its quest for a first MPSF Tournament bid since 2013. Caroline Corzel scored career-highs of seven points and five goals. Kirsten Swanson added four goals, while Jena Fritts dished out three assists. Cal finishes the regular season at Fresno State Friday and at home vs. Colorado Sunday, needing at least one win to have a chance at earning a tourney appearance. The Bears enter the final week 1-1 against the other 2-win conference teams (win vs. UCD, loss to SDSU).
SAN DIEGO STATE (2-4 MPSF/8-6 Overall) fell 17-5 to No. 6 Colorado at home Sunday (Apr. 16). Erin Jeffery dished a career-high three assists in her final home game. SDSU travels to UC Davis Friday and Stanford Sunday, where they need at least one win to have a chance at grabbing one of the two remaining MPSF Tournament spots. The Aztecs enter the final week 1-1 against the other 2-win conference teams (win vs. Cal, loss to Fresno St).
FRESNO STATE (2-5 MPSF/9-6 Overall) won 19-7 at St. Mary's (Apr. 15), its second conference win. Tiffiny Wallace accumulated seven goals for the week to break the school's single season scoring record with 44 goals. Fresno State needs a win Friday at home vs. California to have a chance at an MPSF Tournament appearance. The Bulldogs enter the final week 1-1 against the other 2-win conference teams (win vs. SDSU, loss to UCD).
ST. MARY'S (0-6 MPSF/1-11 Overall) fell 19-7 at home last Saturday (Apr.15) vs. Fresno State. Claire Healy netted a hat trick and Lauren Neumann picked up a pair of ground balls and caused three turnovers. The final two games on the Gaels' schedule is Colorado Friday and at Oregon Sunday.