April 23, 2017
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April 23, 2017
DAVIS, Calif. — The eighth-ranked USC lacrosse team (14-3, 8-0 MPSF) completed an 8-0 run through the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation and claimed the regular-season league title for the second consecutive year with an 18-9 win over UC Davis (6-11, 2-6) at Aggie Stadium on Sunday, April 23. The Women of Troy finished the regular season with a 14-3 mark and on an eight-game winning streak; the second longest streak in program history. The win also extended the Trojans’ MPSF regular-season winning streak to 18 games and ties the conference record previously set by Denver (2013-15).
Senior attackers Michaela Michael, Drew Jackson, and Kylie Drexel each recorded four goals apiece to power the USC offense. It was the sixth game this season in which three different Trojans registered hat tricks. Michael dominated the center circle to secure 10 draw controls. It was her fifth game in double digits this season and her ninth-career game with double-digit draw controls. Jackson’s four goals set a new career high and were good for her fourth-career hat trick. She scored three of those goals in an incredible 28-second span to help blow the game open for the Trojans.
Drexel, who scored five in the previous game finished with four goals this time and added an assist to go with three draw controls and a ground ball. A trio of Trojan freshmen (midfielders Kerrigan Miller and Kaeli Huff; and attacker Ashley Hill) scored two goals apiece to round out USC’s 18-goal total. Miller added a ground ball and a draw control while Huff had three ground balls, two caused turnovers, and a draw control. Hill led all players with a career-high three assists and added two ground balls and a caused turnover. Off the bench, sophomore attacker Amanda Flayhan dished out a pair of assists.
Defensively, junior Gussie Johns had three saves and added four ground balls and a pair of caused turnovers. Sophomore defender Avery Hogarth picked up four ground balls while senior Nina Kelty had one with two caused turnovers. In relief of Johns in the second half, freshman goalie Hannah Upshaw put up five saves.
For the Aggies, Melissa Kellan and Shannon Cross each notched hat tricks. Taylor Cuenin had two goals and Kate Fellner scored one. Kelsey DeJesus and Shannon Geary shared team-high honors with four draw controls apiece. In goal, Lauren Ali had 11 saves but took the loss after surrendering all 18 goals.
UC Davis got on the board first with a goal from Cross, but Drexel and Michael each scored free-position goals in the next two minutes to give USC a 2-1 lead. Cuenin scored two goals to sandwich a score by Jackson and the teams were tied up at three-all. Hill scored the game-winner at 21:01 for a 4-3 USC lead, but it was Jackson’s three-goal outburst that broke the game open for the Women of Troy. Jackson scored from free position at 14:48 and then scored unassisted at 14:35. USC won the next draw and got the ball to Jackson for her third goal at 14:20 to put the Trojans on top, 7-3.
Drexel, Michael, and Miller scored the next three to complete a 7-0 run and put USC in front, 10-3. Kellan scored to stem the tide, but Huff, Drexel, and Michael put together another 3-0 run to build a nine-goal lead, 13-4, for the Trojans. Kellan scored back-to-back goals within 30 seconds of each other to keep the Aggies in the hunt, but Hill scored at 3:03 and then Drexel and Michael scored two more to close the first half with the Trojans up 10 goals at 16-6.
In the second half, Huff scored off a pass from Hill for a 17-6 lead, but in a four-minute span, UC Davis trimmed the lead back to eight goals with a goal from Fellner and then back-to-back scores from Cross. The Trojans were content to burn away the clock and held off any further Aggie attacks before Miller scored the final goal with five minutes left to play to make the final score 18-9.
Next week, the Trojans will host the MPSF Tournament at McAlister Field with quarterfinal games on Thursday (April 27), semifinals on Friday (April 28) and the championship game on Sunday (April 30). For more information and a complete schedule for the MPSF tournament, please visit USCTrojans.com/mpsflax.
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