March 16, 2013

Trojans Ground Golden Eagles in 12-9 Victory

from press release

LOS ANGELES - In a clash of two first-year programs, the USC women's lacrosse team fought on for a 12-9 victory over Marquette on Saturday, March 16, at McAlister Field. Shorthanded with several key players out of the lineup, the Women of Troy (5-5) squared their overall record and dealt the Golden Eagles (2-5) their third consecutive loss on a three-game West Coast road trip. It was the first time the Trojans recorded a win after trailing at halftime.

"I think our biggest thing is consistency, and right now, we do some really good things," said head coach Lindsey Munday. "Our goal as a coaching staff, and for the girls, is to be as consistent as we can throughout the course of a game and throughout the course of a season."

Freshman attack Paige Bonomi stepped up to lead the Trojans in scoring with six goals; three in each half. She also picked up a ground ball and caused a turnover. Freshman attack Caroline de Lyra topped all players with nine points on the day as she scored three goals and handed out six assists to tie her career mark. De Lyra scored one of her goals on a free-position shot and grabbed three ground balls and two draw controls.

Three other Trojans scored one goal, each. Freshman midfield Amanda Johansen had a goal and an assist, and picked up a career-high four ground balls to go with a career-best three caused turnovers. Freshman midfieldHaleigh Dalmass scored one goal and had three ground balls and two caused turnovers. Freshman attack Katie Austin scored a goal and secured a draw control for the Trojans.

Off the bench, freshman attack Maggie Mawhinney had three ground balls, two draw controls and a caused turnover. Defensively, USC was without freshman Kelsey Dreyer and junior Elizabeth Eddy, but freshman defense Courtney Tarleton stood fast and led the Trojans with three ground balls and a career-high five caused turnovers. USC caused 16 turnovers and picked up a season-best 24 ground balls against Marquette.

For the Eagles, Hayley Baas came off the bend to score three goals and had a ground ball, a draw control, and two caused turnovers. In the cage, Sarah Priem recorded eight saves and led her team with five ground balls and four caused turnovers. Kenzie Brown scored twice for Marquette while four other players each scored once.

Claire Constanza opened scoring with a goal at the 28:15 mark, but Bonomi answered with a pair of goals on assists from de Lyra and Johansen to give the Trojans a 2-1 lead, five minutes into the game. The Eagles swooped in for the next two goals as Brown's unassisted goal tied the score at two before Lisa Beltramello's goal at 20:57 gave Marquette a 3-2 lead. Less than two minutes later, Dalmass' free-position goal tied the score, again, at three all.

Several defensive stops elapsed before de Lyra was able to find a wide-open Austin in front of the goal for a shot that she put over Priem's shoulder for a 4-3 USC lead, but Brown had an answer to knot the score again. De Lyra did it again when she hit Bonomi in stride for another goal with just under 12 minutes to go in the first half. Following a goal by the Eagles, de Lyra took matters into her own hands as she rolled to the cage for her own goal and a 6-5 USC lead.

The Trojans couldn't hold onto the ball down the stretch of the first half as the Eagles capitalized and scored twice to carry a 7-6 lead into the break, but USC's adjustments proved effective as the second stanza got under way.

Isolated behind the goal, de Lyra rolled the crease for a goal at 27:30 to tie the score at seven-all. The next draw was controlled by de Lyra who promptly set up behind the Eagle goal and ran the same play for herself. It worked as de Lyra racked up her second goal in just 25 seconds to put USC ahead, 8-7. She wasn't done, however, as she hit Bonomi with a pass that resulted in another goal at 25:56 to give the Trojans a 9-7 lead.

Johansen scored USC's 10th goal unassisted before Baas put an end to the Trojans' 4-0 run with her goal at the 21:37 mark to cut the lead to two, 10-8. More than 12 minutes passed before another goal was scored. Bonomi made her self available for de Lyra who scored two goals less than a minute apart to put the Trojans up, 12-8, with just 7:49 left in the game. Baas closed the gap to three goals when she put in an unassisted goal at 6:20, but that was the last of the scoring as the Trojans held off the Eagles for a 12-9 win.

In the midst of spring break, the Trojans will head back to the East Coast for a pair of road games in Rhode Island. First, USC will face Bryant in a 4 p.m. ET (1 p.m. PT) game in Smithfield, R.I., on March 19, before the Trojans take on Brown on March 22 at 5 p.m. ET (2 p.m. PT) in Providence, R.I. Please visit www.USCTrojans.com for more information. 


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