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'Til The End

USC-WOMENS-LACROSSE-CAL-2017-MCGILLEN-4374.jpgUSC women's lacrosse fell to host Boston College in the NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals on Saturday to end its postseason run and finish the year at 18-4.

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No. 7 USC and No. 14 Boston College met in the Elite Eight after each pulling off upsets in the previous round. While the Trojans knocked off host Florida, the Eagles smashed Syracuse to earn the right to host USC in Newton, MA.

The Eagles showed off their offensive firepower against the Trojans, scoring 20+ goals for the third straight game. USC trailed all game, but cut the deficit to three goals with 15 minutes left. The Trojans couldn't quite get over the hump, though, falling 20-14.

In their final game in Cardinal and Gold, seniors Drew Jackson (pictured) and Cynthia Del Core scored three goals each.

The Eagles keyed in on USC senior standout Michaela Michael, who finished the day with one goal, four draw controls and two ground balls. Michael goes out as USC's all-time leader in points (305), goals (234) and single-season goals (78 in 2017). She ranks second all-time in assists (71).

Michael helped the Trojans tally their second-highest win total in program history this season and their second straight NCAA Quarterfinal appearance. In the MPSF's final season sanctioning lacrosse, the Trojans finished atop the conference, and look to be Pac-12 favorites heading into next season.

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America's Best

lax-allamericans.jpgUSC women's lacrosse is headed to Beantown this weekend for an Elite Eight showdown with Boston College. The Women of Troy will once again count on the contributions of senior Michaela Michael after being named an IWLCA First Team All-American for the second time this season.

Michael is joined by teammate Lydia Sutton, a junior defender from Minnesota, who made the third team. The team's top duo control action at both ends of the field as Michael leads the team in goals (77), points (97) and draw controls (143), while Sutton is second on the team in ground balls (34) and caused turnovers (26).

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The Women of Troy are one win away from the program's first-ever Final Four appearance. The NCAA Quarterfinal will be streamed live on ESPN3 at 10am PT on Saturday.

Elite Eight Bound

USC women's lacrosse upset No. 3 seed Florida this weekend to advance to the NCAA Elite Eight.

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The unseeded Trojans beat Jacksonville, 13-10, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to advance to a rematch with host Florida. The Gators topped USC, 15-10, earlier this season, but the Trojans avenged that loss by taking them down, 15-12, in Gainesville yesterday.

Trailing 12-11 with six minutes left in the game, the Women of Troy dug deep and rattled off four straight goals to clinch the victory.

USC's seniors stepped up in the win, as Cynthia Del Core scored four goals, while Michaela Michael, Kylie Drexel, Drew Jackson and Gabby McMahon each scored two goals apiece. Junior goalie Gussie Johns, meanwhile, racked up 14 saves, caused two turnovers and grabbed seven ground balls.

USC has now won 12 straight games, and gets to go for No. 13 this Saturday at Boston College. The Eagles are coming off an upset of their own, having downed No. 6 seed Syracuse, 21-10, yesterday.

Saturday's game at BC will mark USC's second straight trip to the NCAA Quarterfinals, and a win would put the team in its first-ever Final Four. Saturday's game begins at 10 a.m. PT.

State of Troy - May 2017

Each month, we interview USC Athletic Director Lynn Swann to get his take on the hot topics around Heritage Hall.

usc-beach-volleyball-pepperdine-ncaa-championship-mcgillen-050617-8842.jpgSwann on USC beach volleyball's third consecutive national championship...

Winning a championship is everybody's goal, but it is hard to attain. A three-peat is absolutely remarkable. It is one of the unique historical accomplishments to happen in any sport. For our top pair, Sara Hughes and Kelly Claes, their record is extraordinary. They will not realize how big this is for quite some time, and it is only going to get bigger.

Swann on the reaction to the recently-unveiled Coliseum seating plan after the renovation...

The messaging that went out last week was really well received. Most importantly, people understand it. Of course, there are a few folks fearful of change, but change is inevitable in any renovation and necessary in our situation. We will be sure to communicate with every one of our Trojan Athletic Fund members and season-ticket holders one-on-one to address their concerns as we believe that we have a suitable option for everyone. The fundraising support has been tremendous, and we are extremely grateful to all our loyal alumni and fans. At the end of the day, I believe that the Trojan Family will be happy with the changes that we are making and embrace the new seating grid. We will come together, support this football program, support this cause and turn out in full force for years to come. We will Fight On.

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Swann on the APR report...

I'm very proud of our student-athletes for their conscientious efforts in the classroom that have led to a best-ever department APR of 976. To have nearly half of our 21 teams record their highest APR in history is a testament to our focus on the "student" part of the student-athlete equation. We should also acknowledge the emphasis our coaches put on the academic performance of their teams and the support provided by our staff in the Stevens Academic Center.

Swann on Commencement Week...

This is my first time here for graduation week as the athletic director, and it is very exciting. Congratulations to all the seniors and post-grads on earning your degrees. I am looking forward to the Student-Athlete Graduation on Thursday and then the main ceremony on Friday. Unfortunately, some of our student-athletes will miss graduation because they are competing in postseason tournaments. It is one of the difficult aspects of being an athlete. But, our student-athletes put so much time and effort into competing for championships that I know they are willing to make the sacrifice to reach for their goals.

usc-womens-water-polo-princeton-2017-mcgillen-5185.jpgSwann on the rest of the spring sport calendar...

Men's and women's golf are beginning their road to the NCAA Championships. The men are in a great position as head coach Chris Zambri has done an excellent job. They had to battle snowy conditions at the Pac-12 Championships in Colorado, which maybe threw them off their game a bit, but they have an opportunity to win the program's first national championship. Andrea Gaston always seems to put the women's team in a position to succeed in the postseason, so I look forward to seeing what they do as well.

Women's water polo will battle for the NCAA title this weekend in Indianapolis. They will go in as the three-seed. They are used to being on top, but they have taken a couple losses lately. It all comes down to the NCAA Tournament though, and Jovan Vavic knows how to win championships.

Men's and women's tennis also begin NCAA Tournament play this week. The men have been playing beautifully, including winning the Pac-12 Tournament, and I expect them to compete for more hardware at the NCAA Championships. The women's team has really improved late in the season, so they could have a good showing as well.

Women's lacrosse has to travel to Florida for the postseason. Coach Lindsey Munday has had this team ready to play from day one. They have grown in confidence every step of the way. I look for them to continue their outstanding play.

Men's and women's track & field will battle for the conference championship this weekend up in Oregon. They have had a great season. I really enjoyed the Dual Meet win for the Women of Troy over UCLA, but the men fell a little bit short. I think both teams are peaking towards postseason competition.

Baseball continues on with a trip to Utah this week. We hope to put together a late season run after a tough couple of weeks.

Women's rowing is working hard. They have a difficult schedule with all the travel, but I think they will make a good showing at the Pac-12 Championships this week. It's that time of year. Everybody is competing and pushing to win hardware.

Tewaaraton Time

USC-LACROSSE-2017-MPSF-CHAMPIONSHIP-MCGILLEN-043017_MCG1530.JPGUSC attacker Michaela Michael, the highest scoring women's lacrosse player in the nation, was named one of 25 nominees for the Tewaaraton Award yesterday.

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The Tewaaraton Award is given annually to the top male and female college lacrosse players in the United States.

Michael's 71 goals this season are the most in the nation, and set a new USC and MPSF single-season record. Her 126 draw controls also set a new MPSF record this year.

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Michael has led the No. 7 Trojans to a 16-3 record and a berth in the upcoming NCAA Tournament.

Five finalists will be selected on May 11 and the winner will be announced June 1.

Trojans Take The Crown

Yesterday, USC women's lacrosse topped Colorado to win its second consecutive MPSF Tournament title and its 22nd straight conference matchup.

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The top-seeded Trojans earned a trip straight to the semifinals, where they beat San Diego State, 18-7. That set up a rematch with Colorado in the finals -- a team USC topped, 11-5, earlier in the season.

In the senior class' last career game at McAlister Field, MPSF Player of the Year Michaela Michael and All-MPSF first teamer Gabby McMahon led the way with four goals each in the 16-11 win over the Buffs.

With four goals in the title game, Michael set a new USC and MPSF single-season scoring record (71), passing UC Davis alum Katie McMahon's mark of 69 goals, set in 2005.

Michael has set and broken USC's single-season goals record three years in a row now.

Michael, McMahon, junior goalie Gussie Johns and freshman midfielder Kaeli Huff were all named to the all-tournament team for their performances across two games.

The conference title has a bit of extra meaning for the Women of Troy because the MPSF will dissolve after this season and USC will join the Pac-12.

The win also locked in a trip to the NCAA Tournament for the Trojans, who have won 10 straight games. USC learns its seed and opponent on Sunday.

Home Field Advantage

Today, USC women's lacrosse kicks off its MPSF Tournament title defense.

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Top-seeded USC hosts the tournament at McAlister Field, and takes on fifth-seeded San Diego State today at noon. It's the Trojans' second matchup with the Aztecs this year. In the teams' first meeting, USC won, 15-3.

USC captured the regular season title and locked up the top seed in the tournament by going 8-0 in conference play and 14-3 overall this year.

Senior captain, two-time MPSF Player of the Year and the nation's leading scorer Michaela Michael seems to give USC the edge in every matchup. Today, she and the Trojans look to break an MPSF record by earning their 19th consecutive conference win. USC also owns a 23-game home win streak.

Should they earn the victory today, the Trojans advance to the championship, which will be held Sunday at McAlister Field at 1 p.m. In the title match, USC would face the winner of today's battle between Colorado and Stanford. The Trojans topped both these teams earlier this season, earning an 11-5 home win over the Buffs and a 15-12 road win over the Cardinal.

Visit Tournament Central to learn more about the teams and the games at McAlister Field this weekend.

Fans can purchase tickets at McAlister Field for $10 (adults) or $5 (students, youth, seniors) for each individual tournament game. The games will also be streamed by FloSports.

Leading From The Front


Written by Fernando Stepensky, USC blog contributor

USC's sixth-ranked women's lacrosse team is having an exceptional season, boasting a 14-3 record, the No. 1 scoring defense and the No. 10 scoring offense in the nation. Senior captain Michaela Michael, recently named the MPSF Player of the Year, has played a starring role in the team's success.

She leads the nation with 63 goals this season, and is showing no signs of slowing down heading into the MPSF Women's Lacrosse Tournament this week at USC's McAlister Field.

"I want to finish my senior season with an MPSF championship, and going to the Final Four would be awesome," Michael said. "That's kind of what we worked four years for, and once you get there, anything can happen in the Final Four."

Michael's elite skill set came to fruition at Menlo High School in San Mateo, CA, where she was named a First Team All-American twice. Originally, however, Michael thought lacrosse was played with the ball on the ground. 

"I picked up a stick [for the first time] in fourth grade, so I was like nine, and I honestly thought it was like field hockey where you threw the ball on the ground," Michael said. "At my first practice I picked up a stick and they told me you play with it kind of upright, and I was really confused." 

Michael said the learning curve was a challenge for her, but that she always loved how fast the game was. Michael picked it up quickly enough to earn a college scholarship and start all 18 games her freshman year at Troy. After putting herself on the map as a freshman, she enjoyed a breakout season as a sophomore, becoming USC's first-ever IWLCA All-American (third team) while also being named the MPSF Player of the Year.

"I guess my sophomore year is when everything kind of blew up a little bit more," Michael said. "The first game I got face-guarded by the other team I was like, 'Okay this is kinda different.' It kind of came really fast though, I wasn't really ready for it."

Despite more and more teams game-planning for Michael's offensive firepower, she continued to amaze her junior and senior seasons. She was named an All-American again her junior year and entered her final season as a preseason All-American and a Tewaaraton Award candidate.

Throughout the years, she's inscribed her name all over the Trojan record books. Michael is USC's all-time leader in goals, total points, free position goals, game-winning goals and draw controls. She holds USC's top three single-season scoring marks as well, and needs just six goals this postseason to top her record of 68 from last year. Michael doesn't check up on her stats, though.

"I actually never have any idea when I'm getting near a new [record]," Michael said. "But it's cool that when I leave I'll be able to say I was one of the first record holders, but I never know when I'm close or anything." 

Head coach Lindsey Munday, who was hired in 2011 to lead USC's first women's lacrosse team, knew she could have a successful program if Michael became a Trojan, and has seen her development ever since firsthand. 

"She didn't just stick to what she's good at, she really grew her game and continued to get better," Munday said. "That's something that's really really special about her. She was never satisfied with where she's at, she always wants to get better and improve and to just push her game to the next level."  

That wasn't always easy for Michael as she lives in California where lacrosse is much less of a focus than it is on the East Coast, which meant constantly searching for new clinics and coaches to improve her game. 

"I really thought I would have to end up going to the East Coast to play," Michael said, "but as soon as I visited USC and met Lindsey, I knew right away it was something that I really wanted to do."

The Trojans have a first round bye in the MPSF Tournament, which Michael hopes to win on the way to the NCAA Final Four.  They will play on Saturday afternoon at McAlister Field and then again on Sunday if they advance to the championship match.

"At this point now it's about her wanting to take this team further than we've ever gone," Munday said. "It's never really been about her. Her focus has always been the team and trying to do whatever she can to push this team to be its best, and that's something that has always been very important to her, that it's all about the team, which is awesome."

Trojans Take Top Honors

USC senior captain Michaela Michael was named the MPSF Player of the Year, headlining five women's lacrosse players to earn First Team All-MPSF honors this season.

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Michael, who leads the conference in points, goals and draw controls, earns the award for the second time in her career, after winning it as a sophomore in 2015. Her selection marks a three-peat for the Trojans, as USC alum Courtney Tarleton earned the Player of the Year award in 2016. With her career winding down, Michael ranks second in MPSF history in career goals and third in career points.

Goalkeeper Gussie Johns, midfielder Gabby McMahon and defender Lydia Sutton join Michael on the All-MPSF first team, as does freshman midfielder Kerrigan Miller, who was named the MPSF Rookie of the Year.

Miller ranks second among MPSF freshmen in goals and total points this season, and has helped No. 7 USC stake out a 14-3 record, an undefeated MPSF slate and the top seed in the upcoming conference tournament.

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USC five first teamers are the most of any school in the conference.

Two Trojan seniors also earned second team honors this season: defender Nina Kelty and attacker Kylie Drexel. Both will leave USC as three-time All-MPSF selections.

USC's seven All-MPSF honorees lead their team into battle at this week's MPSF Tournament. No. 1 seed USC has a first-round bye and will await the tournament's early winners in the semifinals at USC's McAlister Field on Friday.


Drexel Does It

For her dominance in USC women's lacrosse's two wins this weekend, Trojan senior Kylie Drexel was named the MPSF Offensive Player of the Week.

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Drexel netted nine goals and added five assists, four ground balls and five draw controls in USC's wins over Stanford and UC Davis, helping the Trojans finish the regular season undefeated in conference play.

With a hat trick in each game, Drexel moved into fourth all-time on USC's hat trick list, with 15 in her career.

She is USC's second-leading scorer this season, with 33 goals, and ranks second in assists (19) as well.

The Trojans have now won five of the past six MPSF Offensive Player of the Week awards this season. They head into the upcoming conference tournament at McAlister Field as the top seed, having won their last 18 MPSF contests.

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Top Dogs

This weekend, USC women's lacrosse beat Stanford and UC Davis to clinch the regular season MPSF title.

USC locked up the top seed in the upcoming conference tournament with a 15-12 win over Stanford on Friday. Seniors Michaela Michael and Kylie Drexel (pictured) continued their dominance with five goals each in the hard-fought victory.

With the top seed in the tournament already secured, the Trojans still had much to fight for in their matchup with UC Davis yesterday. With a win, they would close out the regular season on an eight-game win streak and finish undefeated in conference play. Michael and Drexel led the way once again with four goals each, and Drew Jackson added four to help the Trojans score an 18-9 victory.

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Heading into the MPSF Tournament, the Trojans are ranked No. 6 in the nation and stand at 14-3 (8-0 MPSF). As the No. 1 seed, USC will host the tournament, which bodes well for the Women of Troy. The team has won 23 consecutive home matches and 18 consecutive games against MPSF opponents.

USC leads the MPSF in goals per game, assists per game, ground balls per game, points per game, shot percentage, goals against average and save percent. Michael has asserted herself as the most dangerous attacker in the conference, and junior Gussie Johns has made a case for the top goalie in the league.

The MPSF Tournament begins Thursday at USC's McAlister Field. Click here for more information!


Gussie The Great

After shutting out Colorado in the second half to help her team pull off an upset win, USC women's lacrosse goalie Gussie Johns was named the MPSF Defensive Player of the Week.

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In Friday's battle against the Buffaloes at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum, Johns posted nine saves and picked up three ground balls. With 289 career saves and 156 career ground balls, she sits atop USC lacrosse's all-time charts.

Johns also leads the nation this year in goals-against average (6.69 gaa) and ranks fourth in ground balls (4.0 gbpg).

Johns has now earned four MPSF Defensive Player of the Week awards in her career (two this season), in addition to one Rookie of the Week award in 2015. Plus, her excellence in the classroom has put her in good position to be selected as an Academic All-American.

The Washington, D.C. native has been so dominant during her college career that she was recently selected to the U.S. Women's National Lacrosse Team, which will compete at the 2017 FIL Women's Lacrosse World Cup in Surrey, England this summer. Johns is one of two collegians on the roster, and one of just two goalies. The other keeper: USC Associate Head Coach / Defensive Coordinator Devon Wills.

Johns, a team captain this year, has put her team in a position to take the top seed in the MPSF Tournament with a win at Stanford on Friday.


Lockdown D At The Coli

On Friday evening, USC's ninth-ranked women's lacrosse team celebrated Senior Day by taking its talents to the L.A. Memorial Coliseum and upsetting No. 6 Colorado.

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Prior to the showdown, USC honored its six seniors: Cynthia Del Core, Kylie Drexel, Drew Jackson, Nina Kelty and Michaela Michael -- all of whom were key in pulling off the 11-5 victory.

Drexel led all scorers with three goals (the 13th hat trick of her career), while Del Core and McMahon both scored braces and added one assist each. Michael dished out two assists and scored a goal of her own.

The Trojans trailed, 5-4, at the break, but Kelty and Jackson helped the Trojans shut out the Buffaloes in the second half (7-0) to charge ahead to victory.

The Trojans now sit atop the MPSF standings with two regular season games remaining.

Check out team photographer John McGillen's photos of the USC victory at the Coliseum:

Clash At The Coliseum

USC_lacrosse_stanford_coliseum_mcgillen_HR-1437.jpgTomorrow evening, USC's ninth-ranked women's lacrosse team heads to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to host No. 6 Colorado in its last home game of the season.

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USC heads into the conference clash riding a 15-game MPSF win streak and a 22-game win streak at home (including two games at the Coliseum). USC's seniors, who will be honored ahead of the game, have played a huge role in those streaks.

Senior attacker Michaela Michael has won MPSF Offensive Player of the Week four weeks in a row for her goal-scoring prowess recently. Michael is USC's all-time leading goal-scorer and needs just seven more points to become USC's all-time leader in points scored.

Fellow seniors Kylie Drexel and Cynthia Del Core rank fourth and fifth in all-time goals, respectively, while Nina Kelty ranks fifth in USC history in ground balls. Michael, Drexel, Del Core and Kelty, along with fellow seniors Drew Jackson and Gabby McMahon, will all be honored ahead of the game.

The matchup will also be significant for USC head coach Lindsey Munday, who played alongside Colorado head coach Ann Elliott at Northwestern for three years.

The Trojans are 11-3 on the season with a 5-0 mark in MPSF play, positioning them at the top of the conference standings. Colorado sits just behind USC, with a 4-0 conference mark and a 12-1 overall record.

Tomorrow's tough matchup kicks off at 5 p.m. at the Coliseum. Admission is free and open to the public. For those unable to attend, the game will be broadcast on Pac-12 LA and Pac-12 Mountain.

Meet Kerrigan Miller

New Jersey native Lindsey Munday has built USC women's lacrosse into the sport's first western power by recruiting coast-to-coast to find the country's best talent. To that end, the Women of Troy's scoring leaders are Michaela Michael from Hillsborough, CA, and New Yorkers Cynthia Del Core and Kerrigan Miller.

Miller, a freshman from Bayport, NY, is the new name on the list. She has made an immediate impact for the No. 9 Trojans, scoring 26 goals in 14 games and earning MPSF Rookie of the Week honors twice this season.

Before USC takes on Colorado at the Coliseum on Friday night (5 p.m.), get to know Kerrigan Miller:


pac-12player-michael4.jpgFor the fourth week in a row and the ninth time in her career, USC women's lacrosse captain Michaela Michael has been named the MPSF Offensive Player of the Week.

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The Bay Area native scored six goals against Oregon last week and tied a career high with seven against San Diego State to earn the award.

Michael has come on strong down the stretch, scoring at least four goals in each of USC's last five games. Her impressive performances of late have helped her maintain the top spot in the MPSF in scoring, points and draw controls this season. Her 53 goals also rank second in the nation.

After scoring 13 goals this week, Michael moved up to second place in the MPSF's all-time scoring charts and fourth in all-time points.

The two-time All-American and 2017 Tewaaraton Award nominee has a few more chances to rewrite the record books in USC's three remaining regular season games. The Trojans' last home game of the regular season comes this Friday at 5 p.m. at the LA Memorial Coliseum against No. 5 Colorado. After that, No. 9 USC has two road games before returning home for the MPSF Tournament, then potentially traveling to the NCAA Championships.

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Michael's Monster Games

USC_lacrosse_stanford_coliseum_mcgillen_HR-2271.jpgLed by senior captain Michaela Michael, USC women's lacrosse won both games of a zigzagging road trip this weekend to improve its season record to 11-3 (5-0 MPSF).

On Friday, the No. 9 Trojans traveled north to Eugene, OR to face the Ducks. Michael notched six goals in the win for the sixth time in her career, lifting USC to a dominant 17-7 win.

The two-time IWLCA All-American managed to top that stat line in the very next game. At San Diego State on Saturday, she tied a career high with seven goals, including six in the first half. USC beat the Aztecs, 15-3.

Michael, who has won MPSF Offensive Player of the Week three times in a row, has scored at least six goals in each of USC's last five games.

The senior now has 53 goals on the season -- 13 more than the next highest scorer in the MPSF. With three regular season games to go before the MPSF Tournament and potential NCAA Championships, Michael has the potential to rewrite USC's record books yet again.

She already holds USC's top two single-season scoring marks (with 68 goals in 2016 and 63 in 2015) and set records in points, shots, shots on goal and free-position goals last year.

Michael and the Trojans return home for their last regular season game of 2016 this Friday night. No. 9 USC takes on No. 5 Colorado in a showdown at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

Racking Up Miles

After netting three wins to open up MPSF play, USC's ninth-ranked women's lacrosse team hits the road this weekend looking for two more.

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Tomorrow at 1 p.m., the Trojans take on Oregon in Eugene, where USC has never lost. The very next day, USC play in San Diego, CA against the SDSU Aztecs at 6 p.m.

These games represent the first time this season that USC plays on back-to-back days -- valuable practice for the upcoming MPSF Tournament.

Tomorrow, the Trojans will go up against the only player in the MPSF averaging more points per game than USC's own Michaela Michael in Oregon's Shannon Williams. While Michaels, the back-to-back-to-back MPSF Offensive Player of the Week, boasts 40 goals and 12 assists, Williams has netted 37 goals and 18 assists.

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MPSF Masters

pac-12player-michael3.jpgFor their efforts in USC women's lacrosse's two wins this week, attacker Michaela Michael and midfielder Kaeli Huff were named the MPSF Offensive Player and Rookie of the Week, respectively.

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Michael, who leads the MPSF in scoring, has now earned the Offensive Player of the Week three weeks in a row. In USC's two most recent wins, she scored 10 goals, had 17 draw controls and added an assist, a ground ball and a caused turnover. The wins represented Michael's 33rd and 34th career hat tricks, the most in USC history. Her 196 career goals are the most in USC lacrosse history as well.

While Michael has earned nine MPSF weekly honors in her career, Huff just earned her first. The freshman from Eastport, NY led USC with a career-high five goals in Friday's win over Fresno State.

Huff, who comes from a family of lacrosse players, has 13 goals on the season.

Michaela, Huff and the ninth-ranked Women of Troy have just five regular season matches remaining, and only one at home: a Friday evening clash with Colorado at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum (April 14 at 5 p.m. on Pac-12 Network).


Weekend Warriors

Over the weekend, USC women's lacrosse racked up two dominant wins to extend its home win streak to 22 straight contests.

The Trojans put up nearly identical performances against both Fresno State and Cal, beating the Bulldogs on Friday by a 21-5 margin and the Bears on Sunday, 21-4.

The wins helped No. 9 USC improve to 9-3 on the season and 3-0 in MPSF action. Sunday's win also marked USC's 20th straight win at McAlister Field and 22nd straight home win, including two games played at the LA Memorial Coliseum.

Click here for the highlights of USC's win over Fresno State and here for highlights of USC's win over Cal!

Senior attacker Michaela Michael scored 10 goals across the two games, giving her 40 on the season -- the most in the MPSF this year. She now boasts 196 career goals, third-most in MPSF history.

The Trojans hit the road for matches at Oregon and San Diego State this weekend before coming home for the final regular-season home match of the season on Friday, April 14 against Colorado. That match will be played at 5 p.m. at the Coliseum.

Check out USC team photographer John McGillen's photos of USC's win over Cal!

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