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Golden Goalies

USC_lacrosse_UC_davis_mcgillen_HR-3423.jpgBack in August, over 100 players tried out for the 2017 U.S. Women's National Lacrosse Team. Since then, three rounds have cuts have been made to whittle the team down to just 18 players. Of those final 18, only two are goalies, and both are members of USC's women's lacrosse program.

Junior goalie Gussie Johns and USC associate head coach Devon Wills made the final cut for the team that will compete at the 2017 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) Women's World Cup from July 12-22 in Guildford, England.

Wills, a two-time world champion with U.S.A. Lacrosse already, has undoubtedly made an impact on Johns during her time at USC. Johns led the nation in goals-against average in 2016 (6.04 gaa) and was All-MPSF and IWLCA All-Region. She led the nation's No. 1 scoring defense (5.80 gaa) and was the team's leader in ground balls (49).

Johns becomes the first Trojan lacrosse player to ever make the World Cup roster. Before she sets her sights on the World Cup, though, she must take on USC's 2017 season. Wills, Johns and the Trojans get started on Feb. 11 vs. St. Mary's, with hopes to take the next step and win a national championship.


High Hopes

USC_Lacrosse_Stony_Brook_McGillen_9201.jpgHeading into the 2017 season, four members of USC's women's lacrosse team were named to Face-Off Yearbook Preseason Division I All-America teams as published by Inside Lacrosse (ILWomen).

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Senior attacker Michaela Michael, who was named a third team All-American at the end of last season, made the preseason first team. In 2016, she led the MPSF in points per game (3.80), goals per game (3.15), draw controls per game (6.15), and game-winning goals (5).

Junior goalie Gussie Johns earned second team preseason All-American honors. Johns led the nation in goals-against average in 2016 (6.04) was named All-MPSF and IWLCA All-Region last year.

Junior defender Lydia Sutton was named to the preseason All-American third team. Last year, she caused 28 turnovers and caused 37 ground balls en route to All-MPSF second team honors.

Senior attacker Kylie Drexel earned preseason honorable mention honors. She, too, was an MPSF second teamer last year, after posting 40 goals and 18 assists.

The Trojans enter 2017 with a No. 6 preseason ranking and the desire to take the next step as a program: winning the national championship. Their 2017 season starts on Feb. 11 vs. St. Mary's.

Stevens Center Academic Spotlight: Gussie Johns

USC's student-athletes are more than just champions on the field, court, diamond and pool --- they're champions in the classroom as well. Each week, we will get to know one of these scholarly Trojans a bit better in our academic spotlight.

Gussie.jpgName: Gussie Johns
Class: Sophomore
Sport: Women's Lacrosse
Major: Business Administration
GPA: 3.69

Aubrey Kragen (AK): So what is your major here and why did you choose it?

Gussie Johns (GJ): I'm a business major with a focus in entrepreneurial business, and I will be a sports media minor, I just haven't declared yet. I chose that coming out of high school, so I applied right into the business school. I grew up having two parents that were entrepreneurs, and I've always liked that side of the business industry: being able to create your own thing and follow that path. I love business just because it brings in so many different parts of society, because you can kind of take it where you want to take it, whether it be finance or accounting or marketing.

AK: So do you want to found your own company? Do you have an idea of what you'd like to do?

GJ: It's something I've always wanted to do, either start my own company or go into my family's business, just because I've been involved in it since I was a little kid. But from there, I would love to do anything involving sports or giving back as a philanthropic thing, because that's always been in my family and something I've always had a large passion for. I grew up in an environment that was surrounded so much by sports that I can't imagine leaving it right away, or really, ever. So that's definitely something I'll have to implement, whether it's in the actual business I do or outside, just still keeping it a part of my life as I get older.

AK: What did your parents do that inspired you to go into entrepreneurship?

GJ: My mom worked for Vogue right out of school and did consulting for a bunch of companies for a long time. And my dad started a company out of school. He sold that, and then in 2004 they came together and started a company called Bungalow, which later developed into a company called SCOUT, and they make tote bags and small accessories. They're known for their function, while bringing in the fun colors and patterns that my mom creates.

AK: How do you think competing in college athletics has prepared you to lead a company one day?

GJ: I think it definitely has a large impact on how I would act in the business world. I think being able to manage a team and knowing how to manage so many personalities and getting the best out of each person is something that I've learned throughout sports. I think that'll help me going forward in the business world, whether I'm the boss or just an employee. But being able to interact with so many types of people along with so many of the characteristics you learn in sports, like work ethic and time management --- the list goes on and on --- any college athlete is just that much better off once they get in the work world.

AK: Do you think being a goalie specifically --- the viewpoint you have of the field and your duty to make sure your teammates are in the right positions --- will help you be a leader in the business world?

GJ: Absolutely. That's definitely a large part of it, because I see things that other players don't see, because like a quarterback, you have a vantage point that no one else has. And it's kind of like the safety on defense that can see everything in front of them. So yeah, I definitely think that's one of the reasons that I was subconsciously drawn to playing goalie and another reason why I'm drawn to being at the head of a company or starting my own company, is being able to see things like that.

AK: You're in the Trojan Athletic Senate, right? Can you tell me about what you do in that organization?

GJ: Yeah, I'm one of the executive members. I actually just went to San Francisco this weekend as a representative for it. They take two reps from all the Pac-12 schools and we met there and did roundtables and got ideas from other schools. Right now, we just restructured TAS into three different committees: community service and outreach, and then we have health and wellness and kind of equality and diversity, and then the last one is trying to get people to more games and trying to get athletes more involved. I'm on the health and wellness one and we're trying to form a campaign to promote diversity within the athletic department and on campus.

AK: I know you've recently been involved with the U.S. National Lacrosse team. Can you update me on that?

GJ: So in August we had the tryouts, and from there, 36 players made it out of more than 100. So I actually made the team along with two of my coaches: Devon Wills and Alyssa [Leonard]. So in September we had a meeting and an intra-squad scrimmage with the 36 people and there weren't any cuts after that. Then we got back together in October and they cut from 36 to 24, and Devon and I made it to the next stage of cuts. January is the last cut and it goes to 18. It's just funny because she's a goalie, I'm a goalie and she's the older generation while I'm the younger generation. It's been fun to follow in her footsteps in a way and experience lacrosse as her teammate and not just about her player, because I'd heard so much about how she plays and how she's a leader and impacts the players around her, but I had never seen it firsthand. It's been an awesome opportunity to be at that level and with those types of players.

Trophy Time

During the Trojans' game vs. Colorado on Saturday, USC's female student-athletes were presented their trophy and check for winning the 2015-16 Capital One Cup.

The Capital One Cup recognizes NCAA Division I athletics programs for their cumulative performance across multiple men's and women's sports. The Women of Troy earned their first ever Capital One Cup Trophy by winning two national championships (water polo and beach volleyball) and posting eight total Top-10 finishes (lacrosse, volleyball, golf, swimming, track and indoor track) last season. USC's spring sports helped catapult the program from 17th place at the end of the winter season to the top overall spot.

As part of the presentation, Capital One also presented USC with a $200,000 check for student-athlete scholarships.

Currently, USC's women's soccer, volleyball, golf, cross country and swimming programs are working to keep the Women of Troy atop the college athletics totem pole. Women's swimming heads to the SMU Classic on Friday, while volleyball faces Oregon in Eugene on Friday night. Women's golf will start play in the Stanford Intercollegiate tournament on Friday as well.

21 Pilots

Heading into the 2016-17 season, representatives from each of USC's 21 sports met on top of the AT&T Center for the annual "All 21" photo shoot. The AT&T Center, just two miles from campus, overlooks the skyline of downtown Los Angeles, where the Trojans call home.

Top row, from left to right: Nick Bell (men's water polo), Nina Kelty (lacrosse), Rebekah Ent (cross country), Anika  Apostalon (women's swimming), Eric Sloan (men's track & field), Courtney Jaco (women's basketball), Karen Chung (women's golf), Lucas Yoder (men's volleyball), Reed Malone (men's swimming), Brianna Daboub (women's water polo), Sara Hughes (beach volleyball), Jeremy Martinez (baseball)

Bottom row, from left to right: Zach Banner (football), Zoe Katz (women's tennis), Jordan McLaughlin (men's basketball), Amalie Iuel (women's track & field), Madara Strautmane (rowing), Nick Crystal (men's tennis), Collin Pollard (men's diving), Taylor Whittingham (women's volleyball), Savannah Levin (women's soccer), Sean Crocker (men's golf), Madison Witt (women's diving)

Cover Girl Kerrigan

Kerrigan Miller, an incoming freshman on USC's women's lacrosse team, is featured on the September cover of "Inside Lacrosse" magazine.

Miller was the top recruit in the nation coming out of Bayport-Blue Point High School in Bayport, NY.

Halley Quillinan, the editor of "Inside Lacrosse Women," spoke very highly of Miller. "She's a special type of player that a program can be built around for four years, and the type that doesn't come around often," Quillinan said. "She's the first No. 1 recruit that USC has been able to snag, but undoubtedly not their last and I think her commitment to the program and the coaches there legitimized the Trojans as 'having arrived,' so to speak."

Come February, Miller will have the chance to help the Trojans improve upon last season's outstanding 20-1 record.


Gussie the Great

Fresh off a remarkable season for USC women's lacrosse, junior goalie Gussie Johns has been named to the 2017 U.S. Women's National Team. 

Johns, who hails from Washington, D.C., was one of just five goalies named to the 36-woman roster.

The 2016 MPSF first-teamer was 19-1 as a starter in 2016, and her 6.04 goals-against average led the nation.

While Johns is the first Trojan player ever named to the national team, she joins USC associate head coach Devon Wills and assistant coach Alyssa Leonard on the roster. The 36 players will compete for the final 18 spots on the squad for the 2017 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) Women's World Cup.


Spring Smarts

After a phenomenal spring seasons in the water and on the court, beach, track and field, six USC teams closed the book on a successful academic semester as well, collecting postseason academic awards at both the conference and national levels.

Announced last week, eleven members of the conference-winning USC women's lacrosse team, five men's volleyball players and five members of the women's water polo team, which posted it's third-highest team GPA this semester, earned MPSF All-Academic recognition. 

After winning the program's first-ever NCAA national championship, four members of the USC beach volleyball team - Nicolette Martin, Jenna Belton, Jo Kremer and Sophie Bukovec (pictured) - secured spots on the first-ever Pac-12 Beach Volleyball All-Academic teams. Martin received First Team honors, Belton and Kremer were named to the Second Team, while Bukovec garnered honorable mention. 

Three women's rowers, Sara Bilimoria, Kaelyn Ibold and Ida Gortz Jacobsen, received Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association National Scholar-Athlete recognition

And rounding out the group of talented USC spring student-atheltes, USC senior Jaide Stepter, now headed to the NCAA Championships in the 400m hurdles, earned CoSIDA Academic All-District honors for her combined success on the track and in the classroom.


Stepping Stone

USC women's lacrosse took its first loss of the season on Saturday, ending the Women of Troy's historic campaign in the NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals at Syracuse. The Trojans clawed back from a three-goal deficit to tie the game and send it into overtime in the Carrier Dome, where the Orange delivered the sudden-death blow to win 12-11.

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The Women of Troy finish the year 20-1, setting nearly every program and conference record along the way. In her final game, senior Amanda Johansen led the team with four goals and six points. Junior attackers Cynthia Del Core and Michaela Michael combined to add five goals, while junior Kylie Drexel delivered a team-high three assists.


Very First First-Teamers

Continuing the trend in USC women's lacrosse's year of firsts, Michaela Michael and Courtney Tarleton were named the program's first-ever First Team IWLCA All-Americans on Wednesday. The pair forms somewhat of an offensive and defensive yin and yang on the field, complimenting each others' efforts on either half, and helping to lead their team to a perfect 20-0 record and berth in the 2016 NCAA quarterfinals this season. USC senior midfielder Amanda Johansen also joined the duo, receiving third team honors.

Tarleton, the 2016 MPSF Player of the Year, is a four-year All-MPSF performer and four-year team captain. She leads the MPSF and ranks seventh in the NCAA for caused turnovers (2.50 ctpg) and will forever be cemented in USC lacrosse history as one of the program's first All-Americans.

Sharing Tarleton's spotlight in history is Michael, the 2015 MPSF Player of the Year, who is second in the nation for total points and fifth in total goals. The team's scoring leader by a wide margin, the junior attacker was a third team All-American last season. 

All eyes will be on both USC captains on Saturday at 12 p.m. PT when the Trojans take on Syracuse at the Carrier Dome live on ESPN3. Be sure to follow @USCTrojansLAX for in-game updates, photos and more!


Defensive Guru

As USC women's lacrosse prepares for its first-ever NCAA Quarterfinal this week (Saturday at Syracuse), the Women of Troy know that the old adage, "Defense wins championships," applies to their sport as well. In its undefeated run this season, USC has held 18 of its 20 opponents under 10 goals.

Devon Wills is Lindsey Munday's associate head coach and defensive coordinator. She also happens to be one of the best goalies in the world, backstopping Team USA to World Cup titles in 2009 and 2013.

Click here for ESPNW's new profile on Wills.

While most coaches tell stories about back when they used to play, Wills practices everything that she preaches. No Trojan would dare challenge her prowess in goal.

"I can be pretty competitive and pretty aggressive," Wills told ESPNW.

While she continues her playing career as the first draft pick of the Long Island Sound in the newly formed United Women's Lacrosse League, she is also bucking the notion that great players do not make great coaches. Wills has passed her passion down to her pupils, fortifying USC's defense, and building the foundation for a championship run.


A Season of Firsts

USC women's lacrosse is doing what no team has done before this season, and it's raising the bar to an entirely new level. As the first-ever West Coast NCAA Tournament hosts, the Trojans took down Stanford, 14-8, on Sunday to become the first MPSF team to ever hold a 20-0 record and the first conference representative in the NCAA Quarterfinals.

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From start to finish the Women of Troy were dominant, holding an opponent to under 10 goals for the 20th time this season and finishing with a hat trick of individual hat tricks. Junior attacker Michaela Michael tallied three goals, two assists and eight draw controls in the victory, marking her 23rd career hat trick. She now has 66 goals on the season, the fourth-most in MPSF single-season history. Junior attacker Kylie Drexel scored her ninth-career hat trick and senior attacker Caroline deLyra finished with her 26th career hat trick to round out the group of high-scoring Trojans.

The Women of Troy now head to Syracuse, New York, to take on Syracuse (18-5) at the Carrier Dome on May 21 at 3 p.m. ET/Noon PT. Be sure to follow @USCTrojansLAX for in-game updates, photos and more throughout USC's historic journey.

Check out all the John McGillen photos from USC lacrosse's 20th win on Sunday...

Historic Hosts

The USC women's lacrosse team made a lot more than just program history when it won the MPSF Championship last week with a perfect 19-0 record. As the five seed in the upcoming 2016 NCAA Tournament, the Women of Troy will host the first-ever NCAA tournament games on the West Coast this Friday and Sunday at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

The Trojans' seed includes a first round bye, so USC will face the winner of Stanford (14-4) and James Madison (10-9), which play Friday at 3 p.m. PT, on Sunday at 12 p.m. PT. Seeded above the Women of Troy is defending national champion and No. 1 ranked Maryland (the only other undefeated team in the nation), along with No. 2 seed Florida, No. 3 seed North Carolina and No. 4 seed Syracuse. 

Each of this weekend's first and second round games will be streamed live on USC's Pac-12 portal which can be found here. Be sure to follow @USCTrojansLAX for in-game updates, photos and more. 

Championship Season

With six active teams in the national Top 5, including four conference title winners and two programs on undefeated runs, USC is ready for championship season.

Making History

One year ago today, the USC women's lacrosse team awaited its postseason fate, hoping for an at-large bid in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history after finishing second in the 2015 MPSF Tournament. Their eventual bid and first round victory were momentous for a program just three years in existence. 

One year later, the Women of Troy have surpassed all expectations once again, winning the program's first-ever MPSF Title on Sunday and extending their undefeated streak to 19 games to earn an automatic bid to the 2016 NCAA Tournament. With an 8-5 win over Stanford, No. 5 USC tied the conference record for most wins in a single season and became the first team in league history to finish both the regular season and MPSF Tournament undefeated. 

In another offensive onslaught, the Women of Troy outshot the Cardinal, 27-16, led by junior attacked Michaela Michael who scored her 25th hat trick of her career with five draw controls. MPSF Player of the Year senior captain Courtney Tarleton caused two turnovers en route to earning tournament MVP honors. Tarleton, along with Caroline deLyra, Kelsey Dryer and Amanda Johansen, also secured a spot on the MPSF All-Tournament team.

The Women of Troy now wait, once again, to hear the specifics on their NCAA postseason plans, but this time their appearance in the 26-team tournament is guaranteed. Selections will be announced on on Sunday, May 8 at 6 p.m. PT. The tournament begins the weekend of May 13 and will conclude the weekend of May 27 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 

Be sure to follow @USCTrojansLAX for in-game updates, photos and more all postseason long. 

Check out the highlights from the 2016 MPSF Championship game...

Two More Wins

Munday-MPSF.jpgUndefeated USC women's lacrosse added two more victories to its growing total as Lindsey Munday earned MPSF Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season and senior captain Courtney Tarleton was named MPSF Player of the Year. Seven Trojans were placed on the All-MPSF Team led by senior Amanda Johansen who finished her career as a four-time first team selection.

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Tarleton and Johansen were joined on the All-MPSF First Team by junior attacker Michaela Michael, sophomore goalie Gussie Johns and senior attacker Caroline deLyra. Junior attacker Kylie Drexel and sophomore defender Lydia Sutton made the second team.


Unbeaten and Unfinished

Written by Caroline Deisley, USC blog contributor

The No. 5 USC women's lacrosse team ended its regular season a perfect 17-0 for the first time in the program's four-year history. The Women of Troy swept both No. 3 Stanford and UC Davis this weekend to clinch their first outright regular season title. The 17-game win streak is tied for the longest in MPSF history (Denver, 2014) while the 17 wins in one season is tied for third in league history. The No. 5 Trojans are also one of only two teams still undefeated in the nation.

Click here for a full recap of the Women of Troy's Senior Day victory.

The Trojans began the game with an all-senior lineup, a nod to the hard-working group that lay the program's foundation four years ago. Nine different players scored goals in the game, including seniors Amanda Johansen, Kelsey Dreyer, Maggie Mawhinney and Caroline deLyra. Senior defender Courtney Tarleton scored her first career goal in her final regular season game at McAlister Field.

The perfect regular season is a testimony to the hard work this senior class has put in to turn a new program into an established powerhouse in the MPSF. However, the perfect regular season is not the end of the line for this USC squad. The Women of Troy hold the undisputed top seed in the MPSF tournament and will face the winner of No. 4 UC Davis versus No. 5 Denver in the semifinals on Friday, April 29 at 4:00 p.m. at Stanford.

Click here to see highlights from USC's 14-4 victory over UC Davis on Senior Day.

Check out all the John McGillen photos from Sunday here...

Built From The Ground Up

Written by Max Holm, USC blog contributor

Before 2013, there was no women's lacrosse team at USC. That year, everything changed. It was up to 18 brave women to turn down established programs and create a new tradition as Trojans. Starting from scratch, this group dreamed of what they could accomplish in their careers in Cardinal & Gold. Four years later, as they celebrate Senior Day and aim for an undefeated regular season, three members of USC's inaugural class look back on their experience and program they've helped create.

USC Lacrosse Coach Lindsey Munday:The biggest thing we wanted to do was recruit leaders, people who could and would buy into this vision that we had for the program here and that's not an easy task.

USC Attacker Caroline deLyra: I was recruited to Northwestern when Lindsey was working there, so as soon as she got the job at USC I automatically reached out to her and got a response. Being a part of something new sounded really appealing to me, so that's the reason I decided to take this path.

USC Defender Courtney Tarleton: I remember my mom showed me the article in Lacrosse Magazine that USC was announcing a program. She said I should definitely reach out to them. When you're going to an established program it takes a few years to get into those starting lineups. We all had the opportunity to start as freshmen and I think that's really fun.

USC Midfielder Amanda Johansen: I definitely wanted to be part of a program that built itself from the bottom up. Any of us could have gone to a program that was established at the time, but I thought it was cool to think of beating those programs that were established and become a new powerhouse.

The class had high aspirations, but much work lay ahead to reach the upper echelon of the country's fastest-growing sport. USC opened the 2013 season against No. 1 Northwestern. The Trojans lost, 18-5.

Munday (a former Northwestern star and alumnus): We started out playing one of the top programs in the country in Northwestern. We didn't want just a game to win. We wanted to show the girls where we needed to be, where we wanted to be and where we could be in a short time.

Tarleton: That game taught us a lot and showed us how fast the college game really is because we had never played a top opponent until then.

Munday: A week in I told them, "No more being freshmen. We can't have it. You guys have to play older, act older." We really held them to the standard of a Top 5 program even back then, because we knew what it was going to take. We knew the standards we had to hold them to no matter what, even though they were young. We never relied on the fact that we were a young program.

Tarleton: It was really nice having a big class - 26 total players and 17 freshmen - because it gave you so many different outlets to reach out to. We've just stayed so close over these four years. I think we were really fortunate to have so many people along for the ride.

deLyra: Our first year was pretty much a lot of learning and a lot of coach involvement about what we needed to do. We were basically told as freshmen that we were going to be treated like seniors and held to the same standards as if we were here four years ago.

Munday: As a freshman coming in, you're scared, scared of college lacrosse, and you don't know what to expect. It's really hard to lead your peers, which is what all these players had to do at times. There were definitely hard parts with our youth, but also in holding each other accountable because it's easy for a senior to tell the freshmen and sophomores what to do and what the rules are. But we didn't have that. Once everyone could take a point of accountability themselves and be okay with being told what to do in a positive way, that was the turning point.

Johansen: On the field it was definitely a lot of learning, but off the field it was as well. From where we started to where we ended it's kind of crazy where our friendships have come, how we've all grown together, which is really cool to look at. I think we all look back as to how it was freshman year versus how it is now, and it's crazy to see that transition.

deLyra: I think that when we were freshmen we still had really high expectations. I remember our first day of practice we all had to say a goal that we had, and we all pretty much had the same one: to make it to the Final 4 and be national champions.

Munday: We have lots of stories about the early days, of them just being young and not knowing anything. There were no older players to tell them what to do, to tell them that it's okay to have water and then take a breath before you come back from a drill. It takes a special kind of person to weather those early storms. You're going to go through some rough patches, both on the field and off. So to be able to have these players who stuck it through, who stayed positive and stayed together, their chemistry is just off the charts because they did go through all those things together and needed to rely on one another.


Aiming for a Perfect Weekend

It's setting up to be an exciting weekend at USC as both the No. 1 women's water polo and No. 5 women's lacrosse teams are gunning for perfect regular season records in their final games. Water polo is just one game away from a 21-0 record in 2016 and will look to clinch undefeated status against Cal on Friday at 2 p.m. PT. Lacrosse has two to go to get to 17-0, first on Friday at 4:30 p.m. versus Stanford in the Coliseum, and finally at McAlister Field on Sunday against UC Davis at 12 p.m.

Friday's water polo game will be Senior Day for Melissa Bergesen, Alegra Hueso and Nicola Welch. The Women of Troy have had a stellar 2016 season, outscoring opponents 253-85 through 20 games and leading the MPSF in defense with 4.25 goals allowed per game. Junior Stephanie Haralabidis is USC's top scorer with 50 goals to date while twin sister Ioanna is just behind her with 33 goals this season. The Trojans' match will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks.

On Sunday, the Women of Troy will celebrate 14 seniors in their final home match, including Courtney Tarleton, Amanda Johansen and Caroline Cordrey, among others. The day should be a very special one as the group has played at USC since the program first began in 2012 and will be USC's inaugural four-year class. The Trojans are one of just two undefeated teams in the country (No. 1 Maryland) and boast the nation's top scoring offense and defense. All-star attacker Michaela Michael leads the conference with 3.57 goals per game and has tallied 52 total this year.

Be sure to come out and support both teams and follow @USCWaterPolo and @USCTrojansLAX for in-game updates, photos and more this weekend!


Another One Bites the Dust

Written by Caroline Deisley, USC blog contributor

The No. 5 USC women's lacrosse team narrowly escaped the No. 6 Notre Dame Fighting Irish on the road in South Bend on Monday afternoon with a 5-4 victory. The Women of Troy remain a perfect 15-0 this year and will look to finish the regular season undefeated for the first time in program history this weekend at home. USC is now just one of two teams that remains undefeated in the nation, and this victory is the team's fourth over a ranked opponent this year.

Click here for a complete recap from USC's narrow victory over Notre Dame.

The teams entered Monday's match with two of the top five scoring offenses in the nation, but the game would be decided by the defensive effort in the historic first meeting between the two programs. Sophomore goalie and MPSF Defensive Player of the Week, Gussie Johns, finished with double-digit saves (10) for the first time this season in the Trojans' win and added four ground balls. Senior defender Courtney Tarleton also contributed with a program-record six forced turnovers and a ground ball and sophomore midfielder Lydia Sutton added a pair of turnovers and two ground balls. Scoring goals for the Women of Troy were junior Michaela Michael (two goals), junior Cynthia Del Core, junior Kylie Drexel and senior Amanda Johansen.

The 15-0 Trojans will put their undefeated regular season on the line this weekend, first on Friday at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum versus the No. 9 Stanford Cardinal at 4:30 p.m. PT. and then on Sunday for Senior Day against UC Davis at 12:00 p.m on McAlister Field.

Check out the rapid reaction from the USC women's lacrosse team after defeating Notre Dame...

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