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No. 20 USC Lacrosse Stunned by Sun Devils in 20-9 Defeat

Mar 19, 2021

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LOS ANGELES – The 20th-ranked USC lacrosse team (3-3, 1-1 Pac-12) lost to Arizona State (4-2, 1-2) at McAlister Field on Friday, March 19. The Trojans had an eight-game home win streak snapped by the Sun Devils.
 
KEY PLAYERS

  • Sr. midfielder Kelsey Huff scored three goals to post her 18th-career hat trick and had a draw control and a ground ball.
  • Gr. attacker Maddie McDaniel pulled in six draw controls and scored two goals.
  • Jr. attacker Erin Bakes scored two goals and grabbed four draw controls.
  • Sr. goalie Riley Hertford put up seven saves in the loss and had seven ground balls and four caused turnovers.
  • For the Sun Devils, Kerri Clayton led with 11 points on six goals and five assists; and added three ground balls. Carley Adams had five goals on the day. Emily Glagolev scored four and recorded three assists. In goal, Berkeley Bonneau collected 11 saves and had three ground balls for the win.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Arizona State's 20-goal total equaled the most a USC team had previously surrendered (May 20, 2017, at Boston College) and its 11-goal margin was the largest defeat for the Trojans by a Pac-12 opponent.
  • The Women of Troy out-shot the Devils, 40-34, had more ground balls (23-22), and were only narrowly edged in the draw circle (16-15). USC turned the ball over three fewer times than Arizona State (16-13), but the Sun Devils were aggressive in transition and gave the Trojans few good looks at goal.
  • ASU led by as many as 13 goals at 20-7 before the Trojans scored the final two. It was only the second time in program history that USC fell behind by more than 10 goals in a home game (Feb. 9, 2013, vs. Northwestern). 

UP NEXT

  • USC remains home to host Fresno State (1-5) on Sunday (March 21) at noon PT on McAlister Field.

MATCH NOTES

  • USC fell to 5-1 all-time against Arizona State.
  • The Trojans dropped to 48-12 all-time in games at McAlister Field and had an eight-game home win streak snapped (April 20, 2019, vs. Colorado).
  • The loss is USC's first to an unranked opponent since an 18-11 defeat on the road at Oregon (April 8, 2018) and only the 13th all-time against an unranked foe.
  • The Women of Troy were coming off an 18-10 win over California on the road, but had been paused due to COVID-19 protocols, which caused the cancellation of a game at Stanford previously scheduled for March 14.

 All USC women's lacrosse competitions will be conducted in accordance with the Pac-12 COVID-19 Medical Advisory Committee health and safety recommendations and guidelines, available at Pac-12.com/health. For more information on the USC women's lacrosse team, a complete schedule, and results, please visit USCTrojans.com. Fans of the Women of Troy can follow the team on Instagram and on Twitter @USCTrojansLax.