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USC Lacrosse Hosts Buffs and Ducks For Pac-12 Bouts

Mar 24, 2021

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LOS ANGELES – The USC lacrosse team (4-3, 1-1 Pac-12) closes the first half of its Pac-12 schedule as host to Colorado (3-3, 1-1) and Oregon (1-5, 1-1) at McAlister Field. The Trojans have not met either team since the 2019 season and will renew their rivalry with the Buffaloes on Friday (March 26) at 4 p.m. PT before clashing with the Ducks on Sunday (March 28) at noon. Both contests will be streamed live.

GAME #8 • Friday, March 26 • 4 p.m. PT
USC (4-3, 1-1) vs. Colorado (3-3, 1-1)
McAlister Field • Los Angeles, Calif.
SERIES HISTORY: USC leads, 7-3 (.700) • STREAK: W1
LAST MEETING: W 12-3 (Apr. 28, 2019 • Eugene, Ore.)
TV/STREAM: USC Live Stream (Carlo Jimenez)
OPPONENT WEB: CUBuffs.com

GAME #9 • Sunday, March 28 • 12 p.m. PT
USC (4-3, 1-1) vs. Oregon (1-5, 1-1)
McAlister Field • Los Angeles, Calif.
SERIES HISTORY: USC leads, 7-3 (.700) • STREAK: W2
LAST MEETING: W 16-0 (Apr. 7, 2019 • McAlister Field)
TV/STREAM: USC Live Stream (Carlo Jimenez)
OPPONENT WEB: GoDucks.com

CROSSExamination

  • USC is the defending Pac-12 champion and was chosen to finish 2021 in a tie for first place by the league's coaches.
  • The Trojans are 49-12 all-time at McAlister Field.
  • Following the 2020 season's stoppage due to the COVID-19 world pandemic, USC did not play Colorado or Oregon. The last time the Trojans played either team was in 2019.
  • Gr. attacker Maddie McDaniel leads the NCAA in draw controls per game at 10.00 dcpg and ranks fifth in program history with 70 draw controls.
  • The Trojans lead the Pac-12 and rank 18th in the country for free-position percentage (.510) led by Sr. midfielder Kelsey Huff who is .750 (6-8) this season.
  • USC is unranked in the IWLCA coaches poll for the first time since May 2015, snapping 63-week streak through which the Trojans were ranked in the poll.
  • The Trojans have scored 20 goals three times this season. That total equals the seventh highest in a single game in program history.
  • Ninth-year head coach Lindsey Munday is 105-45 all-time (.700) and was named the 2019 Pac-12 Coach of the Year.

The Trojans are at the halfway point of the season and look to build momentum through consistency. USC has had its way in the center circle as the Pac-12 leader for draw control win percentage (.604) behind graduate attacker Maddie McDaniel's 10.00 draw controls per game, which leads the country.
 
Through seven games, senior midfielder Kelsey Huff leads USC with 18 points (15g, 3a) and is third on the team with 11 draw controls. Huff is a proven force on the attack but has made opponents pay the price for putting her on the line where she is 6-for-8 this season to lead the Pac-12. Graduate attacker Izzy McMahon leads the team with 11 assists and has six goals. Sophomore attacker Ella Heaney tops all Trojans with 17 goals leads the league with a .680 shot percentage (eighth nationally).

Senior defender Lizzy Wagner leads field players with 14 ground balls and has been disruptive on the crease with eight caused turnovers to date. Senior goalie Riley Hertford earned her 25th-career win last week and leads the team with 18 ground balls and nine caused turnovers. Among Trojan newcomers, freshman attacker Madison Waters has scored seven goals and had her first-career hat trick against Fresno State. In her ninth year, head coach Lindsey Munday is 105-45 and was chosen as the 2019 Pac-12 Coach of the Year.
 
THE CHAMP IS HERE!: USC is the defending Pac-12 regular-season and tournament champion (2019). The Trojans own three conference titles as winners of two Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) championships in 2016 and 2017. In a preseason poll, USC was picked by the league's head coaches to finish in a tie for first place with Colorado.
 
PAC-12 POW-WOW: USC players own 17 Pac-12 Player of the Week awards. Senior goalie Riley Hertford was chosen for her league-record sixth career award on March 8. She won the honor three times in a shortened 2020 season and twice in 2019. Among other current Trojans, Sophia Donovan (Mar. 18, 2019) and Kelsey Huff (Apr. 1, 2019) were named for the offensive award once each in their careers. Of the 17 times a USC player has won the award, 12 are of the defensive variety; five for offensive honors. Colorado is second with 16 awards, followed by Stanford (14), Arizona State (9), Oregon (3), and California (1).