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USC Lacrosse Opens Back Half of Pac-12 Slate with Slingshot Trip

Mar 30, 2021

LOS ANGELES – The USC lacrosse team (6-3, 3-1 Pac-12) opens up the second half of its Pac-12 scheduled with road games at Colorado (3-5, 1-3) and Oregon (1-7, 1-3) this week. The Trojans were picked to finish in a tie for first by the league's head coaches but currently sit in third with five regular-season contests remaining.

GAME #10 • Friday, April 2 • 12 p.m. PT
USC (6-3, 3-1) at Colorado (3-5, 1-3)
Kittredge Field • Boulder, Colo.
SERIES HISTORY: USC leads, 8-3 (.727) • STREAK: W2
LAST MEETING: W 18-12 (Mar. 26, 2021 • McAlister Field)
TV/STREAM: Colorado Live Stream
OPPONENT WEB: CUBuffs.com

GAME #11 • Sunday, April 4 • 2 p.m. PT
USC (6-3, 3-1) at Oregon (1-7, 1-3)
Papé Field • Eugene, Ore.
SERIES HISTORY: USC leads, 8-3 (.727) • STREAK: W3
LAST MEETING: W 16-9 (Mar. 28, 2021 • McAlister Field)
TV/STREAM: Pac-12 Networks
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 lead the Pac-12 in free-position percentage (.472), caused turnovers (9.00 ctpg), turnovers (13.22 topg), and shots per game (36.00 spg).
  • USC is 5-6 all-time in games played in the state of Colorado with a 3-3 mark in the city of Boulder. The Trojans are 6-2 in the state of Oregon (all in the city of Eugene) and 4-1 against the Ducks when they play the Ducks.
  • Gr. attacker Maddie McDaniel leads the NCAA in draw controls at 10.56 per game and ranks fifth in program history with 95 draw controls.
  • 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 107-45 all-time (.704) and was named the 2019 Pac-12 Coach of the Year.

USC has had its way in the center circle and ranks in the NCAA top 10 for draw controls per game (17.22 dcpg, 5th) and draw control percentage (.618, 9th). Graduate attacker Maddie McDaniel's 10.56 draw controls per game leads the country. Through nine games, graduate attacker Izzy McMahon leads USC with 26 points (13g, 13a) and is coming off back-to-back hat trick games. Senior midfielder Kelsey Huff has 22 points (17g, 5a) and is third on the team with 14 draw controls.
 
Sophomore attacker Ella Heaney tops all Trojans with 20 goals and leads the league with a .667 shot percentage (7th nationally). Senior defender Lizzy Wagner leads field players with 18 ground balls and has been disruptive on the crease with 11 caused turnovers. Senior goalie Riley Hertford earned her 27th-career win last week and leads the team with 23 ground balls. Among Trojan newcomers, freshman attacker Madison Waters started twice and now has two hat tricks. Waters has 13 points (12g, 1a) with 10 ground balls and nine caused turnovers.
 
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.
 
ALL-AMERICAN GIRLS: USC has celebrated eight IWLCA All-America selections. Michaela Michael was the first-ever All-American selection as a third-teamer in 2015. Michael and defender Courtney Tarleton were each named to the first team in 2016, with midfielder Amanda Johansen chosen to the third team. Michael repeated her first-team honors in 2017 and defender Lydia Sutton earned third-team honors. Kerrigan Miller joined the ranks as a third-team choice in 2018 and was a second-team All-American in 2019.
 
PAC IT UP: 2021 marks the fourth season of Pac-12 lacrosse. In 2018, the Conference of Champions made lacrosse the 13th women's sport sponsored by the Pac-12 after the addition of Arizona State gave the league the minimum six teams to receive an automatic qualifier berth into the NCAA championship. The first Pac-12 Lacrosse Championship was held at Prentup Field and hosted by Colorado. Stanford claimed the first Pac-12 title and USC won the second in 2019. Previously a member of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, from the end of 2015 to the middle of the 2018 season, USC won a school-record 22 consecutive conference games. The Trojans were undefeated in the MPSF in 2016 (9-0) and 2017 (8-0). USC won the 2016 and 2017 MPSF championships. USC is 20-6 all-time in Pac-12 regular-season games (12-3 home, 8-3 road) with a 3-1 mark in the Pac-12 tournament. The Trojans are 9-0 all-time in league openers and earned its first victory in a Pac-12 opener, 14-3, against Arizona State in 2018. 
 
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.
                                        
HAT TRICK MAGIC: Eight current Trojans are members of the program's hat-trick club. Senior midfielder Kelsey Huff leads the group with 18-career hat tricks, fourth most in program history. Senior attacker Izzy McMahon is next in line with 12 (eighth all-time). Senior attacker Sophia Donovan has nine-career hat-trick games while junior attacker Katie Ramsay has five (tied for 14th). Sophomore attacker Ella Heaney has three, all in 2021. Freshman midfielder Madison Waters has two; and junior midfielder Erin Bakes and graduate attacker Maddie McDaniel each have had one. USC's all-time leader is Michaela Michael, who finished her career (2014-17) with 41 games of three goals or more.