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USC Lacrosse Hosts Aztecs for Non-Conference Coliseum Clash

Apr 6, 2021

LOS ANGELES – The USC lacrosse team (7-4, 4-2 Pac-12) hosts non-conference foe San Diego State (3-6, 0-0 MPSF) at United Airlines Field at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for a Friday (April 9) tilt at noon PT. The Women of Troy have four regular-season games remaining on the schedule and look to generate some momentum heading into the final two weeks of the Pac-12 season.

GAME #12 • Friday, April 9 • 12 p.m. PT
USC (7-4) vs. San Diego State (3-6)
United Airlines Field at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, Calif.
SERIES HISTORY: USC leads, 10-0 (1.000) • STREAK: W10
LAST MEETING: W 20-6 (Feb. 13, 2021 • San Diego, Calif.)
TV/STREAM: USC Pac-12+ Live Stream (Carlo Jimenez)
OPPONENT WEB: GoAztecs.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 caused turnovers (9.64 ctpg), and turnovers (13.27 topg).
  • USC is 4-2 all-time at the historic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, but has not played there since 2017 due to renovations.
  • The Trojans have scored 20 goals three times this season including in their season opener against the Aztecs . That total equals the seventh highest in a single game in program history.
  • Sr. midfielder Kelsey Huff became the sixth player in school history to score 100 career goals (102) following a hat trick at Oregon (April 4).
  • Gr. attacker Maddie McDaniel is the fifth player in program history to eclipse the 100 draw controls mark at USC (102). She is second in the Pac-12 at 9.27 dcpg.
  • Ninth-year head coach Lindsey Munday is 108-46 all-time (.701) and was named the 2019 Pac-12 Coach of the Year.

This spring, USC is 4-1 in home games, but will play in the historic LA Memorial Coliseum for the first time since 2017. The Trojans and then-defending NCAA champion Northwestern played the first-ever lacrosse game in the venerable stadium when USC held its inaugural game on Feb. 9, 2013. The Trojans are 4-2 in the Coliseum with both losses to the Wildcats (2013, '15). USC earned wins over Stanford there in 2014, and twice in 2016 (once in the NCAA second round); and again, over Colorado in 2017. The Trojans did not play there during the 2018 and 2019 seasons because of major renovations.
 
USC has had its way in the center circle and ranks in the NCAA top 10 for draw controls per game (16.36 dcpg, 8th) and draw control percentage (.598, 13th). Graduate attacker Maddie McDaniel's 9.27 draw controls per game is second in the Pac-12 and fourth in the NCAA. Through 11 games, graduate attacker Izzy McMahon leads USC with 35 points (18g, 17a) and has racked up three hat trick games. Senior midfielder Kelsey Huff has 25 points (20g, 5a) and moved into fourth all-time at USC for career hat tricks with her 19th this season.
 
Sophomore attacker Ella Heaney tops all Trojans with 23 goals and leads the league with a .676 shot percentage (5th nationally). Senior defender Lizzy Wagner leads field players with 19 ground balls and has been disruptive on the crease with 11 caused turnovers. Senior defender Natalie Byrne put up a career-best five caused turnovers in USC's win over Oregon and is up to 13 this season. Senior goalie Riley Hertford earned her 28th-career win last week and leads the team with 26 ground balls. Among Trojan newcomers, freshman attacker Madison Waters now has two hat tricks. Waters has 15 points (14g, 1a) with 13 ground balls and 10 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 Johansenchosen to the third team. Michael repeated her first-team honors in 2017 and defender Lydia Sutton earned third-team honors. Kerrigan Millerjoined 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 21-7 all-time in Pac-12 regular-season games (12-3 home, 9-4 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; second in the Pac-12 behind Colorado. 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.