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USC Lacrosse Uses Second-Half Outburst to Oust Cal in Overtime

Apr 16, 2021

LOS ANGELES – The USC lacrosse team (8-5, 5-2 Pac-12) fought back to clear two four-goal deficits and defeat California (2-12, 0-8) on an overtime game-winning goal by senior midfielder Kelsey Huff at McAlister Field on Friday, April1 16.

  • Sr. midfielder Kelsey Huff had her sixth hat trick of the season (21st career) and made her fourth goal the game-winner for the Trojans. It was the eighth-career game-winning goal for Huff who also had two draw controls and a ground ball. Huff now has 109 career goals and moves into fourth all-time in USC history.
  • Gr. attacker Maddie McDaniel collected eight draw controls to go with a ground ball.
  • Sr. attacker Izzy McMahon scored three goals for her fourth hat trick this season (14th career) in just one half of action. McMahon's three goals gives her 144-career points at USC and moves her into fifth all-time in school history.
  • Fr. midfielder Madison Waters scored a career-high four goals and picked up two ground balls.
  • Defensively, Sr. Lizzy Wagner raked in six draw controls, caused two turnovers, and picked up a pair of ground balls. Sr. goalie Riley Hertfordposted five saves to go with a ground ball. Sr. Madi O'Brien had two ground balls and caused a turnover; So. Olivia Dooley and Fr. attacker Shelby Tilton each had two ground balls and two caused turnovers. 
  • For California, Marisa Kuberra had four goals to lead seven Golden Bear scorers. Nikki Zaccaro had three assists and scored one goal. Ashley Ward had four ground balls and caused three turnovers.


  • California checked all the boxes in the first half and held a 6-2 lead at the break. The Trojans' second-half push helped USC finish ahead, 33-17, in shots; with an 18-7 advantage in the center circle, and a 16-15 edge in ground balls.
  • Waters scored the first goal of the game just 50 seconds into the first half, but USC was held scoreless until Huff broke through to make it a 5-2 game on her goal at 6:16.
  • The Trojans came out firing in the second half and scored four unanswered goals in under nine minutes to tie the score at six-all. The Bears scored three of the next four to claim a 9-7 lead with just over 10 minutes left in regulation.
  • Another 4-0 burst by the Trojans powered by back-to-back goals from McMahon, a goal by Huff, and another from Waters put USC up, 11-9, with 2:50 left to play.
  • The Bears weren't done and forced overtime by scoring two goals at 0:53 and 0:41. USC won the first draw of the extra period and went into a settled attack. Huff drove the fan from the left side and scored her fourth goal of the day to make it a 12-11 final for the Women of Troy.


  • USC concludes its home regular-season schedule with a 1 p.m. PT game against No. 16 Stanford (7-0, 5-0 Pac-12) on Sunday (April 18) at McAlister Field. The Trojans will honor their seniors before first draw.


  • USC improved to 12-1 all-time against California (6-1 at home) and won its 12th straight game over the Golden Bears. It was the first time the two teams went to overtime in series history.
  • The Trojans improved to 52-12 all-time at McAlister Field.
  • USC played in its 13th overtime game and improved to 5-8 in OT games. In home overtime games, the Trojans are now 3-3 all-time and are 3-1 in extra time at McAlister Field.
  • The Women of Troy played back-to-back overtime games for only the second time in program history and for the first time since March 16 and 18, 2018 (home wins against Colorado and Oregon).

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 For more information on the USC women's lacrosse team, a complete schedule, and results, please visit Fans of the Women of Troy can follow the team on Instagram and on Twitter @USCTrojansLax.