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USC Lacrosse Heads to Tempe for Hot Date With Devils

Apr 20, 2021

LOS ANGELES – USC (8-6, 5-3 Pac-12) completes its 15-game regular-season schedule on the road against Arizona State (8-4, 5-3) on Friday (April 23) at Sun Devil Soccer and Lacrosse Stadium in Tempe, Ariz. First draw is set for 3 p.m. PT as the Trojans seek revenge for a loss to ASU at McAlister Field on March 19.

GAME #15 • Friday, April 23 • 3 p.m. PT
USC (8-6, 5-3) at Arizona State (8-4, 5-3)
Sun Devil Soccer/Lacrosse Stadium • Tempe, Ariz.
SERIES HISTORY: USC leads, 5-1 (.833) • STREAK: L1
LAST MEETING: L, 20-9 (Mar. 19, 2021 • McAlister Field)
TV/STREAM: ASU Pac-12+ Live Stream
OPPONENT WEB: TheSunDevils.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 (9.79 ctpg), and turnovers (14.00 topg) per game.
  • The winner of the USC-ASU game will secure second place in the final Pac-12 regular-season standings, and the second seed in the upcoming Pac-12 tournament, which is awarded a quarterfinal bye.
  • USC is 2-0 all-time in the state of Arizona (both wins aganst the Sun Devils) and outscored Arizona State, 34-5, in those meetings.
  • The Trojans have scored 20 goals three times this season. That total equals the seventh highest in a single game in program history.
  • Sr. midfielder Kelsey Huff (112) became the sixth player in school history to score 100 career goals on April 4 at Oregon; and Sr. attacker Izzy McMahon (104) became the seventh on April 18 against Stanford.
  • Gr. attacker Maddie McDaniel is the fifth player in USC history to eclipse the 100 draw controls mark (137) and ranks second in the Pac-12 at 9.79 dcpg.
  • Ninth-year head coach Lindsey Munday is 109-48 all-time (.694) and was named the 2019 Pac-12 Coach of the Year.

USC and Arizona State share identical records in Pac-12 games and are tied for second place in the league standings. The winner of this match-up will clinch second place in the final regular-season standings and receive a bye through the quarterfinal round of the Pac-12 Tournament.
 
The Trojans have had their way in the center circle and rank in the NCAA top 10 for draw controls per game (16.93 dcpg, 6th) and draw control percentage (.611, 10th). Graduate attacker Maddie McDaniel ranks second in the Pac-12 with 9.79 draw controls per game and is fourth in the NCAA. Graduate attacker Izzy McMahon leads USC with 47 points (28g, 19a) and has racked up five hat trick games. Senior midfielder Kelsey Huffhas 36 points (30g, 6a) and moved into third all-time at USC for career hat tricks (22) this season.
 
Sophomore attacker Ella Heaney has scored 27 goals and is third in the Pac-12 with a .587 shot percentage (28th nationally). Senior defender Lizzy Wagner leads field players with 24 ground balls has 14 caused turnovers. Senior defender Natalie Byrne has caused 14 turnovers and has 15 ground balls. Senior goalie Riley Hertford is up to 29-career wins and leads the team with 30 ground balls. Among Trojan newcomers, freshman attackerMadison Waters now has three hat tricks. Waters has amassed 23 points (21g, 2a) with 19 ground balls and 11 caused turnovers.
 
THE CHAMP IS HERE!: USC won the 2019 Pac-12 regular-season and tournament championships. The Trojans own three conference titles as winners of two Mountain Pacific Sports Federation crowns (2016, '17). 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 22-8 all-time in Pac-12 regular-season games (13-4 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. 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.
 
SISTER SITUATION: Six pairs (and one trio) of sisters have suited up for the Trojans. Fraternal twins Glade and Shannon Nugent (2014-16) were the first and played in a total of 10 games together in three seasons. All-American Amanda Johansen (2013-16) was on the Trojans' inaugural team and graduated before younger sister Kelly Johansen joined the team in 2017. The elder Johansen also served as one of Troy's assistant coaches in 2018. Midfielder Kaeli Huff was joined by sister Kelsey Huff. The Huffs comprised only the second sister pair to be together on the same roster for the Trojans. Gabby McMahon (2014-17) was an All-MPSF attacker before younger sister Izzy McMahon (Isabel) joined USC in 2018 following her transfer from Army. In 2021, Michaela McMahon joins the Trojans. The three McMahons are also the sisters of Daniella McMahon and Sophia McMahon, both players at Pac-12 rival Stanford. In 2020, defender Devon Heaney was joined by younger sister Ella Heaney, an attacker; and twins Delaneyand Savannah Sweitzer also arrived at Troy. In 2021, defender Courtney Kuligowski entered her freshman season, the younger sister of Morgan Kuligowski.
                                        
HAT TRICK MAGIC: Eight current Trojans are members of the program's hat-trick club. Senior midfielder Kelsey Huff leads the group with 22-career hat tricks, tied for third most in program history (Amanda Johansen, 2013-16). Senior attacker Izzy McMahon is next in line with 15 (tied for sixth all-time). Senior attacker Sophia Donovan has nine-career hat-trick games while junior attacker Katie Ramsay has six (tied for 13th). Sophomore attacker Ella Heaney has five, all in 2021. Freshman midfielder Madison Waters has three; 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.