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USC’s Natalie Byrne Named Pac-12 Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week

Apr 26, 2021

SAN FRANCISCO – USC lacrosse senior defender Natalie Byrne (West Linn, Ore.) was named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week for the week of April 19-25, the league announced on Monday, April 26. Arizona State's Kerri Clayton was chosen for the Offensive Player of the Week award.
 
Byrne—a first-time recipient of the Pac-12's weekly honor—caused two turnovers and picked up three ground balls in USC's 16-14 road win at Arizona State on April 23. She marked the Devils' potent offensive scorers throughout the game and helped direct the USC defense for a regular-season finale victory that secured a second-place finish in the league standings and gives the Trojans a bye through the quarterfinal round of the Pac-12 Tournament. 
 
Byrne has played in 80 career games for the Women of Troy with 60 starts and has racked up 83 ground balls with 52 caused turnovers and five draw controls. She ranks ninth in program history for career ground balls and seventh for caused turnovers. The school record for most games played is 81, which Byrne has the chance to eclipse during the postseason.
 
The Pac-12 is in its fourth season of women's lacrosse. Women of Troy have earned conference weekly honors 18 times (13 defensive and five offensive) to rank second among league schools. Colorado leads with 20 awards. Stanford and Arizona State follow with 16 each; with Oregon (3) and California (1) rounding out the group.
 
The Trojans (9-6, 6-3 Pac-12) finished the regular season in second place in the Pac-12 standings and will receive a bye in the first round of the upcoming Pac-12 Tournament hosted by Stanford at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium, May 5-8. For more information on the tournament, and a full schedule, please visit Pac-12.com. 
 
For more information on the USC women's lacrosse team, a complete schedule, and results, please visit USCTrojans.com. Fans of the Women of Troy can follow the team on Instagram and on Twitter @USCTrojansLax.
 
USC ALL-TIME PAC-12 LACROSSE WEEKLY AWARDS
 
2018 (4)
DPOW: Gussie Johns, Sr. G (Feb. 12)
DPOW: Gussie Johns, Sr. G (Feb. 26)
DPOW: Lydia Sutton, Sr. D (Mar. 19)
OPOW: Kerrigan Miller, So. M (Mar. 19)
 
2019 (8)
OPOW: Emily Concialdi, Sr. A (Feb. 25)
DPOW: Kerrigan Miller, Jr. M (Mar. 11)
DPOW: Riley Hertford, So. G (Mar. 18)
OPOW: Sophia Donovan, So. A (Mar. 18)
DPOW: Riley Hertford, So. G (Apr. 1)
OPOW: Kelsey Huff, So. M (Apr. 1)
DPOW: Jackie Gilbert, Sr. D (Apr. 8)
DPOW: Jackie Gilbert, Sr. D (Apr. 22)
 
2020 (4)
DPOW: Riley Hertford, Jr. G (Feb. 17)
DPOW: Riley Hertford, Jr. G (Feb. 24)
OPOW: Emily Concialdi, Sr. A (Feb. 24)
DPOW: Riley Hertford, Jr. G (Mar. 9)
 
2021 (2)
DPOW: Riley Hertford, Sr. G (Mar. 8)
DPOW: Natalie Byrne, Sr. D (Apr. 26)