USC Lacrosse Swims by No. 18 Dolphins for First Road Victory
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The USC lacrosse team (2-0) used a big second-half scoring burst to take down No. 18 Jacksonville (1-1) by a 13-12 count at Rock Stadium on Friday, Feb. 18.
- So. attacker Shelby Tilton scored three goals—including the game-winner—for her first-career hat trick and also tallied three ground balls and a draw control.
- Redshirt Fr. attacker Isabelle Vitale racked up her second hat trick in as many games and led the Trojans with four points on three goals and an assist. Vitale also had a ground ball.
- Jr. attacker Ella Heaney put up her eighth-career hat trick with three goals on just four shots.
- So. attacker Claudia Shevitz claimed five draw controls and scored a goal.
- Jr. midfielder Katie Ramsay had four draw controls to go with one caused turnover and a ground ball.
- Sr. defender Kaleigh Brennan caused three turnovers and picked up three ground balls.
- Tasked with marking the Dolphins' leading scorers, Gr. defender Lizzy Wagner and Jr. defender Olivia Dooley held the JU offense in check during the Trojans' big scoring run. Dooley caused a turnover and Wagner had one ground ball.
- In goal, So. Kait Devir picked up seven saves and had five ground balls for her second victory.
- For Jacksonville, Sarah Elms scored five goals and had an assist for six points. Molly Brock secured eight draw controls to lead all players. Mackenzie Boyle and Jenny Kinsey each scored two goals for the Dolphins.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Seven Trojans scored goals with three players recording three-goal hat tricks. USC had the edge on the ground, 18-12, but the Dolphins won the center circle by a 16-12 margin in draw controls.
- The teams went back and forth to a three-all tie in the first quarter. Both goalies held and the defenses had the upper hand on both ends of the field. Down a player due to a yellow card to begin the second frame, the Trojans were held scoreless as Jacksonville tacked up three more goals for a 6-3 lead at halftime.
- Elms scored the first goal of the second half at 12:14, but Heaney and Shevitz scored two goals within 15 seconds of each other to spark a big 6-0 USC scoring run. Tilton added another, followed by two from Vitale, and the cap from Gr. midfielder Kelsey Huff put a 9-7 lead on the board for the Women of Troy.
- The Dolphins scored one at the end of the third quarter to close to within a goal entering the fourth. JU scored two more to open the fourth and reclaimed the lead at 10-9, but USC had a reply as Tilton, Heaney, and Fr. attacker Maddie Dora scored three in a row to put a 12-10 lead on the board for the Trojans.
- With under three to play, critical errors in the Trojans' defensive zone allowed the Dolphins to pull into a 12-all draw on back-to-back goals from Elms. Shevitz grabbed the next draw and USC called timeout to set up a play before Tilton crashed the crease and went low to score the game-winning goal. Fr. midfielder Catherine Lord locked up the final draw of the day, but the Trojans turned it over and then forced a turnover to run out the last 30 second of the game.
- USC heads north and crosses state lines to take on Mercer (1-0) at Five Star Stadium in Macon, Ga., on Sunday (Feb. 20) at noon ET (9 a.m. PT). The Bears defeated Oregon by a 15-12 count earlier today for their first win of the season.
- USC improved to 3-0 all-time against Jacksonville.
- The Women of Troy improved to 4-1 all-time in the state of Florida and have won four straight in the Sunshine State.
- The Trojans go to 7-3 all-time in road openers and have won their last five consecutive road openers.
- USC improved to 15-17 all-time in games played in the Eastern Time zone.
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