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No. 17 USC Lacrosse Drops 18-13 Decision to No. 10 Princeton

Mar 8, 2022

LOS ANGELES – The 17th-ranked USC lacrosse team (3-1) fell to No. 10 Princeton (4-0) by an 18-13 count at McAlister Field on Tuesday, March 8. The Trojans suffered their first loss of the season following a 15-day layoff and will now turn their attention to the beginning of the Pac-12 schedule as No. 23 Colorado and Oregon come to visit this weekend. 
 
KEY PLAYERS

  • Gr. midfielder Kelsey Huff matched her career high for the third time with five goals to log her third hat-trick game of the season and the 26th of her career. She also caused two turnovers.
  • So. attacker Shelby Tilton scored two goals and picked up three ground balls.
  • Jr. attacker Ella Heaney scored two goals and picked up one ground ball.
  • So. attacker Claudia Shevitz scored one goal and collected five draw controls.
  • Off the bench, Fr. attacker Maddie Dora scored two goals on three shots; Fr. Catherine Lord had three draw controls to go with one caused turnover and a ground ball; and Fr. midfielder Christina Gagnon grabbed five draw controls.
  • On defense, Gr. Lizzy Wagner caused three turnovers and picked up a pair of ground balls. Jr. goalie Kait Devir had eight saves to go with three ground balls.
  • For Princeton, McKenzie Blake scored five goals; Kyla Sears scored four and had three assists; and Sophie Whiteway scored three goals and led all players with nine draw controls. 

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The Trojans out-shot the Tigers, 39-33, but Princeton won the draw circle by an 18-17 edge and won the loose-ball game by an 18-13 count in ground balls. The Trojans were 6-for-7 from free position to Princeton's 3-for-7 outing.
  • It took the first four minutes before either team broke through, but the Tigers scored the first four goals of the game and held the 4-1 lead after the first quarter. Princeton scored the first three of the second quarter to go on top, 7-1, to put the Trojans on the ropes. Back-to-back goals by Huff and Isabelle Vitale to end the half drew USC within five at the break.
  • The teams went back and forth in the third quarter. Huff and Dora each scored two goals apiece, but the Tigers continued to press and matched each USC goal to keep the five-goal lead at 14-9 heading into the fourth quarter.
  • Princeton scored the first two of the fourth frame to grab its largest lead at 16-9. USC mounted a short 4-1 run with goals from Heaney, Shevitz, Huff, and Tilton, but only got within four goals at 17-13 with 1:19 left to play. The Tigers scored a second empty-net goal with 15 seconds to play to seal the 18-13 win. 

UP NEXT

  • USC opens the Pac-12 schedule at home as host to No. 23 Colorado (5-0) on Friday (March 11) at 3 p.m. PT and then takes on Oregon (1-3) on Sunday (March 13) at 1 p.m. and will be shown on Pac-12 Networks.

GAME NOTES

  • USC fell to 0-3 in three all-time meetings with Princeton.
  • The Trojans dropped to 53-14 all-time at McAlister Field.
  • USC goes to 10-15 in all-time meetings against top-10 ranked opponents.
  • The Women of Troy and the Tigers met for the third time all-time. The first meeting between the teams was also an 18-13 final in favor of Princeton on March 3, 2013.

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.