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No. 18 USC Lacrosse Hosts Arizona State for Clash at the LA Memorial Coliseum

Mar 24, 2022

LOS ANGELES – The 18th-ranked USC lacrosse team (6-2, 3-1 Pac-12) completes the first half of its Pac-12 schedule with a clash on United Airlines Field at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum against Arizona State (4-3, 3-1) on Friday, March 25, at 4 p.m. PT. The Women of Troy and the Sun Devils will meet as the race to the top of the league standings intensifies. Only defending Pac-12 champion Stanford remains undefeated (3-0) as it heads into road games with Colorado and Oregon. 
 
GAME #8 • Friday, March 25 • 4 p.m. PT
No. 18 USC (6-2, 3-1) vs. Arizona State (4-3, 3-1)
United Airlines Field at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, Calif.
SERIES HISTORY: USC leads, 6-1 (.857) • STREAK: W1
LAST MEETING: W 16-14 (April 23, 2021 • Tempe, Ariz.)
TV/LIVE STREAM: USC Live Stream
OPPONENT WEB: TheSunDevils.com

CROSSExamination

  • USC is ranked 18th in the ILWomen/IWLCA Top 25 poll this week. The Trojans are 77-22 (.777) when they are ranked in the poll.
  • The Women of Troy are 59-17 all-time in home games, which includes a 4-3 mark in the historic LA Memorial Coliseum.
  • Arizona State will become only the fifth opponent to play USC in the Coliseum. The Trojans are 3-0 against Stanford and 1-0 against Colorado. Northwestern owns two wins in the venerable stadium (2013, '15) and San Diego State defeated USC there in 2021.
  • Kelsey Huff is the reigning Pac-12 Midfielder of the Year. The league's Midfielder of the Year has come from USC all three times it has been selected. Kerrigan Miller was chosen in 2018 and 2019.
  • So. midfielder Madison Waters was the Pac-12's Freshman of the Year in 2021.
  • 10th-year head coach Lindsey Munday is 116-51 all-time (.695) and was the Pac-12's Coach of the Year in 2019 after leading USC to the league title.
  • USC's 2022 captains are Gr. midfielder Kelsey Huff, Sr. midfielder Katie Ramsay, and Gr. defender Lizzy Wagner.

USC leads the Pac-12 in 10 statistical categories including shots and shots on goal, caused turnovers (10.38 ctpg), scoring offense (15.50 gpg), goals-against average (10.00 gaa), ground balls (19.38 gbpg), draw controls (16.00 dcpg), and draw control percentage (.557).
 
Graduate midfielder Kelsey Huff (32g, 4.00 gpg) leads the league and is 16th nationally in scoring. She also tops all Pac-12 players in shots (7.50 spg) and shots on goal (5.88 sogpg). Huff's 36 points rank third in the Pac-12, but redshirt freshman attacker Isabelle Vitale (20g, 15a) is right on her heels at fourth with 35 points. Junior attacker Ella Heaney (12g, 8a), sophomore attacker Shelby Tilton (17g, 1a) and sophomore attacker Claudia Shevitz(10g, 5a) are all into double-digit goals this spring. Shevitz leads the Pac-12 in draw controls (5.38 dcpg).
 
Defensively, the Trojans lean on graduate Lizzy Wagner (13gb, 8ct)—one of three team captains with Huff and senior midfielder Katie Ramsay—and senior Kaleigh Brennan (18gb, 11ct). Two stellar junior defenders help anchor the line. Olivia Dooley leads the Pac-12 in caused turnovers (1.88 ctpg) and has collected 15 ground balls. Danielle Carson has 10 ground balls and seven caused turnovers. In goal, junior Kait Devir has produced 52 saves and picked up 15 ground balls.

LAST TIME OUT: The Trojans split games on their annual Bay Area trip. USC defeated Cal, 19-9, but took Stanford to the wire before the Cardinal claimed a 15-14 win in overtime. Kelsey Huff (6g at Cal), Isabelle Vitale (4g at Cal), Shelby Tilton (3g at Stanford), and Maggie Brown (3g at Stanford) all registered hat tricks. Brown became the 31st Trojan all-time to join the hat trick club.