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No. 17 USC Lacrosse Meets No. 13 Michigan in Midwest Matchup

Mar 28, 2022

LOS ANGELES - The 17th-ranked USC lacrosse team (7-2) heads to the Midwest for a meeting with No. 13 Michigan (9-2) in a non-conference contest at the U-M Lacrosse Stadium on Sunday, April 3. The Women of Troy will play for only the second time in the Wolverine State but will play its 34th all-time game in the Eastern Time zone. USC is 16-17 in its previous 33 ET games.

GAME #10 • Sunday, April 3 • 12 p.m. ET (9 a.m. PT)
No. 17 USC (7-2) at No. 13 Michigan (9-2)
U-M Lacrosse Stadium • Ann Arbor, Mich.
SERIES HISTORY: USC leads, 2-0 (1.000) • STREAK: W2
LAST MEETING: W 10-8 (Feb. 15, 2020 • McAlister Field)
TV/LIVE STREAM: B1G+
OPPONENT WEB: MGoBlue.com

CROSSExamination

  • USC is ranked 17th in the ILWomen/IWLCA Top 25 poll this week. The Trojans are 78-22 (.780) when they are ranked in the poll.
  • The Women of Troy will play their 34th match in the Eastern Time Zone. USC is 16-17 in its 33 previous ET games.
  • Despite holding a 2-0 record against Michigan, the Trojans are just 0-1 in the state of Michigan. USC fell to Denver, 11-10, in a first-round NCAA tournament game in Ann Arbor in 2019.
  • The Trojans are 25-34 all-time against ranked opponents.
  • 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 117-51 all-time (.697) 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

The Trojans lead the Pac-12 in eight statistical categories including shots and shots on goal, caused turnovers (10.89 ctpg), scoring offense (15.67 gpg), goals-against average (10.00 gaa), ground balls (20.22 gbpg).
 
Graduate midfielder Kelsey Huff (38g, 4.22 gpg) leads the league and is sixth nationally in scoring. She also tops all Pac-12 players in shots (7.44 spg) and shots on goal (6.00 sogpg). Huff's 42 points rank third in the Pac-12, but redshirt freshman attacker Isabelle Vitale (21g, 17a) is right on her heels at fourth with 38 points. Junior attacker Ella Heaney (13g, 9a), sophomore attacker Shelby Tilton (19g, 4a) and sophomore attacker Claudia Shevitz(12g, 5a) are all into double-digit goals this spring. Shevitz ranks second in the Pac-12 in draw controls (5.22 dcpg).
 
On defense, USC leans on graduate Lizzy Wagner (18gb, 10ct)—one of three captains with Huff and senior midfielder Katie Ramsay—and senior Kaleigh Brennan (22gb, 12ct). Ramsay has secured 34 draw controls and scored five goals this season. Two stellar juniors help anchor the line. Olivia Dooley leads the Pac-12 and ranks fifth nationally in caused turnovers (2.33 ctpg) and has collected 18 ground balls. Danielle Carson has 13 ground balls and nine caused turnovers. In goal, junior Kait Devir has produced 62 saves with 18 ground balls.
 
LAST TIME OUT: The Trojans knocked off Arizona State, 17-10, in the historic LA Memorial Coliseum to improve to 5-3 in the venerable stadium and wrapped the front half of league play at 4-1 to tie for first in the midway conference standings. Kelsey Huff continued her torrid pace with another six-goal game, Olivia Dooley racked up six caused turnovers, and Kait Devir delivered 10 saves in the win. Maddie Dora had six points with three goals and three assists to become the 32nd USC player in program history to record a hat trick.