No. 13 USC Lacrosse Falls to No. 22 Stanford in High-Scoring Affair
LOS ANGELES – The 13th-ranked USC lacrosse team (9-3, 5-2 Pac-12) fell to No. 22 Stanford (9-6, 7-2) in a high-scoring 23-17 finish at McAlister Field on Sunday, April 10.
- So. midfielder Madison Waters registered a new career high as she led the Trojans with five goals for her first hat trick of the season and the fourth of her career.
- Jr. attacker Ella Heaney and Fr. midfielder Maddie Dora each logged three points with two goals and an assist each.
- Sr. midfielder Katie Ramsay scored two goals, picked up three ground balls, and pulled in six draw controls.
- Fr. midfielder Catherine Lord racked up a career-best nine draw controls and caused one turnover.
- For Stanford, Ashley Humphrey led with 11 points on seven assists and four goals. Ali Baiocco scored eight goals. Annabel Frist had five points with four goals and an assist. Galen Lew secured eight draw controls to go with two goals.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Stanford shot 37 times to score its 23 goals and put the ball on cage 31 times. Both teams had 11 turnovers, but Stanford had a big 17-12 edge in ground balls and won the center circle by a 23-21 count. The Cardinal was whistled for 43 fouls in a game that saw 17 free-position shots taken between the two teams.
- Five different Trojans scored goals in the first quarter to help build a three-goal lead at 6-3, but Frist put one past junior goalkeeper Kait Devir with 15 seconds to play to cut the USC lead to two, 6-4, after one quarter.
- USC scored the first two goals of the second quarter to pull out to a four-goal lead, 9-5, but the Cardinal responded with seven unanswered goals to take a three-goal lead of its own at 12-9. Dora scored with 13 seconds to play to bring the Trojans within two at halftime. Stanford didn't turn the ball over once during the second frame.
- The Cardinal continued its onslaught in the second half and used a 4-1 run to take a five-goal lead at 16-11, but the Trojans pushed back to scored three in a row and trimmed the lead to two goals once again at 16-14.
- It would prove not to be enough as Stanford scored five unanswered goals to close the third quarter with a 21-14 lead and then scored a sixth straight goal to open the fourth. USC had another 3-0 burst in it to trim the eight-goal lead to five at 22-17, but Baiocco scored one more with 1:49 to play for the final six-goal margin, 23-17.
- USC plays its final three Pac-12 regular-season games on the road and begins with a trip out to the Rocky Mountains to take on Colorado (9-3, 4-3) on Friday (April 15) in Boulder, Colo. The Trojans then head to the Pacific Northwest to face Oregon (3-10, 1-6) on Easter Sunday (April 17) in Eugene, Ore. The USC-Oregon game will be shown on Pac-12 Networks.
- USC fell to 8-9 all-time against Stanford (5-3 in home games) and has lost the last three to the Cardinal.
- Stanford's 23-goal output is the most goals scored against USC in any single game (previously 20 goals by Boston College and Arizona State).
- The teams' 40-combined goals are the most in any game the Trojans have participated in (previously 36 goals in a 20-16 win over San Diego State in 2019).
- Stanford's six-goal win ties the largest margin of victory in games between the teams (twice by Stanford, once by USC).
- The Trojans fell to 56-15 all-time at McAlister Field.
- The Women of Troy moved to 80-23 in games played when they are ranked and to 26-35 all-time against ranked foes.
- USC falls to 57-1 in the 58 games in which it has scored 16 or more goals.
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