No. 17 USC Lacrosse Puts 16-9 Win Over Ducks in Easter Basket
EUGENE, Ore. – The 17th-ranked USC lacrosse team (11-3, 7-2 Pac-12) rose again to claim a second Pac-12 road victory, this time over Oregon (3-12, 1-8) at Papé Field on Easter Sunday, April 17.
- Jr. attacker Ella Heaney posted five points with three goals and two assists. Her three goals registered her fifth hat trick this season and the 11th of her career, which ties for ninth most in program history (Caroline Cordrey, 2013-16).
- Redshirt Fr. attacker Isabelle Vitale also had five points with two goals and three assists; and added a caused turnover.
- So. attacker Claudia Shevitz scored three goals for her third-career hat trick and picked up three ground balls to go with a caused turnover and a draw control.
- So. attacker Shelby Tilton scored two goals and hunted down three ground balls.
- Sr. midfielder Katie Ramsay collected four draw controls, picked up four ground balls, and scored one goal.
- Fr. midfielder Catherine Lord bounced and hopped around the center circle to reel in eight draw controls.
- Like a pair of thieves, Fr. defender Lila Murray caused a season-high four turnovers and picked up a pair of ground balls and Jr. defender Danielle Carson had three ground balls and caused two turnovers.
- In goal, Jr. goalie Kait Devir hatched a three-save game and picked up five ground balls in her 11th-career victory.
- For Oregon, Hanna Hilcoff scored three goals and Shonly Wallace had two. Paige Crowther had 10 saves and picked up two ground balls in 49 minutes in the goal for the Ducks.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- 10 different Trojans scored goals as USC outshot Oregon, 28-21, which included a 10-5 edge in the crucial third quarter. USC also picked up a season-high 28 ground balls and won the center circle with a 16-11 count in draw controls. Both defenses made it difficult to carry the crosse in transition as each team finished 14-for-17 in clear attempts.
- After three scoreless minutes, So. midfielder Madison Waters rolled the stone away and unlocked the Oregon cage to spark a 4-0 scoring run by the Trojans. Vitale scored twice and Heaney once before the Ducks had an answer. Oregon finished with a pair of goals, but USC won the first quarter, 5-2.
- The Ducks came out flying and turned the tables in the second quarter, but Heaney and Shevitz each scored goals to resurrect the Trojan offense and keep USC in a seven-all tie at halftime.
- Shevitz, Fr. attacker Maddie Dora, and So. attacker Maggie Brown scored the first three goals of the second half and then Tilton scored two sandwiched by an Oregon goal to lift the Trojans to a 5-1 third quarter and a 12-8 lead. USC picked up nine ground balls in the third to hit the nail on the head in the loose ball game.
- It was 4-1 for the Trojans in the fourth as Ramsay and fellow seniors Michaela McMahon and Finley Ueland tore the curtain to score goals and put USC on top by seven, 15-8, before the Ducks managed one more goal. Heaney scored with under three minutes to play to hatch her hat trick.
- Today's win now sets up a crucial showdown in the desert. The Trojans head to Tempe, Ariz., to face Arizona State (9-6, 7-2 Pac-12) at 3 p.m. PT on Friday, April 22. The Devils seek redemption, but the Trojans won't willingly forgive because a quarterfinal bye in the upcoming Pac-12 Tournament is on the line as the two teams clash at Sun Devil Lacrosse Stadium. The game will be shown live on an ASU live stream.
- USC improved 11-3 all-time against Oregon and has now won six straight over the Ducks. USC also moves to 6-1 against Oregon in Eugene and improves to 8-2 in the State of Oregon all-time.
- The Women of Troy moved to 82-23 in games played when they are ranked.
- USC improved to 71-2 all-time in games when it scores 15 goals or more.
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