No. 17 USC Lacrosse Hosts UC Davis for Senior Day
LOS ANGELES - The 17th-ranked USC lacrosse team (12-3) wraps its regular-season slate with a non-conference meeting with UC Davis (5-7) on McAlister Field on Saturday, April 30. The Women of Troy will celebrate the careers of their seniors (Kaleigh Brennan, Michaela McMahon, Katie Ramsay, Finley Ueland), fifth-year student-athletes, and graduates (Elyse Darcy, Kelsey Huff, Maggie Root, Lizzy Wagner), in pregame ceremonies for Senior Day.
GAME #16 • Saturday, April 30 • 1 p.m. PT
No. 17 USC (12-3) vs. UC Davis (5-7)
McAlister Field • Los Angeles, Calif.
SERIES HISTORY: USC leads, 6-0 (1.000) • STREAK: W6
LAST MEETING: W 20-10 (Mar. 7, 2021 • McAlister Field)
TV/LIVE STREAM: USC Live Stream (Carlo Jimenez)
OPPONENT WEB: UCDavisAggies.com
- USC is ranked 17th in the ILWomen/IWLCA Top 25 poll this week.
- The Trojans are 83-23 (.783) when they are ranked in the poll.
- Through 15 games, seven different Trojans have led the team in scoring with nine players in double-digit goals this season.
- USC has scored at least 11 goals in every game this season and leads the Pac-12 in scoring offense at 15.87 goals per game.
- USC leads the Pac-12 in caused turnovers (9.93 ctpg), scoring margin (+4.93 gpg), draw controls (15.80 dcpg), and goals-against average (10.93 gaa).
- Isabelle Vitale (Offense) and Kaleigh Brennan (Defense) were named Pac-12 Players of the Week; the sixth time USC has swept the league's weekly honors.
- Isabelle Vitale ranks fifth in the Pac-12 for points (60) and leads USC with 30 assists. She was named to the ILWomen Midseason Top 15 Freshmen to Watch.
- Kaleigh Brennan's 1.27 caused turnovers per game leads the Pac-12.
- Shelby Tilton's 35 goals this season ranks 10th in the Pac-12.
- Three Trojans rank in the Pac-12's top eight for draw controls: Claudia Shevitz (61), Catherine Lord (59), and Katie Ramsay (52).
- 10th-year head coach Lindsey Munday is 122-52 all-time (.701).
Last week, the Trojans secured a share of the Pac-12 regular-season championship and earned the second seed in the upcoming Pac-12 Tournament. USC will get a final tune-up before the tourney when the Aggies visit on Saturday. The Women of Troy are 4-1 against non-conference foes this season but suffered the lone loss on their home field against then 10th-ranked Princeton.
USC's win over the Sun Devils last week was its third in a row and marked the third time this season that the Trojans have produced a three-game win streak. Three Women of Troy registered hat tricks against ASU including the seventh for Shelby Tilton, whose 35 goals rank 10th in the Pac-12. Redshirt freshman attacker Isabelle Vitale (30g, 30a) ranks fifth in the Pac-12 with 60 points. She became only the fourth Trojan to reach the 30-assist plateau in a single season and was honored as the Pac-12's Offensive Player of the Week. Junior attacker Ella Heaney (31g, 17a) and sophomore attacker Claudia Shevitz (24g, 6a) are each capable scorers and two of seven different Trojans to have led the team in scoring this spring.
Lizzy Wagner (27gb, 18ct)—one of three captains with graduate midfielder Kelsey Huff and senior midfielder Katie Ramsay—and senior Kaleigh Brennan (34gb, 19ct) help anchor the defensive line. Brennan's 1.27 caused turnovers per game lead the Pac-12. She was chosen for her first-career Pac-12 Player of the Week honor following a four-ground-ball effort against the Devils. Ramsay has secured 52 draw controls and scored 12 goals. Junior Danielle Carson has 24 ground balls and 12 caused turnovers. The Trojans have also seen the resurgence of midfielder Madison Waters(18g, 2a) on both ends of the field and the emergence of freshmen Maddie Dora (17g, 6a) and Catherine Lord (59dc, 11gb). In goal, junior Kait Devir has produced 94 saves with 29 ground balls and leads the Pac-12 in goals-against average (11.03 gaa).
LAST TIME OUT: The Trojans defeated No. 23-ranked Arizona State, 15-13, on the road to secure a share of the Pac-12 regular-season crown. The win locked the Women of Troy into one of the top two seeds for the upcoming Pac-12 Tournament. USC got hat tricks from Madison Waters, Claudia Shevitz, and Shelby Tilton in the win, but it was Isabelle Vitale who led all players in scoring with seven points on two goals and a career-high five assists. USC led ASU by as many as five goals, but the Sun Devils mounted a furious comeback at the end of the game to make the final margin just a two-goal victory.