The USC women’s lacrosse team (3-3, 1-0 MPSF) remains on the road, this week, to face a pair of MPSF games in Northern California. The Women of Troy take on UC Davis (1-2, 0-1) on Wednesday night in Davis, Calif., before a bout against No. 18 Stanford (2-2, 0-0) in Stanford, Calif., on Friday.
Last weekend, the Trojans showed their mettle in the program’s first-ever road games. USC earned an East Coast road-trip split with a 23-8 win over LIU Brooklyn and a tough 18-13 loss at Princeton. Freshman attack Caroline de Lyra was unconscionable as she scored eight goals against the Tigers en route to her second-career nine-point game.
USC has displayed a balanced attack all season with several players who have showcased their ability to go to goal and score when necessary. de Lyra leads the team with 21 goals and 15 assists, but freshman attack Caroline Cordrey is just a shade behind with 14 goals, this year. Freshman midfield Amanda Johansen also had 14 goals, and leads the team with 40 draw controls.
Freshman midfield Paige Bonomi scored five goals in USC’s win over the Blackbirds and has 15 goals to date. On the other end of the field, freshman defense Courtney Tarleton has 18 ground balls and 11 caused turnovers to lead the Trojans. Fellow frosh Kelsey Dreyer has 11 ground balls. In goal, freshman Liz Shaeffer is one of the league’s top netminders with a 12.69 goals-against average and 52 saves.
WEEKEND RECAP: The Trojans earned a split on their first-ever road-trip weekend as they knocked off LIU Brooklyn, 23-8, before dropping a tight 18-13 decision to Princeton. Freshman midfield Paige Bonomi scored five goals to lead USC against the Blackbirds, while fellow freshmen Caroline de Lyra, Caroline Cordrey, and Amanda Johansen each recorded four goals apiece. De Lyra lit the lamp eight times against the Tigers and had an assist to log her second nine-point game of the season. The Trojans trailed Princeton, 10-9, at the opening of the second half and fought hard to the finish, but had their three-game winning streak snapped.
ROCKIN’ ROOKIES: A pair of USC freshmen brought home Rookie of the Week honors, for the week of Feb. 25. Freshman attack Caroline de Lyra was named the WomensLax.com Rookie of the Week on the heels of an incredible nine-point performance against Saint Mary’s College as she led the Trojans to their first-ever MPSF win. De Lyra recorded three goals and posted an astonishing six assists to help USC to a 17-8 win. Freshman midfield Amanda Johansen was just as instrumental as de Lyra in USC’s win over the Gaels and was named the MPSF Rookie of the Week for her efforts. Johansen had three goals and an assist for four points and picked up a pair of ground balls. Most notably, Johansen was unstoppable in the center circle as she claimed nine draw controls. Both awards are the first-ever in USC program history.