UMass Beats Southern Cal in Trojans' Second Game
from press release
LOS ANGELES – The USC women's lacrosse team played its first-ever home game at McAlister Field on Sunday, Feb. 10. Six different players scored and freshman goalie Liz Shaeffer had 12 saves for the Women of Troy. Up, 6-4, and tied at six-all at the half, USC (0-2) couldn't hold on as 14th-ranked Massachusetts (1-1) earned an 18-9 victory.
Freshmen attackers Caroline Cordrey and Caroline de Lyra each had two goals and three ground balls to share team-high honors for the Trojans. De Lyra added two assists on back-to-back goals by Paige Bonomi and Katie Austin within 30 seconds to pull USC into a four-all tie with eight minutes to go in the first half.
De Lyra's four points, six shots, and six shots on goal were all team highs for USC. Freshman midfielder Amanda Johansen led the team with five of the Trojans' 10 draw controls. Sophomore midfielder Kaila Sommi, junior midfielder Ceilidh Meagher, and Austin each had the first goals of their careers. Shaeffer followed up her impressive 18-save performance against Northwestern with 12 more against the Minutewomen.
For UMass, Kelsey McGovern took home game-high honors with nine draw controls while Katie Ferris had six goals to boost the Minutewomen to victory.
The Minutewomen struck first, in the game, with an unassisted goal by Cori Murray, but the Trojans answered back to knot the score at one-all as Sommi put a free-position shot into the UMass cage. The Minutewomen created some separation as Murray found her teammates for a pair of goals and a 3-1 UMass lead.
Austin hit Bonomi in the lane for a goal at 13:38 in the first half and got her own shot to go in with 8:08 to go for a four-all tie. Cordrey scored unassisted at 4:38 to give USC its first-ever lead in a game. De Lyra followed suit with her own unassisted goal at 2:42 left in the half for USC's fourth straight goal and a 6-4 Trojan lead, but UMass stood fast and scored on a free-position shot before Murray took a pass from Ferris to knot the score at six-all heading into halftime.
Ferris came out and scored the first two goals of the second half to give her three goals in a row as she pushed the Minutewoman lead out to 8-6. Meagher's eight-meter goal snapped a string of five straight UMass goals and put USC within two at 9-7, but the Minutewomen reeled off three more goals to claim a 12-7 lead when Ferris found Katie Boden in the lane for a clear shot at the USC net.
Looking for a spark, junior midfielder Elizabeth Eddy went into the game for the Trojans. Already familiar with the field, Eddy who also plays soccer for the USC women's team caused a turnover to ignite a new charge in the Women of Troy. Minutes later, de Lyra scored her second goal of the game with the Trojans up a man to end a 13-minute drought and get USC within four goals at 12-8.
UMass responded to end USC's hopes for a comeback as it scored four straight goals in a span of three minutes to stretch its lead to eight goals, 16-8. The Trojans got one more point on the board from Cordrey with 4:50 left in the game, but the Minutewomen tacked up two more goals before the final horn.
The Trojans remain home for their next two contests and will face Presbyterian in a 2 p.m. PT game on Friday, Feb. 15, at McAlister Field. Live scoring and streaming video will be available via links at www.USCTrojans.com.