March 6, 2013
DAVIS, Calif. - Despite a hat trick by sophomore Elizabeth Landry, UC Davis never recovered from a run of five unanswered USC goals, falling to the Women of Troy by a 12-7 final in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation women's lacrosse action Wednesday night.
The Aggies move to 1-3 for the year and 0-2 in conference.
Besides Landry's three scores, senior Hannah Mirza tallied a goal and an assist to go with team highs of four draw controls and two caused turnovers. Courtney Neff, Ellie Delich and Carly Vorisalso chipped in one goal each.
Freshman midfielder Amanda Johansen led USC with five goals and an assist, attacker Caroline de Lyra added four goals and four assists, and goalkeeper Liz Shaeffer posted saves on 11 of the 25 shots she faced.
USC struck first with Johansen's goal in the ninth minute, then after Mirza netted the equalizer for the Aggies, scored three straight to take a 4-1 edge. However, UC Davis responded with three straight goals of its own. Landry hit back-to-back scores in the 16th and 20th minutes, then Mirza won the ensuing draw. A Trojan foul set up Delich just beyond the eight-meter arc, nearly in a free-position stance. The freshman punched in the game-tying goal with 10:14 left in the first half.
However, USC scored five unanswered after that point. Austin scored on a de Lyra assist during a free position in the 25th minute, then Paige Bonomi assisted Johansen to finish a Courtney Tarleton-created fast break with 4:08 left in the half, setting the halftime score at 6-4 in the visitors' favor. In the first stretch after the intermission, de Lyra assisted Johansen and Bonimi then scored a goal of her own to send the Trojans to a 9-4 lead by the 37th minute.
UC Davis never approached by closer than three goals down the final third of the contest. Colleen McGee's
stick check of de Lyra initiated a transition goal in the 43rd minute, then Mirza's successful draw control set the stage for Landry's rebound-and-putback less than a minute later, cutting the USC lead to 9-6. Neff hit a goal with roughly 11 minutes remaining to bring the score to 10-7 later in the half. But after Johansen's interception in the midfield led to de Lyra's fourth goal with 3:58 left, the Trojans largely went into a clock management mode to protect the win.
USC held a slight edge in shooting (29-25) and slightly better on draw controls (12-9), although the Aggies immediately turned over back-to-back draw controls down the stretch. UC Davis senior defender Tess Aleknaled all players with five ground balls while Johansen was the game's draw control leader with six.
The Aggies continue MPSF action on the road at California on Sunday. Game time from Memorial Stadium is 2 p.m.
|USC (4-3, 2-0)
|UC Davis (1-3, 0-2)
GOALS - USC: Amanda Johansen 5, Caroline De Lyra 4, Paige Bonomi 1, Katie Austin 1, Caroline Cordrey 1. UC Davis: Elizabeth Landry 3, Hannah Mirza 1, Courtney Neff 1, Ellie Delich 1, Carly Voris1.
ASSISTS - USC: Caroline de Lyra 4, Katie Austin 1, Paige Bonomi 1, Amanda Johansen 1, Kaila Sommi 1. UC Davis: Hannah Mirza1.
GOALIE SAVES - USC: Kai Murphy 7 (53:08), Jordan Majka 1 (6:52). USC: Liz Shaeffer 11 (60:00).