Aggie LAX closes its season against No. 8/6 USC

April 23, 2017

Final Stats

DAVIS, Calif. - Attackers Melissa Kellan and Shannon Cross each scored three goals while sophomore midfielder Taylor Cuenin added two more, but UC Davis was unable to keep pace with eighth-ranked USC, falling to an 18-9 loss in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation women's lacrosse action at Aggie Stadium Sunday afternoon.

UC Davis ends its 2017 season at 6-11 overall and 2-6 in conference play. The Trojans improve to 14-3 for the year and finish the MPSF schedule with a perfect 8-0 mark.

Junior midfielder Kate Fellner accounted for the ninth Aggie goal. Freshman Amanda Outcalt led with two assists, with freshman Kate Graham and junior Kelsey DeJesus adding one dime apiece. DeJesus and defenders Anna Belenis and Natalie Garces each had two caused turnovers. Senior goalie Lauren Ali tallied 11 saves in roughly 54 minutes in the circle.

For USC, Michaela Michael, Drew Jackson and local product Kylie Drexel each netted four goals. Michael also had an assist and a game-high 10 draw controls.

UC Davis hung tough early with its guest, holding a 3-3 tie through the first 8:06 on two goals from Cuenin and another by Cross. However, Ashley Hill converted an eight-meter in the ninth minute, kicking off a 7-0 run for the next 12 minutes. Kellan dropped in three goals in the span of four minutes, but the Women of Troy held a 16-6 lead at halftime.

USC made it 17-6 to start the second half, then the Aggies scored three straight to set the board at 17-9 and remove the 10-goal clock. However, neither team managed to score until the 55th minute, when Kerrigan Miller hit the cage for the game's final tally.

USC outshot UC Davis by a 37-23 margin and held sizable margins in both draw controls (18-11) and ground balls (31-21).

The Aggies honored four senior players prior to the contest: Kellan, Ali, defender Tess Kevorkian, and defender Pauline Kaplan.

No. 8 USC (14-3, 8-0) 16 2 - 18
UC Davis (6-11, 2-6) 6 3 - 9

GOALS - USC: Michaela Michael 4, Kylie Drexel 4, Drew Jackson 4, Ashley Hill 2, Kerrigan Miller 2, Kaeli Huff 2. UC DAVIS: Melissa Kellan 3, Shannon Cross 3, Taylor Cuenin 2, Kate Fellner 1.

ASSISTS - USC: Ashley Hill 3, Amanda Flayhan 2, Kylie Drexel 1, Gabbi Klein 1, Michaela Michael 1. UC DAVIS: Amanda Outcalt 2, Kelsey DeJesus 1, Kate Graham 1. 

GOALIE SAVES - USC: Gussie Johns 3 (37:27), Hannah Upshaw 5 (22:33). UC DAVIS: Lauren Ali 11 (54:08), Grace Richards 2 (5:52).