Costa Mesa – No. 8 USC fell to No. 2 Stony Brook 14-10 in the 2018 Orange County Lacrosse Showcase played at LeBard Stadium on the campus of Orange Coast College.
The high-powered SeaWolves’ offense was led by four goals apiece from Courtney Murphy (left above) and Taryn Ohlmiller (right above). Murphy showed that she is fully recovered from the torn ACL that ended her 2017 season after only four games.
“It’s her first game back. It’s what she’s been waiting for the past year and a half. Ohlmiller said about Murphy. “We’ve been practicing for the past couple weeks before this game, so we were ready for this.”
The Seawolves took a 2-0 lead in the first half before the Trojans scored two straight goals to even the score at 2-2. But that was as close as the Trojans got, as the Seawolves rode the momentum of Murphy’s four first-half goals ane went on a 7-2 tear to close out the first half.
The Seawolves also got contributions from Emma Schait and Samantha DiSalvo who had two goals apiece while Kylie Ohlmiller and Ally Kennedy chipped in one goal apiece. Goalie Anna Tesoriero had 10 saves for the Seawolves which outshot the Trojans 32-25.
“I think it’s nice that we (Stony Brook) are all such different players and that’s why we mesh so well and everyone’s pretty equal,” Murphy said.
Junior defender Jackie Gilbert helped keep the Trojans in the game by winning a career-high 11 draws.
Kelsey Huff and Maeve McMahon paced the Trojans with three goals apiece. Kaeli Huff added two goals and Hope Anhut and Sophia Donovan had one goal apiece. Gabbie Klein had four assists and goalie Gussie Johns, who was named PAC-12 defensive player of the week, was busy in the cage, as she had 14 saves.
The Trojans were plagued by yellow cards, as they had five in the first half and seven in the entire game. Despite the yellow cards, the Trojans had some positives, as they dominated on the draw controls, winning 17 out of 25 draw controls.
“For playing man down for most of the game, I think we actually held our own pretty well and I think the mistakes we made can be easily fixed,” Hannah Upshaw, a former Foothill High standout said. “I think we need to work on discipline a little bit more and we’ll be back at it.”
Upshaw was happy to be back in Orange County and was happy to see her former Foothill teammates and coach Kate Hick.
“This was a really great event, especially to see everyone who I haven’t seen in a while,” Upshaw said about the OC Lacrosse Showcase, which had 1,872 people in attendance and over 1,000 people watch through a live stream.
Up next for Stony Brook (1-0), a trip up to Palo Alto to face Stanford on Monday at 4 p.m. Pacific Time. For USC (1-1), they fly to Indiana to play Notre Dame on Friday at 3 p.m. PT.