Trojans Win Twice In Pac-12 Shootout, Improve to 3-2

Three years ago, the USC club lacrosse program sat out of MCLA competition. When they returned in 2013, they won four games. Last year, they won two.

Sunday, though, USC won its third game in a row and improved to 3-2 on the young season. This weekend, the Trojans beat Washington 14-5 and California 8-6 in the Pac-12 Lacrosse Shootout at UCLA. It’s the first time since late in the 2010 season that USC has been above .500.

This is a very different Trojans lacrosse program under second-year coach Chris Boland and club general manager Charlie Meister.

Saturday, USC got three goals each from attacks Kevin Cuellar, a sophomore from Ashburn, Va./Briarwood HS, and Nikos Koumontzis, a freshman from Hershey, Pa./St. Thomas Academy. Andrew Ronald, a senior attack from Centennial, Colo./Arapahoe, also scored twice against Washington.

Sunday, sophomore middie Jack Gilchrist (Santa Ana/Foothill) and sophomore attack Cortland Lioi (Lake Forest/El Toro) each scored twice to spark the win over the Golden Bears.

That’s five different multi-goal scorers in two games, and the Trojans have five different players with at least five goals in the team’s first five games. To be fair, though, USC scored 17 in a win over Occidental and 14 against Washington. It’s other three games have been much tighter — a 5-4 loss at UC Santa Barbara to open the season, followed by a 10-7 loss at UNLV. And Sunday’s win over Cal was tight throughout, with the Trojans opening up a 6-4 lead after three quarters and holding on.

San Diego State visits USC next Sunday (1 p.m.).