The No. 19 USC women’s lacrosse team plays No. 4 Duke in the Orange County Winter Invitational on Orange County Winter Invitational. The release of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) pre-season coaches poll showed that expectations remain high for the Women of Troy. USC was selected to finish second in the MPSF with 75 points and three first-place votes.
The Women of Troy finished second last season and advanced to the team’s first-ever MPSF tournament final before earning an unprecedented berth in the NCAA tournament where the Trojans beat James Madison to advance to the second round.
USC’s second-place predicted finish is the program’s highest in its four years in existence. The Women of Troy were selected to finish third in both 2014 and 2015. While the Trojans exceeded outside expectations in 2015, USC did indeed finish third in 2014. In the program’s first year (2013), the coaches picked USC to finish seventh, but the Women of Troy surprised the league with a 5-3 record to claim fourth place and earned a spot in the MPSF tournament.
The 2016 coaches’ poll deviates little from 2015’s final league standings. Stanford will defend its regular-season and conference-tournament titles and was chosen to win the conference again with 79 points and seven first-place votes. Denver was picked to finish third with 63 points and was followed by Colorado (57), San Diego State (46), and Oregon (45), all of which were MPSF tournament contenders last year.
The bottom four teams in the poll were also in the bottom four of last season’s final standings. California was chosen to finish seventh with 31 points with UC Davis in eighth (26), Fresno State in ninth (19), and Saint Mary’s College in 10th place with nine points.
Now in its fourth year, the USC program made its first appearance in the IWLCA Division I Poll and came in at No. 19 in the preseason poll released on Feb. 1. The Trojans are ranked No. 18 in the Inside Lacrosse Media Poll. USC will open the 2016 campaign as host to Stetson on Saturday, Feb. 13, at 3 p.m. on McAlister Field. The Trojans will then head down to Orange County to clash with No. 4-ranked Duke in a special game presented by the Orange County chapter of U.S. Lacrosse. USC faces the Blue Devils in a 7 p.m. start on Saturday, Feb. 20, at Lebard Stadium in Costa Mesa, Calif. For more information, and to buy tickets click on the image below.
USC head coach Lindsey Munday was named the 2015 MPSF Coach of the Year as the Trojans put seven players on the MPSF All-Conference team including Player of the Year Michaela Michael. The Women of Troy had their most wins in a season (14), most conference victories (8), and a program-best second-place finish in the MPSF; the team’s first appearance in the MPSF tournament final, and an unprecedented selection to the NCAA tournament field. There, USC earned a first-round win over James Madison before falling to third-seeded Duke in the round of 16.
USC received its first votes in the IWLCA Coaches Poll, and completed the year with a 14-6 overall record (8-1 in the MPSF).
For more information on the USC women’s lacrosse team, please visit USCTrojans.com. Fans of the Women of Troy can follow the team on Instagram and on Twitter @USCTrojansLax.
|RANK||TEAM||POINTS||2015 RECORD||2015 MPSF FINISH|
|1||Stanford||79 (7)||15-3, 9-0 MPSF||1st (MPSF Champion/NCAA 1st Rd.)|
|2||USC||75 (3)||14-6, 8-1 MPSF||2nd (MPSF Final/NCAA 2nd Rd.)|
|3||Denver||63||13-5, 7-2 MPSF||3rd (MPSF Semifinal)|
|4||Colorado||57||11-7, 5-4 MPSF||T-4th (MPSF Semifinal)|
|5||San Diego State||46||9-8, 5-4 MPSF||T-4th (MPSF Quarterfinal)|
|6||Oregon||45||10-8, 4-5 MPSF||6th (MPSF Quarterfinal)|
|7||California||31||3-13, 2-7 MPSF||T-8th|
|8||UC Davis||26||4-13, 3-6 MPSF||7th|
|9||Fresno State||19||4-11, 2-7 MPSF||T-8th|
|10||Saint Mary’s College||9||0-15, 0-9 MPSF||10th|