USC Runs Winning Streak to Three in Rout of Blackbirds

BROOKLYN, N.Y. USC freshman attack Paige Bonomi found the back of the cage five times to help the Women of Troy complete a 23-8 win over LIU Brooklyn on Friday, March 1. The win was the Trojans' first-ever road victory and extends USC's (3-2, 1-0 MPSF) streak to three. The Blackbirds fell to 0-3.

Bonomi scored two of the Trojans' first five goals as USC went in front, 6-0, to start the game. The Northport, N.Y., native celebrated a homecoming along with 14 other Trojans from the Tri-State Area as the Women of Troy put the program's very first road victory into the record books. Bonomi took eight shots (six on goal) and was one of three Trojans to finish tied for game-high honors with seven points as she added two assists to her final line.

Freshman attack Caroline Cordrey fired the first shot for the Trojans and opened up scoring with a goal in under 30 seconds of the opening draw. Cordrey was one of three USC players to finish with four goals and added three assists for seven points on the day. She scored twice on free-position shots and picked up a career-high three draw controls.

The third of USC's players to notch seven points was freshman attack Caroline de Lyra who scored four times and dished out three assists. It was de Lyra's pass that created Cordrey's game-opening goal. Freshman midfield Amanda Johansen also scored four times and added an assist to record five points. Johansen led all players with seven draw controls.

Defensively, the Trojans were stellar as they held the Blackbirds to just 16 shots in the game and only five in the second half. Freshman defense Courtney Tarleton shared team-high honors with freshman attack Katie Austin as the duo each picked up three ground balls.

Austin was also a force on the offensive end of the field as she had a game-high four assists and one goal. In the cage, freshman Liz Shaeffer allowed just six goals and made five saves for her third win of the year. The Trojans also got a pair of goals from sophomore midfield Kaila Sommi; one on a free-position shot. Sommi also grabbed two draw controls.

For LIU Brooklyn, three players scored two goals, each, led by Shakoya Smith who took a team-high five shots. Allison Canfield and Caitlin Farrell also scored twice, each, while Jesenia Cantres and Kimberly Kovar each had five draw controls. In goal, Gina Haber earned 10 saves in 50 minutes in the cage, but had her hands full as the Trojans took 48 shots in the game.

USC raced out to a 6-0 lead as Cordrey and Bonomi each scored two goals apiece to open the game. The Trojans showed they knew how to share the wealth as all but one of those goals came with assists. Canfield broke through for the Blackbirds and scored at the 12:48 mark to get LIU on the board. Just 40 seconds later, the Birds scored a second goal to cut USC's lead to four as Colleen Holmes found the back of the net.

Johansen scored on a pass from de Lyra to get the Trojans in front by five, again, at 7-2, but Canfield answered on the very next possession. Cordrey found Bonomi open for a goal at 9:25 for an 8-3 USC lead, but Smith cut things to four with her goal at 5:49 left in the first half. Cordrey was in the giving mood, again, as she found de Lyra for a goal at 4:56 that sparked a 4-0 Trojan run. Freshman midfield Haleigh Dalmass scored on a free-position shot with three minutes left to lift USC to an eight-goal lead, 12-4, before Kovar came up with a goal with just 12 seconds left on the clock to get the Blackbirds into the halftime break down by seven.

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