USC Lacrosse Welcomes Top 10 Recruiting Class in 2014

Among USC's trio of incoming New Yorkers, Cynthia Del Core (Bay Shore, N.Y./Bay Shore HS) reunites with her old high school teammate and All-MPSF selection Caroline de Lyra. Del Core is a two-time US Lacrosse All-American and like de Lyra, brings a lot of firepower to the Women of Troy. She tallied seven goals in the Suffolk County Class A Championship game as her team won the title. Danielle Doherty (Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa HS) was named a US Lacrosse first-team All-American in the same year she led her girl's basketball to the Nassua AA championship. Gabby McMahon (Bardonia, N.Y./Immaculate Heart Academy) was a first-team all-county selection and was named to the All-North Jersey first team as a senior. McMahon holds school records for every offensive category at Immaculate Heart.

Three other Californians will join Michael in the freshman class. Kylie Drexel (Davis, Calif./Davis HS) was a first-team US Lacrosse All-American as a senior and won the prestigious Triple D Award at Davis HS as the only player ever to be named MVP of three varsity sports in the same year (lacrosse, field hockey, and basketball). Nina Kelty (Palo Alto, Calif./Palo Alto HS) was a first-team US Lacrosse All-American as a senior and received Palo Alto HS Female Athlete of the Year honors. Kate Pederson received first-team All-San Diego honors as a junior and a senior and was also twice chosen to the Southern California All-America roster.

In addition to Ruland, USC also welcomes Drew Jackson (Tyrone, Ga./Woodward Academy) from the state of Georgia. Jackson was a three-time US Lacrosse first-team All-America selection and was the youngest Georgian ever selected for the honor. She is also a four-time first-team All-State selection and holds school records for goals, assists, points, ground balls, and caused turnovers.

Rounding the Trojans' class is Alexa Wilson (Mountain Lakes, N.J./Mountain Lakes HS). She was a second-team All-New Jersey selection as a senior and also received first-team all-state lacrosse, second team all-county, and all-academic honors.

USC went 5-3 in the MPSF in its inaugural season to claim fourth place and a berth in the conference tournament. The Trojans opened the season with incredibly tough match-ups against seven-time NCAA champion

Northwestern and 14th-ranked Massachusetts but went 8-10 overall. Midfielder Amanda Johansen received MPSF Rookie of the Year honors and was joined on the all-league first team by defender Courtney Tarleton. De Lyra received second-team All-MPSF recognition. Both Johansen and Tarleton also received IWLCA All-West/Mid-West Regional honors. The Women of Troy advanced to the semifinals of the MPSF tournament where they fell to regular-season champion Denver.

Cynthia Del Core   Attack     5-7    Bay Shore, N.Y. (Bay Shore HS)
Danielle Doherty Mid/Att 5-7 Massapequa, N.Y. (Massapequa HS)
Kylie Drexel Attack 5-5 Davis, Calif. (Davis HS)
Drew Jackson Mid/Def 5-8 Tyrone, Ga. (Woodward Academy)
Nina Kelty Def/Mid 5-6 Palo Alto, Calif. (Palo Alto HS)
Gabby McMahon Att/Mid 5-7 Bardonia, N.Y. (Immaculate Heart Academy)
Michaela Michael Midfield 5-11 Hillsborough, Calif. (Menlo School)
Alex Moore Mid/Att 5-6 Millstone Township, N.J. (Allentown HS)
Glade Nugent Mid/Def 5-8 Medford, N.J. (Shawnee HS)
Shannon Nugent Midfield 5-6 Medford, N.J. (Shawnee HS)
Kate Pederson Midfield 5-6 Coronado, Calif. (Coronado HS)
Annie Ruland Attack 5-7 Milton, Ga. (Milton HS)
Alexa Wilson Defense 5-3 Mountain Lakes, N.J. (Mountain Lakes HS)

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