20th-Ranked Denver Survives MPSF Battle with USC

DENVER University of Denver sophomore Christa Reese (Lutherville, Md.) finished with four points off two goals and two assists, as the Pioneers climbed back in the second half to top the USC Trojans 8-7 at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium on a snowy Sunday afternoon.

The Pioneers (13-1, 7-0 MPSF) extended their winning streak to 11 games, while the Trojans (7-6, 5-2 MPSF) have now lost two-straight conference games. Denver has now won 17-consecutive regular season home MPSF match-ups, dating back to a 11-9 loss against Oregon on April 4, 2009.

"USC played a great game despite the weather," said head coach Liza Kelly. "We are really happy to pull out with a home win today. Defensively we did some really great things. Layne came up big for us and Hannah Hook had a great game as well. We just need to find the back of the net. That has been the theme for us this weekend with not being able to score on all our opportunities."

Freshman Layne Voorhees (Alexandria, Va.) paced the Pioneers defensively with five caused turnovers and five groundballs. Voorhees also had a draw control and a shot on goal during the game. Redshirt junior Hannah Hook (Arnold, Md.) made nine saves

Senior Meredith Harris (Middleburg, Va.) and sophomore Rachael McKinnon (Brooklin, Ontario) each finished with two goals. Harris, the reigning MPSF Offensive Player of the Week, placed five shots on goal to go with a groundball, draw control and caused turnover.

The game was a defensive battle throughout the game, and the teams ended the first half tied 4-4.

With 16:58 remaining in the game, USC's Caroline de Lyra scored to give the Trojans a 6-5 edge.

Denver responded, however, as senior Annabelle Gilbride (Alexandria, Va.), McKinnon and Reese scored consecutive goals to seal the victory for the Pioneers.

The Pioneers held a 9-7 advantage in saves, while outshooting the Trojans 23-22 on the game. The Crimson and Gold went 14 of 14 in clear attempts, while USC had a 9-7 advantage on the draw.

Denver continues the current homestand as they host the California Golden Bears on Friday at 4:00 p.m. MT. The game will be broadcast on Altitude Sports Network.

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DENVER USC (7-6, 5-2 MPSF) found itself on the short end of a one-goal game for the second time in as many outings as the Women of Troy lost, 8-7, to a streaking 20th-ranked Denver squad (13-1, 7-0) at Peter Barton Stadium on Sunday, April 13. The Pioneers extended their winning streak to 11 with the victory.

Freshmen midfielders Alex Moore and Michaela Michael each recorded a pair of goals. Michael also had two draw controls and a caused turnover. Moore collected USC's only assist on the day and claimed a draw control as well. Freshman attacker Annie Ruland scored a goal and had a ground ball.

Sophomores Caroline de Lyra and Amanda Johansen each scored once. Johansen grabbed three draw controls and caused three turnovers. Four Trojans had two ground balls each: goalie Liz Shaffer, Kaitlyn Couture, Gabby McMahon, and senior midfielder Elizabeth Eddy who also caused a turnover. Shaffer had seven saves in the loss.

For Denver, goaltender Hannah Hook had nine saves and grabbed three ground balls to go with a pair of caused turnovers. Meredith Harris, Christa Reese, and Rachael McKinnon each scored two goals. Reese had a pair of assists and won a pair of draws as well. Jenn Etzel scored one and handed out an assist while Annabelle Gilbride scored a goal and picked up a ground ball. Layne Voorhees caused five of USC's turnovers and picked up a game-high five ground balls. Kiki Boone had four ground balls while Sonorah Vinyard had three with two caused turnovers.

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