Lacrosse is continuing excellence

first_imgThe women’s lacrosse team is on a roll.While the high-flying offense has put up 63 goals in just four games, the defense has been equally impressive. The defensive unit’s organization is tremendous. Their sticks and feet are active, and they suffocate opponents with organization and speed.While scoring goals is enjoyable for obvious reasons, there is something especially inspiring about lockdown defense. What is remarkable here is that the team has only played four games, and the defense looks ready for the postseason. The No. 11 Women of Troy have yet to give up double-digit goals in a game, and they refuse to lose their shape as games wear on. The team checks in at No. 1 in the country in scoring defense and is the only team in the land conceding fewer than five goals per game.Senior Courtney Tarleton complements junior defender Nina Kelty at the back, and with plenty of capable reinforcements, the depth on defense ought to make USC fans optimistic that this kind of defensive dominance will continue as the season progresses.The USC women’s lacrosse program is just four years old, yet this team has firmly established itself as a national title contender.It is early March. It is not prudent to jump to conclusions. But this team dismantled Michigan in every phase of the game on Friday at McAlister Field. It then proceeded to dominate Vermont on Saturday. It is safe to say that this group will challenge any team in its path in its quest for a national championship.A natty for any team in any sport obviously brings a great deal of pride to a university. However, if the USC women’s lacrosse team continues to play at this level and comes close to winning it all — let alone actually doing it — this will go down as one of the most incredible success stories in the history of intercollegiate athletics.Junior attacker Michaela Michael leads the entire NCAA with 4.5 goals per game. The real luxury for head coach Lindsey Munday, though, is that this offense is far deeper than just Michael. When Duke was forced to try to bottle up the sniper, junior attacker Kylie Drexel exploded for four goals. Against Michigan, Michael finished with five goals, showing superb movement off the ball and consistently getting into dangerous areas. Caroline deLyra finished the game with five assists, as the senior attacker created for her teammates time and time again.One would be hard-pressed to find faults with this team. From sophomore goaltender Gussie Johns’ stout play between the pipes to Michael’s prolific goal scoring, glaring weaknesses simply are not present.The team now prepares to head north to take on Cal and St. Mary’s. The March slate also includes home tilts against Dartmouth and Oregon at home as well as a road trip to Fresno State.Again, it is early. It is unwise to leap to conclusions. But there is something special brewing at McAlister Field.Josh Cohen is a sophomore majoring in broadcast and digital journalism. His column, “Cohen’s Corner,” runs every other Tuesday.last_img

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